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Shenanigan

& KATHERINE KIRBY
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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 11 Giving Thanks to Our Trainers 94 Lifestyle 98 Directory 99 Ad Index 24 U.S. Nationals 26 Intro 28 English 38 Western Pleasure 52 Hunter Pleasure 60 Specialty 66 Halter 76 Working Western & Trail HORSE SHOWS FEATURES 6 CP Shenanigan+/: Closing the Final Chapter 42 Bluer Than Blue J+/: An Unbelievable Comeback 58 Brooke Gemmell: Finding Light in a Life with Horses 82 Nicole Brown and Remi Martin: A Foundation for Success 83 Working Western Primer
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Closing the Final Chapter

Though no equestrian ever wants the adventure to end, one never knows which ride will be the last. The thought of the final gate call is one that we strive to push away, but its presence in our minds seems to encourage us the most in our efforts. For Katherine Kirby and CP Shenanigan+/ that fateful day finally arrived, and to see the pair charge through the in-gate one last time was to witness the closing of a legendary story.

Since capturing the industry’s attention nearly 12 years ago, CP Shenanigan+/ has set the standard for the English division. With conformation and attitude reminiscent of grandsire *Padron, and the athleticism and grace of great-grandsire Huckleberry Bey++, CP Shenanigan+/ has proven to the industry that power and beauty can indeed come in one supreme package.

“When this horse came into the Arabian English Pleasure Futurity Championship in 2010, the first thing you noticed about him was his unique trot with great hocks and expression,” owner Katherine Kirby remembers. “He never put an ear back. As ornery as he was outside of the ring, he always did his job and loved the show ring.”

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Since coming under the ownership of Kirby Arabians LLC, the Anza Padron son’s career has been fruitful, both in and out of the show arena. From the 11 National Champion titles he has attained since his Nationals debut in 2010, to the strong relationship he has built with Katherine, “Shane” has touched the lives of many in the industry, and has successfully carried on the legacy of his famed parentage. As a fitting end to a fantastic story, those who have loved and admired him most over the years were honored to witness him close out his final chapter in the performance arena at the 2022 U.S. Nationals.

“For the last few years, I always had it in the back of my mind that it might be the last ride, so I always wanted to enjoy every second with him,” Katherine notes, remembering the months leading up to October. “It was after each Nationals that he would have some time off and come back to work in late summer and fall of the following year. Each year, he looked better than the last, and we knew he wasn’t ready to be done. To have a great ride was always my goal, and to win National Champion would truly be the icing on the cake.”

When the gate opened for the Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot on Thursday evening, the arena ignited with excitement as the teams hit the rail at the trot. As the sound of hooves permeated the air, cheers rang out for each fantastic team, though none could hold a candle to Katherine and Shane. The regal 15-year-old chestnut became more impressive with

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each pass, dominating his peers and proving that his legendary reputation was still one to be reckoned with. After a thrilling workout and a few long moments in the line-up, Katherine and Shane were named National Champions, a result punctuated by roaring applause and celebration on behalf of the Stachowski Farm team. Amid the excitement, an emotional Katherine rode her champion to the presentation circle, where a rose garland was draped over her partner’s shoulders one last time.

“I always get emotional because I feel incredibly blessed to have a horse like him,” Katherine says, remembering the moment their name was called. “It was really the perfect last ride. He can be such a rascal in the warmup, but he is always locked in when we enter the ring. To be called National Champion at 15 years old is a testament to Stachowski Farm and to what a talented horse he is.”

After finishing his final victory lap under the bright lights, Shane’s first steps out of the Ford Truck arena signaled the end of an era as his well-earned retirement officially began. For Katherine, retiring the gelding after such a monumental achievement was only fitting; she felt he deserved to go out with applause. Though the change is bittersweet, Katherine notes that Shane has worked hard to earn his retirement, and she is excited to celebrate the memories left behind.

“It is hard to put into words how incredible the last 12 years have been,” Katherine says. “Through all the highs and lows of my life, Shane has always been there. To know Shane is to love him. He loved his job and gave me his all every time we hit the ring. He was challenging in the best way and always kept me on my toes. Little did I know that this beautiful chestnut colt we saw as a 2-year-old would not only be my first English horse, but my once-in-a-lifetime horse.”

The legacy Shane leaves behind was built on hard work and dedication, and Katherine believes that her career with her beloved gelding would not have been possible without the help of her greatest supporters.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Jim Stachowski,” she says. “Through Jim’s training and expertise, Shane and I were able to accomplish more than I could have ever dreamed. I am so grateful to him for this incredible journey we have been on the last 13 years. I also want to thank the entire Stachowski Farm team that was an integral part of Shane’s success throughout his 12-year career. None of this would have been possible without them. Lastly, I want to thank my parents. We have been in this business for over 20 years, and I could not be more grateful for their support.”

Every owner strives to have a horse that leaves a lasting impression on the industry, but few can claim such an honor. For Katherine Kirby and Kirby Arabians, CP Shenanigan+/ has brought them so much more than a collection of titles; he has brought them together in joyous celebration and has allowed them to impact the industry they love so dearly. Though the English division will feel the absence of this famed champion, Shane’s legacy will live on through those who strive to meet the benchmark set by his talents, and he can rest easy in retirement knowing that he will be forever known as the legend he is.

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IN APPRECIATION OF THE COUNTLESS HOURS, LESSONS LEARNED & MEMORABLE MOMENTS THAT MADE 2022 SPECIAL!

KELSEY & GRANT

Thank you for putting up with me, all my hare-brained ideas, my impulse buys, & my wacky schedule. Lots of adventures, lots of laughs, & a small amount of bloodshed.

Oh yeah, thanks for training my horses as well.

Love, Lane p.s. Utah!

“A STRONG WOMAN KNOWS SHE HAS STRENGTH ENOUGH FOR THE JOURNEY, BUT A WOMAN OF STRENGTH KNOWS IT IS IN THE JOURNEY WHERE SHE WILL BECOME STRONG.”

