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Lexington - Tuesday Morning

With half of the six entries in the morning opening Saddle Seat Equitation 16-17 age group coming from DeLovely, it was their riders taking the top three prizes. With Lisa Waller replacing husband Bill in the crew of three for Equitation classes, the panel stayed together, handing Hunter Chancellor a unanimous decision. Senior Equitation Champion here a year ago, Hunter teamed up with Imagine My Surprise to remain undefeated on the season. Her correct form is clearly the result of natural talent combined with an incredible work ethic. Winner of her age group here a year ago, Abigail Mutrux was reserve today with Lemon Shake Up WRF. The 2011 NHS Good Hands Event National Champion was in top form this morning to earn the red ribbon. Tayler Walters made her debut with CH-EQ Coco Mojo to place third.

Billy Jewel returned to the scene of his 2009 and 2010 Five-Gaited Pony Championships to take another victory pass on the Red Mile, this time with Austin Hazelwood riding for Clara McCool and the Cater Stables team. Five-Gaited Pony Champions at Bonnie Blue as well, this team was really shining today. Austin is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the junior exhibitor world, showing for the first time here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the middle of his 16-year-old season, he is quite a talented jockey, long and lean in the saddle. The Rest Of The Story made a season debut to the reserve prize with Mollie Kregor aboard. Owned by Ann Marie Brickzen and trained by Premier Stables, Rest Of The Story was also reserve in this class a year ago with Faith Brickzen riding. By CH Caramac, she is out of World’s Champion That’s My Story. Winners at Shelby County Fair, Drew Taylor Hewitt and CH Red Flame Thrower finished third here for Barbara Goodman Manilow and Clouse Stables.

Nashville Cat took a unanimous round of honor in the AHHS Hackney Pleasure Driving Medallion. Rose Marie Wheeler capped off an exact year of undefeated showing with this pony, having won this class a year ago as well. Rich Campbell directed the round of honor for owners Lisa McMackin and Charlotte Goodman. This made them 11 off 11 together, including the AHHS Medallion National Championship and the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship. Long a star of this division and the former teammate of Rose Marie Wheeler, Seamair Dear Sir was reserve with Olivia Schumacher at the lines. This was also the order of finish in the National Championship class a year ago. Olivia is a product of the Kierson Farm Academy program. Foster Roberts jumped off one pony and into the pleasure cart of another to take third with Kilbro’s Moving On for Tom Galbreath.

Winner in the 12-13 age group a year ago, Courtney McGinnis has stepped up to the Senior division, winning the 14-15 qualifier here on Tuesday morning with the support of all three judges. Once again teamed up with CH-EQ Kiss Of The Zodiac, Courtney rocked a dark gray suit with a wide, prominent stripe to it. The senior division is nothing new for Courtney, as she has been showing against the older age group in National Finals for several years, including her NHS Good Hands Reserve National Championship as a 12-year-old in 2010. A new face on the national Saddlebred equitation scene, Cassie Bell made a splash in reserve aboard Nuttin’ To It. Directed by Judd Stables, Cassie was formerly a contender in the Morgan ranks. Already this season she has been the Equitation Champion at Tampa and Pro-Am and was the Reserve Champion at Asheville. 14-Year-Old Reserve World’s Champion a year ago, Brett Self was delighted with her top three finish today, directed by Stephanie Lilly. Brooke Boyer was fourth for Glendale Stables.

With 16 total entries in Pleasure Driving, the corners of this track would have been like New York City at rush hour, so a split was warranted. In Section One, it was Double Or Nuttin’ taking top honors with Priscilla Marconi at the lines for Tri-Color Ventures. Jim Lowry directed this team. Double Or Nuttin’ is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Beat The Odds, the dam of CH His Supreme Reflection. Two-Year-Old Fine Harness winner here in 2009 with Darrell Case, Double Or Nuttin’ has been a star so far this year, winning six times in seven classes, his only loss coming in the incredibly deep qualifier at Shelby County Fair. Eddie Norris and American Art finished reserve for the third straight time on the Red Mile, having taken reserve twice here a year ago. Jack Magill puts this team in the ring. They seem to really enjoy this track, and Eddie’s fantastic attire is always perfectly suited to the Junior League feel. Brittany Baird took the home-bred MBA’s Royal Shadow Phax to third for MBA Equestrians and A.J. Bruwer.

In Section Two, Karrie Graham and CH A Cinderella Story completed the Lowry Stables sweep, winning in unanimous style for Karrie Graham and Dwaine Kinderknecht. The reigning National Champion was in high style today, as was her driver, who wore white sunglasses to match her white driving gloves. By Gypsy Santana, Cinderella Story is out of The Glass Slipper. This should shape up for quite a Championship round, as neither Priscilla nor Karrie has been beaten out of a tri-color yet this season. Also by Gypsy Santana, Gypsy Gentleman finished reserve, with Sarah Wise making perhaps her best drive with the big bay gelding. Matt Schuckert directed this team to the red ribbon. Sarah left the ring smiling from ear to ear. Cherished King and Virginia Stanley received plenty of love from the crowd in third for Payton Lynn Walker LLC.

