Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News

Nov/Dec  2006

Everything Spotted


2006 International Grand Championship

Our Second Annual Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse International Grand Championship Horse Show kicked off on October 10th with many spotted competitors signing up for the newly established Spotted Versality Award.  To win the coveted award, Spotted horses accumulated points for each class they showed in.  At the end of the show, those points were totaled. Claiming the inaguaral award was Julie Adams and Carbon’s Swingin’ Sweetheart of Mt. Washington, Kentucky.  This  6 year old mare is owned by Pat Veilleux and has been shown by Julie for three years, winning several awards throughout her career including the Senior Trail Obstacle class at the International. 

This year’s International show opened many new classes for the spotted horses to compete in by opening the Amateur, Juvenile, and Novice classes. Classes formally just for solid colored horses, now included these colorful entries. Classes were well attended with spotted horses being represented in almost all eligible classes. This has also been a banner year in the spotted registry with a dramatic increase being seen both in new spotted registrations and in the show ring.

Also a first this year – the Weanling and Yearling SMH Futurity held at the International in conjunction with the KMSHA Futurity. The winner of the Weanling Futurity was Banjo’s Tiny Dancer sired by Joe Banjo, and the Yearling Futurity winner was David James owned by Martha Gilley sired by Generator’s Hurricane.  If you haven’t already done so, please send in your futurity nominations for your Spotted Stallions. Plans are in the works to have the 2007 SMH Futurity offer undersaddle classes as well as the conformation.

In addition to the Futurity winners were the Spotted Trail Pleasure Champion, Iceburg ridden by Geoff Hill and owned by Jackie Setters, the Classic Pleasure Champion won by Hammerhead’s Pride and Joy and ridden by Travis Robinson for owner Jessica Shannon. Chantilly Lace ridden by Conrad Skidmore for owner Danielle Girouard was the champion of the Park Pleasure division. Our congratulations to the owners and their horses.