Horse Show Review
The horses showed very well at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City. We came home with five world championships, nine reserve world championships, one ladies finals championship, one reserve gentlemen’s final championship, six grand national championships and two reserve world championships.
A Morgan Grand National promotional poster with a photo of Get Smart and Allyson Wandtke was seen in many hotel lobbies around the city.
Allyson Wandtke is holding Tony Lee's birthday cake. It was a fun celebration at the horse show.
Jessica Sebring fixed Julie Broadway's bun before she went in to win a Reserve World Championship title with Mouse.
Members of the Broadmoor Gang always having fun! Top: Holly Johnson and Linda Brewer; Bottom: Allyson Wandtke, Tony Lee, and Kim Germ-Cramer.
On the last day of the show, members of the Broadmoor Gang enjoyed brunch at Mary Eddys with family and friends.
After Friday night’s session, Stand And Deliver was official retired in a ceremony produced by Tony Lee. Tara Good rode her magnificent world champion in the spotlight to the delight of an appreciative audience. Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles greeted her in center ring. Once his tack was removed and a halter and lead shank put on, committee members draped a garland of roses across his back. Then Tara led Stilts out of the show ring for the last time.
A great retirement party was held in the barn area following the ceremony, and all had fun. It was amazing the number of Stilts’ fans who waited in line for a chance to have their photograph taken with this special Morgan stallion.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Dwayne Knowles and Sharon Picus attended the annual Pennsylvania Morgan Horse Club Awards Banquetin Quentin, PA. Sharon accepted the championship award for Hourglass’ win in the Pleasure Driving division. Nichole Moore, Greg Knowles and Jess McLaughlin were also there to celebrate Lulu’s first year-end high-score award.
In following this event’s tradition, they also got in some much needed shopping on the way home.
Nichole Moore added Emi, a Corgi, to her household. Linda Brewer has grandmother privileges. Nichole is proud to note that Emi has surpassed both Linda’s Jack Russells (Gertie and Gabby) in potty training.
CBMF Uprising changed ownership, but the six-year-old bay stallion will stay in the barn. Formerly owned by William Haines of Ledyard Farms, ‘Rocker’ was purchased by Tony Lee. Tony is looking forward to showing the Reserve World Pleasure Driving Champion in the amateur division next year.
Patrick Scarborough and Tony Lee recently purchased a slightly used 23-foot pontoon boat. They have officially traded in the speedboat for a more relaxing ride. It will comfortably seat 12 and many dogs, too.
At the Superior Sale, Mike and Dwayne purchased Fire Run Signature, an eight-year-old daughter of Mizrahi and FRF Reason To Believe. She is in foal to TSL Starcraft (by Liberation First Star) for a March foal.
Dwayne was home for about 48 hours after the Grand National, enough time to repack before he flew to Raleigh to judge the North Carolina State Fair.
Congratulations to Greg Knowles as he announced his engagement to Jessica McLaughlin.
Our farrier, Michael Vannoy, recently was the Blacksmith division winner in the North Carolina Horseshoers Association’s annual contest He crafted a hoof knife with a 641 layer Damascus blade with a horse hoof, cannon bone and teakwood handle. It had green spacers and mosaic pins. Mike’s prize was $100, and then his knife was auctioned off with the other entries. The top bid on his knife was $350. Proceeds from the auction went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Mike, Dwayne, Kim Germ-Cramer, Holly Johnson and Carson Kressley thoroughly enjoyed seeing Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly.
Local Broadmoor Gang members were seen shopping during our tack shop’s, Leids, open house, as well as the Leesport Farmers Market.
Mike and Dwayne spent their Thanksgiving in Key West, enjoying some R&R in the sun in their favorite hotel on their favorite island.