Emilea Stinnett made a focused performance with CH Powerful Tango to win the Three-Gaited Pony class for Woodlea Farms and the elated High Caliber Stables team. So focused was she that she didn’t even crack a smile until her victory pass! Powerful Tango was the winner of this class a year ago as well, taking another Red Mile blue with a new partner in 2012. Undulata’s Lady Holiday was reserve in this one with Jozee Johnson taking her second reserve prize of the week, this one for Sandi and Kady Harmon. This was a special ride for Jozee, as the mount she won the Rock Creek Three-Gaited Pony class with, The Belleheiress, passed away recently. This was her first show with Lady Holiday. Amelia Heir Cat and Sallie Mason Wheeler were third for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler.

Peter Max and Sarah Katherine Auvil were the lone entry in Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving, winning for Marrialana and Christian Prince. Trained by Cappy Wheeler, Peter Max is by CF First Night Out and out of Sonoma, by Worthy Son.

In the UPHA Junior Challenge Cup, it was a unanimous decision for Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes and The Bourne Supremacy. Completing the morning’s Saddle Seat Equitation sweep for DeLovely, Eleanor used a precise serpentine to garner top honors. This is Eleanor’s first true campaign in the equitation division, and she is making the most of it. Bailie Deer and Exotic Times finished in reserve, directed by Stephanie Lilly. She is a young rider, in just her second year out of walk-and-trot.

Pure Country and Lexie Flint were definitely on the same page in the AHHS Road Pony Under Saddle Medallion, taking top honors for Dr. Robert and Melissa Flint and the Majestic Oaks crew. The only time they have been beaten together came in their very first show, Louisville 2010. Since then, it has been 16 in a row, including this very class a year ago and two trips to the winner’s circle at Louisville. Ariella Silber rode to reserve with Tachycardia for Kourt jester Morgans. They are directed by Cater Stables. Tachycardia was the 2010 AHHS Road Pony Under Saddle Medallion National Champion.

Country Pleasure Champions at Pro-Am and Blowing Rock, CH Uncut Jewel and Jenn Katko were winners in Section One of Adult Country Pleasure. Don Judd and Maria Gilman joined them in the winner’s circle as winning trainers. Uncut Jewel is by Unlisted and out of Blue Sapphire. This was their first time showing together on the Red Mile. CH Pierre Cardin and Beth Bidon earned reserve honors here for Barbara Hendrickson and trainer Nelson Green. They were also reserve in the Country Pleasure Championship at Shelby County Fair last month and in their Rock Creek qualifier. Brittany Baird and Kabu were third for MBA Equestrians and Knollwood Farms.

Todd Graham directed the victory pass in Section Two, as CH Callaway’s Summer Solstice and Carissa Marshall put on a phenomenal show from start to finish to win the unanimous blue. An entry of Tannehill Farms, Summer Solstice was the Country Pleasure Champion at River Ridge and the Reserve National Champion last year at the Royal. Summer Solstice is a full brother to the great CH Callaway’s Sugarplum. Karen Thompson and Juicy Fruit are in their third season together. They had one of their best rides to date, taking reserve honors under the guidance of Keith Harger. Juicy Fruit is by Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man and out of Carmelita Santana. Tell Me More and Paula Hildebrand were third here for trainer Kent Swalla.

From a nice field of 11, Taylor Newton emerged as the winner aboard CH-EQ A Sweet Sensation. Directed as always by Shelley Fisher, Taylor showed here for the first time in 2005, winning the Walk-and-Trot Equitation Championship and qualifier. In 16 classes on the Red Mile, Taylor has now won 12 times, finishing reserve four times. That is a phenomenal record of success. Caroline Moeller had a great ride in reserve aboard He’s My Beau, taking the red ribbon back to DeLovely. This is Caroline’s 16-year-old season. Jessica Wuesthofen and CH Can You Hear Me Now earned third, also for DeLovely.

In Western Country Pleasure, it was another unanimous victory, this time for The Sugar Shaq and Malissa Welke. An entry of Suzanne Bradshaw, trained by Randy Cates, Sugar Shaq was the Western Champion at Rock Creek with Suzanne’s granddaughter, Lindsay Sowell. Malissa will of course be remembered for her rides aboard CH He Walks On Water. Chattanooga/Cleveland’s Western Champion, Lakota Medicine Man, was reserve here with Lauren Ashe riding for Debra Hultquist. Kristen Bagdasarian trains this tandem.

Reserve here a year ago in the Junior Pleasure Equitation Championship, Maison Boyle was the unanimous winner of the 13-and-Under Pleasure Equitation qualifier today with The Millenium Man. Directed by Reese and Erin Richey, two veterans of the equitation battles, she was also the UPHA Junior Pleasure Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion last season. With a history of World’s Championship honors to her credit, Clara McCool was reserve today with CH Callaway’s Royal Request. Instructed by Kristen and David Cater, Clara looked cool as could be in the late morning sun. Emily Winchell was third for Zubrod Stables. 

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