2020 Sport Horse Nationals

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Sport Horse


Idaho Horse Park Sep. 22nd - 26th 2020 photos by Suzanne Sturgill

he Nampa, Idaho Horse Park sprawls across 110 acres with stalls available for up to 850 horses. The grounds feature outdoor arenas flanked by trees and manicured grass as well as a shockingly large indoor arena and multiple warm up areas. The location has proudly hosted the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals rotation eight times beginning with the institution of the East-West rotation of the show in 2006. 2020 marked


the final year Nampa, Idaho will host the event as it transitions to a more permanent home at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio for the next three years. This year’s Sport Horse

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Supreme Champion Sport Horse Stallion, Champion Sport Horse Stallion Dressage Type Open and ATH, Champion Sport Horse Stallion Hunter Type Open and ATH, and Reserve Champion Sport Horse Under Saddle Dressage Type Open JUBILEE WGR (Whitegates Raffi x Timeless WGR), shown and owned by Lisa Pembleton-Del Mundo, San Antonio, Texas.

Nationals was executed with some trepidation under the continued pressures from a post-COVID society. Despite this, the show maintained steady numbers with over 1,800 entries in their vast array of classes (up 200 entries from the 2018 rotation). There was a nice increase among the young horse in-hand classes. The growth in this area shows promise that breeders are investing in the development of the Arabian sport horse as the divisions grow more competitive with each passing year. The weather was welcoming, and although the camaraderie was a bit wanting compared to previous years due to social distancing, the atmosphere was warm and enthusiastic. Exhibitors were thankful for the opportunity to present their horses after months of cancelled competitions. 162 National Champion rose blankets were awarded to the best of the breed in Carriage Driving, Hunter, Jumper, Sport Horse under Saddle, Western Dressage, Classical Dressage, and Sport Horse in Hand divisions. — Morgan Moore

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Lisa Del Mundo’s stallion Jubilee WGR (Whitegates Raffi x Timeless WGR), won four National Championships, a Reserve Championship and the Supreme Champion Stallion title out of eight classes. “I’ve had him since he was 10 months old, and he’s 14 this year, so that’s a long time together,” says Lisa. “He’s 63% Crabbet and he looks it. These are are solid, good minded horses. “I call him Jubal. I almost changed his name when I got him because to me Jubilee is a girl’s name. But I guess it fits him because it means celebration, and he’s certainly been that. “I did all his training since the beginning. My mom was a trainer so I’ve been working with horses my whole life. The only handler Jubal has ever had besides me, was this year when Colton Ford showed him to two championships “I think the judges loved Jubal’s trot. It’s very powerful and he loves to show it off. Sometimes too much! He’s got one of the biggest walks. When he was two, I put him out in my arena and took some photographs, and there was one shot that made me go, ‘This horse!’ He naturally uses himself really well. He’s built uphill, and he’s happy to get collected. He’s solid. Whatever I ask of him, he just goes with it. We asked Lisa, why Arabians? “They always find me!” she says. “My mom had an Arab mare. She was super hot; bred to be a park horse. I used to ride her when was 11 years old. Before I bought her from my mom I took her out and she kind of roadrashed me all up, but I bought her anyway. I love the fact that Arabians just keep going. Every Arabian I’ve worked with will give you everything. They are amazing athletes. I give 100 percent and they give 110%. It’s pretty special.” And as for Jubilee’s future, Lisa says, “I just started offering him at stud because I’ve had several inquiries. His is a beautiful old pedigree, and he has a lovely disposition. He’s super sweet, and most people don’t even know he’s a stallion. He understands how to behave. He loves to go out on the trail. He’s not spooky. I’ve done a bit of jumping with him. He’s just an all-around horse. He’s super reliable, and quiet. He doesn’t get all ramped up. He deserves a chance at stud. “When I look back on all the years with him I would have to say the Sport Horse Supreme Championship is the most special moment with him. That, and the trot that Jubal showed me when he was two… when I didn’t even know that Sport Horse Nationals existed.”


Champion Sport Horse Gelding Hunter Type Open and ATH, Reserve Champion Sport Horse Under Saddle Hunter Type Open and ATR PIETRO PS (*ZT Magnanimus x Viva Marwan), owned and handled by Kathryn Devol, Enumclaw, Washington.


