Equine Affaire Press Room

04 12

Brenda Hanson Wins Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

Seasoned VHRC competitor Brenda Hanson clinched this year’s “Champion” title at the Ohio Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse & Rider Competition! Brenda and her 7-year-old quarter horse gelding PVF Frosted Ace scored 65 points and finished the course in 4 minutes and 55 seconds. This pair has earned Reserve Champion at this competition in years past, but this is their first Champion ribbon at the VHRC!

Brenda and Ace in the winners’ circle with (left to right) emcee Steve Lantvit, judge Jason Irwin, and Equine Affaire President Coagi Long

Second place was awarded to Jason Charles and Ms Whiz It, trailing by just one point with a score of 64. Jason also earned third place, on Loretta Weber’s Colonel Smoken Badger with 62.5. Scoring 59.5 points to finish fourth was Martin Schwartz on Guy Gene Cutshaw’s Show Me Sterling. Rounding out the top five in fifth place was Tammy Burgard aboard WR Classic Whiskey with 57.5 points.

And for those of you that might be wondering about competitor Britiny Spangler, who took an unplanned dismount during the competition, we have heard that she has been cleared by the EMTs and is doing fine.

Full placings for the competition are listed below:


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04 08

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 4

Martin Schwartz

Horse: Show Me Sterling (aka “Sterling”), 9-year-old Appaloosa gelding

Two-time champions Martin and Sterling will return to defend their title at the 2019 VHRC! Sterling’s owner, Guy Cutshaw, is unable to ride so he takes great joy in watching Sterling’s success with Martin. Guy has raised and cared for Sterling since he was an 8-month-old colt and looks forward to watching this stellar pair compete once again in the VHRC.

Martin Schwartz and Show Me Sterling

Britiny Spangler

Horse: Peaches, 12-year-old AQHA mare

Britiny and Peaches have been a team for 5 years. Peaches was not broke to ride until Britiny started working with her at the age of 7. During their time together, they have been training with fellow VHRC competitor Brenda Hanson of Hanson Horse Training.

Britiny Spangler and Peaches

Alex Tyson

Horse: Chex My Loaded Gun, 9-year-old AQHA mare

This team has been together for 3 years. Together they compete in working equitation. In 2018, they were the WE United Region 5 Level 3 Champions and third place in Level 2 for their season overall.

Alex Tyson and Chex My Loaded Gun

Loretta Weber

Horse: Shining Gold Badger (“Badger”), 9-year-old APHA gelding

Loretta and Badger have been a team for 6 years. In that time they have trained and competed in all-around English and western, ranch riding, trail, and basic dressage. With many accomplishments in the past six years, such as champion of the day at open shows and 1st place in the open division at the Patriotic Trail Challenge, they’re ready to tackle the VHRC!

Kat Wiegand

Horse: Spence Farms Shadow Dancer (aka “Gracie”), 9-year-old Drum horse mare

Kat started out showing in 4H as a teen, and a few years ago quit her job as a Cost Estimator in the automotive industry to focus on her true passion – breeding, showing, and selling horses with her husband. Kat started Gracie under saddle at the age of 8 years old, just over a year ago! Gracie is a quick learner with an eager personality and has excelled in halter and rail classes but seems to love tackling obstacles the most.

Kat Wiegand and Spence Farms Shadow Dancer
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04 01

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 3

Eddie Landry

Horse: Tejons Shadow Bar (aka “Cielo”), 7-year-old AQHA mare

Coming off a very successful show season earning two buckles in different ranch show series, this team will be partaking in their 5th Equine Affaire event. In the past, they’ve competed in VHRC and also participated in Equine Affaire clinics. Eddie has studied and brought Cielo up through the vaquero tradition and looks to learn and improve every year.

Wendy Montgomery

Horse: SF Distinguished Gentleman (aka “Rocky”), 13-year-old Rocky Mountain gelding

Rocky and Wendy have been together for 10 years and have competed in obstacle challenges for 6 years. They are returning competitors and placed 8th at last year’s VHRC. With many championships under their belts, including Smoky Mountain Trail Amateur Champion, IMTCA Adult Level 2 & 3 Region Champions, and 2nd place RMHA Versatile Horse of the Year, Wendy is aiming for a win at this year’s VHRC!


Wendy Montgomery and SF Distinguished Gentleman

Angela Morse

Horse: Bliss, 15-year-old Quarter Horse mare

Angela and Bliss have been together for 3 years. Together they compete in ranch riding, reining, and jumping at the open level. They have also won high point awards with the Southern Ohio Quarter Pony Association. This will be their first year competing at the VHRC.

Miranda Roesel

Horse: Shamrock, 5-year-old Quarter Horse gelding

Miranda and Shamrock have been a team for just a year and a half, and Shamrock will be the youngest horse in this year’s VHRC! Together they have been participating in ranch riding at open shows with placings in ranch pleasure, trail, and ranch riding.

Sheryl Sheffler

Horse: Real Peppy Hank (aka “Hank”), 24-year-old Quarter Horse gelding

Sheryl describes Hank as her “once in a lifetime super horse.” They’ve been partners for more than 14 years, and have competed in Working Cow Horse events, Team Penning/Sorting, Contesting, Trail Challenges, and more. Hank also gives therapeutic rides to special needs riders. Hank is the oldest horse competing in this year’s VHRC, and this will be his last year of competition before living out the rest of his retirement days in a spacious pasture with his four “girlfriends.”