- Luke Easter

CARALYN

Thank you for the dedication you give to our horses, for giving the best lessons a rider could ever get, & for being one strong lady! We appreciate all your time & commitment given to us & our horses!

Barta Show Horses

ARE THE TOUCH STONES OF OUR CHARACTER.”

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THANK YOU FOR AN INCREDIBLE 2022 SHOW SEASON! YOUR DEDICATION, TIRELESS EFFORT & THE NEVER-ENDING SUPPORT YOU GIVE TO US & OUR HORSES IS TRULY UNMATCHED. - YOUR DBPH CREW
DALE,

TROY & JOSIE,

Behind the roses & the ribbons are two individuals who truly care about the process it takes to get there. Your support both in & out of the ring is full of wisdom, laughter & love. Thank you for your true devotion & love of the sport; it makes our experience exceptional.

With Love & Admiration, Your Tamar Family

To Rob & Ricki,

Thank you for a wonderful 2022 season. The hard work you put into each horse & rider does not go unnoticed. Thank you for the many lessons you teach us, both in & out of the saddle. It is because of your patience that we all are so eager to learn more & are never afraid to ask for help or advice. We appreciate your dedication to us, to our horses, & to this sport. Thank you for the innumerable exhausting hours you sacrifice to better the lives of your clients, animals & family. We have each witnessed your early mornings & late nights with no days off, & we are forever grateful. The successes we have had & memories we have made will forever be part of who we are, even years from now when the ribbons are long gone.

To Anthony & the entire LPH crew,

Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for caring so selflessly for our equine friends, for treating them like your own, & for always wanting the best for them. We see the hard work you put in, your dedication, & the hours outside on those freezing cold winter mornings to make sure that the horses are well taken care of. Thank you for teaching us what it is to love & care for these animals. Your constant effort is the best example we have to follow when it comes to treating our horses with the utmost care & respect. When our horses aren’t acting quite right, it’s almost always you who see it first. We know that your job is far from easy. You’re behind the scenes - all action and little glory, but we’re here to say thank you.

We don’t say it enough, but we appreciate every single thing that each of you do, & we really, genuinely, absolutely - couldn’t do it without you.

WITH LOVE,

Your Luton Performance Horse Family

Randy, Angie, BECAUSE OF YOUR TIRELESS DEVOTION WE GET TO LIVE OUR DREAMS! Thank you from all of us at RSTC

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Skylar & Cheryl

You have faced many challenges this year, & have shown the industry what strength truly means. We are proud of you & feel very privileged to be by your side as part of the SAR family. Thank you is not nearly enough to capture the gratitude we feel every day for you!

LOVE, Your SAR Family

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SHOW OFFICIALS

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STORY BY Ellen MacEwan PHOTOS BY Kelsey Polmanteer, Barbara Gardner, Coral Link, Emma Chapman, Julia Brennan, Brooke Foti-Gemmell, Sophia Kuder and Howard Schatzberg Photography JUDGES Donnie Bullock, Brian Ferguson, Kim Morgan, Karen Homer-Brown, Jody LaSalle, Lewis McKim, Sheri Odom, Susan Witte, Richard Wright, Todd Bailey, Leo Fourre, Chele McGauly, Allen Mitchels, Cyndi Robbins, Jeff Lee, Jill Mitchell, Jim Porcher, John Powers, Scott Scheyli, Bruce McCrea, Joey Canda, Scott Brumfield SHOW MANAGER Angela O’Neill SHOW SECRETARY Marlene Kriegbaum ANNOUNCERS Paul Devroomen, Donna Wakefield, Bonnie Chatten USEF STEWARDS Kathleen Callahan-Smith, Cricket Gates, Jean Kraus, Kandy Lazarrus, Cheryl Tobey PHOTOGRAPHER Howard Schatzberg Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Arabian Horse Association FARRIER Bobby Waters VETERINARIAN Equine Athlete
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The 2022 U.S. Nationals was a show for the history books, with great turnout and superb quality across the divisions. In particular, the young horse classes stood out, with some truly impressive youngsters hitting all three rings. There is some great prize money on offer at this show, and the new Breeding Pays Futurity for 2-year-olds was a welcome addition to the Halter schedule, allotting more than $200,000 in prize money, and welcoming both seasoned professionals and amateur handlers to the ring to vie for the prizes. The AWPA, AEPA and AHPA Futurities also saw some fabulous entries, along with the myriad other Futurity, Maturity and Jackpot programs.

After an exciting nine days of competition, horses and humans returned home tired but happy, closing out yet another great show season, and beginning their preparations for 2023.

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Left: Katie Burr and her homebred Starrboy celebrate a big win in the Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-49 Championship, a class full of former National Champions. They are no strangers to the winner’s circle themselves, having won the AAOTR Maturity last year and every class leading up to this result as well. Top Right: Jim Stachowski and SD The Bravest are the 2022 Half-Arabian English Pleasure Futurity winners. This special filly is the first offspring of Juliette Dell’s Saddlebred stallion, Noble Braveheart, to hit the ring. Her performance was an exciting promise of what’s to come, not only for her own career, but for that of her sire. Bottom Right: Bill Castro greets Matthew Siemon after Matthew’s eighth consecutive win in the Half-Arabian Park with Bill’s beloved GSF Alejandro. With the heart of a champion, the remarkable 15-year-old gelding gets better with each passing year, and he was poetry in motion to best a field of eight top-quality entries.

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UNANIMOUS U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION H/A ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY Proudly Owned & Bred by 6D Ranch • Trained
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KW Micah powers down the rail in the Arabian English Pleasure Open Championship. Joel Kiesner piloted the magnificent stallion to the win in this deeply competitive class for Franklin Farm LLC. Owner Diane Franklin also earned a National Championship with the bay during the week, claiming the top result in the AAOTR 50-and-Over division.

the AAOTR Jackpot, placing just behind Amanda’s husband, Rhein, on another Boisvert homebred,

Laffitte BF. The Boisvert Farms breeding program witnessed unprecedented success at this year’s show, with numerous horses bearing the BF moniker taking home top honors in the English division. Top Right: Jackie Ware and Shoc-A-Lat pose with the spoils of their victory in the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR Championship. This dynamite team is trained by Vicki Humphrey Training Center. Bottom Right: Zach White is all smiles after winning the Half-Arabian Park AAOTR with Extremely Fortunut. This explosive gelding always turns heads when he hits the ring. He earned a Youth National Championship earlier this season with Zach’s younger brother, Rex, before adding this coveted title to the John White Stables resume.

