2017 Hall of Fame Write Ups

Steve Crabtree Hall of Fame Bio

Every year Hillview Stables, under the direction of Steve Crabtree, represent the Road Horse division at the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse show with quality horses to ensure the Road Horse division will continue to grow and develop.  Steve’s passion and enthusiasm for road horses has spanned decades he is always on the lookout for quality Standardbred to represent the breed.

Steve Crabtree also is a USEF certified judge and has provided his judging expertise at many shows across the World, including the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse Show, The American Royal, South African shows, and recently the Royal Canadian Fair.

With the utmost respect, I nominate Steve Crabtree to the Road Horse and Pony Hall of Fame.  He has been and will continue to be a driving force in the continued growth of the Road Horse and Pony industry.  He has proven that his love and passion for the road horse and pony breeds have been the focus of his career, and has shared his passion with many along his path of success.  

Steve Crabtree from Elizabethtown, KY has been showing and training quality road horses and ponies since 1967.  He has had top ponies such as Crew Chief, Lynn Acres Colonel, and Say It Loud.  His knowledge in training road horses has developed these champion road horses: Despite It All (2 time Open World Champion under saddle and RWCC Under Saddle), Scatman Du (3 time World Champion to wagon and 3 time World Champion of Champions Roadster to Wagon), Where’s Ruben (World Champion Youth Road Horse), Slick Guy ( Reserve World Champion Youth Road Horse), Kitty Wells, Stanly Steamer, Wildwood Flower, Pure Poison, The Man’s Man, Mountain Beach, Condoleeza, Yocky, Identity Thief, Rumor Has It, and the 2016 USTA World Champion Finnmaster.

He is a versatile road horse and pony trainer who has trained World Champion road horses in open, amateur, youth and under saddle exemplifying his talent as a hall of fame trainer.  He has all provided leadership as President of the Road Horse and pony Association from 2012-2015, and is currently providing his experience of the breed on the USEF Road Horse Committee.


Judith McNeish Hall of Fame Bio

Judith Davis “Judy” McNeish and Roadster Horses and Ponies have been syanmyous since 1991. beginning at home in Denver with a road pony named Denver Nugget she moved on the following year to Sergeant Preston when she won both the Amateur to bike and Amateur Championship at the American Royal with lifetime trainer, Raymond Shively.

Since then she has opened, shown and won Reserve, Championship and Grand Championship classes with some of the greats of the division including: Free Agent, Invincible Summer, Thunderbolt, Last Call and currently Nothing Else Matters.  This adds up to over 106 wins all over the country including 14 consecutive years with at least one World Champion title.  Two ofthose were “catch drives” with S Sparrow Express and Thunderbolt for their new owners.  At one time or another she has won every driving class offered in the Road Horse Division at the Kentucky Sate Fair Horse Show adding up to 24 titles.  Including in 2009 when she became the first woman in modern time to win the Roadster to Wagon Grand Championship with Invincible Summer.  

In 2008 and 2009 her horses when to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada and brought home international titles for Thunderbolt in the 15.2and Under Bike and Ladies Roadster Classes as well as Invincible Summer in the 15.2 and under Wagon and Road Wagon Grand Championship.  She returned there in 2014 with Nothing Else Matters and won the 15.2 and Under Bike and Ladies Roadster Classes.

Bedside showing, Judy has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Road Horse and Pony Association in 2012. During that time she was instrumental in getting the ARHPA Museum artifacts moved from the Red Mile Round Barn to Walnut Way Farm.  Additionally, she has served on the Roadster Rules Committee for the United States Equestrian Federation for the past several years.

While very proud of her show ring titles and accomplishments she is equally proud of playing a part in getting more amateurs back showing in the Road Horse Division, especially the Ladies No Matter What Age They Might Be!


Mike Felty Hall of Fame Bio

I would like to nominate Mike Felty to the Road Horse And Pony Association Hall of Fame. Mike has been a lifelong enthusiast of Road Horses. He has always had good Road horses in his barn, most notably two time World's Champion Mare Vivacious. Most recently last year Mike brought two Road horses to Louisville, and both came away winners. Stanley Steamer won the Amateur Road Horse Under Saddle class. Susan Swope won the Lady's Amateur Road class with My Casey, who he was second in the USTA class the year before with Mike. Mike has also been chairman of the USEF Roadster Committee for the past eight years. A Road Horse man through and through. 


Gina Lail Hall of Fame Bio

I would like to nominate Gina Lail for the ARHPA Hall of Fame. She has had an outstanding career that started as working for her uncle Lewis Eckard for 25 years. She then left for G&I Broodmare Farm of Fayetteville, NC. Now she has started her own barn, Champion Manor in Taylorsville, NC. She has had the opportunity to work and train a long list made up of of 16 road horses and 21 road ponies. Gr CH Vivacious, Sue's Bad Moon, Code Blue, Diamond Hustler, Royal Count and Gr Ch Belle Star are a select few of the grand road horses she has worked along with the road ponies Seize The Moment, Awesome Anticipation, WC Razz-Ma-Tazz, Ch Sha Boom, and Crystal Creek's Carbon Copy. She is well deserving of this honor because of her dedication throughout her career and versatility and ability to highly train both road horses and road ponies. Thank you for your consideration.