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Kentucky Spring Premier - A Busy Week in the Bluegrass

by Nicole Dworak

LEXINGTON, Ky.- With the hot competition of the Kentucky Derby looming on the horizon, the Kentucky Horse Park was home to plenty of its own hot competition. This year the Kentucky Spring Premier moved from its original dates to a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday venue to accommodate for the popularity of the Kentucky Derby in this region of the country. The academy classes were held Saturday morning.

Sandra Lilly had judging duties in hand for the Saddlebred, Hackney, roadster and equitation divisions. Sharon Stoess handled the judging duties for academy. Doug Shiflet was the official photographer. The Kentucky Spring Premier was managed under the watchful eye of Scarlett Mattson. Keeping the office running smooth and making sure things were in order was Beth Snider as the show secretary.

There was a host of nice parties that provided wonderful food after Wednesday and Thursday’s performances. Wednesday night there was a delicious dessert party. Thursday night a traditional barbeque meal was on the menu, both parties were compliments of the Kentucky Spring Premier horse show.


Six entries trotted through the gate on Friday night for the Five-Gaited Stake. By the end of the class Here I am Again and Lance Williamson captured the title for owner Julie Garlington Stockton. Up for reserve was The Apprentice with Wyatt DeHart in the irons for Robert Shields. Taking home the yellow ribbon was Meet Mr. Big and Tre Lee; fourth went to Summertime Song and Ed Cockriel; in the fifth position was Imperiaptor and Mitch Clark followed by Rudy’s Magic Man and Neil Visser for the sixth place ribbon.

The victory pass in the Five-Gaited Ladies class went to Cary’s Legacy with Melinda Moore in the irons for owner Peggy Whitley.

Melinda Moore again racked away with the blue ribbon in the Five-Gaited Junior Horse class aboard Ft. Chiswell’s Royal Champagne for Dickey Davis. The red ribbon went to I’m Something Wicked shown by Joe Elam for Riverdreams LLC.

Stonecroft’s Rumor Has It was the winner in the Five-Gaited Novice Horse class with Larry Hodge up for Jennie Turner Garlington. Enchanting Memories and Tre Lee finished second for owner Carson Kressley.

The UPHA Five-Gaited Classic saw two entries. Judge Lilly put Lance Williamson and Pour Some Sugar On Me in the winner’s circle for Spencer Mains. Tangled Dreams and Joe Elam finished second for owner Riverdreams LLC.

Judge Lilly invited I’m A Treat and Mary Gaylord McClean to make the victory pass in the Five-Gaited Amateur Championship. This pair also took home the blue in the Five-Gaited Amateur Stallion/Gelding class. Steal Your Thunder finished second in the championship and also in Five-Gaited Amateur Mare with owner Charles Walker up. CH A Champagne Affair finished second in the Five-Gaited Amateur Stallion/Gelding class. Five-Gaited Amateur Mare saw Shez So Delightful and Vicki Reed making a victory pass for owner Three Gables, LLC.

Vicki Reed made another trip down victory lane aboard Feel The Thunder in the Five-Gaited Limit Horse Amateur class. Following for the red ribbon was Believable and Linda Fischer for Alexis Gerych.

The Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship invited She’s Bedazzled ADW and Will Harris for the blue ribbon for Paula Harris. CH L.A. Boca Raton and Kelsey Olson finish second in both the championship and qualifier. Winning the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor class was Sunken Treasure and Lindsey Shields for Rebecca Taggart.

The Five-Gaited Pony title went to Jewels For A Lady and Lowe Thompson for Yellow Rose Farm LLC. Callaway’s Exception To The Rule and Alexa McWilliams up for Cynthia McWilliams took the red ribbon home.

The Five-Gaited Park Open blue went to Simply Simon and Heather Digiannantoni, who was in the irons for owner Steepleville Bloodstock. Taking home the red ribbon was Dazzlingly Daring and Ed Cockriel for Robert Mossman, MD.


Eight strong entries came into the ring to compete in the Three-Gaited Stake. Called to center ring for the top title was the smart trotting A Silver Charm with Tre Lee up for owners Brad and Barbara Bacon. The reserve went to CF Burnout with Renee Biggins presenting for Rita Wheeler. Taking home the yellow ribbon was High Heat and Melissa Moore. The fourth spot went to Odyssey Man and Rob Byers. The pink ribbon was handed to Matinee Starlet and Melissa Shields. In the sixth spot were April Hi Lite and Lance Williamson. The Liberty Tribune and Ed Cockriel finished seventh and Gypsies Tramps And Thieves with Nathan Greenwell up finished eighth.