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Left: Amanda Purdin Standish and Sal Mineo BF+// exit the ring in National Champion style after the HalfArabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Championship. This fine team also earned the reserve in Jean

Afirey Fireball VM wears the reserve ribbon after an impressive showing in the AEPA Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity with Dalton Budd in the saddle for the Fishgold family. The black bay homebred gelding is sired by Black Daniels and out of an Afire Bey V mare.

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Top Left: Chelsea Cantero and Son Of A Preacher Man WA continue to be strong contenders in the HalfArabian Western Pleasure Amateur divisions. Chelsea and her bay gelding made two victory passes at this year’s U.S. Nationals, earning the win in the AAOTR 19-39 division and the reserve in the AAOTR Jackpot.

Bottom Left: Josh Quintus and Redemption HA wait for the gate to open on the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity. Josh showed the gorgeous Bentley SF son for owners and breeders Jeremy and Chelsea Harper, and he left the ring with the reserve garland out of a field of 21. Right: Sarah Sussman is all smiles after jogging away with the National Champion roses in the Arabian Western Pleasure AATR Select class, riding Thunderstruck DA. Their victory concluded an undefeated season for this stunning team.

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A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO LARRY JEROME FOR BEING BLUE’S BIGGEST SUPPORTER & CHEERING US ON EVERY STEP OF THIS JOURNEY A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COMEBACK +/

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No matter the breed or discipline, a quality that all equestrians share is that we would do anything for the horses we love. Unfortunately, when accidents happen, that devotion can force us to make difficult decisions with our companions’ best interest in mind. Last year, Donna Clay was faced with the heart-breaking possibility of euthanizing her beloved gelding, Bluer Than Blue J+/, after he was cast in his stall and fractured his hock. The prognosis was uncertain, and the road to the gelding just being pasture-sound would be a long one. However, Donna knew that “Blue” deserved the chance to try. With the guidance of the Peak Performance veterinary team, and trusted trainers Randy and Angie Sullivan, Donna developed a plan for Blue, including four months of stall rest and a stay at a rehab facility. “We just kept sticking in there and believing in him, that he could pull himself through,” says Donna, when describing the first few months after the accident.

Once Blue’s team knew he was out of danger, they sent him to Katie Hawkins’ Chicagobased facility, Unbridled Equine, for physical therapy and rehab. Katie strives to maintain a multi-faceted program, offering MagnaWave, equine massage, and rehabilitative therapies such as a water treadmill called an Aquapacer. Unbridled Equine serves to work together with veterinary teams to create and execute a regimented rehabilitation plan. The program has seen tremendous results, as it provides a more specialized care method than vets and trainers provide alone. Katie also has seen improvements in the mental health of horses who complete stall rest at Unbridled Equine compared to those who stay on stall rest at a training

barn. “Oftentimes, if the horse is in a barn that has other horses that are still being trained and ridden and going outside, it can be really hard on horses to all of a sudden lose their identity and their job,” explains Katie. “Yet, when they’re in a program where everyone is rehabbing, they have their new comrades who are all doing the same goal, and the atmosphere is different.”

This environment certainly benefited Blue. When he arrived at Unbridled, the horse who Donna described as a jokester was visibly depressed. “When we got Blue, his heart was broken,” Katie remembers. “He was very down, he kept his head in the back of his stall.” Knowing that Blue loved attention, Katie and her team were intentional about spending as much time with Blue as possible. They placed him in a stall facing the cross-ties, and groomed and MagnaWaved him multiple times a day. As he finished his stall rest and was able to be hand-walked, Blue’s personality came shining through again. Katie recalls the horse keeping his rehab team in fits of laughter with his antics, which included tossing his grain bowl out of his stall to ask for food.

As he began to regain strength in his hock, Katie’s team began working Blue in the Aquapacer. Katie identified this therapy specifically as being instrumental to Blue’s comeback. “We could use hot water and put it up all the way to his stifles so that he was completely buoyant,” says Katie. “It allowed us to get movement back into his routine without him putting weight or pressure on that fracture that could cause it to be stressed.” Throughout his rehab, Blue continued to stay in good spirits, often playing in the treadmill water and splashing his handlers if given the chance.

When the time came for Blue to return to the Sullivans’ farm, he was as fit as if he’d never been out of work, and was ready to be re-started under saddle. Again, Donna and the Sullivans met and laid out a careful plan to give Blue a light show season. He would attend three small local shows before travelling to Ohio to compete at Region 13. At each show, the training team and Donna evaluated how he had tolerated trailering and showing. After he left Ohio undefeated, the team agreed that he was ready to head to Tulsa in October.

Partnered with new owner Chelsey Perez, Blue exceeded all expectations and jogged to the winner’s circle twice, as Reserve National Champion in the HalfArabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 division and as National Champion in the AATR Select Championship. That moment will forever be in my heart,” says Chelsey, of being named Champion. “As Blue and I took our victory pass, I realized I couldn’t have been on a more deserving horse. “

Donna was in the stands for both wins, supportive as ever. “We all were crying and yelling,” she laughs. “We were happy for the barn and Randy and Chelsey, and we were happy that Blue was right where we knew he should be: center stage.” After all the effort to get to this point, Donna describes the moments after the win as feeling like a movie.

This storybook ending to a difficult journey is just the beginning for Blue and Chelsey. Blue will have another light show season, with the goal of returning to U.S. Nationals in 2023. Donna continues to follow his progress and remains a part of “Team Blue.” This remarkable horse and the people who love him serve as a beautiful example of the heart and determination of the Arabian horse, and of the industry as a whole.

