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Pacific Northwest Jamboree Salutes Bourbon And Branch



ELMA, Wash. - The 17th annual Pacific Northwest Jamboree was once again held at Gray’s Harbor Fairgrounds July 11-13 with judge Dee Dee Sale of Lewisburg, Tenn., evaluating the entries. Show manager Sue Carroll assembled a top team of officials for the Western International affiliated show that featured 106 classes for all levels of walking horse competition.

The Sunday afternoon Open Grand Championship event found trainer Frank White and the flashy Bourbon And Branch marching to the winner’s circle for proud owners Paul and Tanya Schwarz.

Trainers Laurie Toone and Diane Gueck tied in the ribbon tally with 11 blue and five tricolor sashes a piece. Toone-directed grand champions included two-year-old Uniquely Grand, three-year-old A Classic Shot, four-year-old Wishes Of Cash and Western Open winner Common Denominator. Royal Sparkling Gen excelled in the Trail Pleasure Amateur grand Championships with Michelle Hodne.

Gueck’s Cheveaux Training Stables posted Plantation tricolors with A Beam Come True in Open and Amateur Specialty categories, trainer Gueck and Heather Fitzgerald respectively, and Three-year-Old Beam Of Sundance. Miss Magic Money maintained her undefeated status with victories in the Lite-Shod Open and Amateur Specialty Championship events.

David Fields' entries collected seven blues and a pair of tricolors, including Open Three-year-Old Poison’s Classic Lady and Show Pleasure star Gold’s Midnight Dancer. Linda Arnold also had a seven-and-two ribbon count, with Sir Giles landing the championship honors in Plantation Open and Amateur specialty competition with trainer Arnold and Susie Brey respectively.

Frank White Stables accounted for five blues and two tricolors, including previously mentioned Bourbon And Branch, Yearling Grand Champions Double Coin Son and Show Pleasure Open Specialty winner Doc’s Starr Tribute.

Allison Smart’s Stride Right Farms' entries had three blues and three championship ties with the Lite-Shod Dark Vengeance and Trail Pleasure mount Kiss And Told. Keri Johnson did the honors in both instances.

Michelle Webler posted a single blue as well as a championship with Plantation Two-Year-Old talent Hot Promises.

Leslie Hutson’s entries also earned a single blue and a Show Pleasure Youth Championship with Halleluah To The Master.

Kim Biechler’s tricolor came in the Pleasure Driving event with Nite’s Red Hot, while Ronny Clark landed a single blue with Royal Celebration in the Plantation Novice Open Specialty class.

Amateur owner-trained entries always do well at the Pacific Northwest shows, as demonstrated by Peggy Bissell’s All Timer’s One To Watch, who had three blues and three championships with Melissa Swingley and her mom Kim doing the riding in Plantation and Pleasure classes. Melissa also accepted the Walking Seat and Stock Seat Equitation blues.

Kirk and Kevin Porter shared the reins for the three blues and dual tricolor sashes earned by Lite-Shod Dixieanne In Command, while OATS stablemate Suddenly Cher collected three Trail Pleasure blues and a championship with Belinda Mendenhall riding for owner Jana Anderson.

Ken Porter and Jus’ Touch-N-go added four Versatility blues to their resume’, with Sarena Westenhaver’s Nite Wind’s Bum landing a trio of Lite-shod victories. Rae Nelson’s stock posted a single blue plus a championship with Open Specialty victors Gold Coin Exchange and Julie Harris.

Our Victoria’s Secret scored a pair of Lite-Shod wins with Eddylou Izzi directing for Izzi’s Walkers. Cliff Kinnamon and Showtime’s Showgirl were called for a pair of Trail Pleasure blues, while a single Novice Pleasure win was awarded to Coin’s High Tech and Aaron Bloom.

These are the highlights from the Pacific Northwest Jamboree. Complete results may be found by visiting the results section our web site.

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