By: Brittany Bevis
Paint Horse enthusiasts converged on Shipshewana, IN. at the Michiana Event Center for the Great Lakes Breakout, an APHA and NSBA approved event that was held May 8-9. Judges for the show were John Briggs, Shannon Vroegh, Lynda Danielson, and Tom McBeath.
This was the first time for An Equine Production to manage the event for the Indiana Paint Horse Club and Michigan Paint Horse Club, and, judging from the entry numbers, it was a resounding success with over 670 entries per judge, or 2,600+ for the weekend-long event.
Congratulations to the High Point winners:
Green: Lazy Loper on Scotch for Amber Fritcher-Tippet
Open: Only One Invitation for Julia DeJonghe
Youth 5-10 Walk-Trot: All In Red/Anna Overway
Youth Solid Paint Bred: Burnt Cookies/Bailey Mccaffrey
Youth Solid Paint Bred Walk-Trot: Lopin My Spots Off/Landon Siefker
Novice Youth: Gold Machine/Kendall Lance
Youth 14-18: Moxie Machine/Gia Pozzi
Youth 13 & Under: More Tools/Lexie LaLone
Amateur Solid Paint Bred Walk-Trot: I Know Im Hot/Jessica Heyen
Amateur Walk-Trot: Gentlemens Lad/Jennifer Shook Bishop
Open Solid Paint Bred: The Best Wingman/Charlynn Turner
Amateur Solid Paint Bred: The Best Wingman/Charlynn Turner
Novice Amateur: Ethel Mae/Jessica Paskiet
Amateur: Call Me A Cowboy/Jamie Ross Swanson
Masters Amateur: Cowboy By Design/Lori Hartman
A special event that took place at the show was the Kenny Crull Memorial Western Pleasure class. The winner was Hannah DeJonge with Only One Invitation. Rachel Kooiker kindly provided an introduction for the announcer to read about the meaning behind the class.
“Ladies and gentlemen, many of you in the stands and arena today knew the person to whom this class is dedicated, and all of you have been impacted by his love for Paint Horses and his many years of service to APHA. Kenny Crull was born on June 27, 1939. Throughout his life, he was an avid owner, breeder, and exhibitor of Paint Horses. It was his love of, and service to Paint Horses, that also led him to meet the love of his life, Pauli. It happened at the APHA Convention in Hollywood, Florida., in March of 1977. Pauli happened to notice a man sitting quietly by himself during, and the two struck up a conversation. Well, that must have been some conversation, because Kenny and Pauli were married by August that same year, and their partnership is a 41-year legacy of breeding and showing champions, such as their stallion, Ollie Norfleet.”
“For their significant contributions to the formation of critical APHA programs and the promotion of Paint Horses, Kenny and Pauli Crull are slated to be inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame in 2022. Kenny was also an ardent supporter of regional Paint clubs and events. In fact, Kenny was the first Michigan Paint Horse Club president, a lifetime APHA member, and he even wrote a column for the Paint Horse Journal dedicated to promoting Paints.”
“Later in his life, Kenny battled pulmonary fibrosis, which is a condition that damages the lungs. Throughout this, Kenny continued to enjoy riding and showing Paint Horses, in particular finding tremendous success and joy competing in Western Pleasure events on a flashy tobiano. It was, in 2018, at a hospital in Monticello, IN, where pulmonary fibrosis took Kenny’s life. Kenny’s life of love for and service to the Paint Horse should be a reminder to us all that positive impact starts at home. When you believe in and work towards a goal, you are impacting your communities from bottom up. With that in mind, the proceeds from this class will be given in Kenny’s honor to the The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis will live longer, healthier lives. And so, friends, in celebration of the life of Kenny Crull, we are honored to present to you the winner of the 2021 Kenny Crull Memorial Western Pleasure Class.”
Click here to view results, courtesy of An Equine Production.
Scroll below for lots more great photos, courtesy of Corrin Hunt Photography. If you’d like to share photos and results from a show near you, email B.Bevis@EquineChronicle.com.