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U.S NATIONAL CHAMPION H/A WESTERN PLEASURE AATR SELECT U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION H/A WESTERN PLEASURE AAOTR 19-39 Khadraj NA+++/ x Blue Moon J+/ • Owned by Chelsey Perez • Berlin, New Jersey Trained by Randy Sullivan’s Training Center • 525 Clear Creek Rd. • Dawson, Illinois 62520 • (217) 801-0793 • www.randysullivan.com
U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN H/A WESTERN PLEASURE FUTURITY The Seeker V x Vexxing • Owned by Laura & Jonathan Blackburn • Chicago, Illinois Trained by Randy Sullivan’s Training Center • 525 Clear Creek Rd. • Dawson, Illinois 62520 • (217) 801-0793 • www.randysullivan.com E XXXQUISIT E
BEST WISHES FROM THE LUBBEN FAMILY ON THE PURCHASE OF “MAK”! GOOD LUCK THIS YEAR! LOVE, AUNT DONNA CRUISING INTO 2023 WITH HER NEW RIDE! Trained by Randy Sullivan’s Training Center • 525 Clear Creek Rd. • Dawson, Illinois 62520 • (217) 801-0793 • www.randysullivan.com JAYLA PURPLE & CPH MCLAREN

RIDING FOR LARAE

Brothers Skylar and Colby Powell react to their respective wins in the Purebred and Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Open Championships. Both victories marked emotional moments for the Silver Aspen Ranch family in light of the passing of matriarch LaRae Fletcher Powell earlier this year. Both young trainers undoubtedly made their mother proud with their performances, with Colby capturing the Half-Arabian title for the second year in a row aboard Fixations Khash for owner Natalie Gaylord, and Skylar taking the coveted Purebred roses with Gazali VC for longtime owner Maria Danieli.

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Chelsey Perez poses with her ribbon and rose garland after a reserve ride with Bluer Than Blue J+/ in the HalfArabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Championship. This team, trained by Randy Sullivan, then capped off a great season with the National Champion title in the AATR Select division.

Top: Bishops Khrown poses with his roses alongside trainer Colby Powell. The handsome RD Habanero son claimed the winning title in the AWPA Purebred Western Pleasure Futurity with Colby in the saddle for Kendall Carkhuff. Bottom Left: An elated Jennifer Yeatman exits the ring with Heratio. This brand-new team earned the reserve in the HalfArabian Western Pleasure AAOTR Maturity Championship under the Becker Stables banner. Bottom Right: Joe Reser leads Milliondollarbaby SF through the crowd after winning the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity for owner and breeder Shamrock Farms. It was a meaningful victory for the Shamrock team, as this promising colt is the first offspring of the late Monaco Jullyen V to hit the ring, and he looks poised to carry on his sire’s legacy.

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Top: Melissa Subjeck plants a kiss on OH Supreme Delight+/ after taking the reserve title in the HalfArabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40-59 Championship. Trainer Wendy Potts also competed in the Open with the big-going black mare, earning the reserve in that deep division as well. Bottom Left: Spitfire Bey V carries owner Bridget Smith out of the arena sporting the Reserve National Champion roses from the Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity while Bridget gives her bay mount an appreciative pat. Bottom Right: Nicole Cotton is overcome with emotion after winning the Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot with PA Aventador Kid for the second year in a row.

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Todd Hickerson receives congratulations after his victory pass in the Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open with Keira Knightley GHA++//. The impressive dark mare also earned a National Championship in the AATR Select with Brandi Cryer.

Top Left: An elated Kendall Carkhuff proudly displays the roses draped over Hakuna Matata WA after their win in the Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity. Trainer Josh Shino prepared this fabulous team. Josh also took a spin on the chestnut, earning the National Champion title in the Junior Horse division. Top Right: Dana Rossman is greeted by a host of supporters after winning the competitive Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR Select Championship aboard Monello V. Dana bought the Monticello V son as a 2-year-old Western prospect and placed him in training with Tommy Garland. When Tommy suggested turning him into a hunter, Dana went with it and put in the work that led to their first National Championship.

Bottom: Ali Brady guides Fabian RCF from the ring after a winning performance in the Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity. Ali purchased the Half-Friesian, out of an OFW Magic Wan daughter, as a yearling, and the process of bringing him along over the past two-and-a-half years made the win all the more rewarding.

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Megan Jenkins is thrilled to carry out the National Champion roses in the AHPA HalfArabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity riding ESQ Color Thyme+. Owned by Sue Bury, this handsome chestnut was the Futurity National Champion with Megan last year, and the pair continued their winning trajectory in 2022.

The journey to becoming an equestrian looks different for every individual, but one uniting factor is the positive impact horses have on their riders’ mental health. Many in the industry have similar stories of finding a safe haven in their horse, barn family, and show horse sport, and even nonequestrians are exploring the healing power of horses through equine-assisted therapy programs for mental health treatments.

Brooke Gemmell’s story is one such journey. She has been around horses since she was 7, but when her struggle with mental health became a war, it was working with horses that helped save her life. According to Brooke, her battle with depression began when she was a teenager. “I dealt with a lot of issues in high school,” Brooke says. “I almost didn’t graduate, but I did. I ended up going to college, and had a lot of issues with depression there too.”

Brooke’s battle with her mental health continued throughout her college career and into her adult life. “I felt like I didn’t have a life worth living,” she says. “All I had going for me was the horses. I couldn’t control the way my brain was making me feel.” According to Brooke, the horse community gave her everything she needed to keep going at that time. She says that even on her worst days, she would find the strength to go sit in the stall of her lifelong companion, GBA Kazimier+/. “There were times when I’d go sit in his stall, and he would put his head in my lap and let me cry on him,” Brooke said of their relationship. “He was my rock through all those years.”

It wasn’t just her relationship with her horse that saved Brooke’s life. Attending shows, working in the barn, and building bonds with her barn family also played an integral role in her healing journey. “I feel like without horses and the horse community, I don’t think I would feel this way,” she said, explaining why she is so invested in this community. “I felt so much support and love from my team. It’s not just about being with the horses. The Arabian community and the horse shows, all of it together is when I feel the best relationship with myself. It keeps me going.”

