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Fall Was In The Air in Kentucky



by Kelley Colvin

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 17th annual Kentucky Fall Classic, held Oct. 1-4, 2003, came off without a hitch. With a few cool mornings to set the tone that fall was on its way, the horse show had many things to offer exhibitors and spectators alike.

The horse show's relaxed afternoon schedule was a great change from the busy evening performances of the normal show schedule. This allowed time for the local UPHA chapter to feature such events as the Bluegrass Futurity classes as well as a Horsemen and Horsewomen auction, which brought a great deal of entertainment for some lucky bidders and raised over $17,000 to go toward the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

In addition, the show offered many fine gifts and services up for silent auction. The Fall Classic also hosted the highly anticipated UPHA 10 and Under Walk and Trot Challenge Cup Finals as well as the UPHA 11 and Under Challenge Cup Championship.

Wednesday Afternoon

The rumors were true in the Hackney Pleasure Driving class, Rumor Has It, with Beth Jones at the whip, drove to the blue. Highlife’s Pride and Walker Lee drove to the red ribbon tie.

In the Limit Three-Gaited class Chantel Coetzee rode Tableaux to the winner’s circle for the Happy Valley Farm. Lynbrook’s Scarlet and Vicki Thompson were reserve.

In the Western Country Pleasure class, Gunsmith and Arlys Solien rode to the top under the Granite Stables banner.

In the Amateur/Ladies Fine Harness class, Metro Heirea and Mary Aylward drove to the top honors. William Shatner drove Call Me Ringo to the reserve award for the Belle Reve Farm.

Out of 16 entries in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Novice class, Doubletree’s Confederate and Jackie Wahrhund rode away the winner. Inphalible and Debbie Owens rode a close reserve in the large class.

Another Bay and John Biggins out performed the rest to win the Open Three-Gaited Park class. Emanating and Reneaux Collins rode to the red ribbon.

Carol Hillenbrand rode In My Heart to the top of the class in the Three-Gaited Amateur 15.2 and Under class under the guidance of Biggins Stables. Callaway’s Buttons and Bows and Mary McClean were reserve.

In a large group of 12 entries, Nite Spot and Dianna Rannells drove to the blue in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic for Stonecroft Farm. Tuffy’s Commander and Jackie Tanner rode to the red ribbon in the class.

In the Country Pleasure Driving class, Joan Adler drove Sultry Heiress to the winner’s circle under the Sunrise Stable banner. Hitman’s Special Delivery and Eddie Lewis drove to the reserve tie.

Amusing and Amy Dix Rock entertained the crowd by winning the Five-Gaited Amateur Mares class for Edna Dix. Have You Ever and Barclay De Wet were reserve for the Leatherwood Farm.

Spill The Ink and William Shatner left their mark on the rest by winning the Roadster To Bike Amateur class for Belle Reve Farm. Free Agent and Judy McNeish were reserve under the Delovely banner.

My Sugar Magnolia, with Billy Jarrell at the lines, won the Fine Harness Two-Year-Old class for A.E. Nelson.

Adding another win to their list, Callaway's Blue Agate and Carol Hillenbrand rode to the top honors in the Adult Three-Gaited Country Pleasure class. Crown Point's Evening Star and CeCe Hagan rode to the red ribbon.

In the seven entry UPHA Three-Gaited Classic , I'm A Hot Ticket and Jackie Tanner out performed the rest and rode to the winner's circle for Joan Macfarlane. Callaway's Halley Comet, with Larry Hodge aboard, received the reserve tie for Kaaba Inc.

Callaway's Rockaway and Chris Nalley rocked the rest of the pack to win the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class for Chris and Jean Nalley. Anne Buchanan rode CH The Bodega Bay to the red ribbon for Shadow Run LLC.

In an exciting class, Brooke Jacobs drove Fit To Be Tied to the blue in the Roadster Pony Open class for Werk Way Stables. Buckwheat, with Pat McConnell at the whip, drove to the reserve tie for Ann Fitzpatrick.

