Big Checks Earned Saturday At Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity


Saturday saw the biggest payouts of the show for the Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The Tom Powers Maiden Two Year Old Sale Stakes Western Pleasure as well as the Super Sires Three Year Old Western Pleasure classes highlighted the day’s events.


Powers Maiden Two Year Old Sale Stakes Class Names Champions

The Tom Powers Triple Challenge Two Year Old Maiden Sale Stakes Class saw 18 exhibitors compete for the top prizes among graduates from last year’s yearling sale.

Co-champions were named in the Open division of the class between Erin Lieurance and Live N It Up, showing for Jeff Cochran, and Why Dont You Kiss This and Jay Starnes, showing for Becky Crider. The co-champions each earned two firsts and a third on the judges cards, and each earned $17,500. Erin Lieurance also won the Harris Challenge for riding in a Harris saddle, earning an additional $3,000. The co-champions are pictured above.

“We bought this horse last year here from Becky Bailey,” Erin said of Live N It Up. “He’s a really good jogger and loper, and showed really well here today. We call him Gizmo.”

“It can be a little tough to get a two year old ready this early, but he came along really well,” Jay Starnes said of his mount, Why Dont You Kiss This. “He showed really well and handled the mud pretty well too.”

RickyNoiseuxwebRicky Noiseux showed Maybelline to win the Limited division of the Sale Stakes class for owner Michael Rapp.

"I just started working with her in January, and she's been good from the beginning," Ricky said. "She has lots of rhythm and has always been quiet. She handled everything here really well. It feels really great to win the Limited division of this class, and I'm especially excited for the owner, Michael Rapp, who is been a really great customer and supportive from the start. I'm really grateful."



MalloryMenardSSwebWestern Pleasure Super Sires Crowns Non-Pro Winners

The Western Pleasure Super Sires program held its Three Year Old Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure classes in conjunction with the show on Saturday as well.

Mallory Menard and HourGirl Sleeps earned the first place award and $10,000 in the Super Sires Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. Taking the reserve award was Cowboy Put A Spell On Me and Katsy Leeman for Fritz Leeman Farms.

“I got her in December,” Mallory said. “I had been looking at a few horses with the girls at BSB Quarter Horses, and this filly just had so much potential after she had about 30 days on her. She was really good today.” With the filly’s double registration as an AQHA and APHA horse, the duo also earned the Color Bonus in the class.


BrendaYateswebIn the Super Sires Three Year Old Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Brenda Yates earned the top prize with her horse, Extremely Late. Robert Kennedy and Crazy About Struttin earned the reserve champion title.

“Earlier in the week, I almost wasn’t going to come here,” Brenda said. “I was thinking about the expense to fly here an didn’t want to do it. But Jay Starnes and my husband convinced me to do it anyway. This is absolutely my once in a lifetime horse. I’m just trying to soak it all in.”



ThreeYOOpenHUStiewebHunter Champions Named

Two Hunter Under Saddle classes were held Saturday morning. In the first class of the day, two horses tied for the win. Always On Your Mind, shown by Katy Jo Zuidema for Sarah Nimigan and Me And My Assets, shown by Trisha Yamber for Erin Shapiro Boatright, each earned two firsts and a second on the judges cards, resulting in each being named as co-champions in the class. Seven exhibitors competed in the class.



JudyZeitlerSatwebIn the Two Year Old Open and Limited Open Hunter Under Saddle, one horse and rider swept both divisions when Judy Zeitler piloted One N Only Kalua Gal to the win for Aubrey Alderman, in a class of eight competitors.

“It’s challenging to get a two year old Hunter ready for a show this early,” Judy noted. “They have to be pretty strong to be able to show, and this filly is. I really like her a lot. She’s very trainable, and she’s just beautiful.”




BlairTownsendSatwebBig Western Winners

In what many people described as the best class of the show, the Maturity Open and Intermediate Open Western Pleasure saw a tough group of 18 horses and riders show for prizes.

Blair Townsend showed KM WeKnowShesHot to the Intermediate win for the second year in a row, showing for Masterson Farms LLC.

“It was pretty sloppy out there, so it was a little hard to find your footing,” Blair said. “I just let her take me where she felt comfortable, and it worked. She was such a good girl today.”



CodyParrishSatwebCody Parrish piloted Lexus Made Lady to the Open division title for Anchor Soul LLC.

Like Blair, Cody noted that the sloppy arena conditions were challenging. “You had to have a mudder today,” he said. “I didn’t have anything else showing today, so I got to focus on her most of the day and it worked out. She’s better when she’s tired. She was really good today.”



JasonEnglishSatwebThe Three Year Old Open and Intermediate Open Western Pleasure also saw a strong field with 21 entries competing. Jason English showed the stallion Gone Viral to win the Intermediate division for Debbie Tieman.

“He handled the mud really well,” Jason said. “He just has such a presence in the ring, and he is very consistent, he looks the same every time you look at him.”








RustyMadeNTheShadewebJohnnieAndytiewebIn the Open division of the class, co-champions were between Rusty Green and Made N The Shade, showing for Natasha Blanchard, and Johnnie On The Spot and Andy Cochran, showing for Capital Quarter Horses.

“Mikey just gets better and better,” Rusty said of his horse. “He has so much self carriage, and that’s what makes him a really good horse for Natasha too.”

“Johnnie gave me a really good go today,” Andy added. “She is such a nice mare, and she’s a lot of fun to show.”






DrewDebuhrwebDrew DeBuhr and his horse Mr Zippos Good Bar, showing for John Narmont, swept both the Intermediate and Open divisions of the Two Year Old Western Pleasure, besting a field of 11 entries.

“I started working with him when he had about 30 days of riding on him in January,” Drew said. “He was just really natural from the start, and I really liked him. We didn’t know with him being a stud how he would show, but he’s been really good.”

The Tom Powers Triple Challenge concludes on Sunday in Berrien Springs, Michigan.