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All American Horse Classic Kicks Off Fall Season!

by Leeann Mione

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The All American Horse Classic has a long tradition of presenting the best of the best Saddlebreds, Hackneys and equitation riders as they competed for prestigious national titles and huge payouts in the futurity classes, All American Cup program and the Saddlebred Sweepstakes.

The show benefited Strides To Success, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides Equine Assisted Learning as a resource for children, schools and mental health professionals to achieve behavioral, therapeutic and educational goals.

Manager Claire Panke once again assembled her talented staff to put this competitive show together including secretary Judy McManama and assistant secretary Carolyn Shepard. Chairpersons Dawn Kendrick and Dee McNealy lent their time and talents to help ensure success and, along with the board of directors and horse show committee, started planning this year’s show as soon as last year’s show ended.

Peter Fenton, fresh off his duties as announcer at Louisville, returned to serve as the official announcer and he was joined in center ring by return photographer Rick Osteen, organist Gene Wright, tabulator Tracy Mulligan and ringmaster Kent Moeller.

Stacey Wright served as the USEF Steward and Guy Brown was paddock master. Dewey Bass served as the official barn manager and Michele Carvin was the awards coordinator. Greg Mominee was the show’s official farrier.

A varied and distinguished panel of judges were on hand to evaluate the classes. Tom Bombolis, Randy Cates and James Nichols judged the Saddlereds, ASR Sweepstakes, All American Weanling and Three-Year-Old Cup classes, Saddlebred Futurities of Indiana and the open English pleasure division.

Mary Lou Greenwell was charged with judging the various classes for Hackney ponies and horses, Friesians, pairs, gig and carriage classes. She also judged the equitation divisional classes, not including the finals. She was joined by Cates and Nichols to judge the Road Horse To Bike and Open Pleasure Driving classes.

The UPHA Junior and Senior Pleasure Challenge Cup National Championships and the Five-Gaited Horsemanship National Championship were judged by Bombolis, Nichols and Renae Van Zomeren.

Josh Greer, Dennis Lang and Greenwell rounded out the list of judges. They judged the AHHS Limited Breeders’ In Hand and Three-Year-Old Performance classes.

In a week filled with history making moments and so many show ring highlights, Friday night began on a very sad note. When the Four-Year-Old Fine Harness ASR Sweepstakes class began with the sound of the horn, six horses made their way into the ring and within just a few minutes there was trouble. Julian Thomas came out of the buggy and his loose horse got tangled up with another in the center ring. If it had not been for ringmaster Kent Moeller, who was truly heroic, things might have been even worse. Thomas was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is slowly recovering.

Last year’s Three-Year-Old ASR Fine Harness Sweepstakes Grand Champion If The Tiara Fits went up and over and sadly, passed away in the ring. George Knight showed the beautiful mare who was a reserve world’s champion at two-years-old for co-owner Kim Skipton.

The event was a terrible tragedy, but it also highlighted the fact that the people in this industry will always come together to help a person or horse in trouble. There was immediately a big group in center ring to do anything they could to help and that’s the way it always is. Horse people always stick together.

The tragic beginning eventually gave way to a great night of classes to go with a really great weekend at the Pepsi Coliseum. More than once history was made while national champions were crowned and big payouts were awarded.

The show once again kicked off with Tuesday evening’s All American Weanling Cup. The big group of 44 weanlings was split into three groups for evaluation by Bombolis, Cates and Nichols.

When the final group was whittled down to 18, they came back again and were one step closer to finding out which weanling would claim the $29,118.25 as the grand champion.

The All American Cup has awarded $1,577,000 in its seven-year history and this year’s group competed for a total purse of more than $103,000.

When the cards were turned in, the panel was in complete agreement that handler Max Ciampoli and Gypsy So Special (Gypsy Santana x Phancy Jamas) were the grand champions for owners Wade and Flecia Fairey. The win marked the third time for Ciampoli to show the top weanling in the class. He presented The Cat Walk to the win in 2007 and in 2008 showed grand champion The Phantom Force and reserve grand champion The Blue Martini. He is the only handler to win the class three times in its seven year history.

Nut King Cole (Undulata’s Nutcracker x  Heir Spray) was named the reserve grand champion with Joan Lurie showing for Phil and Peggy Alderman. Gerhardt Roos showed third place weanling Pandemonium, sired by Delirium and out of Sweet Sachet, for owners Alliance Stud.

Joan Lurie and Miss Priscilla (Sir William Robert x Sugar Pie Honey) took the fourth place prize for Willowbank and yet another Delirium-sired weanling, Captain Dilly, was fifth. Out of the mare My Dear Lily, the weanling was shown by Kurt Hufferd for Stillwater Saddlebreds.

Mountjoy’s On Parole (Santana Hosanna x Cabernet’s Judge Judy) was sixth for owner David Mountjoy, shown by Bobby Dunn. Owner Janet Wolf showed her weanling Smokes Zoom Zoom (Racing Stripe x Ballerina’s Catch My Smoke) to seventh.

