BEDFORD PA, Sat. Jan. 18 – The U.S. Trotting Association’s meeting for District 7 (Pennsylvania) membership, annually held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fair Horsemen’s Awards Banquet, took place tonight at the local Omni Bedford Springs Resort.
Longtime horseman and USTA Director Sam Beegle has deep roots in this town, for whose high school he wrestled in the State Championship and whose local paper, the Gazette, has Joseph Beegle as its publisher, and when Sam succeeded longtime District Chairman Walter “Boots Dunn,” he decided to treat his fellow Keystoners with some “home cookin’,” and the site, meetings, and dinner were acclaimed by all.
At the USTA meeting, Beegle and Dunn, along with fellow Director Barry Brown, went over the proposed USTA rule changes and conducted other necessary business of the association. During the cocktail hour preceding dinner, a demonstration of the soon-to-be-implemented USTA “enter horses by computer” system was shown to an interested gathering.
At the awards banquet, honored were both the champion pointwinners during the 21 stops along the fair circuit, along with those horses who won their divisional Championship race at The Meadows on October 5. In 2013, a record four horses, all pacers, recorded triumphs in both events – to show how hard this achievement is, only three horses had been able to win the “double” in the previous four years.
The four double champions were:
2YO pacing colt – Mister Chaos, trained by Bob Rougeaux III for first-time owners D&P Racing LLC;
2YO pacing filly – La Fiesta, owned by Mason Shaw (who is not yet two years of age) and trained by his father Jason;
3YO pacing colt – Jungle Of Terror, the leading pointwinner among all competitors at the fairs this year, trained by Steve Schoeffel and owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel in partnership with Steven Lander;
3YO pacing filly – Have More Wine, also a Schoeffel trainee and also owned by the Schoeffel ladies in partnership with James Reuther and James Nelson – her 1:53 1/5 Championship win was the fastest Fair Final ever.
Only the trotting side, winners were:
2YO trotting colts – (points) Mr. Weaver, (Champ.) Fly Past Hanover;
2YO trotting fillies – (points) Bella Palazzo, (Champ.) Glide By Shooting (both from the Dunn Stable);
3YO trotting colts – (points) BSMaximumMoonbeam, (Champ.) Rusty Ruddy;
3YO trotting fillies – (points) Monroe County, (Champ.) Homepage.
The large gathering was entertained both by a replay of all eight Fair Championships and the large amount of door prizes garnered by Beegle and his co-workers, with the grand prize, a Spyder race sulky, won by Jason Shaw. “My brother Chris (Mason’s uncle) has been doing the driving for our stable, but now maybe I’m start driving some,” Jason – a big fellow -- quipped after winning the big prize.
by Jerry Connors