Sheryl Sheffler and Real Peppy Hank
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03 27

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 2

Jason Charles

Horses: Colonel Smoken Badger (aka “Smoke”), 9-year-old APHA stallion & Ms Whiz It, 10-year-old Quarter Horse mare

Multiple-time VHRC champion Jason Charles will be competing on two horses at this year’s event. “Smoke,” owned by fellow competitor Loretta Weber, has taken home blue ribbons in several judged trail rides, has APHA points in multiple disciplines, and placed 2nd in last year’s VHRC in Ohio. Ms Whiz It, who Jason has had since she was 2 years old, competes in reining and other western disciplines, works as a lesson horse, and won last fall’s VHRC in Massachusetts.

Jason Charles and Ms Whiz It during their winning run at the 2018 VHRC in Massachusetts

Kristin Fouty

Horse: Dun Got It Goin On (aka “Boo”), 13-year-old Paint gelding

This pair has been together for 11 years. They compete in multiple disciplines, including roping, hunt seat, dressage, and rodeo as well as participating in parades. Boo is the first horse Kristin broke herself, and has since also taken multiple youth to the winner’s circle in 4H and open shows. Kristin is a carded judge for Michigan 4H and Open shows and will be competing this year for her third time in the VHRC.

Kristin Fouty and Dun Got It Goin

Marc Gellart

Horse: Red River Banjo (aka “Red”), 10-year-old AQHA gelding

Marc has been riding Red River Banjo for 3 years, competing in reining and ranch riding. Red’s lifetime NRHA earnings have totaled over $25,000! Last year they qualified for the AQHA World Show in Senior Ranch Riding, Amateur Ranch Riding, and Amateur Reining. This will be the pair’s second year in a row competing in the VHRC.

Marc Gellart and Red River Banjo

Brenda Hanson

Horse: PVF Frosted Ace, 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding

Brenda and Ace have been a team for 4 years and compete ranch horse/obstacle competitions. They are two-time VHRC reserve champions and have also placed 3rd and 4th in past VHRC competitions. They’ve won many year-end awards and close to $10,000 in obstacle competitions!

Brenda Hanson and PVF Frosted Ace

Anna Kowal

Horse: JD Sambo’s Flame (aka “Flame”), 10-year-old Rocky Mountain mare

When Anna got Flame four years ago, she had only been ridden three times. Since then, this pair has competed in gaited, English, western, and trail obstacle classes in 4H, open, and breed shows. They also competed in last year’s VHRC. Anna is currently a student at Asbury University in Kentucky and studies Equine Science. She and Flame have been training there with Jesse Westfall since last August.

Anna Kowal and JD Sambo’s Flame
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03 12

Meet the VHRC Competitors: Part 1

Melinda Adams

Horse: Bella Beretta, 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare

Melinda and Bella Beretta have been a team for 3 years, and in that time they have participated in Breyerfest, competed at the Quarter Horse Congress in Freestyle Reining, and competed at the ARHA World Show in Ranch Reining. They have also competed at Equine Affaire’s Versatile Horse and Rider Competition three times, placing as high as 4th.

Melinda Adams and Bella Beretta

Shannon Barth

Horse: Whata Golden Girl (aka “Piper”), 4-year-old APHA/PHBA mare

Shannon started out riding trail horses and showing in 4H. Since November 2017, she and Piper have successfully showed in Hunter Under Saddle and Ranch events, and were named the 2018 Mid Ohio Horse Show Association Ranch Division Championship.

Shannon Barth and Whata Golden Girl


Valerie Boatman

Horse: MSU Supersticious (aka “Spartan”), 12-year-old Arabian gelding

Valerie purchased Spartan as a 2-year-old from Michigan State University, where he was bred. She describes him as sensible, willing, and smart. Together, they have ridden trails, been in parades, and since 2015 have also been competing in dressage. They have shown in over 100 recognized shows and more than 100 schooling shows!

Valerie Boatman and MSU Supersticious


Tammy Burgard

Horses: Alot Nu Jazz, 6-year-old AQHA gelding & WR Classic Whiskey, 7-year-old AQHA mare

Tammy will be competing on two horses, and both have impressive resumes. Alot Nu Jazz is a Reserve World Champion in Ranch Horse Versatility, and WR Classic Whiskey holds multiple state and regional championships in Extreme Cowboy Racing, along with being a World Championship Finals qualifier the past three years.

Tammy Burgard and Alot Nu Jazz


Sydney Casto

Horse: Angel, 12-year-old American paint mare

Sydney is one of this year’s youngest competitors at just 19 years old. She received her horse Angel as a Christmas gift 6 years ago, and since they have competed in contesting, jumping, pleasure, and trail. This pair took grand champion at the county fair’s trail class three years in a row. In addition to showing, Sydney and Angel trail ride almost every week, up to 25 miles at a time!

Don’t miss the action! The Versatile Horse and Rider Competition will take place at 1pm on Friday, April 12th at Equine Affaire. The competition will be held in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ohio-participate/ohio-compete/ohio-versatile-horse-rider-competition/

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