Friday At The Powers Sees Longe Line, Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle Winners


The 2017 Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity continued on Friday and skirted the rain showers for a nice day of competition. The first Western Pleasure Super Sires Stakes class and Powers Sale Stakes classes were held, along with the final Longe Line class of the show and several Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure futurity classes.





MacMcGinnisweb“Super” First Time Champion

A first-time Powers Longe Line exhibitor was named the champion in the Western Pleasure Super Sires Non-Pro Longe Line class. Mac McGinnis showed a filly he raised, Shezaerockingoodbar, to the win in a class of nine. The red roan filly is by The Rock.

“We lost her dam when she was four months old, so she’s pretty special to us,” Mac said. “We call her Teenie. She’s always had a great attitude, and she has a great legs and movement. She has always wanted to go slow. I started her, but Waymond Roberts helped me with her for the past month or so put some finishing touches on her.”

Nancy Ditty and Huntin A Good One, showing for Stanley and Susan Scott LLC, earned the reserve award.


KathieKennedyForeverKoolwebRepeat Longe Line Win for Forever Kool

Kathie Kennedy showed Forever Kool to the filly’s second Powers championship, winning the Open Yearling Longe Line for Stanley and Susan Scott LLC.

“She is just so great minded, and it’s been really fun to see Nancy (Ditty) bring her along herself,” Kathie said. “She is a very pretty mover and she’s going to make a great riding horse.”

Super Sires Longe Line champions Mac McGinnis and Shezaerockingoodbar earned the reserve title among 17 entries.



AubreyAldermanwebHunter Champions

After winning Powers championships last year in Western Pleasure, Aubrey Alderman returned to the show pen in the Hunter classes this year to win the Two Year Old Hunter Non-Pro Under Saddle with One N Onlys Kalua Gal. They bested a class of three entries.

“We just got her in March, and she only has about 90 days on her,” Aubrey said. “She’s really been coming along. We will be doing the futurities including the NSBA World Show and Congress.”




LizBakerwebTom Powers paused for a moment of silence during the Maturity Open Hunter Under Saddle class to remember competitor and judge Rick Skelly. “Rick has probably won this class more often than many of us here,” Tom noted.

Elizabeth Baker and Last Minute Investment were named the champions in the class, showing for Marcie Budine. “She’s seven years old and is by Do You Have A Minute,” Marcie said.

“We call her Liza, and she’s really a one of a kind horse. She’s such a talented mare, I don’t think we could ever replace her. She didn’t get to show last year, so we are bringing her out this year. She is showing in the Open and Non-Pro Maturity classes. She’s a very cool horse.”

Judy Davis piloted Buzzzn Bout Me to the reserve award for Ken Mumy in the class of seven exhibitors.




HillaryRobertswebWestern Winners

Hillary Roberts and Johnnie On The Spot earned the top spot in a unanimous decision in the Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. The duo won not only the NSBA bronze but also the Rodney Miller memorial trophy.

“She’s really matured and gotten stronger since last year,” Hillary said of her mare. “She’s really a lot of fun to show and I’m enjoying showing her in the majors this year. I know a little bit of the history about Rodney Miller and the memorial trophy, and it is really special for me to win it this year.”

Miller was a popular Non-Pro exhibitor who died in a plane crash. The trophy has been awarded since 1992 and is inscribed with each year’s winner. Hillary also won the memorial trophy in 2015 with For One Night Only.

Becky Galyean and No Doubt My Maria were second in the class, which saw 13 exhibitors.

KentRayTaylorwebKent Ray Taylor showed Dont Think Twice to win the Intermediate division of the Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. Kent is returning to the horse show world after a 30-year absence.

“I used to do the All Around events and won several all around titles,” Kent said. “I think the last year I showed was about 1989. I decided last year that I wanted to show again, and Katie and Rusty Green helped me find a horse.

I have a two year old and a three year old, and I’m having a lot of fun showing Dont Think Twice (Marley) this year. This is my second time to show her. We had a good ride, but there’s room for improvement. Things have changed a lot, but it is very fun showing again and meeting so many great people and seeing old friends.”



ClayArringtonwebIn the Two Year Old Limited Open Western Pleasure, Clay Arrington showed his grandparents Vicki and Ronnie Kent’s horse, Won It On My RV, to the win. The class saw 10 horses.

“He’s by VS Flatline, and I’ve liked him a lot right from the get go,” Clay said. “He just naturally wants to be broke. It’s tough to have one that wants to be ready for the two year old classes this early, but he came along pretty well.”



MalloryMenardwebThe Tom Powers Triple Challenge added a new division to its yearling sale stakes classes this year for three year old graduates of the sale. In the Non-Pro Three Year Old Sales Stakes Western Pleasure, Mallory Menard piloted UF Battgirl to the win. Nancy Ditty showed Shes The Good Kind to second.

“I had bought ‘Gabby’ at the sale as a yearling and actually sold her at the end of her yearling year,” Mallory said. “I ended up buying her back last September. She’s just so good minded. She has a great front leg and top line, and her ears are always up and she’s happy. This was just my third time to show her, but she’s been a trooper. I just sold her earlier this week, but the new owners let me show her in this class, so it’s bittersweet to get the win.”



CassandraMarlattwebTwo champions were named in the Three Year Old Sale Stakes Open Western Pleasure. Erin Lieurance piloted Machine Made Hottie (pictured at the top of the article) to the Open win for Teresa Meyer, with Patrick Heeley showing Platinum Dot Com to second for Susan Knapp. Eight exhibitors competed.

In the Limited division, Cassandra Marlott showed Bringing Out The Best to first and Jeff Moody and Pay Me The Total earned second.

“We bought her in the yearling sale, and then a customer of ours, Teresa Meyer, bought her earlier this year,” Erin said. “She’s very steady and she has a great neck and we love how balanced she is from front to back. Teresa will be showing her in the Non-Pro classes later this year.”



tie50overwebTwo classes saw ties in the afternoon. Marilyn Masterson and KM WeKnowShesHot were named co-champions with Richard Carr and I Will Be A Good RV to win the 50 & Over Western Pleasure. TThe class attracted 10 horses.


LeadLinewebTwo serious competitors in Lead Line also tied for the win. Austin Carr and I Will Be A Good RV was named co-champion with Brook Craft and James Deen Daydream.


The Tom Powers Triple Challenge continues through Sunday. Tomorrow’s highlights include the Two Year Old Sale Stakes, the Super Sires Non-Pro Western Pleasure classes as well as the 2017 Yearling Sale.