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He’s Ritz & Famous and Jeff Hatcher are Famous in the Shenandoah Valley



BRIDGEWATER, Virg. - The Shenandoah Valley Horseman’s Association 2002 Fall Show was held on the evening of September 21, 2002 on the Bridgewater Lawn Party Grounds. The net profits made form the forty-four classes with 271 entries will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Don Kite of Fall Branch, Tennessee, called the Walking Horse classes and Apprentice Andy Carter of Harmony, North Carolina, judged along beside him.

The multi-titled team of He’s Ritz & Famous with Jeff Hatcher in the irons for Judy Morrissett won the Walking Horse Stake and What’s Better Than Cash and Bill Reel took reserve honors.

The Jeff Hatcher Stables had a night to remember, winning eight floral sprays and taking as many victory passes. The Lite Shod mount, Grand Entry, owned by Judy Morrissett scored two of the eight blues. The Gibson family, mother, Charlene on Merging Into One and son, Charlie riding I’m Packin’ A Pistol also made two of the victory rides. Mike and Harriett Van Dyke were thrilled with their new purchase during the Celebration of Sunfire’s Phoenix and the outstanding show the two-year-Old made in the Park Pleasure Two Gait. Jewel’s Scatman and Bill Shea took command of the Two and Three-Year-Old class. To be called to the blue in the juvenile class was Brandon Southworth and Prowler’s Moon Beam, who also claimed the SVHA Spring Show title and came back to take the honors again for the fall show.

The Show Pleasure class was a large and very competitive class, but Master’s Walk-N-Talk and Barbara Dean did the walk to the blue and PJ Henry with Bobby Ritchie to the red. The Amateur Specialty class got the crowd excited but the big bay, Pusher’s Mahogany Bay with Odie Adcock in the irons took home another floral horseshoe and Dorothy Schafer on Stormy Forecast was awarded the reserve.

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