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Food, Fun and the Fair at Lawrenceburg



By Michelle Krentz

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. - The American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg, Ky., put on the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show successfully again on June 23-26. Known as the "championship horse show," it was the main event at the fair for the 138th year. One hundred exciting classes thrilled horse show and fair spectators alike. A tradition at the show, tail-gaiting carried on this year, allowing many exhibitors to bring their own food and beverages in the back of their cars right up to the rail of the arena. Spectators were able to socialize and eat, while cheering for their favorite competitors.

Voulez Vous looked right and ready for big things to come with Nelson Green aboard to win the Five-Gaited Championship. Jean Nalley was smiling down on the pair, while her son, Chris, was there to cheer them on. Suki Snowlet and Melinda Moore were reserve. This racking machine team has already won three blues this summer from Harrodsburg Spring, Burlington Spring and the Bourbon County Fair.

In their first show in Kentucky this year, Callaway’s Independence Day and Victoria McCune won the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship under the direction of Merrill Murray. The team added this title to their win and reserves from Big D and Oklahoma Centennial. Time To Win and Emily Jernigan also made the trip up from the south to earn a reserve finish in the amateur class.

The crowd favorite with Tammy DeVore at River Ridge, where they were the Five-Gaited Grand Champions, Thunderstorm Warning and Lauren Pope enjoyed their time to shine during Lawrenceburg and Shelby County where they won both amateur classes. The amateur Five-Gaited Champion from Burlington with Tyler DeVore, Juice Box was reserve in the amateur class with Meg Allen.

Two for two this year is the adorable The Lady Sings The Blues. Paired with Helen Robertson for Burbank and Collins, the animated mare won the ladies’ class. Melinda Moore showed Chardonnay’s Firestorm, another horse ridden to the winner’s circle by Tyler DeVore this year, to finish reserve in the ladies’ gaited class for Poser Farm.

Tyler DeVore repeated his win from Chattanooga to win the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited class aboard Millionheir’s Row.

A winner from Bourbon County, Tango Mango won the Junior Five-Gaited class. Annalize van der Walt rode him to the victory for Singing Hills Stables. This nice young horse is by Dorian Warrior’s Song and out of a CH Caramac mare. Harrodsburg Spring’s junior winner, Blue Belle’s Thunder, was reserve with Brian Chappell up for Smootz and Chen.

2007’s Junior Fine Harness World’s Champion of Champions Callaway’s Clemency made an epic return to the show ring to win the Three-Gaited Championship with Brian Chappell aboard for Frank Cook and Bruce Williams. In his under saddle debut at the show, Callaway’s Advise And Consent was reserve in the championship with Stephanie Leidenheimer for Charles E. Campbell.

The reserve champion from Chattanooga, Worthy’s Pure Love won the ladies’ class with Brittany McNamara aboard. Your Lucky Stars and Deborah Konig were reserve for David Crockett.

Michelle McCune had Bubble Bath at the top of his game to win the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship under the direction of proud trainer Merrill Murray. A consistent star, CH Tipitina was reserve in the championship, as well as the qualifier, with Micaela Evans under the direction of Shadow Run. He’s A Jim Dandy was three for three at Chattanooga and won the amateur qualifier with Harold Denton up under Clark Clouse’s direction.

HS Daydream’s Believe In Me is another great performer for Hagan Saddlebreds, as he won the junior class with Tre Lee aboard. As a two-year-old, this horse was a world’s champion. A.E. Nelsons also have a great breeding operation, as is proven by She’s A Little Flirt, who was reserve in the junior class with Martin Teater aboard.

In the pony ranks, Callaway’s Topaz won with Lexis Schue aboard for Remi Adams. WWF All Star Sensation was reserve with Zachery Roe aboard for Cynthia Wright.

Hagan Saddlebreds’s big and handsome Big Man On Campus won both Open Three-Gaited Park classes with Walden Bullard aboard. Milady A’ La Lucie was reserve in both classes with Emily Lee aboard for Holly Wilson.

Continuing his undefeated season, Legend Of Troy won the Fine Harness Championship with Melinda Moore at the lines for Poser Farm. CH Revolver was reserve with Bret Day for Dr. Robert Pugh.