Mayo Moctezuma was on the lead with For The Win (The Last Don x Becoming) and they finished in eighth for Hickory Knoll Farm.

Rick Wedel showed Johnny McSwain (Kinex x Kim Darlin) to ninth for owners Paul and Rebecca Diekman, owners of 2008 grand champion The Phantom Force. Tenth place went to Domenico (The Last Don x Albelarm Impulse) and Joe Russell for Hickory Knoll Farm.

The All American Weanling Cup with it’s big money at stake and showcase of the best of the best weanlings is an event like none other in the Saddlebred industry and creator Jim Aikman had to be thrilled with this year’s event.

The following evening, the show concluded with the All American Cup Three-Year-Old Under Saddle. A gorgeous group of youngsters came through the gate and put on a great show but in the end it was MBA’s Revival Of The Blues, owned by Rick Cook and Bruce Williams, named the grand champion with Tre Lee showing. The three-year-old earned almost $34,000 for the win from a total purse of more than $117,000.

Steve Wheeler, who’s wife Tiffany won the class last year, claimed the reserve streamers with Passionut (Undulata’s Nutcracker x CH Passion) for Stockings N Stripes LLC.

Rapa Nui (Select Stock x Shimmy Shimmy Shake) claimed the top three finish with Mike Tunstall showing for Maple Hill Stables. Bewitched By Charm (Santana’s Charm x Belle’s Bewitched) was fourth. Michael Buchanan showed for owner Rudi Beneke.

The remaining ribbons went to Majestic’s Aristotle with Robert Gardiner showing for Landmark Farm; The Phantom Force, with Ciampoli showing for Diekmann; Night Chatter with Jim Lowry up for Tri Color Ventures; Text Me and Mayo Moctezuma for Renee Kobylewski; Gypsy’s Triple Expresso with Louis Louw for Luanne Wendland and CC Common Denominator with John Biggins for Capps Common.

The sweepstakes classes were for the most part very competitive and well filled. The two-year-olds had their fine harness and three-gaited classes Thursday night.

Kathy Capsuto-Walker and Escalade Stables co-owner Paula Schmidt were thrilled when Geof Dixon and Bewitching Orchid was named the fine harness sweepstakes winner. Sired by Charmed and Bewitched and out of Harlem’s Black Orchid, the filly picked up just over $3500 for the win to go with a unanimous decision from the panel. Carter Cox drove Amanyara (Undulata’s Nutcracker x CH EQ Amandari) to the reserve for Fish Creek Stables and they earned just over $2600.

Reedann’s Blackberry Treasure and Dr. Alan Raun were third for Shields and Associates. Lord Balanchine and Darrell Case claimed fourth for Pidgeon Roost Farm and Stick To Your Guns was fifth for owner, trainer and exhibitor Tom Volz. Budget Cut and owner, trainer, exhibitor John Wallen claimed the final ribbon.

Slam A Few and Walden Bullard won the money and the right to take the victory pass when they were named the ASR Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Grand Champions. Bullard rode the son of Sir William Robert and Lace On The Town for owner Carolyn Garrett. She’s Twice As Nice SAF (Ocean’s Roar x CH Starmaker’s Bouquet) and owner Stacey Kipper were the reserve grand champions.

Blindsided was third with Barrie Tunstall up for Mark Strong and Trillion Heiress finished out the ribbon count wth Louis Louw riding for Luanne Wendland.

When Friday night’s Four-Year-Old Fine Harness Sweepstakes resumed, the junior horses did a great job despite having been out of the ring for nearly an hour. When they lined up and results were announced, it was Sir Scandalous and Dena Lopez taking the victory pass for Susan Whittington. The son of Sir William Robert and Tango With Me LLC earned a payout of $6723 for Whittington. Front Row Frankie (Undulata’s Nutcracker x Heir Spray) was reserve with Joan Lurie and they earned just over $4700 for Hallston Manor and Willowbank Farm. Robert Gardiner drove Sir Radiant Knight to third for TVD Inc. and Callaway’s Big Sky Country was fourth with John Wallen.

Prior to the All American Classic, DeLovely Farm had a decision to make about the Four-Year-Old Five-Gaited Sweepstakes with two DeLovely-trained horses competing. John Biggins was called upon to catch ride 2007 All American Cup Weanling Grand Champion for owner Glenmore Farm and Todd Miles rode Deborah Butler’s Arrowead’s Extra Special. Both riders faced a great group and more than one horse made it a battle with good passes down the rail.

In the end, it was The Cat Walk named as the grand champion with Biggins. A.J. Bruwer and Cary On Broadway MBA (I’m A New Yorker x CH Cary’s Moonraker) exited as the reserve grand champions for MBA Equestrians.

Sam Stafford teamed Callaway’s I’ll Stand By You to third for Hillcroft Farm and Arrowhead’s Extra Special was fourth. Fox Grape’s Patent Pending and Steve Chadick were fifth for Cynthia Vance and Danny Lockhart rode Harlem’s Great Balls Of Fire to sixth for Luci Nouwens.