Getting in the saddle and stepping foot in the barn can help ease the feelings of loneliness woven into dealing with depression and other mental health issues. “Knowing I could come home to ‘Kaz,’ and my entire barn family, after school was something to look forward to,” Brooke says. After taking some time off to have her son, getting back into riding helped Brooke get through her postpartum depression and to feel more like herself again. And today, she says she is feeling better than ever before.

When asked what advice she would give to a young equestrian struggling with their mental health, Brooke said, "I remember feeling as though I shouldn't be depressed because I was lucky enough to have horses and there were people with much harder lives than me. But all pain is valid. Everything comes from somewhere and it's okay to grant yourself the grace to feel the way that you do."

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Top Left: Lauren Aguilera poses with CP Cozmopolis+// after a great ride in the Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English AAOTR. Their performance earned them the reserve roses in the division, and to show off their versatility, they accomplished the same result in the English Show Hack AAOTR during the week. Top Right: The unstoppable duo of Elizabeth Tehan and Enrico cinch yet another win in the Arabian Mounted Native Costume AAOTR Championship, a repeat of their 2020 results after a reserve last year. Trainer Lance Lewis also showed the exuberant gray, earning the Open National Champion title in their outing.

Bottom: Beth Ann Salamy and High On Heir exit the ring as the Reserve National Champions in the Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English Open. Beth Ann was in the saddle for owner Rylie DeBarge.

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Lauren Adamek and Captivating Shoc WA make yet another victory pass in their illustrious career. This powerful pair has come to define the Mounted Native Costume division, and they added 2022 Reserve National Champion Half-Arabian AAOTR to their long list of wins. Trainer John Rannenberg also steered the gelding to a set of National Champion roses in the Open, much to owner Lauren’s delight.
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Top Left: Julia Nastri hugs her heart horse, DA Avant Guardian+//, after their reserve finish in the Arabian English Show Hack Open. This well-matched amateur team faced a field of trainers, and their special partnership shone through as they rose above the ranks to earn the reserve. Bottom Left: Natalie Lindmark showers her beloved stallion, Saxton DGL, with affection after a winning drive in the Arabian Pleasure Driving AOTD. This stellar team enjoyed a great week under the Kiesner banner, also finishing reserve in the Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot. Right: Suzanne Calnan receives a congratulatory hug after her victory in the Half-Arabian Mounted Native Costume AAOTR with the wonderful Afires Soldier++++//. The COVID-19 pandemic had kept the Canadian native away for the past two years, so it was a triumphant return for the pair, who earned the reserve in this division in their last appearance in 2019. They also earned a reserve this year in the Show Hack AAOTR division.

The relatively new Performance Halter division has become wildly popular, boasting impressive competition numbers across the board. Sydney Henson and Movin To Barcelona CS bested a field of 28 to claim the National Champion honors in the Half-Arabian Mare AOTH division. This young mare is by KM Bugatti+++/ and out of an accomplished show mare sired by Majesteit, and she has the beauty and athleticism one would expect from such a pairing. She also showed successfully in Hunter Pleasure in 2022, her first full season in the show ring.

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Top Left: Alesia ENB poses in the warm-up with Alcides Rodrigues at the lead. The exquisite bay, by Atticus ENB and out of a PCF Vision daughter, is a testament to her breeding. She earned the National Champion title in the 2-Year-Old Filly division for owner RaeDawn Arabians. Top Right: Katie Steiner is all smiles after a great performance with Rohara Crown Prince+, whom she presented to a Top Ten in the Arabian Senior Gelding Championship for Eric Loftis. Bottom: Sandro Pinha waits to hand off the lead of the lovely Nayara J to handler Indira van Handel to present in the new Breeding Pays Futurity. Owned and bred by Larry Jerome, the Khaja J daughter was Scottsdale Signature and Region 1 Champion earlier this year, and she put in a great performance in the competitive class.

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Tasheem PMA is a stunning example of the exciting Taj Raheem offspring being produced by the Pat McGinnis Arabians breeding program. Now owned by Felix Cantu, this breathtaking bay colt put on a show with Andrew Sellman at the lead, earning the reserve in the Yearling Sweepstakes Colts.
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Top: Austin Colangelo warms up Exxstatic SBA before the gate opens on the Arabian Yearling Sweepstakes Geldings class. Owned and bred by Stella Bella Arabians, this Exxalt son, out of Goddess Of Da Vinci, would ultimately earn the reserve in the class. Bottom Left: OFW Cupid wears the roses alongside Andrew Sellman after her victory in the Yearling Sweepstakes Fillies. It was a thrilling moment for ISRA Arabians, proud owners of this special filly. OFW Cupid is royally bred, by the increasingly prolific Dominic M and out of the multi-National Champion Lulu Marajj. Bottom Right: Bad Tothe Bone BA emerges from the arena as the Reserve National Champion in the Half-Arabian Yearling Colt/Gelding division. Robert Langlois presented the Half-Dutch colt for Brittany Wright.

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The exotic Stardom Sky is all snort and blow ahead of the competitive Yearling Sweepstakes Colt class. Presented by Joao Carlos Silvestr De Sousa for Desert Sky Arabian LLC, the sleek, dark Dominic M son rose to the top of the class, edging out 11 nice entries for the top honors.
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Top Left: Alexis Cole sits proudly in the saddle aboard Whata Chic Olena TR. This phenomenal team earned the top score in the Half-Arabian Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR.

Top Right: The light shines down on Jesse Chase and Edyta P in the warm-up. The lovely gray Romanek daughter earned the reserve with Jesse in the Arabian Reining Futurity and Junior Horse for owner All Things Equine. Bottom: Jenna Curley and Black Jack Jerry+/ pose with the National Champion roses from the Half-Arabian Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR Championship. At 17 years old, this gelding is as powerful and agile as ever; he also carried Jenna to a Top Ten in the Reining AAOTR division.

