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Wisconsin Summer Classic

by Jean Baum

The Wisconsin Summer Classic and Versatility Show was held at the well-known Elkhorn Show Grounds in Elkhorn, Wis., on June 27. Judge Newton Parks from Christiana, Tenn., carefully watched every entry, which gave him a high approval rating from the 170 entries. Bob Rodenkirch also preformed an outstanding job as announcer.

Carol Olp did her usual excellent duties as show chairman with the help of Charlotte McMahon, Donelle Schetter, Marcia Boeing, Cheryl Johnson, Sue Clement, Peggy Butler and Barbara Schmidt. Wally Huebner was again the gateman.

The top blue ribbon winner was Karen Parker’s Our Gamblin’ Spirit. The other Huebner half, Terre, had the second most winning horse with Counselor’s Jewel, followed by High Class Gift and Katie Livingood; Pride’s Lexus, another Karen Parker horse; Bum’s Pure Dynamite and Andria Madison; Dash For Dollars and Kate Roepke; and Martha Crawford’s Designed By Cash.

Another success was the return to the city of Milwaukee from Baraboo, Wis., the world televised Ringling Brother’s Circus Parade. This was a three-hour event, featuring the beautiful wagons produced years ago and in perfect condition, drawn by horses and elephants. Also in attendance as part of the parade were giraffes, lions, tigers, and other animals including horse groups and clubs. Proudly included in this section were eight of the Wisconsin Walking Horse Association’s horses and riders in beautiful show attire. Heading and planning this segment was Jean Ross, a dedicated member of the Board of Directors. It was a special privilege to watch such a rare parade.

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