The park pleasure sweepstakes for the four-year-olds was the largest of the four classes and a great group put on an entertaining class for the crowd. Reese Richey had the winning ride with Patricia Dozier’s Park Avenue Diva. Sired by Callaway’s Guy Park and out of the mare Diva La France, their impressive win added to a great weekend for the Cape Cod team. Double Or Nuttin’ (Undulata’s Nutcracker x Beat The Odds) exited with the reserve ribbon for Tri Color Ventures Inc. with Jim Lowry up.

Walterway’s Silk Tie and Armon Effinger were third for LeAnne Huls and the fourth place finish went to Get Crackin’ and Jim Stachowski, showing for Brian Ferguson.

Kalarama’s McDreamy and Danny Lockhart followed in the ribbon count for Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge. Tom Thorpe rode Bella Gabriella to sixth for Stonewall Farm and It’s Your Thing was seventh with Steve Chadick up for Cynthia Vance. Owner, trainer and exhibitor Wendy Winstead piloted Sticky Toffee to eighth.

Darrell Case kept Willowbank’s good weekend going when the daughter of Thunder Gun and Breathtaking, Thunderstar, was named the winner of the ASR Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited Sweepstakes for Judith Swartz. Work It (Castle Bravo x Titleist Imagination) debuted with new owner Carol Hillenbrand and was reserve to claim the $4700 money under the direction of John Conatser. Callaway’s Another Saturday Night and Sam Stafford were third for Hillcroft and Reedann’s Betsy Ross was fourth. Julie Anne Wroble rode for Megan Novak to add to her huge week. Kalarama’s Too Hot To Handle and James Wallen were fifth.

The three-year-old sweepstakes, with a total payout of almost $100,000, offer the most prize money and winners went home with almost $10,000.

The three-year-old fine harness horses got the evening started in the first sweepstakes class of the night. Four high stepping entries worked hard to impress the panel, but in the end it was Jim Stachowski and Kim Jarvis’s Born To Believe (He’s Born To Royalty x Callaway’s Believe It), as the last ones called out, that were awarded the title and big prize. Pedro Martinez drove Crystal’s American Idol (Undulata’s Nutcracker x CH Crystal Illusion) to the reserve title and a prize of just over $7400 for Pidgeon Roost Farm. Dr. Alan Raun earned almost $5000 for third with his Reedann’s After Dark and Miss Serena earned $1237 for fourth with John Wallen.

The Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited ASR Sweepstakes hosted a hardworking group and again it was a class, like so many others this week, where it was tough to get a top ribbon, let alone win it. But win it they did. Tiffany Wheeler and Samur’s Lady In Blue (Samur x Callaway’s Cover Story) headed down victory lane for Fox Grape Farms. John Conatser rode He’s In Style (Deep Blue x She’s In Style) to the reserve for Kenny and Ceil Wheeler and Just Plain George was third with Debbie Foley up for Debbie Gabbert.

Charming Dreamer and A.J. Bruwer were fourth for New Millenium Equine Endeavor Inc. and fifth went to First Madam President and George Schmid for Gabbert. Teresa James was sixth with Robert Gardiner showing for Landmark and Rosehaven’s Northern Kiss was seventh. Kurt Tunstall showed for Paula Cline. The final ribbon went to Bail Out with Pedro Martinez up for Blythewood Farm.

Deep Blue Secret (Deep Blue x Secret Smile) bested a great group of park pleasure horses for the big payday. John Field rode for Carl Fischer, Jr.. Steve Wheeler and Lainie Be Good, sired by Samur and out of Elan, was the reserve grand champion for Mary Jane Meanor. Lisa Strickland rode Ellyn Dorsey’s He’s Just About Perfect to third and Princess Para Me was fourth with Chris Brannan up for Wind Drift Farm.

Ready Or Nut and Milo Jones claimed the fifth place finish for Shelby Farm and Stables. They were followed by You Go Hugo and Tom Volz, showing for owner Pam Meskimen. Home At Last and owner, trainer, exhibitor Jannie Giles were seventh and A Fire Cracker was eighth with Tim Shea up for Tim and Marty Shea.

Rick Cook and Bruce Williams had already had a pretty nice payday with Lee’s winning ride in the three-year-old cup but they had more in store. Lee and Revival Of The Blues returned Saturday night for the ASR Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Sweepstakes Championship and topped a great group to make history as the first pair to win both three-year-old classes. Their nearly $10,000 award gave Cook and Williams a hefty total of almost $44,000.

Mike Felty teamed Jackie Wahrmund’s First Class Blue (CF First Night Out x Blues Clues) and they were followed in the ribbons by Gypsy’s Triple Expresso and Louw.

Walterway’s Red Assets (Star Material x Smart Asset) was fourth with Chris Brannan up for Kathy Money and the final ribbon went to I Saw Him First (CF First Night Out x Merry New Yorker) with Steve Chadick riding for Destiny Farm.

