Donkeys and Horses Highlight Thursday at the Powers



It was a day for Longe Line, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure and Donkeys at the 2017 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity on Thursday.



KennedywebLonge Line Champions

The day began with Hunter Prospect Longe Line, continued with Non-Pro Longe Line and finished with Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure classes, followed by the NSBA Foundation fundraiser event which featured ten teams of intrepid riders who raced donkeys in five heats and a finals.

Kathie Kennedy started off the day by winning the Hunter Prospect Longe Line with Good Irish Coattails, showing for owner Mary Hudek, in a class of four entries. By Keeping It Good, Good Irish Coattails caught Kathie’s eye when she went to see her at the 2016 Congress.

“I just love her movement and her balance, and how beautiful she is,” Kathie said of the gray mare. “She is also a very good minded filly.”


NancyDittywebNancy Ditty brought a filly that she prepared herself, Forever Cool, to the Tom Powers for the Non-Pro Longe Line, and walked out with a unanimous win in the class. The class saw 21 exhibitors.

“This is the first one that I’ve got ready myself,” Nancy said. “She lived with me and we worked together. I just love her mind. She has an unbelievable temperament, and she’s everything I look for in a Western Pleasure prospect. She’s very quiet and very easy, and she takes everything in stride.” The filly, known as Pumpernickle, is by Machine Made and out of Forever N Ever.




HayleyHartmanwebTops In Hunters

Four Hunter Under Saddle champions were named on Thursday morning. Hayley Hartman led off the performance classes with a win in the Maturity Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle with Al Fool Ya.

The four year old gelding by Allocate Your Assets is known as Remington. “I’ve had him a little over a year,” Hayley said. “We just loved his movement, and when you go in the ring with him, he just gets focused and he loves to show. He’s so much fun to ride.”







ZeitlerRhythmwebZeitlerMumywebJudy Zeitler showed to back-to-back wins with two different horses on Thursday. She showed Blazin With Rhythm for Kelly Jensen to win the Three Year Old Limited Rider Hunter Under Saddle in a class of 13, and followed up with a win in the Maturity Hunter Under Saddle $2,500 Limited Horse with Buzzzn Bout Me for Ken Mumy, showing with nine exhibitors.

“Blazin With Rhythm really does have a great rhythm at the canter, and he long trots really pretty,” Judy said of the Hot N Blazing gelding. “I’ve only shown him a few times, and he gets better each time. I love this horse show, this is a great place to win.” Earning second in the class was Lukes Like Money, shown by Elizabeth Baker for Tamera Ray.

Ken Mumy was excited to win with his horse, Buzzzn Bout Me. “We raised him,” Ken said of the gelding by Too Sleepy To Zip. “He won the Longe Line here as a yearling, and he actually has some Western Pleasure points too. He’s a good guy. He loves people and he’s just the same every time. He really wants to be a show horse, and I think he has a real future as an all around horse.” Nancy Sue Ryan rode Stealing The Prise to the reserve title for owner Sara Jackson.



NimiganwebSarah Nimigan closed out the Hunter Under Saddle classes on Thursday with a win in the Three Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle aboard Alwayz On Your Mind. They competed in a class of 16 exhibitors. In just a short time together, Sarah and “Willie Nelson” have become quite a team.

“He’s come a long way in a short period of time,” Sarah said. “We had just had him a few weeks before we showed at the Larry Little and he just keeps getting better and better. It’s been fun to watch him come along.” Taking reserve honors was Courtney Brockmueller and Re Allocate.




AaronMosesThurswebWestern Winners

Six Western Pleasure classes saw champions named in the afternoon, including a few co-champions.

Aaron Moses piloted Its A Pretty Thing to win the Three Year Old $2,500 Limited Horse Western Pleasure to start of the Western events.

“She is such a nice horse,” Aaron said of the filly by Its A Southern Thing. “She just keeps getting better and better. It’s been fun to watch her mature and get better as the summer goes on.”

Jason English showed Gone Viral to the reserve title for Debbie Tieman in a class that saw 19 entries.

The Maturity Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure saw co-champions that included Shawn Johnson and Lazy Holla Dayz and Marcie Budine and Lopin Radical, in a class that saw 26 exhibitors that showed in two splits and a finals.

The Three Year Old Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure also saw co-champions when Natasha Blanchard and Made N The Shade tied with Its A Pretty Thing and Giorgia Medows for the win. The class saw 19 horses shown.



LivinOnaPrayerwebIn the Maturity Limited Open Western Pleasure, Rebecca Bailey’s broodmare, Livin Ona Prayer, was the unanimous champion, shown by Theresa Willis. The class saw 11 entries.

“She was in the field until January when we decided to bring her out,” Rebecca said. “Two of her babies are actually here – one is in the yearling sale and the other is showing in the two year old sale class. I’m really excited that Theresa got to show her and get this win. She works for Erin Laurence and Jeff Cochran, and she prepares a lot of my horses but never gets to show.”



AdamMathiswebIn the Color Breed Open Western Pleasure, Adam Mathis piloted Sleep Machine to the win for owner William Cox, with Angie Cannizzaro showing Mousenaround for Tommy Prichard to second. There were 11 entries in the class.

“She knows how to do her job, and she comes to work every day happy,” Adam said of the mare known as Candice. “She had some time off after the Arizona Sun Circuit, and it really did her good. She came back ready to work.”



BretParrishwebIn the final class of the day, Bret Parrish showed Pistol Packin Mann to the win for Richard Baumann. The four year old gelding known as Pistol has seen success at several shows already so far this year.

“We’ve had a good year,” Bret said. “We’ve had him since he was two, and we just took our time with him. His owners have been very patient and allowed us the extra time with him. He is so good minded, soft and just consistent when he shows. It’s great to have this Limited Horse class to allow horses a place to go and show with others at the same level. It allows them to go out and get seasoned before they go into the Open division.”




TeamGalyeanwebDonkeys Raise Money for NSBA Foundation

At the conclusion of the show, the NSBA Foundation held a fundraiser to benefit the Trainer Crisis Fund. Ten teams of intrepid riders raced donkeys in five heats to compete in a final relay race, with each team auctioned off Calcutta-style to the highest bidder.

The event raised more than $23,000 for the NSBA Crisis Fund, and created many laughs for those in attendance as team members worked to get sometimes uncooperative donkeys around the race course. Team Galyean bested Blake Britton’s team for the win.

“We didn’t really have a strategy except to try to stay on and have fun,” said Gil Galyean. “We are indebted to Richard Carr for buying our team, because it’s for a great cause.”

The Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity continues through Sunday at Berrien Springs, Michigan.