Torrential downpour doesn’t stop the fun at The Silver Classic

Source: Text and Photos by Kaitlin Westphal

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“This facility is awesome. There are plenty of pens to ride in with great footing. Coming here provides me with a great warm-up to the Congress with stiff competition,” says Amateur Select competitor Shayla Shipley of Cameron, Montana. “Last, but definitely not least, the people are friendly. If you walk down an aisle and smile at someone, they smile back.”


The Silver Classic is definitely not lacking in history and diversity. Established in the 1970s by the Nebraska Quarter Horse Association, the Silver Classic, at one time boasted being the 4th largest horse show in the entire United States and one of the richest paying. The show had 500 stalls sold, a 142 percent increase from last year. Not only has attendance increased, but there has been increased entries in everything from roping to western pleasure to hunt seat. According to show management, the showbill is only lacking three classes cow horse, jumping and driving.


Kicking off Friday, Sept. 18 was a full slate of trail and what a talented pen it was. Following trail was western pleasure, horsemanship and western riding. For results from those classes Click Here.


The Pre-Silver Classic wrapped up on September 18 and the Silver Classic began on September 19. Judges included Judd Paul, Jon Barry, Murray Griggs and Rhonda Repogle.


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In addition, the Infantile Spasms Community is soliciting donations for the fundraiser which will go directly to the Infantile Spasms Community to help fund ongoing efforts of support, research and awareness of Infantile Spasms. Infantile Spasms is one of the “catastrophic childhood epilepsies” because of the difficulty in controlling seizures and the association with developmental delay. However, early recognition, a careful diagnostic evaluation, and proper treatment may allow some children to attain seizure control and to achieve a normal, or at least much improved, level of development. Thus, there is the opportunity to have an important impact in the lives of these unfortunate children and their families.


Donations for the Silver Classic fundraiser can be sent to:

Infantile Spasms Community

1 Montgomery Ave #201

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


You can also donate online at, look for the donate button.



The highlight event of the evening was the “Swingers” Open WP (Charity Calcutta) $1,000 Added Money. These are horses and riders that you are familiar with that are mixed and matched and then auctioned off to raise money for the Infantile Spasms Community of Nebraska. The highest bidder on horse and rider combo also received a belt buckle. Jeff Cochran and Farley Sliss were the honorary judges for this event.

Lisa Hathaway riding Charismatic Zipper – sold for $400

Micah Hanson riding Sheza Home Wrecker – sold for $1025

Mark Pyle riding Trigger – sold for $625

Wes Wetherall riding Smooth Zippin Chex – sold for $850

Danielle Burns riding A Special Invite – sold for $700

Julie Kunde riding Zippos ATM – sold for $425

Bill Cosentino riding Kiss Me In A Hotrod – sold for $1150

Lara Yungclas riding Hot Lopin Cowboy – sold for $425


As these riders were auctioned off, there was a buzz in the atmosphere as everyone was excited to support such a great cause.



8th—Marc and Trigger

7th—Zippos ATM and Julie Kunde

6th—Charasmatic Zipper and Lisa Hathaway

5th—Hot Lopin Cowboy and Lara Yungclas

4th—Kiss Me in a Hotrod and Bill Consentino

3rd—Sheza Homewrecker

2nd—Smooth Zippin Chex and Wes Wethrall

1st—Danielle Burnight and A Special Invite


For full results from the Futurity Click Here.

For full results from the Show Click Here


To check out some of the candids from the show Click Here.



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