Traders Point Hunt’s Horse Show is the certainly the biggest ‘n best in the mid-west and one of the top hunter/jumper shows in the country. It’s held in Zionsville – a suburb of Indianapolis – on the farms of Elizabeth Johnson – who was a girl-hood friend of Ginny Whalen. In the forties Ginny and her mother, Mary Berghoff showed in ‘Side-Saddle Pair classes’ and Elizabeth Johnson was a student at Tudor Hall in Indianapolis.
Eight hundred horses were stabled on the grounds – requiring one thousand ‘stalls’ as each exhibitor requires extra stalls for tack rooms, etc. Exhibitors were from all over the country. There were two members of the US Olympic team – Margie Engle and Chris Kappler. Chris and Margie were first and second in the $60,000 Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon – which concluded this six day show.
Otto N. Frenzel, MFH was Honorary Chair. of the show. He’s well known in Dayton’s banking circles. And his sister, Dickie Frenzel Bookwalter is a great friend of Jo Granzo, Tracy Bieser, and Jean Woodhull. They’ve all worked together on the Garden Club of America. Tom Santelli served as Ringmaster for the show. He’s hunted with the Miami Valley Hunt and always comes to the Hunter Trials in October. Patty Shuh is one of the hardest-working committee members for the show. Patty grew up in Middletown and came up to the MVH with her neighbor Jane Watkins. Dan McCarthy, who’s hunted with the MVH many times, has been a Paddock Master at this super show for years.
The TPH show included a dog show for the first time. It was a ‘howling’ success with dozens and dozens of four footed exhibitors and their two foot ‘handlers’. “Paws for Applause’ was the name of the show and the Chair was Wendy Brant. Tom Santelli won the ‘Costume Class – paws down! He wore a fox fur hat with a long fluffy white fur boa and carried his long fluffy coated matching terrier. They both wore sun glasses – and they both looked exactly alike!
A small terrier wore a well-fitted skunk costume, another wore a lobster suit. A small boy wore his Army camouflage suit and his dogs natural fur coat matched perfectly. Mind you – all this took place in an out-door ring and the temperature was ninety two degrees!
There were four classes altogether and one of the judges was the Master of Miami Valley Hunt. The ‘honorary chair’ of the dog show was an English Bull dog named ‘Scarlet O’ Terror.’
Next week ‘Round Town will include a report on the ‘Surprise Luau for Ann Simms’ which took place at Dayton Country Club last Tuesday. ‘Island Attire’ was required. The invitation showed two palm trees with a hammock swinging between…