Fine American Saddlebreds

Statesville, North Carolina

(704) 838-0512 barn • (704) 880-8848 Kim cell

West Wind Stables


2017 Highlights

Winning was once again in style in 2017 for the team of Emma Sanchez and CH He’s In Style, as they scored double wins in the Jr. Exhibitor Five-Gaited division at Gasparilla, JD Massey, Asheville and Roanoke before claiming the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17 Division One World Championship ribbon at Louisville and adding a Reserve World’s Champion of Champions title. The pair closed out the year in style with another blue and tricolor sweep at the North Carolina State Championship.

Susan Swope used the Green Shavings for her debut with Street Legal GRS and came away with a Louisville blue and tricolor in the Roadster Under Saddle division. They also went on to earn the title of National Champion in the same division at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship. Susan was busy all year with her other road horses, riding Stanley Steamer to a Open tricolor and Amateur reserve at JD Massey, double reserves at Asheville, a Reserve Grand Championship at Lexington and and Amateur Roadster Under Saddle World Champion ribbon at Louisville. My Casey did the driving work with Susan, earning a blue and tricolor at JD Massey and double reserves at Gasparilla.

Susan’s Saddlebred horses had a very successful 2017 as well, with Talk Is Money posting four wins in a season that included the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 blue at Lexington and a Reserve National title in the Ladies Over 15.2 in Kansas City with Camille Cowart in the saddle. On Higher Ground and Susan landed Ladies Three-Gaited Reserve Grand Championships at Gasparilla and River Ridge, while Kim Cowart was in the saddle to take the titles of Ladies Three-Gaited National Champion at the Royal and Reserve World’s Champion and Reserve World’s Champion of Champions at Louisville. Susan added a Ladies Reserve at Asheville. Peter Cowart guided On Higher Ground to a win at Roanoke in the Open Three-Gaited class. Susan added another big title showing Ridgefield’s Dancing Soldier to a win in the Ladies Three-Gaited National Championship in Kansas City.

Speaking of Petes, Texas Pete brought home another National Championship from the Royal, winning the Junior Five-Gaited title in Kansas City with Kim Cowart up, after earning a Reserve World’s Champion of Champions title at Louisville with Peter Cowart taking the victory pass. The same duo also claimed Reserve ribbons at Asheville and Roanoke in Junior Five-Gaited competition. Peter also presented Sedgefield’s A Charmed Life to wins at River Ridge (Limit Five-Gaited), Asheville (Junior Five-Gaited) and Roanoke (Open Five-Gaited).

Merrick Semans had all the luck she needed in her mount, Watermark’s A Kiss For Luck, posting five wins and three reserves over the 2017 campaign, including double victories at River Ridge and Blowing Rock in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited division. She added double reserves at Roanoke and a win and reserve at North Carolina State Championship. Merrick’s sister, Carver, added two wins with Roselane’s Dancing For Dollars in Junior Exhibitor Park, with triumphs at Blowing Rock and North Carolina State Championship, while adding a reserve at River Ridge and double reserves at Roanoke. Carver also took home the tricolor in 14-17 Three-Gaited Pleasure at NC State Championship with Kalarama’s Delightful and was reserve showing Undulata Pressure in 14-17 Five-Gaited at the same show. Susan Swope posted three reserves with Undulata Pressure earlier in the year at Gasparilla and River Ridge.

In case you blinked and missed it, Emma Grace Lovell was the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Grand Champion and Champion with Callaway’s Don’t Blink at Blowing Rock. Earlier in the year, the same pair earned a blue and reserve tricolor at JD Massey in 13-and-Under Five-Gaited competition.

Ellen Susman added another World’s Champion ribbon to the West Wind curtain with a Louisville win aboard CH HS Dignitary in Amateur Park (Division One). She had won earlier in the year with Dignitary at Gasparilla and also earned a win and reserve at Blowing Rock. Also showing to a win with HS Dignitary was Alexis Braswell in the Amateur Pari Championship at Gasparilla, while Kim Cowart chipped in double reserves at River Ridge.

CH The Cat Walk earned a Reserve World’s Champion ribbon in the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare class with Kim Cowart in the saddle. Kim was up for double wins with The Cat Walk in Ladies competition at Asheville and for double reserves at River Ridge, while Ellen Susman presented The Cat Walk to a blue and reserve tricolor at JD Massey and qualifying reserves at Gasparilla and Lexington Junior League. Ellen drove Lace’s Last Tango to Fine Harness blue and tricolor ribbons at Blowing Rock and JD Massey, earned double reserves at Asheville, and added another reserve at Gasparilla.

Chris Hawley closed out his career with Callaway’s Reality Show in 2017, posting a pair of Amateur Three-Gaited reserves at JD Massey. Emilie Dorrestein added the Three-Gaited Pleasure 13-&-Under Reserve Champion ribbon with CH Tax Man at JD Massey, while Stefanie Sanchez presented Coin Flip to the Carolina Five-Gaited blue and Reserve tricolor. Stefanie and Coin Flip added another Carolina Five-Gaited win together at Asheville. Brenda Pulis drove CH Emmy Night to a Pleasure Driving blue and tricolor at JD Massey.

The judges said yes to Callaway’s Say Yes and Alexis Braswell at both JD Massey and Asheville, as she won the Amateur Five-Gaited Grand Championship (JD Massey) and Amateur Ladies Five-Gaited Grand Championship. Alexis also took the qualifying blue at JD Massey and was reserve in the Asheville qualifier. Peter Cowart was the Five-Gaited Jackpot Reserve Champion with Say Yes at Roanoke.

Amy Farrah Fowler’s 3-Year-Old season was highlighted by a Reserve World’s Championship in 3-Year-Old Park, preceded by a win at River ridge and a Reserve at Asheville, all with Peter Cowart in the irons.


199 Cowart Drive • Statesville, NC 28625

(704) 838-0512 barn • (704) 880-8848 Kim cell •


199 Cowart Drive • Statesville, NC 28625

(704) 838-0512 barn • (704) 880-8848 Kim cell