The Three-Gaited Novice Horse class invited Rob Byers and Lemon Shake Up WRF to make the victory pass for owner Patrice Watson. City Taste was in the reserve spot with Michelle McMahon in the irons for Glasscock, Inc.

A nice group of ladies made their way into the ring with their three-gaited horses. The elegant Pas De Deux earned the blue ribbon with Rosemarie Fernandez up. Tying second was CH Royal Messenger with Michelle Grooms presenting for Dave and Michelle Grooms.

The Three-Gaited Junior Horse class as well as the Three-Gaited Three-Year-Old class saw one entry each. Tre Lee was up for the blue ribbon in each class. He was aboard Coco Royale for Saddlewood Farms to win the junior horse title, and then Callaway’s Connotation for Fox Grape Farms to win the three-year-old class.

CH Royal Messenger returned with Michelle Grooms to the Three-Gaited Amateur Championship to take home the coveted tri-color. Lost Token stepped up for the second place finish in the championship with Stacie Williams Herron up for Dr. and Mrs. David Williams. Lost Token also placed first in the Three-Gaited Amateur 15.2 and Under class, with CH Biras Creek and Victoria Gillenwater taking second for Scenic View Farm LLC.

Three-Gaited Limit Horse Amateur to ride class brought Heir’s Sparkling Star and Jaclyn Rainey to center ring for the blue ribbon presentation. She was up for owner Dr. Thomas Rainey. Matinee Starlet and Richard Pence trotted up for the red ribbon.

The Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship saw the seasoned Callaway’s Buttons And Bows make a victory pass with Nathan Stein catch riding for Bruce and Pam Milligan. This pair was the talk of the show as they also took the blue streamers in the qualifier. Show Biz Time and Belle Owen finished second in the championship for owner Deborah Owen. Prize Fighter and Alicyn Oblinger took reserve in the qualifier.

Callaway’s Kiss and Tell with Alyssa Lopez claimed top honors as they trotted away with the blue ribbon in the Three-Gaited Pony class. Second went to the white-faced bay pony Cloudsplitter with Olivia Weber.


The Three-Gaited Park Championship saw seven entries enter the ring, and leading the pack was Tax Man with Melinda Moore up for Jeff Councilman. Tax Man and Moore also finished second in the Three-Gaited Park Open class. Second in the championship went to the bright gray entry That Silver Tongued Devil with Tiffany Wheeler up for Sandra and Don Rose.

The winner of the Three-Gaited Park Open class was Our Fallen Angel with Heather Digiannantoni up for Cheryl Friedman Allison.

Heirrogant Rose and Autumn Hunt took home two blue ribbons for owner Mary Sue Walker in the Three-Gaited Park Limited Horse Amateur Rider class and in the park amateur championship. Reserve in the championship went to The Lady’s Heir and Lynn Gutches Snowden. This pair also finished first in the Three-Gaited Park Amateur class. Following for second in the Three-Gaited Park Amateur class was With Authority and Holli McDowell. Artic Lights and Dale Hanson also brought home a red ribbon from the Three-Gaited Park Limit Horse Amateur Rider class for Penny Lane Farm.

Fine Harness

Simbara’s Sweet Lorraine and Kelly Mount graciously accepted the tricolor honor for the Fine Harness Stake. The reserve tricolor went to Images Of Blue and Joe Elam for Blue Heaven Saddlebreds.

The limit class brought Tango At Sea and Joe Elam to center ring for owner New Millennium Equine Endeavor. The red ribbon went to My Silver Sea with Peter Palmer at the lines for Lange/Willisbook.

The Junior Horse title went home with Party Of Three and Mike Spencer, who drove for Minna Hankin Mintz.

Dena Lopez drove Supreme Spotlight to victory in the Fine Harness Three-Year-Old class for Kay Marschel. Covergirl Sweetheart and Danette Musselman followed for the second place finish.


The Roadster to Bike Stake welcomed three entries zipping into the ring. Royal Count and James Nichols sped to the winner’s circle for Penny Lane Farm. Go For Broke and Larry Bacon stepped up for the second place finish, and I Can Book and Doug Greenwood left the ring with the yellow ribbon.

