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Wednesday Matinee



            This morning’s session featured several classes for young riders and drivers as well as young horses. Khloe Jankowicz led the parade of young riders, winning the 8 & Under Walk and Trot Equitation class for mom Jamie Jankowicz and her Legacy Stables. The second trainer’s daughter to win a world’s title this morning, Lyla Grace Wroble was the 9-year-old world’s champion for her Country Meadow family. Continuing her successful walk and trot career, Isabelle Fischer added the 10-year-old world’s title to her accolades.

            Three-year-old American Saddlebred Futurity entries were in the spotlight this morning with Dena Lopez and I’m A Star Boy making the victory pass as the park champion of this division for Marie Gwinn. A few classes later Kelly Self rode Jayne Romano’s Shine Bright to the park pleasure title for Futurity entries.

            In the Futurity in hand section it was a trifecta for the veteran team of Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel. They won the weanling, two-year-old and yearling classes. Two of the three were for Larry Hartsock with his Walterway’s Enchanted Evening and Walterway’s Lasting Effect. The two-year-old, Mix It Up, was an entry of Kenny and Ceil Wheeler’s.

            A slew of kids were rackin’ and trottin’ across the green shavings this morning with Emma Sanchez and CH He’s In Style winning their third career 14-17 qualifying world’s title in section one. The ASR Four-Year-Old Five-Gaited Sweepstakes Reserve World’s Champion last year, HS I’m A Dreamer was a world’s champion today with Rose Marie Wheeler guiding the white-faced star to the section two win for 14-17 riders.

            Those who love to go fast sitting behind their ponies also had their time to shine in Freedom Hall this morning. It was also Rose Marie Wheeler’s second victory pass of the morning as she drove CH Stat for the Junior Exhibitor 14-17 Road Pony World’s Champion honors. Stablemates Stat Tistic and Nicole Jackson claimed section one of the 13 & under division. Enjoying his second victory pass of the week, Nick Schubert made this one in section two of the 13 & under division with his beloved Seamair Strutter.

            For the young ponies, Grace Arnold and BLF 1st Choice continued their dominance of the Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony competition with a world’s champion of champions performance for Smith Lilly and the Mercer Springs crew.

            Other world’s champion titles this morning were awarded in country pleasure driving with defending world’s champion of champions The Code Cracker and Alice Unger taking a victory pass in section one for Hollow Haven Farm. Cater Stables added to their blue ribbon display this week with Lynda St. Andre and the expressive Attache’s Chocolate Thunder making the round of honor in section two.

            Another world’s champion title returned to the west coast and the J.L. Dixon Stables as Gen Hess and CH Your Lucky Stars jogged their way to the top of the Country Western Pleasure class.

            No one has more fun going fast than Judy McNeish and she got to do it again this morning catch driving Chanteur PV for trainers Steve and Tiffany Wheeler and owner Melrose LLC to turn back all challengers for the Ladies Amateur Roadster To Bike World’s Championship.

            After a nice afternoon break the gates will open again tonight at 6:30 with the Ladies Three-Gaited Over 15.2 Stake.  

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