The sweepstakes paid big money to the best of the best young Saddlebreds, but the young Hackney’s were also showcased. Thursday evening’s AHHS Weanling Limited Breeder’s Stake had a huge group of babies and their handlers competing for the prize money. Greer, Greenwell and Lang had their work cut out for them and ultimately they named Fitz’s Domino the winner with Roger Lucas showing for Charles and Barbara Fitzpatrick. The homebred weanling filly earned over $3900 for the win and represented sire Fitz’s Heart-Throb and dam Fitz’s Cinnabar.

Fames Copy Right and Jim Spurrier were reserve for Ahrens and Spurrier. Sired by Kingsley Claim To Fame and out of Extremely Charmed, the colt claimed prize money of more than $2200. Dr. Bing Crosby showed Showtime’s Special Attraction (D-H Center Of Attention x She’s All That) to third for Showtime Saddlebreds. Craycroft Lady In Black (Craycroft Matador x Craycroft Camp Town Lady) was fourth with Matt Schuckert showing for Dr. Mark Hyatt. Kilbro’s Angel Baby (Kilbro’s Johnny Angel x Kilbro’s Tommy Girl) followed in the ribbons with Bill Kildow showing for Bill and Steve Kildow.

Going Places (D-H Center Of Attention x MH Tis’ True) and Burt Keefer were sixth for Leonard and Sara Jane Servinski and Crystal Creek’s Black Beauty (Mr. Hawkeye x Tragically Hip) was seventh. Eduardo Lopez showed for Carl and Kathryn Nichols. Eighth place went to Vern Houston and Chosen Supreme Lady (The Chosen One x Dun-Haven Lady Supreme). Fitz’s Party Boy (Late-Nite’s Blank Check x Fitz’s Allure) and Lucas teamed up again to take ninth place for the Fitzpatricks. Lucas’s own weanling, Late-Nite’s Heart Breaker (Fitz’s Heart-Throb x Late-Nite’s Restless Heart) was tenth.

Heartland Beautiful Star won the AHHS Hackney Horse Limited Breeder’s Stake with Darrel Kolkman showing for Heartland Hackney Farm.

The young Saddlebreds and Hackney’s were a big part of this year’s exciting and competitive event in the Pepsi Coliseum, but the equitation riders, both junior exhibitors and adults, certainly did their part to keep the audience in their seats with anticipation as national champions were crowned.

When the first national title was awarded Saturday afternoon, it would be the start of a history-making day for the winner. A trio of five-gaited horses came through the gate to face Bombolis and Nichols and they were joined by Renae Van Zomeren. The Five-Gaited Horsemanship National Championship requires horse and rider to be completely in sync as they perform on the rail and then in individual workouts. All three riders demonstrated their skills as they put their horses through their gaits but when the results were announced, it was Brooke Jacobs, riding a borrowed horse, named as the national champion. Linda Thorin-Johnson loaned her multi-titled champion CH Summit Up and Jacobs rode as if they’d been together for years to be named the winner. Ashley Baird followed as the reserve national champion showing from Knollwood and Jennifer McGowan was third under the direction of Melissa Moore.

The junior riders were in the ring bright and early Saturday for Phase I of their UPHA Junior Pleasure Challenge Cup competition. All seven riders performed on the rail and each also did the workout which counted for 40 percent. With less than 10 riders, all seven knew that they would return for their phase II competition later that afternoon. When the group performed on the rail, they all did a great job and if you hadn’t seen their phase I performances, it certainly looked like any one of them could be the winner.

The appreciative crowd cheered their favorites as they worked on the rail and then stayed in the ring to await the results.

Top10 awards went to Caitlin Creekmore, Alexandria Murr, Anna Leigh Amrein, Savannah Nickey and Kohlette Weaver. That left just two riders waiting to see who would claim the hard-fought victory.

Maison Boyle, riding The Millennium Man from Cape Cod Farm, was named the reserve national champion which left an elated Sydney Budzinski as the final ribbon winner and the newly crowned UPHA Junior Pleasure Challenge Cup National Champion. Scott and Carol Matton directed Budzinski to her win with Oh What A Feeling.

The final class of Saturday’s morning session was the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup National Championship. A great group of five came through the gate to work on the rail. Riders were then excused and came back for individual workouts. Again, riding a borrowed horse (The Princess Dianna, owned by Scott and Annika Bruggeworth) it would be Brooke Jacob’s day. Her second national title of the day came after competing against an extremely accomplished and decorated riders.

Dr. John Stutts and CF Cool Night Out were the reserve national champions. Both have numerous titles to their credit and their reserve finish came under the direction of Zubrod Stables.

Dr. Morgan Wolin, Brittany Baird and Christina O’Connell Carne claimed the top 10 awards.

The UPHA Adult Pleasure Challenge Cup National Championship was part of the Saturday night schedule. Riders also had their phase I competition with rail work and work outs Saturday morning.

Like the junior riders earlier in the day, the senior riders did a great job for the big crowd in their phase II competition and each had a big fan club cheering from the seats. They were all excused after the rail work and brought back one at a time to receive their top 10 awards. Once again, the class was tied in reverse order with the reserve national champion and national champion being the final two names.