Callaway's Weatherman and Gabe Deknatel, riding for the High Hickory Farm, rode to the top honors in the Five-Gaited Amateur Stallion/Gelding class. Callaway's Where There's A Will and Bill Walsh were reserve.

In the Three-Gaited Two-Year-Old class with seven entries, Brookhill's Periday and Jackie Tanner trotted to the winner's circle for the O'Brien Family Trust. Diamond Memories and Jennifer Fetterer were reserve to Tanner.

The Bess Yet and Carol Hillenbrand rode to the blue in the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class out of nine entries. Sultan's Flight Time and CeCe Hagan received the red ribbon.

Busting out of the crowd, Bunker Buster with Danny Bugg at the whip won the Roadster To Bike Limit class. The African Queen, with Larry Bacon on the lines, drove to the reserve award for Mr. and Mrs. Brad Bacon.

In the Three-Gaited Junior Horse class, Clark Clouse rode Shezacat to the top honors for Tony Olson. Lady Cabernet and Amy Dix Rock were reserve to Shezacat.

CH Nightly Affair and Chris Nalley rode away the winners in the Three-Gaited Amateur 15.2 and Over class for Jean Nalley. Sky High Money, with Brooke Jacobs aboard, was reserve.

In the good hands class, Amber Lynn Lowry received the blue riding Maximum Bob.

One of 13 entries in the Five-Gaited Limit class, Titleist Supreme and Jerry Hutson received the blue for Lindsey Liess. At The Stroke Of Midnight and Lucinda Hartley were reserve.

After the show there was an ice cream social to cap off the afternoon performance where exhibitors and sponsors were able to partake in ice cream and discuss the coming days of the show.

Thursday Afternoon

Starting out the afternoon, Daryl Higdon won the 13 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation class aboard On My Account showing under the direction of Biggins Stable.

Lucrative and Karla Kucera won the Five-Gaited Amateur Novice Rider class. Callaway's Ellis Island and Jeff Ramey received the red ribbon in the class.

Kate Lovejoy, riding The New York Lady, won the UPHA 10 and under Walk and Trot Challenge Cup under the direction of John Whalen from Chestnut Lane. Christina Collis, under the direction of Jo Cornell, was reserve.

In the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor class, Fox De Jour and Kelsey Price rode to the winner's circle to claim the top award for the Pleasantview Farm. She's Bedazzled and Will Harris claimed reserve.

The Last Straw, with Dianna Rannells at the lines, drove to the blue in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic for Stonecroft Farm. The Bay Princess, with Clark Clouse at the whip, drove to the red ribbon.

The Pagan Prince and Laura Dozer trotted to the top honors in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 15-17 class. Jessica Harrison rode Spool's Top Star to the reserve tie. Both horses showed under the direction of Delovely.

The Three-Gaited Park Amateur class required additional work for three horses to make a the final decision. CH A Step Of Time and Luanne Kilday out worked the rest to receive the blue. Chris Nalley and 98 Degrees rode to reserve for Jean and Chris Nalley. Breathe and Alexa Loudon rode to the yellow ribbon.

Heartland Elise, with Mary McClean at the whip, drove to the winner's circle in the Hackney Pony Open class for Golden Creek Farm. Man On The Town and Larry Bacon were reserve.

Adding one more win to an already impressive list, Betty Cox won the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 class under the direction of Delovely. Elke Trilla, under the guidance of Fairfield South, was reserve.

In the Show Pleasure Driving class, Harlem's Proud Mary, with Misdee Wrigley at the lines, drove to the blue for Kaaba Inc. of Paris, Ky. Oscar Night and Mary Aylward received the red ribbon.

In the Three-Gaited Amateur Novice Rider class, Heidi Bowie won the blue aboard CH Timeless Drifter.

CH Riva Diva and Ali Judah won the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14 and under class. Lindsay Haupt rode Vida Eraser to the second place tie.

Free Agent won the Roadster To Wagon class with Judy McNeish at the lines.

Callaway's Hail Liberty and Vicki Reed rode to the top of 13 entries in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Novice class. Sultan's Top Flight and Breeann Trainer were reserve to Reed.

