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WHAO Summer Classic & Ohio Regional Futurity
Saturday, August 19, 2017
This show was held at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio. So many memories have been created and enjoyed over the years at this facility. Just ask anyone who has competed here and smiles will grow while they share a story or two. This year was no different. We renewed relationships and friendly competitiveness during the battle for the elusive blue ribbon.
This WHAO show offered 62 classes of competition. The classes ranged from weanlings, yearlings onward through the gamut of more aged horses – walking, riding, and driving. Also presented were lead line classes and the famous stick horse.
Although the classes were competitive there were plenty of laughs and smiles to go around. Even in the preparation areas – forgot something needed to show – just ask about it and it would appear from someone. Everyone cheered and supported all others. What a great feeling of comradeship and acceptance was exhibited by all the horse people.
Even if you didn’t achieve a 1st place in your respective class, when the show finished you carried home a blue ribbon glow. What more could be asked from our horses and friendships?
Maple Crest carried three entries to the show – Dante (yearling), Gypsy (weanling), and Cashet (3 yr. old under saddle)
Once at the show we were joined by Shari Love and her weanling colt – Legacy’s Black Honor. In each class this foursome were fierce in their presentation. All four came to collect their due.
For the weanlings it was their very first show. Their owners collected many firsts of their own. Shari is a seasoned show person in the Paint Horse world but this was her first presentation for Walking Horses. So new rules and demands made for a learning experience. Her colt took it in stride and conducted itself admirably. Gypsy, with new owner Jillian Stokes, was a story unto herself. Neither Gypsy or Jillian had ever presented in a show ring previously. Both presented in a professional manner and came away with the blue ribbon. As the pair left the show ring I asked Joyce Marie what Jillian thought of the experience. I ws told Jillian’s smile couldn’t be any bigger and she was walking about 6 inches off the ground with happiness. Jillian danced in joy and Gypsy’s attitude reflected “Of course – why doubt?”
Congratulations to all:
Good Show Good Performances
Upbeat, Positive emotions to carry home!
P.S. If you see a string floating thru the air – grab it and pull down! It might be Jillian floating away.
WHAO Awards Banquet, Feb. 18,2017
The Walking Horse Association of Ohio annual awards banquet was held in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, February 18th.
The attendance was large in numbers and spirits high. Lots of friends, exciting conversation, laughter and smiles. Add tasty food, cold drinks, hot coffee and the party is on.
Many awards were presented to honor the horse and rider’s performance throughout the year. The efforts were complemented through shiny ribbons displaying ratings—high point, champion, reserve, etc….plus classic awards as trophies, plates, etc…. Also possibly the best of awards—the applause of our peers, our pat on the back so to speak. The evening included praise, affirmation, and acknowledgement of skillos.
Maple Crest in specific was awarded the High Point Champion-weanling (Major Dante). Angela Barbour also received an award for her efforts.
Onward to the live auction—a high point of fun in the evening. The auctioneer stepped to his podium, called his assistants (Bryce & Brendin Morris) to attention and began the auctioneer’s song. The bidding became active with the presented items quickly sold and delivered to the tables by Paul and David. Along with the heated bidding there are “RUMORS” of large hugs, kisses, and laughter shared with the deliveries. Could this be a new promotional avenue for the auctioneer?
Appreciative thanks go to all who made this a night to remember. We all can share in a moment but many can share in a memory years from now. “Thanks”.
Terrance & Joyce Moyer
MOWHA Awards Banquet, January 21, 2017
On Jan. 21, 2017 the MOWHA Awards Banquet was held at the Ontario Event Center in Mansfield, Ohio.
Many “Thanks” are offered to those in the planning and coordinating from us who were the participants.
Margaret Barbour gets our thanks for her “snappy” camera. All those camera flashes at all of our events, shows, etc… she edits then sends the selections to Susie Mackanos who manipulates those, with other pictures sent to her, to create a pictorial enlightenment of our past year. Some are funny, some sad, some just plain outrageous but always with good taste. This year Susie entered a picture in the middle of the series of a man, bare chested, heavily muscled, holding a horse by his side. The caption read “Stare at this picture long enough and you’ll see a horse.” Many eyes in the room focused on that snapshot but it took several views to see the horse. Lots of laughter was had over this tricky photo. Good job, Susie.
Attendance was high with new members both adult and youth. Many awards, plaques, plates, and ribbons were presented by Meg Ranft and Nancy Eakins for many divisions.
I was able to present information on trail riding, the keeping of hours of riding, and what is accountable to qualify the hours.
Joyce presented the latest changes in the tax forum as it relates to equine programs.
A good meal was shared, the conversation flowed, the friendships shared was warming, and the thrill of achieving a high point award for you and your horse’s efforts in front of your peers was gratifying.
A special night was enjoyed by all!
Now to dream and prepare for the 2017 banquet.
Terrance & Joyce Moyer
It was a gorgeous day out at Maple Crest Farms yesterday! We all had a lot of fun cleaning horses and riding! We had horses grazing in the back (see Topaz), Blakely got her first ride on Savannah, Makelya returned to ride Captain, and Olivia came out to ride Cinnamon! Praying for more beautiful weather in the future!
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