Top 10 awards went to Ashley Baird, Margaux Walker, Alexandra Lawson, Shelby Hader, Emily Chapman, Allison Schuh, Haley Sauter and Kate Melican.

As Tayler Walters and Caitlin Donohue waited, their faces said it all as the tension mounted. When Peter Fenton announced that the reserve national champion was from San Diego, California, Tayler Walters rode up to accept her reserve title and ribbon in recognition of her strong effort with Cloverleaf Turner Jake, her partner of only about four months. Their terrific finish was impressive in light of the relatively short time they’ve been a team under the direction of DeLovely Farm.

Caitlin Donohue became the newly crowned Senior UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup National Champion with The Bourne Supremacy. Instructor Donna Smith was as excited as Donohue and her family as Caitlin’s hard work paid off with a nearly flawless performance and national title.

Fall is the start of the equitation finals and there are several more champions to be crowned, but the All American Horse Classic hosted a great group who kicked off the start of the finals in style.

The performance division was terrific in its own right, with recently crowned world’s champions and world’s champion of champions competing in class after class.

In the gaited division, Friday night’s open stake was a great way to end the night. A beautiful group of entries came through the gate to battle it out and they put on a great show but in the end it was Barbara Goodman Manilow’s sporty mare Our Sweet Addison taking the title with Kenny Smith on board from Skyline Saddlebreds. The powerful stallion It’s Double O’ Deuce and Melissa Moore took the reserve for Sherry Frankel and her SGF Winning Ways Farm.

Grand Revival and Desiree Devries topped a nice group to win the UPHA Ladies Five-Gaited Pink Ribbon class which was also well filled with talent.

Debbie Foley and Jo Ann Griffin teamed up to put Callaway’s Karla in the winner’s circle in the amateur championship. Griffin rode under the direction of Foley. Grand Master Flash and Deborah Butler won the amateur qualifier from DeLovely.

McKenna Slater and Cheerful Memories swept the junior exhibitor division under the direction of Kalarama Farm and Jozee Johnson teamed Varsity Blues to the reserve tricolor under the direction of Clark Clouse.

Our Favorite Memory and A.J. Bruwer won the limit class for Shirley Rinehart and Wendy Bruwer.

Paula Jo Briney rode HS Kiss My Grits to the junior class blue for Paul and Sally Jo Briney and Emily Lee teamed Be Careful In Vegas to the win amongst a nice group of three-year-olds in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic. Lee rode for Golden Creek Farms.

Robert Gardiner brought a good group and went home with several winning ribbons including the tricolor from the Three-Gaited Stake. Owner and trainer Gardiner rode VHF Belle Epoque to the title. CH Enough About You and Todd Miles exited as the reserve grand champions for owner Lynda Norman.

Love Revival and Ellen McQuade topped the ladies class for Tom and Jamie Volz and Linda Thorin-Johnson rode More Than Enough to the win in the very competitive amateur championship. She was directed to her tricolor victory by Mike McIntosh.

Annika Bruggeworth had a fantastic week with several different horses making a victory pass or two including her Amateur Three-Gaited Reserve Grand Champion Callaway’s Merry Go Round. Bruggeworth rode under the direction of Jerry Hutson for Siren Song.

Jacqueline Manzo and CH His Supreme Reflection turned in the blue ribbon team effort to win the amateur qualifier and they showed under the direction of Nelson Green.

Jozee Johnson continued her busy week by showing Taylor Creek Farm’s entry The Belleheiress to the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship and qualifier wins. Mega Volt and Alexandra Lawson were the reserve grand champions for owner Corey Coovert.

Jerry Hutson added another blue from the three-gaited division to the Siren Song total when Famous Kiss was named the winner of the limit class. Mary Jane Glasscock Fitzpatrick and Ed’s Perfect Treat were the Junior Three-Gaited Champions showing from Autumn Hills Farm.

Walden Bullard teamed Rachel Zoe to the blue in the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic for Georgia Herpin Baker.

The park horses faced deep water, especially in the open and amateur divisions. Annika Bruggeworth continued her fantastic week by taking the open championship victory pass with CH Sue Me. She also swept the amateur division to add two more wins from the division to her total. He’s A Royal Pepper won both classes under the direction of DeLovely Farm.

Melissa Moore continued her successful show by exiting as the Three-Gaited Park Reserve Grand Champion with The Delivery Boy, owned by Steve and Patricia Williams. The pair had already topped the big open qualifier.

Owner Marla Thompson and Callaway’s Ladies Choice navigated the traffic in the big amateur championship to take the reserve streamers which went back to the Landmark Farm tack room wall.

Temper Temper and Abby Kline took the blue in the junior exhibitor class. Trainer Eden Michael met them in the winner’s cirle. New York’s Single Lady added yet another blue to the Sunrise Stables total as the winner of the junior horse class. Melissa Moore rode for Sandra Witter.

Chuck Herbert’s big week continued when he met Susan Bartlett and her CH Harlem’s Santa Fe in the winner’s circle after they were named the Fine Harness Grand Champions. Junior Fine Harness Champion Anna Wintour and Pedro Martinez claimed the reserve tricolor from Blythewood for owners MSK Trust.

