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WTHJA Harvest Time & Memphis Charity Shows


By Lisa and Marcus Manning, with Nancy Brannon

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The most beautiful Fall weather prevailed at the WTHJA Harvest Timeshow at Germantown Civic Club Complex in Germantown, TN. The WTHJA “A” rated shows ran back-to-back, November 5-8 and November 12-15, 2020.

The Harvest Time show featured a $5000 Hunter Derby and a $1000 Low Hunter Derby at the 2’6” level. The new WTHJA show this year, Memphis Charity, November 12-15, hosted the $10,000 Finale Hunter Derby. The Charity? WTHJA is a sponsor of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, which provides financial support for equestrians who have experienced a life-changing or life-threatening health crisis and require assistance for basic living or rehabilitation expenses. Find out more about the foundation at: ‚Äč

WTHJA took great precautions to protect the health of competitors. Everyone participating had to sign the Waiver form and Release Agreement. Plus, no spectators were allowed and volunteers manned a “check point” of entry to the show.

Show manager Barney Mallace reflected, “Even without spectators, attendance was bigger than last time, and attendees were conscientious about adhering to COVID mandates throughout the show. After all the cancellations, we are glad to be back with great weather and putting on horse shows again!”

Special awards during week one included Best Turned-Out Horse and Best Turned-Out Rider, judged on “neat and clean, well-fitting attire, and shiny boots!” said Mallace.

The Best Turned-Out Horse for week one was Illuminate, ridden by Mallory Phillips, owned by Robert Rayburn and trained by Allison Rayburn.

The Best Turned-Out Rider for week one went to Yael Cooper riding Brianna, owned by Serena Cooper. The dashing pair won the Opportunity Schooling 2’3” Over Fences.

Justin and Salena Hulbert proudly watched their daughter, Samantha, ride her hunter round on her dark bay, Esperanto, “Elle,” an eleven-year-old Hanoverian mare. Samantha’s father grinned and explained his role as the “economic sponsor and funding source.”  Samantha’s trainers, Beanie Cone and Catie Beth Varian of Hunters Edge Stables, greeted the pair with big smiles and pats for their fine performance in winning a Children’s 14 and Under Over Fences class.

Charles Shaffer, board member of WTHJA, jumped into his first show in 25 years with shining colors on Czar Castic, “Bodie,” a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Shaffer said he returned to riding because he was “missing the barn life.” Schaffer finished tenth in the 2’6” Hunter Derby, which he admitted “was intimidating in a large class of experienced riders,” but he held his own. Finding this horse was “meant to be,” said Shaffer, “Bodie is super wonderful and he is teaching me to ride!”

Shaffer said he had a blast, and loved “the openness of riding through two rings; it opened the horses up and stretched out the ride.” Shaffer was thrilled to be riding again and admired the old time feel of the show. “There’s nothing I would do differently. They did a great job!”

Schaffer appreciated how the course designer, Patrick Muskus, asked riders and trainers for feedback on how they liked the course and how it rode. “They truly had an interest in the exhibitors and trainers having an enjoyable experience. This is especially important in our current situation where you cannot have spectators,” Shaffer remarked.

Six-year-old, Claire Stobie from Wildwood, Missouri on Magical Me, “Presto,” won Short Stirrup Reserve Champion.  Presto is owned by McKenzie Welch. Claire has been riding for three years and this was her first short stirrup class. Claire’s Mother Laura explained that they made the long trip to Germantown, because all the shows at home were indoors and they felt safer being outdoors. She exclaimed, “This show has been fantastic!”

Winners of the 2’6”Derby class, 13-year-old Lauren Paz on Deauville, “Danny,” her newly leased 16-year-old Westphalian, showed for their first time. Danny is owned by Delany Williams. Paz’s Trainer, Susan Johnson, was extremely pleased with their performance. Her father, Meir Paz, commented, “Lauren rode perfectly, stepping up to her game, and being more comfortable mentally.” 

Other highlights of the Harvest Time show:

Hanna Hudson and Sans Souci, coached by Mary Mielenz, won the THIS Children’s Medal.

Margaret Dixon and Brighton Whimsical were tops in the WIHS Pony Equitation.

Lauren Paz and Deauville won the 2’6” Hunter Derby, with Jason Schnelle and Sea Glass taking the blue in the WTHJA Hunter Derby.

The WIHS/NAL Adult Classic and Children’s Classic each attracted ten competitors. Maria Anello and Veni Vidi Vici took top prize in the Adult Classic, while Lauren White and Midnight City dominated the WIHS/NAL Children’s Classic. Not to be outdone, ten competitors lined up for the Pony Hunter Classic, with Emma Rupinski and Stonewall Top Call earning the blue ribbon.

Naomi Gillen and Evermore were champions in the Green Hunter Classic.

McKenzie Welch and John Deere MG claimed the win in the WIHS/NAL Low & High Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Kierston Sudlow and Athena Du Rouet came away with the blue ribbon in the Jr/AO & Am. Jumper Classic.

Continuing on her winning streak from the Brownland shows, Cheryl Rubenstein’s Capisce won the High Performance 3’6” division with Kelly Mullen aboard. High Performance 3’3” Champion was Encore, ridden by Reagan Habeeb, coached by David Pellegrini.

Margaret Dixon and Brighton Whimsical were Medium Pony Hunter Champions. Stonewall Top Call, ridden by Emma Rupinski, was Small/Large Pony Hunter (comb.) Champion.

Highlights from Memphis Charity:

Rachel Sutton and Solo Con Te 2 were the Junior/A/O Hunter Classic winners.

Jason Schnelle and Sea Glass won the WTHJA Hunter Derby, with Belynda Bond and Norderney in second.

Junior Hunter 3’6” Champions were Ella Trotz and As Ever, with Abigail Arnold and Quinito in reserve. Junior Hunter 3’3” Champions were Tate Allen and Golden, with Elizabeth Nestor and Covert in reserve.

Margaret Dixon and Brighton Whimsical were Medium Pony Hunter Champions, with Julia Hulbert and Brownie Points in reserve. In Large Pony, Champion was Stonewall Top Call, ridden by Emma Rupinski, with Dreamsicle, ridden by Mia Thomasson, in reserve.

Full results of all three shows are posted at

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