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Sunday Night Excitement

With the Junior Exhibitor Park class being split, 14 events were held on the Sunday evening session, which started at 6:30 p.m. with the ASR Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Fine Harness class. That class gave the general spectators their thrill for the night as Debbie Foley lost a wheel on her buggy and the horse got loose momentarily. Everything ended okay but she could not get everything back together in the allotted time. It was announced that her entry would be eligible to return for the Junior Fine Harness Championship for which he was already entered. When action resumed Melinda Moore and Arrowhead’s Moet took charge and made the final pass as the world’s champion.

         Three additional ASR Sweepstakes were held with Empyrean and Jim Stachowski receiving a huge ovation in the park pleasure division, David Cater and the high-going Bluebonnet’s Hip Hop topping a good three-gaited section, and Steve Wheeler closing the night with a victory pass aboard the expressive Undulata’s All The Rage ERB.

         One of the top battles of the evening came in the first section of the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited 14-17 class where world’s champions Soquili’s Curious George and She’s Born To Sparkle went head to head. Alex Rudder and Curious George again took this round. Reagan Campbell and multi-titled world’s champion CH Real Action won yet another title taking section two to set up a great championship at the end of the week.

         Rudder won two classes tonight, piloting former harness world’s champion Futurette to a junior exhibitor park world’s title for the Kalarama training team. That class was also split with Lauren Beck and I’m A Holiday making the victory pass in section two for the Country Meadow crew.

         Jeff McClean and last year’s Amateur Hackney Pony World’s Champion of Champions Heartland Road Show added another Louisville title to his resume with the amateur gentlemen’s blue. The American Saddlebred pony, One Black Pearl garnered her first world’s title in only her second year of showing. The High Spirits-trained star was shown by Madeleine Wood.

         There was plenty of action among the speedsters as defending world’s grand champion B52 and Debbie Foley once again turned back all challengers in the bike class. Susan Swope and Stanley Steamer won their second under saddle class, this honor returning to West Wind Stables. Majestic Oaks had the one-two finish in the Junior Road Pony class with Ali DeGray and Heartland American Idol taking top spot and Abel Salazar receiving a great round of applause for his reserve finish with Heartland Seriously.

         Also a repeat winner, Brookhill’s Express Yourself topped the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving class for Brianna Tolkacz.

         With the schedule now in full swing the gates to Freedom Hall will open again at 9:00 tomorrow morning with 19 classes scheduled, starting with the 11 & Under Saddle Seat Equitation competition.

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