Earlier in the show, Royal Count made his way around the ring for the blue with Dale Hanson at the lines in the Roadster to Bike Amateur class.

Lucy Lawless broke the speed limit and was ticketed with a blue ribbon in the Roadster to Bike Limit class with Danette Musselman at the lines. Trotting into the number two spot was Criminal Mischief and Rick Peel for Watermark Farm.

Where Are We Now and Melissa Moore turned on the speed for a blue ribbon ride in the Roadster Under Saddle class. Holli McDowell pocketed the red ribbon aboard At Full Throttled for Lisa McMackin.


Heartland Showin’ Off did just that as he cruised around the ring with Maureen Lydon for the Roadster Pony Stake win for Hank Clemmons. Sixty Minutes drove off with the second place finish with George Komer at the lines.

Dreaming And Scheming dreamed up a blue ribbon drive with Chris Gantley driving for Christy Weaver Gantley in the limit class. Our Celebrity finished second with Steve Crabtree for Richard McQuown.

The Roadster Pony Amateur Driver class winner was Buckwheat and Ann Fitzpatrick. Jose Quervo rounded out the class with James Sigmon driving for the red ribbon. Jose Quervo and Sigmon also had a first place finish in the Roadster Pony Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Championship. Heartland Flurry and Tyler Howard finished in the number two spot and were also the winners of the AHHS Roadster Pony to Bike Medallion for Equus Farm and Jerry Cummins. Reserve in the medallion class went to Armani and Jordan Kremer for Joseph Buerkley.

AHHS Roadster Pony Under Saddle Medallion went to Magic Bay and Katelan Elizabeth Crabtree up for Brown and Linda Allen. The red ribbon went to Mario and Taylor Riley for George Komer.

Riding Shotgun scooted around the ring to win the Roadster Pony to Wagon class with Lanny Judd at the helm. Victory Flag earned the red prize with Roger Sims driving.

Seamair Sensation stepped up to take the victory photo with Chris Gantley at the lines for Gene and Ann Gallmeier in the Harness Pony Stake.

Truly Naughty By Nature and Matt Schuckert was crown the champion in the Harness Pony Limit class for owner Richard McQuown, and Heartland Flirtation and Jimmy Robertson stepped up for the second place finish.

The Harness Pony Limit Amateur blue went to Woodwind’s Blackout with Rudy Lewis driving for Leroy Wood.

Heartland’s Elegant Dancer and Kathy Buente were the winners of the blue satin in the Hackney Pony Open.

Bear Creek’s Beloved and Devon Garone were in the top spot for both the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Championship and in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Limit class. Miss Fuente and Holli McDowell finished second in the championship and earned the blue in the pony pleasure amateur/junior exhibitor class. Special Attraction and Richard McQuown took the red ribbon home in the limit class.

Unique’s Mr. America and Donnie Ross finished in the number two spot in the amateur/junior exhibitor class.

Show Pleasure

Stonewall’s Stargate made a clean sweep with owner/rider Patrice Watson up in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship and Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class. Child Of The Times and Christine Broder took the red ribbon out of the ring with her from the championship. Walterway’s Headline and Grace Ann Walker took second in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class.

CH Assets And Attitudes and Sarah Sessoms won the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Horse class for Pat Moore and Saddle Creek Farm. The red ribbon in the novice horse class went to the jet-black entry At The Stroke Of Midnight with Lucinda Hartley up.

Beaujolais Nouveau and Brent Jacobs took a stroll down victory lane in the Park Pleasure Championship for owners Randy and Liz Thomas. James Nichols and Shady Creek’s Sensation took second for owner Gayle Jones. Nichols and Shady Creek’s Sensation also took home a blue in the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Open class. Second in that class went to Finally A Prince and Wyatt DeHart for owner Richard Blake.

Steve Wheeler found himself in the winner’s circle aboard Worthy’s Independent Son for Carol McIvor and Four Boys Farm in the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Novice Horse class. Dena Lopez and Mo Rhythm left the ring with a red ribbon in tow for William and Elizabeth Shatner.

Blitz Screen and Lance Williamson trotted around the ring with the blue ribbon for Sally McClure Jackson in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic class. Brookhill’s Swing King was second with Nathan Greenwell up for Dr. and Mrs. Frank James.

Winning the Park Pleasure Junior Horse class was The Heir To The King and Madge Bass up for Liz Connor. Gangster and Steve Wheeler were handed the red ribbon for Jean and Christopher Nalley.