In his season debut, Salemtown’s Irreplaceable won the Amateur Fine Harness class with Deborah Koning driving for David Crockett. Pepper Jack and Kayle Bowles Durnell were reserve for Waterford Farms.

Never lower than second this year, Shane Mullins has a superstar speedster in Magical Beginnings. This pair raced away with the tricolor after a second place finish in their qualifier. Talladega Nights and Melinda Moore were reserve in the championship after a win in the qualifier. Belle Starr added a fourth win to his record this year by winning the other roadster qualifier, also with Melinda Moore. Ninety Proof and Deborah Koning were reserve for David Crockett.

Jennifer Robertson always has a blast showing her great roadster, Rum’s Last Shot. This exciting pair won the Amateur Roadster class. In his season debut, Delorenzo was reserve with Mike Bacon. Also in his season debut, Go For Broke won the wagon class with Brad Bacon. Matt T Tup was reserve to continue his successful season with Deborah Koning for David Crockett.

Never lower than second this year, The Big Show and Allison Walker won the Roadster Under Saddle class. Bunker Buster and Deborah Koning were reserve for David Crockett in their season debut.

Heartland Rich And Famous added its fourth win of the year by winning the Road Pony Championship with owner Linda Kay Hendricks. Regal’s Miss Kate LF was reserve with Mike Cox for himself and Steve Rardin.

Undefeated so far this year, CH Stat earned his ninth win of the season in the Open Road Pony 52 Inches & Under class with Maureen Campbell. Dr. Robert Pugh owns this world’s champion pony. Reserve to Stat belonged to Regal’s High Roller LF with Drew Case; they were also reserve at Burlington.

Another Majestic Oaks-trained pony that is undefeated is Surprize Surprize who won the 48 and under class with Donna Whatley at the lines. Continuing a very successful season with wins or reserves from Kentucky Spring Premier and Asheville, Crystal Creek’s Night Aire was reserve with Brent Jacobs.

Donna Zimmerman cruised away with the blue in the ladies’ class with P.T. Cruiser, who was a double winner at Monterey. Diamond’s Beauty and Lisa Bartman made the reserve finish in their season debut.

The Wizard LF’s third win of the season came in the amateur class with proud owner Toni Nastali at the lines. My Travelin’ Man and the always-smiling Kayce Bell were reserve.

After picking up two reserves at Devon, Turbo Blue won the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class with Brett Van Gorden driving for Ann M. Boyd. Winners from Bourbon County, Ranger was reserve with Kelsey Morgan for Rob and Julianne Wilson.

A reserve world’s champion last year, as well as the UPHA Road Pony Classic National Champion, A Dazzling Diva won the junior class with Brad Bacon. Reserve to A Dazzling Diva in the junior class as well as in the UPHA Road Pony Classic National Championship belonged to Twin Willow’s Logan S. with Kathy Capsuto Walker at the lines.

In his first show since he was a weanling, Victor Victor won the three-year-old class with Todd Meyer. Asheville’s Road Pony To Wagon Champion repeated his title at Lawrenceburg. It was Boogity Boogity to earn the blue with Holli Hayes for Joe and Patrice O’Brien.

For the third year in a row, Pure Country and Samantha Johnson won the Road Pony Under Saddle Championship. This team also has multiple world’s championships for proud owners Holli Hayes and Lisa McMackin. Johnson did not stop with one win in the under saddle ranks; she also won the under saddle qualifier with Aragorn for Bent Tree Farm. Winners from Burlington and Rock Creek, Mastercraft’s Guess Who LF and Tayler Rhinehart were reserve in both under saddle classes for Brad and Barbara Bacon.

The amateur winner from Cloverdale, Senor and Dixie Malek won the Harness Pony Championship. Last year’s Reserve World’s Grand Champion The Remington made his third win of the season by winning the Open Harness Pony class with proud owner Juliet McDonald. Be My Cover Girl, a winner from the Royal last year, was reserve with Larry Bacon.

A reserve world’s champion in the Gentlemen’s Hackney Pony ranks last year, Heartland Summer Storm made his fourth win of the season in the Hackney Pony Championship with Betty Featherston. Bourbon County’s winner, Showtime’s So Tuff, was reserve with Greg Reason for Showtime Saddlebreds.

