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SPHO-NJ PRESENTS 2014 AWARDS AT ANNUAL BANQUET

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ - February 15, 2015 – Awards for 2014 were presented by the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey (SPHO-NJ) at an awards banquet on Sunday, February 15, 2015 to honor those horses who have excelled at disciplines off the track.

There were more than 200 attendees at the annual banquet that was held in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn in East Windsor, NJ.

Awards are determined by points earned by participating in horse and rider events.

The different disciplines include: Dressage, in-hand halter classes at horse shows, riding classes at horse shows (western & English), in-harness, gymkhanas, hunter paces, demos, parades and pleasure riding.

Some of the honored horses and their riders, along with their ownership and on-track earnings, were:

• WORLD CLASS GUY, ridden by Jessie Santana (Middletown, NJ). Adopted from SRF by Bix DeMeo. On the track, the trotter had a mark of 1:57.2 and earnings of $67,132. – In-Hand and High Point SRF Adoptee

• INDEPENDENT ACT, ridden by Suzanne D'Ambrose (Neptune, NJ) and Sawyer Baker (Millstone Township, NJ). Owned by Suzanne D'Ambrose. Indy is a trotter who took a mark of 1:55.4 and earned $61,110 on the track. – Showmanship, Leadline, Pace, Chase & Hunt, Grand Champion

• BIG BIKKIES ridden and owned by Maria Andersson (Allentown, NJ]. The trotter posted a mark of 1:52.1 and earned $201,014 while racing. – Two-Gait Pleasure and In Harness

• GLISSADE, ridden by Destiny Sheard and Shyanne Sheard (both Jackson NJ). Unraced trotter. Owned by Rob Pennington. - Star Lantern Memorial Award

• JAMBALAYABAR MAN, ridden by Helene Gregory (East Windsor NJ), Destiny Sheard and Shyanne Sheard (both Jackson NJ). Owned by Helene Gregory. JM is an unraced trotter. – High Point Standardbred and Star Lantern Memorial Award

• DESQUITE, ridden and owned by Danielle Loonan (Shamong, NJ). The pacer took a mark of 2:01.1 and earned $613 while racing. – Three-Gait Pleasure and Hunter

The Star Lantern Award is a perpetual trophy presented to the high point junior rider. The Ferguson family sponsors the trophy in memory of their horse, Star Lantern, who was shown by Taylor Ferguson. The 2014 award went to sisters Destiny and Shyanne Sheard, who rode both Glissade and Jambalayabar Man.

SPHO-NJ and its officers expressed their thanks to all sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and those who donated to the auctions.

For more information about SPHO-NJ, visit standardbredpleasurehorse.org and facebook.com/SPHONJ. New members and their standardbreds are welcome.

--Courtesy of Suzanne D’Ambrose for SPHO-NJ

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