The Park Pleasure Driving Championship tricolor went to Desert’s Sweet Secret and Eddy Leidenheimer for Cheryl Handler. Santana’s Assessment was second in both the championship and qualifier with Larry Gardinier at the lines for Arlys Solien. In the Park Pleasure Driving class, Golden’s Musical Asset wore the blue with Wendy Winstead driving for Stevie Stoltzfus.

The Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Championship went home with Tuffy’s Commander and Peggy Brown. The reserve was granted to My Southern Charm and Brook Jacobs. This pair was also reserve in the Show Pleasure Adult class. The winning entry in the adult class was Pistolero and Mary Jane Peebles.

Limestone Lil and Nannette Peel trotted out of the ring wearing the blue in the Three Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Horse class. Delightful Diamond and Gale Lazarus finished second.

The Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship went to CH So Audacious and Kelsey Olson. This team was also spotted wearing the blue in the 14 and under class. Reserve in the championship went to Knock Knock Who’s Heir and Laura Skinner. Reserve in the 14 and under class went to Jordan Mattingly and Sports Night. The 15-17 show pleasure division winner was Steel Appeal with Will Harris in the irons for Mike Felty.

The Show Pleasure Driving Championship saw Joan Adler and (SA)Trujo’s A Wish Come True trotting out the gate in tricolor style. Following for the red ribbon was All About Charm and Jeff Simmons for Burlington Saddlebreds. In the Show Pleasure Driving class, The Last Straw and John Scheidt were blue ribbon bound for Stonecroft Farm. Last Cat Standing and Candace Meili left the ring with a second place finish.

The Walk/Trot Pleasure 12 and Under Champion and Grand Champion was the cute pair of CH Extended Warranty and Megan Thomas.

Country Pleasure

Sultry Heiress made her way back to the ring under saddle with Melody Adler up to win both the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Championship and qualifier for Tri Color Saddlebreds. CH The Billy Bob and Cheryl Friedman Allison were reserve in both classes in their debut in a new division.

You’re Looking Swell Dolly and Rachael North left the ring with visions of blue in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Novice Horse class for owner Betty Warren. The red ribbon went to Thingamajig and Melinda Wilson for Larry and Melinda Wilson.

When Heiry Met Sally and Cydni Simmons got to enjoy the thrill of victory in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. Sing My Song and Kristen Smith finished both the championship and qualifier in the reserve spot. Heirrelevant and Katelan Elizabeth Crabtree left the ring pinned with the blue in the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class.

Heirithmatic and Donna Smith wore the tricolor around the ring in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship. This pair was reserve in the Country Pleasure Driving class. The champion of the Country Pleasure Driving class was Theology and John Scheidt.

Two classes, two victories were how In Your Honor and Autumn Hunt handled the Western Country Pleasure Championship and qualifier. The New Millennium and Sharon Lewis finished in the number two spot in the championship. The Glitz and William Shatner jogged away with the red in the Western Country Pleasure class.


In both the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup and the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Medal, Brook Jacobs claimed the blue ribbon. She is trained by Brent Jacobs. Kevin Ingram, instructed by Steve Old, finished second in both classes.

Topping the field in the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship was the Premier Stables-trained Ali Judah. Judah also took the top spot in the UPHA Challenge Cup 17 and Under class earlier in the week. Callie Smith took the reserve tricolor home in the championship and Eleanor Watkins left with the red ribbon in the UPHA Challenge Cup 17and Under class.

The Biggins Stable-trained Caroline Skinner got to show off her winning form during her victory pass in the UPHA Challenge Cup 13 and Under class. The red ribbon went home with Callie Smith.

Another Premier Stable-trained entry, Channing McWilliams, held the top spot for both the UPHA 10 and under Walk/Trot Challenge Cup and the Walk/Trot Equitation Championship. Stepping up for the reserve finish in both classes was Michaela Miller.

Anna Hormann, trained by Shadow Run, took home the top titles in both the Pleasure Equitation Championship and qualifier. Toria Heck claimed the red ribbon in both classes as well.


Believe The Dream was presented by Phyllis Harris to claim the blue ribbon in the ASB Model class.

This wraps up a week of strong competition and beautiful Kentucky spring weather that made the show enjoyable for spectators and exhibitors alike. Complete results can be searched by clicking on Show Results.

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