Our September show was wonderful with many new faces and some beloved old faces as well.
Our halter classes were very nice and some tough competition made us have to split Western Halter into three divisions.
Western classes were so large that we had three divisions. We were so happy to see Bob and Gail Dittmire with their herd of beginners! Bob and Gail showed with us first in the seventies and every decade or so they re appear with a new batch of beginner riders or horses. The old friends we have made through the Susar Shows make all the effort worth it.
We are always glad to have all kinds of equines but were especially proud of Marty who showed our own Millie in her very first show. Millie and Marty have been working together for several months and this was the first show for both of them. They won a second in a very large Western Walk Trot Pleasure class and Millie indeed looked like a pleasure!
Carole Robertson and her sweet boy Rowdy did a wonderful job at this show and ended up taking home one of our high points.
Karen Freeman and Frills continue to put on great performances at Trail.
We had an excellent and competetive English turnout with quite a few newcomers. We especially enjoyed the lovely Black Draft horse Athena!
Our overall champion and also WTC Champion was Mary Greer with her lovely horse Clu. Anna Marie Migl was our WTC 12-17 Champion and Ashley Schbert was the under 12 WTC Champion. Walk Trot Adult Champion was Carole Robertson with Megal Wilson being our 12-17 Champion and Alyssa Stephenson the under 12 Walk Trot Champion.
Our 2009 High Point Show was exciting because we were trying to beat a cold and wet front that was coming. Our Western Halter class was won one more time by Lor McClain and Clu. Clu is the Halter Champion of 2009 having won every one of the Western Halter classes this year!
We ran the Western classes and the Trail class simultaneously in order to get finished in time. Although a bit hectic, our wonderful judges, Sue, Tommy and Diane made it all work!
We saw some new equine faces at this show. Mariah has a lovely young Gypsy horse who did very well for her.
As usual we had fun with our trail obstacles. Trail really shows how much your horse trusts you and how good your partnership is. Here Amy and Alek kiss the witch.
This image personifies the attitude I love about our competitors. Anna Marie Migl is negotiating a challenging obstacle that he horse is not liking. It has just started blowing a hard, cold wind, and she is relaxed and smiling. We love our people and their good sportsmanship and positive attitudes! There are lots of shows where winning is the only objective, but Susar shows are not those shows.
Some folks have a bit of an advantage in Pairs! Here Christine and Rebecca Shaw win the large pairs class at our High Point show.
Our 2009 Overall Champion, as well as our Adult WTC champion, Tiki Trail Champion, and Satron English Champion is Gail Williams with her sweet Hank! Congratulations to Gail on a job well done.
Chris Bode won the Institute for the Desert Arabian Horse Performance Challenge Trophy. Of all of the millions of Arabian Horses in the world, only about 2% of them are Asil, or absolutely pure of blood. The Instutute for the Desert Arabian Horse was formed to promote, protect, and educate about the true Desert Arabian Horse.
Our 2009 winners are from left to right, Sarah Buchanan WTC 12-17 Reserve Champion, Gail Williams, Overall Champion, Tiki Trial, Satron English and Adult WTC Champion, Amy Cook, Adult WT Reserve Champion, Anna Marie Migl, Courage Jumping Champion, Buzznai Versatility Champion and 12-17 WTC Champion, Megan Wilson Walk Trot Overall Champion, winner of the Dancer Walk Trot Trophy, and 12-17 WT Champion, Glenda Cline, Adult WT Champion and Western Only Champion, Steve Bode, WTC Adult Reserve Champion, Chris Bode, Tiki Easy Trail Champion and Winner of the Asil Trophy, Christine Shaw, English only, Rebecca Shaw, Reserve WT 12-17, Breck Sunlin, Under 12 WT Champion. We love and appreciate our exhibitors and are proud of them all.