Last year’s Junior Hackney Pony World’s Champion of Champions and UPHA Hackney Pony Classic National Champion Heartland Rough And Ready looked ready for anything as he won the Open Hackney Pony class with his always-polished owner, Toni Nastali. In his debut season, Craycroft Zebulon was reserve with Larry Meyer.

For the second year in a row, Neon Dion and Ann Fitzpatrick won the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship for Lib Jones under the direction of Blue Willow. Reserve honors belonged to D & J’s Anticipation and Lesa Sparrow for Cedar Brook Stables.

Linda Fischer and Palisade’s Margarita are two for two in the pony’s debut year to win the Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving class at Midwest and the pleasure driving qualifier at Lawrenceburg for Sandra Surber. D.J.’s High Fashion and Bob Johnson were reserve.

SJ Space Buccaneer’s owner Joellen Fisher Blount and Tyler DeVore split showing duties to top both Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure classes under the direction of Melinda Moore. Just a four-year-old, Got It Made was reserve in the first class with Emily Stumbo up for Tucker and Knesek. Harlem’s Moni Maker and Eva Franczek were reserve in the second class for Teresa Lee.

A world’s champion as a two-year-old in hand, Showsteeler lived up to his name by being a standout in the Junior Park Pleasure class to win it with Stephanie Sedlacko for Bedford Farms. In her under saddle debut, Elizabeth Gee was reserve with Gregorio Maldonado for Haydon and Hamilton.

Fresh off a reserve finish from Midwest, Callaway’s Blue Ginger and Linda Fischer won the tricolor in the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure division for Hy Horse Farm. Section one’s winner, My Sweet, was reserve in the championship with Cece Hagan. Winners from Midwest, Night Sight and Ivy Johsnon were reserve in section one for Cedarledge Farm. A full brother to equitation superstar, Kiss Of The Zodiac, Ro & Me’s Kiss Of Abundance won the section two blue with owner Lindsay Haupt up. Winners from Harrodsburg and Burlington Spring, Callaway’s Emancipation and Jennifer McGowan were reserve in section two for Poser Farm.

After a reserve in the qualifier, Captain Kaos and Eden Tharpe came back to win the tricolor. In just his first year showing, De La Hoya was reserve in the championship after winning the qualifier with Alle Hagan aboard.

His fourth win of the season, and just a four-year-old, Royal Crest’s Rhine Stone Cowboy won the Show Pleasure Driving class with Joellen Fisher Blount. She’s Gone and Maryta Montgomery were reserve for TriColor Saddlebreds. This beautiful mare also won at Shelby County.

A match made in heaven, Wrapped In Roses WRF and Jorie Carr won the Adult Country Pleasure Championship under the direction of Grey Ridge Farm. Playboy’s Legacy and Nicole Reason were reserve in the championship in the horse’s debut year showing. Grand champions from Burlington Spring and Rock Creek, Prince In The Park and Jenny McGowan won the qualifier for Joellen Fisher Blount. Continuing their very successful season, Pangaea and Cece Hagan were reserve in the qualifier.

In the juvenile ranks it was Heirrelevant and Shelby Eriksen to take the blue for Carol McIvor. Irish Epic and Alle Hagan repeated their Kentucky Spring Premier finish with a strong reserve.

A great year for The Bay Princess, she won the Country Pleasure Driving class at Lawrenceburg as well the championship at Shelby County. Debra Rateri did the driving honors at Lawrenceburg, while Kelsea Rookard did at Shelby County. King Of Krackers and Marilyn Pacella were reserve.

What’s Your Pleasure and Melissa Corral are two for two this year to win the Pleasure Pony class at Lawrenceburg.

Yellow Rose Starafar and Susann Strayer were picture perfect to win the Country Western Pleasure class. Sar’s Rambo and Stephanie Leidenheimer were reserve in their season debut.

Shelby Anderson made her first show ring appearance since 2008 to win the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship and UPHA Challenge Cup aboard Spirit Stuff, under the direction of Shadow Run.

In her fist year out of academy, Kelsey Martin won the UPHA Walk & Trot 10 & Under class. A winner from Cloverdale, Jordyn Isgrigg was reserve.

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