Jeff McClean drove Sis to the winner's circle in the Roadster Pony Amateur class for the Golden Creek Farm. Frankly Awesome and Jerry Solien drove to the reserve award.

In the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 14 and Under class, Callaway's Dubonnet and Sarah Wood rode to the blue. Amber Returns and Molly Trent trotted to the red ribbon.

Lady Periana and Phillipa Sledge won the Three-Gaited Ladies class for the Pidgeon Roost Farm. City Lady and Melody Adler were reserve.

Tip Top Sonata topped the rest to win the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class with Caroline Millard aboard for Waterwild Farm. Bolishoi and Renee Zubrod received the reserve tie.

Gone Platinum, with John Conatser at the whip, drove to the top honors in the Fine Harness Junior class for Mary Aylward. Giovanni Villani and Danette Musselman were second.

In the 17 and Under Pleasure Equitation class, Lindsay Haupt rode to the winner's circle aboard Wizard's Icon under the guidance of Jo Cornell. Natalie Hall was reserve showing under the direction of Tammy DeVore.

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves and Allie McKendry won the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic for Wildernest Farm. Swiffer and Mike Tunstall rode to the red ribbon.

Pure Country and Holli McDowell drove to the blue in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class. Tijuana Souvenir and Dylan Hutson drove to the reserve honors.

Out of eight entries, New York Rebel and Tate Bennett won the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 15-17 class. Lookin' Yonder and Laura Dozer took the second place tie.

In the Five-Gaited Ladies Stake, Luanne Kilday rode Already Famous to the winner's circle to claim the top honors. Callaway's Independence and Misdee Wrigley received the reserve award for Kaaba Inc.

The 22-entry Bluegrass Weanling Futurity offered a purse totaling more than $79,750. Miss Roxie Heart, led by Joan Lurie, won over $25,000 and the title as the second annual Bluegrass Futurity Limited Weanling Stake Champion for Clyde and Sally Nolan. High Time's Northern Son, led by Pam Specht, was reserve for Patricia Misko winning over $14,000. Enchilada, led by Melinda Moore, was third receiving $8,466 for Danny Bugg, the weanling's owner.

After the show, the UPHA held a fundraising auction, where they raised over $17,000. Highlighting the evening was the Horseman and Horsewoman's auction. Topping the auction this year was Clark Clouse, who raised $1,250 from a phone bidder.

Friday Afternoon

Starting out the afternoon with an exhibition ride, Renee Zubrod rode to the blue in the USAE Saddle Seat Medal class showing under the guidance of instructor and aunt Bonnie Zubrod.

Rumor Has It, with Beth Jones at the whip, drove to claim top honors in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Championship. Highlife's Pride, with Walker Lee at the lines, was named the reserve grand champion.

Sultan's Kingdom and Caroline Walker received the award in the Walk and Trot Pleasure 12 and Under class for Theresa Walker. The Casino Queen and Micaela Evans were reserve.

In the Three-Gaited Park Stake, Another Bay and Brennan Baumer rode to the winner's circle. Miss Black Ice and Billy Jarrell were reserve for Gaited Inc.

Lady's A Dancin and Rachel Kelly won the Three-Gaited Pleasure Pony class showing under the banner of Cornell Stables. Crown Jeweler and Chris Lee were reserve for Mike Lee.

Heartland Triple Crown, with Heidi Bowie at the lines, drove to the win in the Harness Pony Open. Late Nite's Midnite Mist and Beth Jones were reserve .

In the Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship, Sultan's Top Flight and Breeann Trainer took the tricolor back to Ohio for D.Brian Trainer. Tip Top Sonata and Carol Millard received the reserve tricolor.

In My Heart and Carol Hillenbrand rode to the winner's circle to claim the Three-Gaited Amateur Stake showing under the Carriage Lane banner. City Lady and Melody Adler took the reserve tricolor ribbon in the championship.

Champagne With A Kiss and Katherine England won the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor class.

In the AHHS Medallion Road Pony Under Saddle class, Island Fever Getaway and Renee Zubrod trotted to the blue for Mr. and Mrs. Brad Bacon.