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Crystal McNutt leads away Major Impression carrying the National Champion roses from the Half-Arabian Reining Open. With a combined score of 444.5, this impressive athlete rose to the top of a field of 18 superb entries, edging out Hesa Cassanova+// and Jeromy Lipps for the top spot.

Left: Spinnin All My Money carries Michelle Pease Paulsen from the ring. This team seems to get better with each go, and they enjoyed a great show, earning two Reserve National Championships in the Arabian Ranch Riding AATR 19-54 and Showmanship 19-49 divisions.Top Right: SH Electric Gun+/ is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the Arabian Cow Horse division. He and longtime owner Maddi Larkin scooped up two wins in 2022, earning the top result in the Reined AATR and Working AATR divisions. Bottom Right: Kristen Skavdahl and RBR Abiliera+/ show off their Reserve National Champion garland from the Arabian Reining Rookie Non-Pro AATR division.

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Jim Hitt warms up M Gettin Er Dun++++// for the Half-Arabian English Trail Open. Responsive and nimble, this fabulous mare navigated the course with ease, claiming the National Champion title, one of many she earned during the week across the Working Western and Trail divisions. Competing with both Jim and owner Erin Moore, the chestnut also was Champion in the English Trail AAOTR, Western Trail Derby, Western Trail AATR, Ranch Rail Open and Ranch AATR 19-54.

Nicole Brown

AND REMI MARTIN : A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS

In addition to witnessing show-ring legends competing head to head, one of the most exciting aspects of U.S. Nationals is the opportunity to watch young horses beginning to make their mark on the industry. For many trainers heading to Oklahoma with a junior horse, the main goal is simple: have clean rides and give these youngsters a foundation of positive show experiences. If the stars align and roses come along the way, the experience is only that much more memorable. Remi Martin is one such rising star who, after bringing home five sets of National roses this year, already seems destined for greatness in his 5-year-old year.

“Remi’s” success has come as no surprise to trainer and co-owner Nicole Brown. After breeder Sayda Canizares sent Nicole a video of the gelding as a yearling, Nicole knew he had a bright future ahead of him. “I was immediately in love with the golden gray galloping around the field,” Nicole says. “His level topline, his amazing lead changes, his ability to always be in lead, the way he pulled his hocks way up underneath him every time he stopped or slowed down, and the fact that he never flipped his tail up in the air!”

She sent the video to client Mientje Ploeg, who agreed that Remi needed to be part of Nicole’s program.

Nicole’s instinct was spot on, and Remi quickly flourished under her care. “He always has been

fearless; he looks at everything with curiosity and takes everything in stride,” says Nicole. “Remi was super easy to start, never really bucked, and was an ambitious youngster.” Though the goal was to develop him into a reiner, Nicole took her time with him as a 2-year-old. She kept training sessions short and full of variety, taking him on trails, letting him see cows, teaching him showmanship, and visiting county fairs. “Being allowed to be a 2-year-old was instrumental in his development, and I’d like to think the rest of the training program has served him well too,” says Nicole.

In 2021, after focusing Remi’s training on Reining, Nicole and the handsome grey found success at Scottsdale, taking Champion in the Level One Open Reining Futurity and third overall in the Level 4 Open Reining Futurity. Remi also proved himself against other breeds at NRHA shows and was reserve in the Level One 4-Year-Old Stakes at the Mother’s Day Slide. Finally, the time came to take him to Tulsa for the first time. There, he exceeded all expectations and earned three Reserve National Champion titles in Reining and Ranch Riding, as well as a National Championship in the Ranch Riding Futurity division.

After a thrilling debut, Nicole spent the next year continuing to work with Remi as he grew and developed. At 5 years old and with total lifetime

earnings of over $35,000, he has grown into himself and presents a maturity far beyond his years. Nicole looked forward to what this year’s U.S. Nationals would bring. “I felt prepared,” she says. “I felt solid about the job I’d done and the horse I’d developed and brought forth.” The solid foundation she had built paid even bigger dividends this year, with this dynamic team topping the Ranch Riding Futurity for the second year in a row. They also earned the judges’ call in the Half-Arabian Ranch Riding Junior Horse, Reining Junior Horse, and Reining Futurity, and took reserve in the Half-Arabian Western Trail Junior Horse Championship. Nicole describes feeling pride in knowing that she had prepared Remi well. “It felt great knowing that we pulled it all together and were rewarded for our efforts,” she says. “I felt a sense of accomplishment and solace in knowing Mientje would appreciate the effort and the success, as she’s the one who has afforded us this amazing journey.”

As she transitions to a new facility in Lipan, Texas, Nicole looks forward to the opportunities to expand her clientele and training offerings, and expresses gratitude to all who have been involved in hers and Remi’s careers thus far. “Some have had very large roles, and some have had small roles, but they’re all crucial to all of this taking shape the way it has,” she says. “Cheers to the future!”

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Remi U.S NATIONAL CHAMPION H/A Reining Junior Horse H/A Reining Futurity H/A Ranch Riding Junior Horse A/HA/AA Ranch Riding Futurity U.S NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION H/A Western Trail Junior Horse U.S NATIONAL TOP TEN A/HA/AA Western Trail Futurity Now Offered for Your Consideration. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY • 940-727-2063 Trained & shown by Nicole Brown • Pilot Point, Texas
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Nicole BROWN

DIVISIONS: Reining, Ranch Riding, Trail, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Riding, Cattle Events

How did you get your start in the Working Western divisions?

I grew up with horses. I got my first pony when I was 2 1/2, started showing in 4-H at age 4, and conquered the open show circuit in Saskatchewan as a teen riding a triple-Ferzon-bred Arabian gelding in all Western and English classes. Prior to that gelding, I was sliding my previous horse, an ex-chuck wagon racing pony, on the wet grass every time it rained! In high school, I sought out a couple clinics, spent seven weeks with Locke and Deb Duce in Alberta, and worked eight months for Don Rudko in Manitoba. From there, I went out on my own.

What do you love about this facet of the industry? The diversity and the challenge of creating a well-rounded, well-adjusted, well-broke and consistent horse.

What is the most important part of your training/care routine?