Follow The Sun and Annika Bruggeworth headed down victory lane for Siren Song in the Amateur Fine Harness Championship and they were followed in the ribbons by Chrys Veit and My Bling. Cary Bartz directed their winning performance. Linda Beltz and Steel The Moment won the amateur qualifier to add yet another win to trainer Nelson Green’s total.

Pedro Martinez followed up his win in the junior class by taking the win in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic with Our Evening Out, owned by Pidgeon Roost Farm.

Escalade Stables owners Kathy Capsuto-Walker and Paula Schmidt have been having a big year and they celebrated another victory for Bewitching Lad when Capsuto-Walker drove him to the blue in the Two-Year-Old Futurity Of Indiana Fine Harness class. They topped a big, beautiful group of two-year-olds for the victory.

Dr. Alan Raun and his big group of entries took more than one victory pass during the week including his winning drive with Reedann’s Treasure Our Talk in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class for owner Peggy Johnston.

Tom Fiedler and Valparaiso claimed the win in the Amateur Road Horse To Bike class and then returned to win the Road Horse To Bike Championship, showing under the direction of Jim and Fay Lowry. Go For Broke and Michael Bacon were the reserve grand champions.

Kristen Bagdasarian met Shane Mullins and Eclipse in the winner’s circle after they won the open class for Stevie Bagdasarian. Stevie Bagdasarian rode Eclipse to the top of the cards in the under saddle class to claim another blue from Diamond View Farm.

Melissa Moore and Katy Kat kept the Sunrise Stables wins coming when they were named the winner’s of the limit class.

Larry Ella and Karen Waldron’s great season continued in Indiana with several wins by the end of the show including Ella’s wins with Moment Of Excellence in the Roadster Pony Championship and open class. Twin Willow’s McDreamy and Dr. Alan Raun followed with the reserve tricolor for owner Deborah Jahn.

Lieutenant Dan won the Ladies Roadster Pony class with Amber Montgomery driving for Steve and Bill Kildow.

Beth Jones had a great week with her ponies under the direction of Connie Smith and Holly Russell. She drove her beloved CH Heartland Sundust to the Amateur Roadster Pony Championship and qualifier wins and bested a great group of ponies both times. Heartland Walk The Line and Connie Smith won the UPHA Roadster Pony Classic for Jones to add another win to the High Hopes Stables total. Wild Turkey LF and owner Keith Johnson exited as the amateur reserve grand champions under the direction of Matt Schuckert.

Kinsley Dougherty drove Regal’s Double Trouble LF to the blue in the AHHS Roadster Pony Youth Medallion blue and they also claimed the win in the under saddle medallion class. They showed under the direction of Cheryl Manahan.

A Dazzling Diva faced a nice group in the limit class and she came out on top with Larry Bacon driving for Bacon Stables.

Giselle and Larry Ella continued the great season they’ve been having for Waldron and her Bent Tree Farm. They won the limit class before returning to be named the Harness Pony Grand Champions. Conqueror’s Colleen LF, with Jaime Medina of Reedannland driving, was named the Harness Pony Reserve Grand Champion for owner Kathleen Zimpleman.

Randy Harper put Major Impact right where he needed to be to take the win in the Open Harness Pony class for owner Karen Frickey.

Mary Gaylord McClean drove Last Call to the first spot in the Amateur Harness Pony Championship for Golden Creek Farms. Amateur Ladies Harness Pony Champion Sweetheart Of Success was the amateur reserve grand champion with Karen Waldron driving.

Darrel Kolkman brought a big group of Hackney ponies and they earned several wins including Kolkman’s winning drive with Heartland Boy On The Block in the UPHA Harness Pony Classic.

Heartland Fortune Maker swept the open Hackney pony division with Bob Phillips driving for owner Faydelle Schott. Rascal Flatts and Larry Bacon took the reserve tricolor streamers.

On The Mark and Waldron added two more wins to the Bent Tree Farm/Ella Stables total with their wins in the amateur cob tail division. They won the amateur ladies qualifier and amateur championship. Linda Lewis and CH The Final Contender were named the Amateur Hackney Pony Reserve Grand Champions and they were met at the out gate by trainer Jim McIntosh.

Steve Golden drove Wait & See’s Reality under the direction of Chris Gantley to win the Amateur Gentlemen’s Hackney Pony class and Heartland Whirlwind won the limit class with Tom Lowry driving for Golden Creek.

Heartland Code Breaker added another UPHA classic win to the Heartland Hackney Farm total with the winning performance in the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic. Darrel Kolkman drove to the winner’s circle.

Heartland Spindazzle won the Hackney Park Pleasure Driving Pony class for Beth Jones. Connie Smith put the pony in the winner’s circle and she wasn’t done yet. She directed Jones and her new teammate Heartland Parade Time to the tricolor victory in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship and qualifier. Their wins followed a winning debut at Dayton. MacArthur and Cleo Lowe were the reserve grand champions and they showed under the direction of Gantley.

