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2021 ASHBA National Pleasure Equitation Finals Spotlight

Published Date: Oct 08, 2021

Pictured: 2021 Finals Champion Ava Bertagnolli and Cinnabar's Star (Schatzberg)

The American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association (ASHBA) congratulates our 2021 ASHBA National Pleasure Equitation Finals Champion Ava Bertagnolli riding Cinnabar’s Star. Bertagnolli bested a strong field of 17 pleasure equitation entries to take home the victory. Ava’s mother, Jodi Bertagnolli of Heritage Stables in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania, does the training and instructing for this winning team. Ava's partner, Cinnabar’s Star, is owned by Diane Thompson.

Pictured: 2021 Finals Champion Ava Bertagnolli and Cinnabar's Star (Schatzberg)

Bertagnolli is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the finals for the Pleasure Equitation division. Last year, Ava was the junior division finals champion of the Saddle & Bridle and Pleasure Equitation Olympics. This season, Ava has also claimed the champion title from the  Senior Pleasure Equitation Olympics National Championship and UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup Finals at All American Classic earlier this month. In addition to her final victories in pleasure equitation, Ava took home the 2021 Saddle & Bridle Hunt Classic National Final title with the beautiful gray mare, Tinsel.

Pictured: 2021 Saddle & Bridle Hunt Classic Champion Ava Bertagnolli and Tinsel (Schatzberg)

ASHA is proud of the history of what the ASHBA Finals bring to the Pleasure Equitation and American Saddlebred community.  ASHBA awards a $1,000 scholarship to our champion along with scholarship opportunities from William Woods University and a trophy from the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show. Reserve Champion Peyton Duerr aboard Undulata’s Crystal Illusion will receive a $500 scholarship from ASHBA and a gift from Becker Brothers LLC. Third place honoree Laney Lonchar aboard Far Away Garfield took home a gift from Becker Brothers LLC.


Pictured: 2021 Finals Reserve Champion Peyton Duerr and Undulata's Crystal Illusionist (Schatzberg)

The ASHBA is proud of the strength of this year’s entries. It is a reflection of our members’ continued dedication to the American Saddlebred and the sport of equitation. We extend a special thank you to the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show, Becker Brothers LLC, EventMix, Howard Schatzberg Photography, William Woods University, and trophy sponsors for going above and beyond to make these finals great!

ASHBA 2021 National Pleasure Equitation Finals Top 10:

Champion: Ava Bertagnolli and Cinnabar's Star


Reserve Champion: Peyton Duerr and Undulata's Crystal Illusionist


Third: Laney Lonchar and Far Away Garfield


Fourth: Kylie Anderson and CHCezar's Palace


Fifth: Morgan Peer and Nuttin' More Elegant

Sixth: Mallory Lawrence and Mr. Carlton Banks

Seventh: Kalli Laird and Talk Me Up

Eighth: Alivia Garwood and TSV The Mystery Continues


Ninth: Elizabeth Marshall and CH Sudoku


Tenth: Emma Kleba and Impressive Asset


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