Every single aspect is crucial: nutrition, gut health, correct foot care, body work, vet care, proper dentistry, mental soundness, and of course, a solid training program. Not one thing makes an outstanding athlete; it's a culmination of many.

Why should someone try Working Western?

It's really a great group of people. The trainers and the competitors are friendly and welcoming to new people. Working Western offers an array of classes that can appeal to many skill levels. I commend the Working Western world for beginning to add money to encourage competitors to come out and get involved.

What qualities make the Arabian/Half-Arabian suitable for this division?

For the most part, Arabians are people horses. They like people and doing things for or with people. That, combined with their intelligence & trainability, make them well-suited to being diverse.

What do you hope to see for the future of the Arabian Working Western horse, & what are you doing to support that vision?

For this industry to excel, it’s going to need to find a way to mitigate expenses to competitors & offer good incentives by way of purses. It’s also going to need to make involvement simple. The industries that are growing the most are focused on making it worthwhile for people to put out the huge time & financial investment. I will continue to produce nice horses for the industry, & I will continue to be an option for people seeking high-quality training.

Katie MOSTOWICH

FARM NAME: Silver Aspen Ranch

DIVISIONS: Reining, Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Limited Reined Cow, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Pleasure

How did you get your start in the Working Western division?

My sister had a PB reiner that she was bringing to Silver Aspen back in 2011, and I thought it looked like so much fun!. I expressed my interest to Larae, and I had my own PB reiner later that year. The rest is history!

What do you love about competing in this facet of the industry?

I love the comaraderie and the sportsmanship. The Working Western people are so supportive of each other and work well together. We share tips and advice on rides, always congratulate each other, and hype each other up. I feel really lucky to be part of that. I also love the fair scoring system. When you’re riding a reining pattern, the score that you get is the score that you deserve most of the time. It helps keep me sane, since I also ride main-ring classes, which are so much more subjective and opinion-based when it comes to the placings.

Who trains your horse? How have they helped you come together as a team?

Larae Fletcher Powell initially trained “Justin;” Skylar Powell has taken over his training. I think the biggest lesson that I’ve learned to better our partnership is that my horse is who he is, and I have to ride what I have under me on that particular day.

What advice would you give someone new wanting to try these divisions?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most of the trainers and riders hanging around the Working Western ring are happy to help. Also, find a trainer who will help you learn the basics on a horse suited to your level of experience. I called my first reiner, Phoenix CA+//, my “trainer reiner,” and he made the learning process so much more enjoyable because he was patient with me through all the mistakes

I inevitably made.

What has been your proudest moment of 2022?

Watching Skylar Powell win the PB Open Western at Tulsa this year with my barn family. We’ve had an incredibly hard year with the loss of Larae, and I’m so proud of each and every one of us for the level of strength and heart that’s been shown.

What is your #1 goal for 2023?

I’d like to work on my timing in my slides, and score higher than a 70.5 under an NRHA judge.

& KATIE MOSTOWICH U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION PB Reining AAOTR U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION PB Reining AAOTR Jackpot U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN PB Ranch Riding AATR 19-54 Owned by Katie & Allison Mostowich • Calgary, Alberta Canada Trained by Silver Aspen Ranch • LaRae Fletcher Powell • Cheryl Fletcher • Skylar Powell Enumclaw, Washington • (253) 740-6285 • www.silveraspenranch.com LARAE, I stayed out of the penalty box. Thanks for riding every step with me; these wins are for you.
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DIVISIONS: Working Cow, Reined Cow, Herd Work

How did you get your start in the Working Western divisions?

I’ve been involved with Arabians my whole life. My parents raised Arabians when I was little and I showed most of my youth. I started showing in the Working Western division in 2003. My brother, Andy Camacho, had an amazing gelding that he let me show, Parade V+/. I showed him in Working Cow and Cutting, and never looked back.

What do you love about this facet of the industry?

I love the fact that in the Herd Work and Working Cow classes you can be totally prepared and ready to show, but the cow you cut or draw is really what affects your score and HOW you work that cow is what matters.

What is the most important part of your training/care routine?

The most important part of my training routine is consistency and dedication. I try to work my horses on cows or the flag every week, even if it’s just to track a cow around the arena. Also, I spend a lot of time with a nice easy warm up.

Why should someone try Working Western?

I would say that someone should try the Working Western division because it’s exciting! There are entrylevel classes for exhibitors that want to try the Cow Work, the Limited Reined Cow, for those that don’t want to go down the fence; and there’s the Herd Work classes for those that don’t have a finished cutter.

What qualities make the Arabian/Half-Arabian suitable for this division?

Arabians and Half Arabians do well in these divisions because they are so smart and athletic. The amount of “try” these horses have is unbelievable. Even if a horse doesn’t have a lot of natural cow sense, they figure out the game quickly and can turn into a pretty handy cow horse.

What do you hope to see for the future of the Arabian Working Western horse, & what are you doing to support that vision?

My hope is that the Working Western divisions continue to grow, especially the Cow Horse and Herd Work divisions. I support this division in that I’m always looking for my next prospect, especially as my current horses begin to age. I think it’s very important to have a prospect in the back of your mind and be bringing that horse up even as you show your seasoned horses. It’s really, really tough to make a cow horse overnight.

Claire NAPIER

FARM NAME: Earthquake Arabians DIVISIONS: HA Reining, Ranch Riding

How did you get your start in the Working Western divisions?

My mom decided to try Ranch Riding, and in summer 2021 she purchased her first ranch horse, Ima Rowdy Dun+//. After riding Reno a couple times at home I was hooked, and knew that I wanted to pursue competing!

What do you love about competing in this facet of the industry?

The sense of community is amazing. I love feeling like I can strike up a conversation with anyone in the warm-up pen. I also love competing individually. There's no wondering if the judges caught my mistake like in main ring (they definitely did!), and it really allows me to focus on showing my horse as best I can.

Who trains your horse? How have they helped you come together as a team?