Silver Oak’s Sirfistication with owner David Estis driving, took the victory pass in the Limit Hackney Pleasure Driving class to claim blue from Debonaire Stables.

Back In A Flash and Beth Jones topped the UPHA Hackney Pleasure Driving Classic to continue a great week for High Hopes.

Velvet King and Peggy Johnston were twice victorious for Reedannland Farm. They won the Hackney Country Pleasure Driving Pony Championship and qualifier. Heartland Showboat and Jackie Hammond exited with the reserve tricolor streamers.

Michelle Werry and her matched pair of Hackney horses were the picture of elegance as they headed down victory lane. Brickell Pilot and EQL Trademark won the Hackney Pairs class and the Carriage class under the direction of Mark Schofield. Glenn Werry, Jr. drove Gosford Soloist to the blue in the Gig class.

Joan Hammond and her Superior Revelation topped a big group of top teams to win the Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship and qualifier under the direction of Merrill Murray and Chris Brannan. Owner, trainer and exhibitor Janet Thompson and CH Quidditch turned in a strong effort to claim the reserve in the championship.

Mary Adams and Radiant Rhapsody added another win to the Skyline total when they were called out as the winners of the novice class.

Rob New York bested a talented field to win the Park Pleasure Championship and add yet another tricolor win to the Sunrise Stables total. Melissa Moore rode for Shawn Stachowski and their win followed their blue ribbon performance in the junior horse class. Whole Lotta Love and Chuck Herbert put together the reserve grand championship performance for Fair Island Farm.

Shelley Fisher rode Undulata’s Fashion Plate to the blue in the open class for owner Maribelle Granger and Scott Wendt rode Reedann’s Why Not to the blue in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic for Dan and Kate Frieberg.

Jonelle Chovanec Gardiner drove Kalarama’s Carrousel to a sweep of the park pleasure driving division. She took both victory passes for Ready, Set, Show, Inc. Trainer Jon Wallace teamed He’s Untouchable to the reserve in the championship for Penny Lane Farm.

Birthday Kiss and Carla Ritzie earned their first win for Carl Holden, Jr. in the Novice Three-Gaited Pleasure class. They came back in the very competitive adult championship and took the victory pass in that class as well under the direction of Steve and Tiffany Wheeler. Fire It Up and Deborah Orr Visser met Jim and Fay Lowry at the out gate after they were named the adult reserve grand champions for James Orr. Dr. Morgan Wolin rode Schroeder to the blue in the adult class, showing from Cedarwood Farm.

Allison Harpole rode War Faire to win the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship and they showed under the direction of Eden Michael. Mary Kate Harpole was right there to claim the reserve grand championship with My First Date and the Harpole’s one-two finish gave owner Crystal Sanders the top two spots in the competitive class.

Madison Bertha and Our Queen Of Everything won the junior exhibitor qualifier under the direction of Reese and Erin Richey and Kathy Boggs of Cape Cod Farm.

It’s All About George and Debbie Owens have been having a great first year together and they claimed the win amongst a great group in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship. Randy and Denessa Harper directed their winning drive. CH A Cinderella Story continued her successful and storied career by heading down victory lane with Karrie Graham in the qualifier under the direction of Lowry Stables.

Lowry Stables teammate Certain Style added a tricolor to the tack room wall after Rebecca Sebastian’s winning ride for Bonus Time Farm LLC. They teamed up to win the novice class earlier in the week. Kristen Pettry and Concrete Blonde helped Country Meadow Farm have a great week. They earned the reserve tricolor in the adult championship.

Nicolle Beltz Tolliver and Lilly’s In Town won the adult qualifier, under the direction of John Biggins, for Dr. Homer and Linda Beltz. Lindsey Redifer and My Christmas Eve added another win to the High Spirit Farm total when they were named the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Grand Champions. Lucky Curve and Emily Rhoads were next in line for a championship ribbon, showing from Diamond View Farm, and Callaway’s Gold Reserve won the qualifier with Angela Calabria riding for The Calabria Group Ltd. and added another win to the Landmark Farm total.

Rebecca Sebastian and Certain Style topped a good group to take the victory pass in the Novice Country Pleasure class for Bonus Time Farm LLC under the direction of Jim and Fay Lowry.

Phind The Glory and Terry Spidel swept the country pleasure driving division for owner and trainer Dwayne Yozamp and they were followed in the championship ribbons by Gene Ress and Champagne Symphony.

With Saint Louis National and the World Championships for the western pleasure horses fast approaching, the top western horses were out in force in Indianapolis for their four classes and they put on a great show all four times.

The panel named CH Worthy One’s Party Dude and Megan Novak the Western Country Pleasure Grand Champions to go with their win in the Shatner class earlier in the week. Julie Wroble and Tom Pettry, of Country Meadow Farm, met them in the winner’s circle both times.

Toni Nastali and All Star Design teamed up to take the reserve grand championship tricolor showing under the Knollwood Farm banner to add to their great week. Dave Lopez and Willie Angel won the qualifier and he rode The Power Of One to the blue in the limit class under the direction of Dena Lopez.

