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WTHJA Springtime Shows


Photos by Tommy & Nancy Brannon

West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association began its spring show season by offering its first schooling show on March 30, 2019 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena in Germantown, TN. Show manager Barnie Mallace said, “Things went very well - great footing, great attendance, good weather, until the last 20 minutes when we had a good shower, but still had happy people. We had lots of new members and new horses registered.”

The schooling show nicely set the stage for the tandem Springtime in Dixie and Springtime Encore shows the first and second weekend of April. WTHJA offers five nationally rated shows per year, beginning with Springtime in Dixie, April 4-7 and the Springtime Encore, April 11-14.

Springtime in Dixie had sunny, warm spring weather on Friday and Saturday, but rain bookended the show on Thursday and Sunday, with thunderstorms on Sunday. Friday featured the Green Classic and Saturday featured the Adult Classic, Children’s Classic, Pony Classic, Amateur/Owner Classic, and Junior Classic. The USHJA Pony Derby and WTHJA Derby were scheduled on Sunday morning, but classes had to be cancelled because of thundershowers that lasted all day. It’s not safe to show in thunder and lightning!

Winners of select classes at the Springtime in Dixie show:
WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic: Rio-Fined, ridden by Natalie Sharp
WIHS/NAL Adult Amateur Classic: Forever, ridden by Addison Bihm
Jr./AO Hunter 3’3” Champion: Solo Con Te 2, Rachel Sutton riding
Jr./AO Hunter 3’6” Champion: Cold Case, ridden by Isabella Griffin
Sm/Med Green Pony Hunter Champion: Penten’s James Blond, ridden by Hanna Hudson
Sm/Med Pony Hunter Champion: Jack In The Box, Kali Wright Ryan owner/rider
Large Pony Hunter Champion: Heaven’s Gift, Isabella Griffin owner/rider
Adult/Amateur Hunter 18-35 Champion: Captivate, riddey by Mary Grayson Fauser
Adult/Amateur Hunter 35+ Champion: Comaraderie, Kakki Wright owner/rider
Low Children/Adult Jumper Champion: Permanent Wave, Susan Davidoff owner/rider
Children/ Adult Jumper Champion: Finn McCloud, Sarah Morris owner/rider
1.20m/1.30m Junior /Amateur Owner Jumper Champion:  Balou Bailando, Anna Marie Mayes owner/rider
Green Hunter 3’/3’3” Champion: Sea Glass, ridden by Jason Schnelle for owner Carita Palmer
The Springtime Encore show had better weather and featured the NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Classic and the.

Winners of select classes at the Springtime Encore:
Margaret Weaver and Vuitton won the Jr/AO 3'3" Hunter Classic, and Shannon Beyer on Lacoste won the Jr/AO 3'6" Hunter Classic.

Kali Wright Ryan and Jack In The Box won the Pony Hunter Classic.

Addison Bihm and Forever captured the win in the WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Am. Hunter Classic.

Jane Olsen of Oak Crest Farm (OCF) had good things to say about the shows: “OCF just wrapped up three busy weeks at the WTHJA shows in Germantown. We had a great group for the schooling show – so much fun & learning!” Jane was proud of the accomplishments of her students at the Springtime shows:

“Riley Zinn and Vassini were Champions at the Springtime Encore show in the Modified Children’s/ Adult Hunter and earned third place ribbons in the 12-14 Equitation.  

“Lilly Johnson and Madam en Noire moved up to the Low Child/Adult Amateur Jumpers and won the Low Child/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic at the Encore show. They were Reserve Champions in the 0.9m Jumpers at Springtime in Dixie show.  

“Mimi Hickerson and Illuminate were Reserve Champions in the Children’s Pony division at the Encore show.

“A new pair, Anna Grace Echtenkamp & DiCaprio, swept the Limit Rider division at the Encore show taking the Championship, plus they earned fourth place ribbons in the 12-14 Equitation. 

“Mary Grayson Fauser and Captivate were Adult Hunter Champions at both shows, winning all of their over fences classes, and taking second in the $3,000 WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Amateur Hunter Classic at the Encore Show.  

“Addison Grace Wagner and Cloud Dancer were Reserve Champions in 2’0” Opportunity Schooling at the Encore Show.

“Emma Strickland and Charming Charlie won the Opportunity Cross Rails Under Saddle at the Encore show.

“Meg Selvidge and her Dark and Stormy had a fun time in the jumper ring, taking a second in the 0.80m and a third in 0.70m classes. Thanks to Jorjia Jones for helping get our ‘babies’ in the ring.”

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