Champion Sport Horse Gelding Dressage Type and Champion Dressage Training Level Junior Horse PENTAGON J (WC Ali Gazal x Broken Promises PGA), owned by Holly Woods Dillin, Weatherford, Texas.


Champion Sport Horse Gelding Dressage Type ATH, and Reserve Champion Sport Horse Show Hack ATR EROS PIADORO (*Piaff PASB x Saabra CC), owned and shown by Rachel Davis-Heintz, Raymond, Washington. MIDDLE RIGHT: Champion Gelding ABS Half-Arabian Yearling Sport Horse In-Hand EUPHORICK (Elikzir x ), owned by Elizibeth and Jennifer Hageman, and shown by Justine Rose. BOTTOM LEFT:

Champion HalfArabian Sport Horse Mare Dressage Type Open and ATH BOH MOONLIGHTSERENADE (Exclaim Haziz x Onika), owned by Sonya S. Wells, Arlington, Washington.

BOTTOM MIDDLE: Champion HalfArabian Sport Horse Gelding Dressage Type ATH TEMPLAR LR (Knight Invader x Karalace Bey), owned by Ann-Dee and Jocelyn Moore, San Diego, California.

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Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Stallion Open and ATH AL KHASSIUS KHLAY (VMA Khahpur Khopi x Cashba Rose), owned by Victoria Shaw, Boonville, North Carolina. “I’ve been going to sport horse since 2007,” says Victoria Shaw, who operates a full service breeding and training facility in Boonville, North Carolina. “I came from the hunter and dressage world, so Sport Horse Nationals is a good fit for me.”

Champion Sport Horse Two-YearOld Colt SW MAGNIFIKANZ (*Kanz Albidayer x Forever Magic Bf), owned and shown by Amy Bailey Ackley of Arley, Alabama.

Victoria bred her Sport Horse Champion Half-Arabian Stallion AL Khassius Khlay (by VMA KHAHPUR KHOPI out of a Quarter Horse mare). “I have always loved VMA KHAHPUR KHOPI - I think he’s an under-used stallion,” she says. “Khassius’s dam is a phenomenally well-bred appendix registered mare by Dry Dock by Doc Bar and out of a Native Dancer daughter. I bought her and bred her to Khahpur and Khassius was the result. I delivered him and we’ve spent every day together ever since. He’s always been super special. He came out of the womb charismatic. This guy has just got it. He’s super kind, with a quiet mind, and the scope and length of leg that I wanted from Khahpur. He’s almost the spitting image of his sire. A lot of people in the open world are inquiring about him for his trainability and how quiet he is. You would never know he is a stallion. He never opens his mouth. He behaves himself. At home he goes out with other geldings – we treat him like a normal horse.

Champion Half-Arabian Two-Year-Old Colt In-Hand SIR PADINGTON MM, owned by Granger Durdin, Waller Texas, and shown by Alyssa Wiertsema.

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“I wanted him to have a good solid resume before breeding him. He is eight years old now and he has numerous Regional Championships in dressage and open in hand. I show him myself. I am very bonded with him. I don’t know that I’ve ever met a horse that has as much heart as he has. He will work until you tell him to stop. He’s enjoyable to show and to be with. For me, if my horse cannot live a normal life as a horse, he does not need to be a stallion. I don’t care how good he is. His happiness matters to me. Teaching them to be successful show horses is the least of my concerns. My biggest concern as a trainer is for them to learn how to be a solid citizen out in this world. Because if you are a solid citizen, you will always have value. “Sport Horse Nationals was a great show. I had fun, and I’m thankful for every opportunity to get to show. I’m lucky to make a living doing something that is my passion, and that I have clients who send me quality horses. Everybody seemed so gracious and happy to be at Sport Horse Nationals. Part of that might be the demographic of Sport Horse people. They are lovely, wonderful people. They enjoy making these goals each year and trying to achieve them. The whole attitude and atmosphere was wonderful. And we had a great horse show on top of it.”

Champion Two-Year-Old Sport Horse Filly IZZABELLA B (TWS Mcdreamy x AblaAl-Bella), owned by Cindy M. and Aaron J. Bingham, Kuna, Idaho, and shown by Cindy.