Eastern Pacific and Erin Roggenkamp claimed top honors in the Walk and Trot 12 and Under class. Star Season and Sarah Bushell were reserve for Cecily Salley.

In the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure class, Been To Paris and Libby McLemore trotted to the blue for Belle Reve Farm. Buckeye's Fancy Pants and Rob Byers were reserve for Tina Stodd.

Adding another win to their list, Sultry Heiress and Joan Adler, drove to the winner's circle in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship. What's On Second and Millie Pyles finished with the second place tie.

In the 21-entry Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Novice class, Show Me The Town and Jamie Hitchin received the first place tie. Surrender To Fantasy and Phillipa Sledge were reserve.

My Silver Sea, with Tate Bennett at the whip, won the ASHAF Junior Exhibitor Fine Harness Youth Challenge for Carl Fisher. Lucky Vision and Kelsey Price drove to the reserve place honors in a catch drive for Danette Musselman.

In the Roadster Under Saddle class, Road Runner and Danette Musselman trotted away the winner for the Alliance Stud. Where Are You Now and Melody Adler took the red ribbon in this class.

Champagne In Winter and Ali Judah won the Five-Gaited Pony class for Judah Saddlebreds. Tickle My Toes and Rylee Huffman were reserve for Jo Ann Griffin.

In the Country Pleasure Championship, Callaway's Blue Agate and Carol Hillenbrand topped the class winning the tricolor. Crown Point's Evening Star and Lori Farmer were reserve.

Lost Token and Yasmin Wazir rode away the winner in the Three-Gaited Pony class showing under the Biggins Stable banner. De Ja Vu Delight and Renee Zubrod were reserve for Pamela Boyer.

Spill The Ink and William Shatner won the Roadster To Bike Championship for Belle Reve Farm. Guess Who and Misdee Wrigley were reserve for the Kaaba Inc.

Rebecca Salley drove Foxy's Delight to the winner's circle in the ASHAF Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving Youth Challenge for the Antares Farm.

Daryl Higdon was victorious again, winning the UPHA Challenge Cup class showing under the direction of Biggins Stables. Jo Lanus rode to the red ribbon aboard Remember Me Always.

In the Five-Gaited Amateur Stake, Callaway's Weatherman and Gabe Deknatel rode to the tricolor award for the High Hickory Farm. Have You Ever and Barclay DeWet rode to reserve for the Leatherwood Farm.

In the Bluegrass Futurity for the Yearlings, My Jose Cuervo, led by Danette Musselman, took the blue for Musselman Farm. Brookhill's King Of Kool and Todd Walker finished with the reserve tie in the futurity. Mother Mary, led by Melissa Moore, received the yellow ribbon for Belle Reve Farm.

The evening performance also featured the State Academy Finals for Kentucky. The eight sections of the academy program were judged to narrow the field to the top 10 competitors in the first round of elimination. The second round of judging, to determine the grand champion and reserve for each section, was held Saturday afternoon.

Saturday Morning

The Fall Classic is the host of the finals for the UPHA 10 and Under Walk and Trot Finals and the UPHA Challenge Cup 11 and Under Finals as well. In the morning preliminaries both groups of participants were narrowed to determine who would return for phase II.

Lookin' Yonder and Laura Dozer received top honors in the Juvenile Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship out of 16 entries. CH Riva Diva and Ali Judah rode to the reserve tie for Judah Saddlebreds.

Callaway's Copyright, with John T. Jones at the whip, drove to the winner's circle to add the Fine Harness Championship to their list of wins this season. Call Me Ringo and William Shatner drove to the reserve tricolor award for Belle Reve Farm.

Harlem's Proud Mary and Misdee Wrigley drove to the win in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship for Kaaba Inc. By All That's Holy and Moe Anson received the reserve grand championship.

Betty Cox topped the field in the Equitation Championship under the direction of Delovely. Devon Garone rode a reserve to Cox under the guidance of Fairfield South.