Megan Novak was on a roll and heads to Saint Louis with A.F. Colour Creation as the Hunter Country Pleasure Grand Champions and Hunter Seat Classic Champions. Highly Charmed and owner/trainer Joan Todd teamed up to take the reserve title and Sarah Keil rode Perazzi to the blue in the open qualifier under the direction of Tom Thorpe for Dr. Jane Keil.

Cape Cod had a great week at All American and Aleia Brown added to their success by winning the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Allison Schuh, showing from Knollwood, won the 17 and Under UPHA Challenge Cup and Ashley Creekmore won the UPHA Walk and Trot 10 and Under Challenge Cup under the direction of Hollow Haven Farm.

Shelley Fisher directed Christina Carne to the blue in the Adult Equitation class which was the largest of the equitation classes besides the challenge cup finals.

Caitlin Donohue earned the blue ribbon when she won the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation class under the direction of Donna and Kenny Smith and Sydney Budzinski added another win to Knollwood’s total with her win of the 13 and Under Pleasure Equitation class.

The Saddlebred futurities at All American always draw a beautiful group of young horses and this year was no exception.

Kathy Capsuto-Walker and Paula Schmidt’s winning week continued with Tronese’s victory in the Saddlebred Futurity of Indiana Two-Year-Old In Hand class. Capsuto-Walker added another in-hand win to her week’s total but this time it was with two-year-old Sir Surreal. They topped a big group to win the open yearling futurity.

Todd Valentine handled the lead to win the Indiana Futurity Amateur Yearling class with MBA’s Cary’s Girl, bred by Margo Valentine. Antonio Hernandez and Cary’s Blue Moon MBA added another win to owner/breeder Margo Valentine’s total when they were selected as the winners of the Indiana Futurity Open Weanling class.

Winsdown Wizard won the amateur weanling Saddlebred futurity of Indiana class with James Vantrease showing for owner and breeder Louise Gilliland.

The Hoosier Hackney Futurities drew a big group of high stepping Hackney youngsters both in-hand and in harness.

Crystal Creek’s Springtime was the Hoosier Hackney Futurity Four or Five-Year-Old Roadster Pony Champion with Eduardo Lopez showing for owners and breeders Carl and Kathryn Nichols.

Regal’s Monarch LF was the three-year-old roadster futurity champion with Tom Lowry driving for Golden Creek.

Major Impact added another blue to his total with Randy Harper driving. He was named the Four or Five-Year-Old Harness Pony Futurity champion. He also won the Hoosier Hackney Futurity Overall High Point Champion title with his two Indiana victories for Karen Frickey.

Bill Kildow drove Bazinga to the win in the Hoosier Hackney Futurity Three-Year-Old Harness Pony class for Steve and Bill Kildow.

Vern and Lynne Houston brought a big group and they had a good week with several wins including Crown Royal’s Well Chosen’s win in the Four Or Five-Year-Old Hackney Pony Futurity class with Vern Houston showing.

I’m A Celebrity won the three-year-old Hackney futurity with Harper driving for Frickey to add another blue to their total.

Northview’s Lighthouse won the Hoosier Hackney Futurity Four Or Five-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Pony class with Rick Medd showing for Rick and Michelle Medd.

Crown Royal’s Memorial Wonder topped the three-year-old pleasure driving futurity class with Vern Houston driving.

Don Mace showed Regal’s Majesty LF and Regal’s Miss Jean LF to wins for Dan and Leah Light in the in-hand division of the Hoosier Hackney Futurity.

Regal’s Majesty was the two-year-old colt champion and Miss Jean topped the yearling fillies class.

Jerry Elmer showed Priority Crystal to the win in the two-year-old fillies futurity and Whipporwill’s Heart Breaker won the yearling colt or gelding class. Dwayne Yozamp showed for Murray and Owens.

Going Places ended up going straight to the winner’s circle in the weanling colts futurity class with Burt Keefer showing for Leonard and Sara Jane Servinski. Chosen Supreme Lady was the weanling filly winner in the Hoosier Hackney futurity class with Vern Houston.

A nice group of Friesians made the trip to All American and their walk and trot pleasure classes were well filled and competitive. Gooitzen Fan Teakesyl and Annika Bruggeworth won both the Friesian Walk and Trot Pleasure Championship and walk and trot open class under the direction of Jerry Hutson. Owner Susan Swope and trainer Clarke Vesty teamed up to put Onne in the winner’s circle twice. Swope showed to the win in the Open Saddle Seat Pleasure class and Vesty showed back to win the championship. Kaelin Jansen showed her entry MD’s Valentine Rose to the Open Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship reserve tricolor.

Marko has earned numerous blues and tricolors for owner Linda Lewis and he did it again at All American. Alexis Lewis drove down victory lane in the Open Pleasure Driving Championship under the direction of Jim McIntosh. Completely Classic won the qualifier with Page Champion and they returned in the stake to take the reserve ribbon for owner Norine Smith.

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