MoQHA Gateway Classic Sports 4,000 Entries

Exhibitors racked up the points May 21-25 at the Missouri Quarter Horse Association's circuit in Lake St. Louis.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Professional Horseman Blake Weis shows Snap Krackle Pop at the 2015 Gateway Classic, where the 2010 gray mare owned by Twylla Brown earned the junior open all-around title. (All photos credited to Holly Byers)

Featuring a great new schedule, more Equestrians With Disabilities classes and an all-Level 1 (Novice) show, the Missouri Quarter Horse Association's 2015 Gateway Classic clearly was a hit with total 4,000 entries. The event, managed by Mark Harrell Horse Shows, was approved by both AQHA and the National Snaffle Bit Association.

The circuit kicked off May 21 with a special event at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, then marched on May 22-24 with two triple-judged, split-combined shows, followed by the all-Level 1 show May 25. 

On hand to judge were Jennifer Leckey (special event), Karen Craighead (all-Level 1), Leslie Lange, Michael Colvin, Nancy Alto-Renfro, Kelly Stone, Debra Jones-Wright and Mike Weaver. 

2015 Gateway Classic (Credit: Holly Byers)For the all-Level 1 show on Memorial Day, the morning kicked off with bagels sponsored by the Doles Family. Each Level 1 class winner received a new bucket compliments of the Missouri Farmers Association. A barbecue luncheon was prepared by Trevor Fornessm and AQHA Professional Horsemen Kendra and Blake Weis taught a Ride the Pattern clinic.

Raffle tickets for an iPad were also sold throughout the show, with the more than $1,200 raised going to the Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Freedom Reins Veterans Program. 

Added money was on the line in Level 1 (Green) western pleasure, $500; Level 2 (Progressive) junior trail, $500; amateur ranch riding, $500; and Select trail, $250. 

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following Gateway Classic high-point winners:

  • Select AmateurKinetic Krymsun, a 2009 bay gelding (One Hot Krymsun-Private Pleasures by Zippo Pine Bar), shown by Dianne Schaefer of Lone Jack, Missouri
  • AmateurAbsolute Best Asset, a 2008 bay gelding (Absolute Investment-No Risk Asset by Good Asset, shown by Taylor Brown of Strathmore, California
  • Level 1 AmateurA Special Invite, a 2003 sorrel gelding (Dee Invitation-Senorita Hobby by Red Dee Hobby), shown by Christina Hansen of Gretna, Nebraska
  • EWD-SupportedAbigail Wright of Gurnee, Illinois
  • EWD-IndependentRobert Castellitto of Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Small-FryNatural Order, a 2007 bay mare (Presidential Order-Cute N Natural by Natural Iron, shown by Calen Braden of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Level 1 Youth, Youth Natural Order, shown by Savannah Hauer of Racine, Wisconsin
  • Junior OpenSnap Krackle Pop, a 2010 gray mare (RL Best Of Sudden-Brandys Silver Sheik by Zippos Sheik), owned by Twylla Brown of Perry, Missouri
  • Senior OpenAnyones Invited, a 2005 sorrel gelding (Invitation Only-Rebas Zippodeedooda by Zippo Pine Bar), owned by Sherri Hennis of Imperial, Missouri

High-point winners from the Level 1 show were:

  • High-Point Level 1 YouthShes That Sweet, a 2006 bay mare (Potential Investment-Investers Sweet Solo by Solos Investment), shown by Grayson Hardy Glennon of Kearney, Missouri
  • High-Point Level 1 AmateurPutting In R Time, a 2003 sorrel gelding (Mr Big time Fancy-Putting In My Time by Boston Scotch Time), shown by Mary Stassi of Wright City, Missouri
  • High-Point Small-FryEat My Chips, a 1996 brown gelding (Treasure Chip-A Little Impulsvie by Impulsions), shown by Sydney Feager of Wentzville, Missouri
  • EWD-Supported – Corbett Ryan of Mundelein, Illinois
  • EWD-Independent Jessica Naaykens of Joplin, Missouri

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2015 Gateway Classic (Credit: Holly Byers)