First Champions Named at 2017 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity


The first ten classes of the 2017 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity are in the books, with champions sharing the awards and the pay checks for the first day of competition on Wednesday in Berrien Springs, Michigan.


BaldwinJohnstonwebColor Starts the Day

Color Longe Line entries began the show in the morning with Non-Pro Color Longe Line followed by Open Color Longe Line entries. The same horse won both divisions. Pictured Martini, a filly by The Best Martini and out of an Impulsions mare owned and shown by Trisha Johnston, won the Non-Pro class, besting five entries, with Christa Baldwin showing the filly to win the Open division with eight entries. Pictured Martini was the unanimous choice of the judges in both classes.

Taking reserve honors in the Non-Pro were Custom Made Copy and Deborah Beckwith, and in the Open were Alan Wood and Shesz Sleepy Too, showing for Philip and Sharlene Tietsort.

“I bought her as a weanling. We just loved her movement, and the fact that she is double registered AQHA and APHA,” Trisha said. “Plus I got the thumbs up to buy her from my trainer Christa. I’m really pleased with her. This is her first longe line show, and she’s just been a delight to work with. She tackles new things really well and just has a great mind. It’s been an enjoyable experience.”

The trio plans to show her at APHA circuits and Quarter Horse futurities this summer and fall.

tiewebIn The Hunt

Two Hunter Under Saddle classes started the performance part of the show. The Maturity Novice Horse Novice Rider Hunter Under Saddle class resulted in a three-way tie between Handy Monn and Emily Lloyd Manning, Fighting Off Sleep and Peyton Baxter and No Tailgating and Lisa Beardsley. The class attracted nine entries.



KJZuidemawebKaty Jo Zuidema and Alwayz On My Mind picked up where they left off at the Little Futurity by winning the Three Year Old Novice Horse Hunter Under Saddle for owner Sarah Nimigan. Re Allocate and Nancy Sue Ryan took reserve honors, showing for Courtney Brockmueller. There were 14 entries in the class.

“Since we hadn’t had him very long when we showed at the Little Futurity, he’s really come a long way and he’s getting pretty solid. He was really great, especially for his first class of the show,” Katy Jo noted.



Pleasure Performances

The afternoon saw six Western Pleasure classes completed with a few sprinkles of rain.

GiorgiaMedowswebGiorgia Medows showed her new horse, Its A Pretty Thing, to the win in the Three Year Old Novice Horse Novice Rider Western Pleasure, besting 10 exhibitors.

“This is my first time to show her,” Giorgia said. “It was a little nerve-wracking, but she was really good. I haven’t gotten to ride her very much yet, but she is so sweet to be around. Aaron Moses is really helping me get to know her.”



AlisonKishwebIn the Maturity Novice Horse Novice Rider Western Pleasure, Alison Graves Kish piloted Pass Code to the win in a unanimous decision among ten horses and riders.

“This was my first time showing this horse,” Alison said. “It’s just my second year to show here, and I’m probably my own worst critic. He tends to show a lot better than he warms up, but once he gets going everyone just loves his lope.”




JennaDempzewebIn the Maturity Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Jenna Dempze and Rewind And Repeat pulled a repeat of a historic win for the duo at the Powers. They won a class that featured 12 entries. Taking reserve champion honors was Lexus Made Lady and Abi Tuiososopo.

“I was looking at Facebook this morning and saw where this day four years ago, I won the Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure with him, and it was the first time I showed him,” Jenna said. “It was really special to be able to come back and win the Maturity here with him again.” The duo plans to compete in Maturity and Amateur Western Pleasure classes this year.


SidneyOchswebIn the Intermediate division of the Maturity Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Sydnie Ochs and Invite Only The Best were named the winners, with Richard Carr and I Will Be A Good RV taking second.

“It was pretty exciting to win the Intermediate,” Sydnie said.





KaitlinLeBlancwebThe Three Year Old Limited Open Western Pleasure rounded out the day’s events and was the largest class of the day with 17 entries. Kaitlin LeBlanc and KM Custom Made Best earned first, with Kaitlyn’s boyfriend, Kelby Hutchinson and Cherry Bomb earning second.

“This was such a great group of horses, and the judges had several horses they liked, so I wasn’t sure where I placed,” Kaitlin said. “I was really happy with him, and getting to win here at the Powers has been a goal of mine because it is such a premier event.

"I started him last year, and I kept telling Casey Willis that he was going to be my three year old horse. We gave him some time off last summer and picked him back up last fall after the Congress, and he really came along fast.”


BillCoxwebColor In Pleasure

In the Color Breed Non-Pro Western Pleasure, William (Bill) Cox showed Sleep Machine to the win in another unanimous choice among the judges in the class of eight entries. Fleets Imagination and Andrea Voss took reserve honors.

“She got some time off after we went to the Las Vegas Silver Dollar and Arizona Sun Circuit shows, so this our first time out in a while,” Bill said. “She felt really good, and gave me a really good ride.”


PatHeeleywebPatrick Heeley showed Nobody To Blame to win the Two Year Old Color Breed Western Pleasure for owner Mallory Menard in a class of five horses. The Blazing Hot bred buckskin mare is out of a Dont Skip Zip and Really In Trouble bred mare.

“We got her at the NSBA yearling sale last year,” Pat said. “She is super strong, and nothing really phases her. She seems to get better every day. We plan to show her in the Limited Two Year Old classes at major shows this year and at the NSBA World Show and All American Quarter Horse Congress.”

The Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity continues through Sunday at Berrien Springs, Michigan.