Champion Sport Horse Under Saddle Dressage Type ATR, Champion Dressage Training Level ATR, and Reserve Champion Dressage Training Level AAOTR GS CHIEF JUSTICE RCF (WH Justice x Martini Thyme Rta), owned and ridden by Megan Higginbotham, Meridian, Idaho.

MIDDLE RIGHT: Champion Sport Horse Show Hack ATR and Reserve Champion Sport Horse Show Hack ES GAMAL (*Jullyen El Jamaal x Gianna), owned by Nicole Rowley, Thorp, Washington. TOP LEFT AND MIDDLE LEFT: Trish Nelson, of Nelson Farms, Tucson, Arizona, bred and showed the Supreme Champion Half-Arabian Two-YearOld In-Hand, the filly DESTINY BY DESIGN NF. The filly is sired by Trish’s stallion, AM Designing Star (AM Good Oldboy x AM Shining Sword), aka “Desi,” who sadly died last year. Tish is pictured in the center of “The crew,” Carla Adams, and the Barker family, top left, and with “DD,” inset. “To go to the Sport Horse Nationals and do so well with this filly was heart-wrenching. Really bittersweet,” says Trish. The filly’s dam is an off the track Thoroughbred who Trish acquired through a rescue organization. “She had fractured her fetlock and needed someplace to go,” Trish adds. “She was a really pretty mare. I have raised Anglos for years, so when she healed I bred her to Desi. Destiny by Design showed only once before Sport Horse, and she was awesome at her first show. At Sport Horse Nationals she was Champion in her class and then won Supreme. That was my first Supreme Champion.”

Champion Novice Jumper and Champion HalfArabian Hunter Hack MK MOONLESS NIGHT (Malabar Kelly x Jet Star), owned by Michelle Mahoney, Watsonville, California, ridden by Cavin Smith.

Champion Regular Working Hunter Jumper ATR MAGICO (Guapo Chico x LC Felicia, owned by Brianna, Mike and Barbara York, and ridden by Brianna.

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Champion Sport Horse Show Hack WP AULSOVAIN (Aul Magic x Aurieba), owned by Cathi OíNeill, Aptos, California.


Champion Regular Working Hunter AAOTR, Champion Regular Working Hunter ATR, and Reserve Champion Hunter Hack AAOTR LUXEMERE PATRICIAN (Falcon BHF x Ta Jihana Bey), owned by Kimberly Graves, Lorton, Virginia.


Champion Hunter Hack AAOTR PA BOTOND (Pa Gazsi x Pa Al Ghazaleh), owned by Bill Doughty & Alexis Starer, Cape Charles, Virginia,


Champion Hunter Hack ATR, Reserve Champion Regular Working Hunter AAOTR, and Reserve Champion Green Working Hunter CLOSING TIME (*Doran Sbfar x Jas Silver Eyes), owned by Bill Doughty, Cape Charles, Virginia.


Champion Half-Arabian Regular Working Hunter ATR, Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Hack Junior Horse, Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Hack Open and ATR, and Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse RED STAAR (Golden Essence x Reminisce), owned by Hannah Darby, Exmore, Virginia.


Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Mare Hunter Type Open and ATH, and Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Hack AAOTR BELLE ADORE (*Oration x R B Bettedaviseyes), owned by Kimberly Graves, Lorton, Virginia.

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Champion Hunter Hack Open and ATR and Reserve Champion Regular Working Hunter REMINGTON W (Winchester V x Kouvazzmatazz Imw), owned by Rebecca & Donald Downing, Anza, California.


Champion $2,500 Hunter Derby Exhibition, and Champion Half-Arabian Regular Working Hunter, AAOTR, and ATR MEGAS TALL TALE (Zee Mega Bucks x Dominante), owned by Michelle Mahoney, Watsonville, California.


Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Green Working Hunter Derby KHORSANI LA (Nyn Hisani x Khorvette La), owned by Laura C. and David C. Thomas, Warrenton, Virginia, and Brittany Jenkins, up. MIDDLE RIGHT:

Champion HalfArabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Dressage Type Open and ATR, and Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack MIDKNIGHT ORKID (Mojave Kid x West Montana), owned and shown by Nicole Rowley, Thorp, Washington, left, and Champion Half-Arabian Stallion In-Hand and Reserve Champion Half-Arabian First Level Dressage ATR KNIGHTS SILVER LUNA (Knight’s Dark Remark x JS Treazure) owned by Corine Lam and ridden by Reece O’Keefe. BOTTOM LEFT:

Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle AOTR and Champion Half-Arabian Dressage First Level AAOTR, and Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Second Level AAOTR CAMERA SHY (*Shy Gayfeen x Candian Red Rose), owned by Finca Y. Caballerizas De Alburquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and ridden by Cindy Tobek.


