Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News

2007 November/December
Winter Issue


Spotted Mountain Horse Showcased at 2007 International Grand Championship


by  Melinda Jennings, KMSHA Registrar

The 2007 International Grand Championship showcased a record number of Spotted Mountain Horse participants. All SMHA classes were well attended by a rainbow of spotted horses in all colors.

The fierce competition for the second annual Spotted Versatility Award went to Geoffrey Hill and Iceburg. The five-year-old gelding is owned by Jackie Setters of Twisted S Farm in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Geoffrey won a black trooper saddle donated by Eddie and Wanda Adams, Judy Adams, and Pat Veilleux, Nancy and Don Copland, Martha Gilley, Ben Rose, Billy Caudill, and Glynn Johnson. Congratulations to Geoffrey, and all participants in the competition.

New to this year’s show was the KMSHA/SMHA Weanling and Yearling In-hand Trail Obstacle Class. The stunningly beautiful yearling Cajuin Quicksilver, owned by Glenn Johnson and Valerie Kleinheitz, carefully navigated the obstacles to a blue-ribbon winning performance in the yearling competition handled by Travis Gauch. The Kleinheitz/Johnson youngsters are rapidly gaining national recognition as versatile trail and show horses.

The SMHA Trail Pleasure Championship was won by the fantastic Hammerhead’s Pride and Joy, exhibited by Travis Robinson, and owned by Shannon Farm. One Red Hot Lady won the SMHA Park Pleasure Class, exhibited by Geoffrey and owned by Lonnie Eversole. Patches of Ebony, exhibited by Brian Crowe, strutted his stuff to score the blue ribbon in the SMHA Open Western Class. He is owned by Nancy and Don Copland. SMHA conformation awards for weanlings went to Rue’s Rough Boy, owned and exhibited by Rodney Gilliam, and the yearling award went to TJ’s Dandy Man, exhibited by Josette Knowles and owned by Tiffany Cook of Lexington. The two-year-old and over conformation championship was won by Lilly Bean and Josette Knowles for Martha Gilliam of Lexington. Thanks to all participants.

The winners of the SMHA Futurity were: Weanling, Rue’s Rough Boy, Yearling, Rainbow’s True Grit (owned and exhibited by Glenn Johnson), Two-Year-Old, Battle of Belfast (owned and exhibited by Julie Adams), Two-Year-Old Country Trail, Pusher’s Fancy Lady (owned and exhibited by Kari Sullivan), Three-Year-Old Country Trail, Lilly Bean, Four and Over Country Trail, Pusher’s Apache Man (exhibited by Steve Sullivan and owned by Heather and Toby Conner), and Four and Over Classic Park, Oreo’s Star Face (ridden by David Clark and owned by Danny Turner.)

Thanks to all participants, and see you next year!