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Candids of the Week at The American Royal




Brittany Baird presented CH It’s Good Karma to the win in the first section of the Adult Country Pleasure qualifiers for owner Julie Greenback at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship on Tuesday night.


Trained by David and Kristen Cater, Spread The Word and Amanda O’Keefe Murchison won their age group of the Adult Show Pleasure qualifier at the UPHA/American Royal.


James Miller greeted wife Misdee and HS Baby Steps at the Kalarama tack room after their sensational performance in the American Royal’s Ladies Three-Gaited Over 15.2 class.


Maisie Benfield and Ainsley Budzinski were second and first in the UPHA Junior Challenge Cup National Finals.


Continuing a great season, DeLovely’s Cameron Kay was the UPHA Senior Challenge Cup Finals National Champion on a highly competitive night at the UPHA/American Royal.



Patrice O’Brien and World’s Champion Of Champions Heartland Infinity won the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic Grand Championship. Infinity was one of two Majestic Oaks Classic Grand Champions on Thursday evening at the Royal.



Nicole Jackson was joined by trainer Kristen Tramposh & proud grandmother Sally & dad Joe after she won her second blue of the day in the Hackney Pleasure Pony Under Saddle class with Once Upon A Time. She also won the walk & trot pleasure under the direction of Steve & Tiffany Wheeler.


Griffin & Bret Day along with Andy Freseth celebrated one of the best Classics' night. Both Day, aboard There's Something About Mary in the Five-Gaited Classic, and Freseth, aboard Look Of Success in the Three-Gaited Classic, both earned victories.


Many times winner of the American Royal’s Ladies Five-Gaited Championship, Gayle Lampe joined Neil Visser and Elisabeth Goth following Elisabeth’s outstanding Ladies Five-Gaited Championship with Bravo Blue.


Completing a great season, Aleia Brown was the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals National Champion, having already won the NHS Good Hands Finals and the Reserve UPHA Senior Challenge Cup Finals. Aleia is instructed by Erin and Reese Richey.


Debbie Foley won three National Championships on Saturday night at the UPHA/American Royal. She started with the Three-Gaited Championship aboard Scott Hagan’s HS Daydream’s Heads Up (pictured) and followed with Hagan’s Roadster To Bike Grand Champion B52 and her own four-time Five-Gaited National Champion Callaway’s Annabel Allison.


Winners of six of eight classes this year, CH Callaway’s Born To Ride and Laura Dozer Elliott closed out the year as the Royal’s amateur stallion/gelding winners and Amateur Five-Gaited National Champions. This was one of several Autumn Hills combinations taking home National Championships.


Caretaker Pablo Guido joined McGee Bosworth after she directed Moonlight Memories to the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17 National Championship on Saturday night at the UPHA/American Royal.  Bosworth also topped classes with CH I’m Something Wicked and CH Let’s Talk, closing out a successful junior exhibitor career.  

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