Champion Half-Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack ATR SAMANI D (Steffen S x Avatar Bey Magic), owned by Danielle Barrasso, Feeding Hills, Maine.

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Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Working, Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Pick Your Route, and Reserve Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Gamblers Choice SHAKEN RATTLEN ROLLEN (Baske Afire x Baby I’m A Star), owned and driven by Margaret Cox, Morriston, Florida. Margaret also won High Point Driving Excellence.


Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Drive & Ride KL RAIN SHADOW (KL Ransom x SJ Nite Lily), owned and driven by Lisa M. Lyons, Arlington, Washington.


Champion Western Dressage Level 2, Champion Dressage Third Level and Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Second Level SRC ADRIANA (Loki x Cha Farasha), owned and ridden by Jennifer Tobie, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Champion Dressage First Level Open and ATR, and Champion Dressage Second Level ATR TR SILVER FORTUNE (Silverado Bey x Wa-Fortulina), owned by Ann-Dee and Jocelyn Moore, San Diego, California, and ridden by Jocelyn.


Champion Dressage First Level AAOTR SV CASSIDY (Major AA x Euphorja), owned by Katie Jo & Charles M. Hudson, Bryant, Arizona, amd ridden by Katie Jo.

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Champion Basic Western Dressage COFFEE ON MY KHAKIS (Dunit Khaki x Pe Sweet Latte), owned by Tina L. Fogg, Vail, Arizona, and ridden by Denise Krause Spangler.


Champion Half-Arabian Working Hunter ATR LAKOTA owned by Hanna and Frances Nicholson, and ridden by Hanna.


Champion Dressage First Level ATR MI AMEGO (Psymadre x The Attitude), owned and ridden by Colleen Mckenzie, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.


Champion Dressage Second Level AAOTR CARNELIAN MOON MP (Eden C x TF Psynderella), owned and ridden by Cindy Tobeck, Olympia, Washington.


Champion Dressage Third Level ATR, Reserve Champion Dressage Fourth Level STARGALI (TW Bengali Bey x Starstruck DH), owned by Joyce Ann Alford, Temecula, California, ridden by Melissa McCarthy. BOTTOM LEFT:

Champion Dressage Fourth Level Open and ATR, Reserve Champion Dressage Prix Saint-Georges Open and ATR VELVET RAINE (Rumpleminze x Victorys Secret), owned by Kim and Douglas Stone, Marysville, California, and ridden by Crystal Alatalo.


Champion 2nd Level Open Dressage Aulways Magic (Aul Magic x Aul Silver Myst), owned by Hank and Tracy Oliver, Pasco, Washington, and shown by Tony Jackson.

See Leading Sport Horse Sire Charts on our website.

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Champion Dressage Intermediate 1, Champion Dressage Prix Saint-Georges Open and ATR RHOYAL CONTUCCI (Contucci x Rmar Royal Gal), owned by Kathy Mueller and Katie Werner, Hastings, Minnesota, left, and Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Second Level ATR, Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Dressage First Level ATR RHOYAL RASHEEKA owned by Susan and Matthew Cox, Lakeville, Minnesota, and ridden by Susan. Katie Werner also rode Rhoyal Rasheeka to Reserve Champion HA Dressage Second Level. TOP RIGHT:

Champion Dressage Intermediate 2 and Champion Dressage Grand Prix MONDAVIÂ F (Feuertanzer x MRR Suite Dreams), owned and ridden by Tami George, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Training Level ATR, Reserve Champion HalfArabian Dressage Training Level Junior Horse, and Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Training Level AAOTR REGULUS II (Rapture R x Ia Lanna), owned and ridden by Melissa A. Woodward, Norco, California.


Champion Half-Arabian Dressage Second Level AAOTR and Reserve Champion HalfArabian Dressage Second Level ATR SUREFIRE CSF (Sinatra Song x Enjoli Bey), owned and ridden by Melissa McCarthy, San Diego, California.

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