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ASHA Junior Judging Winners Announced

By Daniel Rieffer



The ASHA Junior Judging competition returned to the World’s Championship Horse Show this year with a turnout of approximately 39 ASHA Youth ages 20 and under. Winners were presented in a center-ring ceremony during the WCHS Friday night following the Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited Championship. Kaelyn Donnelly from Louisville, Kentucky won the 14-20 age division for which she received a framed, limited edition print of a black Saddlebred trotting free, titled “Dancing Solo,” donated and signed by the artist, James Crow. Melanie Bennett from Apex, North Carolina won the 13 and under age division for which she received a bridle from the R.E. Fennell Company, the tack supply company located on the grounds of the Red Mile in Lexington.


Ribbons were awarded to those who placed in the top eight in each division and are as follows:


Age division 13 and under

1.      Melanie Bennett, Apex, NC

2.      Cameron Gallenberg, Elk River, MN

3.      Kerry Jefferies, Natural Bridge, VA

4.      Tiffany Browning, Campbellsville, KY

5.      Gavin Gagnon, Livermore Falls, ME

6.      Jordyn Isgrigg, Mt. Washington, KY

7.      Rebecca Overbey, Lake Worth, FL

8.      Stephanie Shabash, Bau, NH


Age division 14-20

1.      Kaelyn Donnelly, Louisville, KY

2.      Anne Bertoli, Louisville, KY

3.      Sammy Jo Galica, Oshkosh, WI

4.      Murphy McSemek, Dayton, OH

5.      Amy Hein, Nashville, TN

6.      Stephanie Breeden, Englewood, TN

7.      Jessica MacLeod, Hampton Falls, NH

8.      Amanda LeBlanc, Burr Ridge, IL


During the 9 a.m. performance of the WCHS on Friday, August 24, ASHA Youth judged the first four classes. Judging results of participants were compared to the actual results of the classes. Participants with the best scores, most closely reflecting the actual results, were placed one through eight in each age division.


It should be noted that previously, each year for more than a decade, Ann Crick donated a print of her painting, “Three Wishes,” to Junior Judging winners. Crick passed away in early May.


Former Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show manager of 27 years, Bill Munford, said of Ann, “She was always very gracious to donate her painting. Last year, after the show was over, she called me to talk about the show and reminisce, as she did just about every year. She also sponsored two classes. She’s dearly missed.”


Ann showed horses in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, including Reserve World’s Champion CHApril Hills Red Gold and CHStonewall’s High Noon. Both her first husband, Jerry, and her father-in-law, Jack Crick, also owned and showed Saddlebreds. The family’s Top Hat Stables in Greenville had, at one time or another during each horse’s show career, World’s Champions CHThe Supreme Sunrise, CHSpencer County and 1967-69 Three-Gaited World’s Grand Champion CHBellisima.



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