by Jean Baum


            ELKHORN, Wis. – Labor Day for many in Wisconsin does not mean the day after the Celebration finale, but a show held for many years in Elkhorn, Wis., called the WWHA (Wisconsin Walking Horse Association) Fall Festival. It is held in conjunction with the Walworth County Fair, which gives the breed excellent exposure as this county fair always draws huge crowds.

            After celebrating the outstanding and exciting achievements of winning one world grand championship and three world championships, Connie Waldo came to Elkhorn to judge this show. With 172 entries, she had her work cut out for her.

            Three horse and rider combinations won three blues each: Tornado Appeal and Chuck and Ruth Ann Spinelli, Pusher’s Storm Twister and Kendel Domres and Outlaw’s Elegant Lady and Kim Major.

            Those exhibitors and their mounts who rode down victory lane twice were: Bob Dillon’s Ebony Threat and Molly Sexton, Coppertop’s Walkie Talkie and Jenny Kippley, Generator’s Fifth Alarm and Will Kowalski and Ruth Ann Spinelli, Counselor’s Jewel and Terre Huebner, Twilight Surprise and Teresa Dietz, Kentucky Red and Cheryl Johnson, Designed By Cash and Martha Crawford, Eb’s Ramrod and Andria Madison for Sue Clement and She’s Gonna Bust Loose and Amy Spinelli Gourlay.

            Winning one blue went to each of the following: Ivory’s Miss Madison and Nancy Baer, Lil Man’s Magic and Chuck Spinelli, B.K. Nite To Remember and Cynthia Natzke, Doing Time In Texas and Marianne Springer, Widowmaker’s Rare Spirit and Ruth Ann Spinelli, Hand Paint’d Lady and Andria Madison, Bay On The Loose and Amy Spinelli Gourlay and That’s My Pride Jubilee and Beth Blessing Float.

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