In the Kentucky State Academy Rider 9-10 Walk and Trot Championship, Samantha Weber claimed the tricolor. Kristen Smith received the reserve tie. Both students were under the direction of Jo Cornell Stables.

Callaway's Rockaway and Chris Nalley rode away as the winners in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Doubletree's Confederate and Jackie Wahrmund were able to put together the reserve.

In the Road Pony Championship, Fit To Be Tied, with Brooke Jacobs at the lines, drove to the top honors for the Werk Way Stables. Buckwheat and Pat McConnell were reserve for Rigby's Green.

In the Juvenile Three-Gaited Championship with nine entries, Pagan Prince and Laura Dozer trotted to the tricolor showing under the banner of Delovely. Show Biz Time and Alexandra Waller were reserve for Steve and Kathy Waller.

In the Junior Five-Gaited Stake with eight entries, Summer Rendezvous and Tre' Lee received the tricolor for Paul Treiber. Callaway's Lloyd Stark and Debbie Foley were reserve for Tim Shallcross.

Katie McLaughin trotted to the winner's circle in the Kentucky State Academy 11-13 Walk and Trot Championship. Melinda Wilson was reserve.

During a short break, longtime Kentucky Fall Classic horse show photographer Jamie Donaldson and his wife, Shan, were honored for all of their years of service with a gathering of all of the UPHA chapter nine members who posed for a photo. It was announced to the crowd that the UPHA chapter will donate a memorial trophy in Donaldson's honor for the Three-Gaited Grand Champion at the Fall Classic in 2004.

In the Three-Gaited Championship, Sky High Money and Brent Jacobs trotted to the top for Werk Way Stables. Promise To Fame and Clark Clouse were reserve for Elmo Greer.

The UPHA 10 and Under Walk and Trot Challenge Cup was awarded to Callie Smith showing under the Cryst-A-Kell banner. Chelsea Jo Roby showed to reserve under the guidance of Jo Cornell Stables.

Elizabeth Burton rode to the top in the Kentucky State Academy Adult Rider Walk and Trot Championship. Lana Shelton was reserve in the class.

Mary Gaylord McClean drove Sis to the winner's circle in the Roadster Pony Amateur/Juvenile Championship for Golden Creek Farm. Tijuana Souvenir and Dylan Hutson drove to the reserve tricolor award.

Turning up the heat, 98 Degrees and Chris Nalley rode to the tricolor in the Amateur Park Championship for Jean and Chris Nalley. Breathe and Alexa Loudon rode to reserve.

In the Kentucky State Academy Rider 13 and Under Walk/Trot/Canter Championship, Paige McQuown rose to the top. Samantha Bowie was reserve.

Fox De Jour and Kelsey Price trotted away wearing the tricolor in the Juvenile Five-Gaited Championship for Pleasantview Farm. She's Bedazzled and Will Harris claimed reserve.

Kaelyn Donnelly won the Kentucky State Academy Rider 14-17 Walk and Trot Championship. Sarah Blackwell was reserve showing under the Mallard Farm banner.

The Bess Yet and Carol Hillenbrand received top honors in the Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship out of 10 entries. Show Me The Town and Jamie Hitchin rode to the reserve tie.

Logan Gregory won the Kentucky State Academy 8 and Under Walk and Trot Championship. Gabby Bowie was reserve to Gregory. Both girls are under the guidance of McConnell Stables.

In the Pleasure Equitation Championship, Lindsay Haupt rode to the winner's circle to claim the top honors. Lauren Pope rode to the reserve honors.

The Gambler and Bill Knight played their cards right by winning the Road Horse Championship for Leatherwood Farm. Geronimo and Danny Bugg drove to the reserve award.

It's More Than Likely and Debbie Foley claimed the Five-Gaited Grand Championship for the Silverbrook Stables. Lucrative and Don Harris finished with reserve for Kucera.

Round out the finals, Rachel Machamer claimed the UPHA Challenge Cup National Championship for riders 11 and Under. Brittany McGinnis was reserve to close out the show.

This highlights the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show. Complete results follows and can be seen, searched and printed out from our web site www.saddlehorsereport.com.

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