Tamara Collins trains “Ginger” and I. I also take semi-weekly lessons with Tye McDaniel, who has helped Tammy develop the Earthquake Working Western Program the past couple years. Tammy has been my trainer for several years now, and she is great at communicating what I need to do to improve each ride.

What advice would you give someone new wanting to try these divisions?

Just go for it, and don't be discouraged if it isn't perfect right away. Go at your own pace and focus on the ride, not the score. You'll have a blast.

What has been your proudest moment of 2022?

Winning the Rookie Reining at the 2022 U.S. Nationals Show. This was mine and Ginger's first Nationals together, and we had a lot of ups and downs this season. Pulling it together at the biggest show of the year was absolutely surreal.

What is your #1 goal for 2023?

To be more confident when I show. When I feel confident and I'm in that mindset, I have some of my best rides. My goal is to channel that feeling every time I show next year, and see what Ginger and I can do!

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Fun fact: “Uno” has 1303 performance points U.S. National Champion H/A Western Trail - with Jim Hitt • H/A Western Trail AAOTR U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A English Trail AAOTR U.S. National Top Ten H/A Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR • H/A English Trail H/A Herd Work AATR • H/A Ranch Riding AATR 55 & Over DR Renoir Fun fact: “Reno” is only 4 & won the rail class in a bosal U.S. National Champion PB Ranch Riding Junior Horse - with Jim Hitt PB Ranch Rail AATR 55 & Over U.S. National Top Ten PB Western Trail Junior Horse • PB Ranch Rail A/HA/AA Western Trail Futurity • A/HA/AA Ranch Riding Futurity PROUDLY OWNED BY TRACY DOWSON • GOLDEN, COLORADO Little Bit Of Boom+// Fun fact: Her nickname is “Rosa the Reiner” U.S. National Champion PB Reining Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR • PB Ranch Riding AATR 55 & Over U.S. National Reserve Champion PB Reining AAOTR • PB Reining AAOTR Jackpot • PB Herd Work AATR - with Jim Hitt U.S. National Top Ten PB Reining • PB Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR • PB Reining Derby • PB Herd Work Roselita RA MOZARTS
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How did you get your start in the Working Western divisions?

I started riding in Arizona with Jessica Bein, who then introduced me to Jim Hitt when I moved to Colorado. Both Jessica and Jim introduced me to the many divisions of Working Western. Jim was the one who introduced me to WGA Docs Willowmena+//, who won my first national championship in the Select Western Trail.

What do you love about this facet of the industry?

I get to compete not only with my friends, but also with people who I have looked up to since I started riding. Everyone is so friendly in the warm-up, and I love being able to chat with people I haven’t seen in a while. The divisions are challenging, but super rewarding.

Who trains your horse, and how have they helped you come together as a team?

Jim Hitt, the world’s best trainer, trains my horse, WCF Mark Me Up. I can’t even begin to describe all that Jim has done for “Mark” and I. He continuously encourages us to keep trying things outside of our comfort zone and pushes us to be the best that we can be.

What advice would you give someone new wanting to try these divisions?

Just do it. The Working Western events are so welcoming and offer a different kind of challenge that is very enticing. Once you start showing in the Working Western divisions, you will never want to stop. There is something for everyone in these divisions.

What has been your proudest moment of 2022?

Winning the Intermediate and Limited Reining with Mark. I was very happy with my ride for the second go, and the wins were unexpected. It also was my first U.S. Nationals, so it was very exciting.

What is your #1 goal for 2023?

Have more fun while showing. I love showing and I love the competition. However, I really want to focus more on having good rides and making good memories with Mark, rather than focusing on how we place in the class.

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FARM NAME: Gambel Oaks Equestrian Center Reining, Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Trail, Limited Reined Cow, Herd Work, Equitation
Fancy Lierjett U.S. National Top Ten H/A Ranch Rail AATR 50-&-Over H/A Reining Non-Pro Primetime AAOTR H/A Reining Primetime AAOTR H/A Reining Non-Pro Limited AAOTR H/A Ranch Riding AATR 55-&-Over Owned & Shown by Karen L Gander Gettin Er Dun U.S. National Champion H/A English Trail Open • H/A Western Trail AATR Select  • Western Trail Open Derby H/A Ranch Rail • H/A Ranch Rail AATR 19-54 • H/A English Trail AAOTR  U.S. National Top Ten H/A Western Trail AAOTR • H/A Ranch Riding AATR 19 - 54 Showmanship AATH 19-49 • Western Horsemanship AATR 19-49 Congrats to M Gettin Er Dun's new owner, Mignon Stetman Owned & Shown by Erin Moore Mark Me Up U.S. National Champion PB Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR • PB Reining Limited Non-Pro AAOTR U.S. National Reserve Champion PB Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR  U.S. National Top Ten PB Herd Work AATR with Delaney Haight • PB Ranch Horse Rail Pleasure AATR 19-54 with Delaney Haight PB Ranch Riding AATR 19-54 with Delaney Haight • PB Ranch Rail with Deb Witty PB Ranch Riding with Jim Hitt • PB Herd Work with Jim Hitt PB Reining with Jim Hitt • PB Reining Derby with Jim Hitt Owned by Delaney & Roxanne Haight RGD M WCF ++++// +//

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6D Ranch 31 AHAA 10

Barta Show Horses 14 Blackburn, Laura 46 Brown, Nicole 83 Camacho-Larkin, Maddi ...................................... 86

Chestnuthill Arabians 16 Clay, Donna 47

Dale Brown Performance Horses 15 DePaolo Equine C2,1 Dowson, Tracy 90

Gambel Oaks Equestrian Center 89,93 Gaylord, Natalie 49 Genetech 2,3

Kirby, Katherine C1

Luton Performance Horses 19

Mostowich, Katie 85 Napier, Claire 87

Naymola, Lane .......................................... 12, 13

Randy Sullivan’s Training Center 20, 21, 41, 44, 45

Reed Training Stables 18 Shippee, Emily 36, 37

Silver Aspen Ranch 22 Stetman, Mignon 91

Tamar Arabians 17

Topline Arabians ......................................... 70,71 White, Lisa Jo 33

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