Articles: Press Release
American Shetland Pony Club Celebrates
Successful 121st Shetland Congress Show
Alicia Schuckert drives AGS Hi-Lee Extreme to the Championship in the Modern
Roadster Lady to Drive division at the 2009 ASPC Shetland Congress in
Cloverdale, Indiana. (Photo by Washburn Photography)
For more information contact the:
American Shetland Pony Club
American Miniature Horse Registry
Johnny Robb, Director of Marketing
Zona Schneider, Director of Operations
Cloverdale, IN (August 5, 2009) Small equines from all across the nation
turned out in a big way for the 121st Shetland Pony Congress Show, resulting
in the largest competition in five years. The versatile Shetland Ponies
competed at the Crossroads Arena in Cloverdale, Indiana, for National
Championship titles in classes such as driving, halter, jumping, youth and
costume classes while owners competed for best groomed pony and youth
members wrote essays hoping to win a Shetland Pony of their own.
Congress was a great success -- we had 530 ponies and over 1800 entries at
this the show, said Lenard Davenport, Show Manager. The overall atmosphere
of the show was wonderful and everything went very smoothly.
The prestigious Shetland Pony Congress was sponsored by a variety of
companys that support small equines, including Farnams Platform Feed,
Vetrolin and Radon Horse Blankets. Farnam Companies sponsored the Vetrolin
Grooming Awards and Michelle Callahan of Warrenton, Missouri, and her
Shetland Pony SMHCS Freedoms Stylish One walked away the winner. The pair
won a years supply of Vetrolin grooming products for being the best groomed
small equine at the show.
Callahan wasnt the only competitor feeling lucky during Congress. Youth
member Kelsey Vann of Hot Springs, Arkansas, won the Youth ASPC/ASPR
Congress Essay Contest, taking home a stunning yearling buckskin gelding
named Captivating Carl EGF. Jackie Tyler of Emerald Glenn Farm in Woodville,
Wisconsin donated Carl, a Classic Shetland Pony.
RaDon Blankets were also sponsors of Congress, donating blankets to Futurity
Winners and winners of the Classic and Modern Liberty classes. In the
Liberty classes, individual ponies are set free in the arena and show off
their beauty and movement while music plays. The excitement of Liberty
classes draws a big crowd who cheer for their favorite.
Congress was once again a huge success and a wonderful celebration of the
breed. From the youth essay winner to the best groomed pony winner, it was
truly a wonderful week, said Johnny Robb, Director of Marketing for the
American Shetland Pony Club and American Miniature Horse Registry
(ASPC/AMHR). The show is always a wonderful chance for everyone to see the
ponies in action and also see how versatile Shetland Ponies truly are.
The ASPC recognizes many types of Shetlands, and all competed at the
show. Types of ponies recognized are the Classic Shetland Pony, the
Foundation Shetland Pony, the Modern Shetland Pony, the American Show Pony
and the National Show Pony.
For more information on the Shetland Pony Congress, visit their website at
www.shetlandminiature.com or call (309) 263-4044. Congress show results are
available at www.horseshowsonline.com.
The American Shetland Pony Club, the American Show Pony Registry and The
American Miniature Horse Registry are non-profit organizations established
to preserve and refine the bloodlines of these small equines and promote the
enjoyment of small equines. Recognized as the oldest and most versatile
registry in the United States, the American Shetland Pony Club offer a
variety of programs for Shetland Pony and Miniature Horse enthusiasts of all
ages. Visit their website at www.shetlandminiature.com or 81-B East
Queenwood Road, Morton, IL 61550.