Mayflower Hosts Memorial Western Pleasure Class

Erin Lieurance shows Pass Code to win the inaugural Jim Cooper Memorial Western Pleasure class May 2 in Iowa.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

Erin Lieurance shows Pass Code for owner Jodi Siamis to win the inaugural Mayflower Jim Cooper Memorial Western Pleasure class. (Credit: bar H Photography)

The Iowa Quarter Horse Association, and their Mayflower IQHA State Show, hosted the Jim Cooper Memorial Western Pleasure class May 2 during their show in Des Moines, Iowa. Cooper, a long-time Iowa Quarter Horse Association member and supporter, passed away in March and some of his friends came up with the class concept as a way to remember and honor him.

Jim Cooper was a big supporter of IQHA and Quarter Horse shows, He was a horse-show husband and dad for several years. A former drag racer, “Coop” was the “go-to-guy” if you ever had a problem with your truck or trailer, or if you just wanted to pimp your ride with Dee Zee truck accessories. He appreciated fast cars and good horses.

Ron Shivers, owner of Dee Zee Manufacturing, made the first financial contribution of $1,000 to create the cash purse to be paid to the class winner. Jim Cooper had worked for Dee Zee for several years. There are several Dee Zee metal boxes in tack rooms and trailers across the country as the company had supported many Iowa Futurities over the years.

Jim and Joni Roth, of Roth Show Equipment, donated a custom designed headstall created for the winner of this class. Coop and Jim spent many hours sitting outside the Roth Show Equipment trailer at shows, swapping stories and jokes.

Also contributing to the $700 cash purse paid to second through fifth places were Kelly Cox of Rock Ridge Ranch and Mitch Adkins. Lee and Lori Robertson donated $100 paid to the highest placing non-pro rider in the class. InStride Edition and the Mayflower Show were contributing sponsors as well.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper

Guest judges for the open class were Brent Maxwell, Mitch Adkins and Jeff Allen. Nineteen entries rode into the pen Saturday evening, including Wayne Hembry, whose first customer as a horse trainer was Jim Cooper. Some rode for the competition; most rode for the memory of their old friend.

Winning the class on all three judges’ cards was Pass Code, owned by Jodi Siamis of Marion, Iowa, and shown by Erin Lieurance of Tiffin, Iowa. The 2012 red roan gelding is by VS Code Red and out of Petite Seductress by Petite Lord. Jim’s wife, Cindy, and her family came into the arena to make the awards presentation of the custom Roth headstall and the $1,000 cash prize.

Second place went to Sheza Home Wrecker, a 2006 sorrel mare (Hot Impulse-Rosies Bonanza by Zippo Pine Bar) shown by Lisa Hathaway for John Wiese, earning $280. Third place was Lotto Max, a 2011 brown gelding (One N Only-Sleepin Up The Line by Too Sleepy To Zip) owned by Erin Larson Girolamo and shown by Eric Petersen for $210. The fourth place winner was Hott Wheelz, a 2008 sorrel gelding (Blazing Hot-Barpassers Gal by Barpassers Image) owned and shown by Connor Griggs, winning $140 plus the $100 bonus and the custom Mayflower-branded cowhide as the highest placing non-pro rider. Jess Bergantzel rode Shez A Slow Breeze, a 2008 sorrel mare (Zippos Shadow Watch-Sheza Passing Breeze by A Passing Breeze), to fifth place and $70.

Sixth – Kiss Me In A Hotrod, a 2011 bay mare (Only In The Moonlite-Hot Roddin Vickie by Radical Rodder), owned and bred Craig Petermeier, shown by Danielle Burnight

Seventh – Whos Cheating Who, a 2007 gray mare (Huntin For Chocolate-Jet Back Home by Hotrodders Jet Set), owned by Scott and Linda Berwick, shown by Linda Berwick

Eighth – Got The Lucky Touch, a 2009 bay mare (A Touch Of Sudden-Zip N Be Radical by Radical Rodder), owned by Anna Terry, shown by Jamie Zuidema

Nineth – Machine Image, a 2011 bay mare (A Good Machine-Treasured Image by Potential Investment), owned by Matt and Mary Ann Carr, shown by Cody Reed

10th – A Speed Demon, a 2008 bay gelding (A Good Machine-A Special Old Gold by Zippos Old Gold), owned by Gayle Scharf, shown by Micah Hansen

The Mayflower Committee donated $10 from each entry fee paid to Courage League Sports, a local charity close to Jim’s heart. The recreational adaptive sports facility, located in Urbandale, Iowa, is specifically designed for children not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges. Their programs provide an opportunity to play in sports leagues, participate in group classes or play around during open gym night at everyone’s own skill level.

As they prepared to leave the arena, class winner Erin Lieurance and her partner, Jeff Cochran, announced they wished to donate the $1,000 she just won to the Courage League Sports as well. 

“I would have to win a lot of checks to ever begin to pay back what all that man did for me,” Erin said of Coop. 

Jeff agreed: “That man did a lot for me over the years; this was a pretty neat deal.”

For more information on Courage League Sports, visit their website at www.courageleaguesports.com.

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