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Louisville - County Fair Night

Stockings N Stripes LLC got exactly what their name indicates they like when Nutoriously Innocent hit the ground this year. The gorgeous dark chestnut colt has a wide white stripe and three white socks. Darrel Case led him to the first ever first Saturday night win in the ASR Kentucky Weanling Futurity. This year’s first World’s Champion is sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of the grand mare, Angel Innocence. This makes him a full brother to the sporty Nuttin’ Innocent a hinged up bay gelding that has made some great shows this year. Last year’s winning handler, Smith Lilly was the reserve winner tonight with Walterway’s Crack Me Up. Here is another one by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of a top show mare, Walterway’s What About Me, a Reserve World’s Champion herself. Larry Hartsock is the owner and breeder of record. Up and coming stallion Carl Lynn had two in the top five. The first of these was Carl Me Maybe, shown by Gerhardt Roos to a top three finish for Singing Hills Stables, owners of Carl Lynn as well. Sue Worzalla and Alabama Slammer were a good fourth for daughter Sarah Luft. Good friend Scott Matton assisted as the tailer tonight.

Mary Gaylord McClean made it two years in a row as the Kentucky County Fair Harness Pony Grand Champion. Last year it was Last Call as the winning entry, while this year she piloted Go Daddy to the tricolor for Golden Creek Farms. Tom Lowry and Jeff McClean started the week off right, heading up the round of honor for the Lexington winner. Michigan’s Striking Image and Randy Harper finished reserve in this four-entry class for Ed and Candi Aversenti. Former owner Dr. Chip Pugh was the Reserve World’s Champion with Striking Image the last two years in Amateur Gentlemen’s Harness Pony.

The Kentucky Riders Equitation class moved out of its spot on Thursday morning and took a place in primetime on Saturday night. There was plenty of noise in this nine-entry class, with Maisie Benfield winning it for the fifth straight year. Cindy Boel and Renee Philpott headed up the winning ride for Zubrod Stables. Teamed with Size Me Up once again this year, Maisie continued her undefeated run in this event. She has won it every year since moving up to the cantering ranks in 2011. Anna Dearen is fresh off double victory passes at the Illinois State Fair. She was the reserve winner in this one. Anna also took two winning rides at Shelby County Fair this year. Kaley Arterburn was up for third, while the popular Faith Brickzen got a nice sendoff in fourth.

The exquisitely beautiful Samuri Lady never wants the class to end. She kept putting on a horse show all the way to the winner’s circle to win the Kentucky County Fair Fine Harness Grand Championship with Peter Palmer. Melinda Moore assisted with the victory pass for new owner Annika Bruggeworth. Breeder Carl T. Fischer Jr. owned the Samur and Constantina daughter up through her Fine Harness Mare win at Lexington. The pretty black gelding, True Fortune, earned the reserve honors. Jimmy Robertson highlined it down the rails for Frank and Iris James. True Fortune is by Mountainview’s Heir To Fortune and out of Truly In Style. Bret Day and Tory Burch were up next in third for Ghareeb Equine Investments.

Worthy Sir and Johanna Kapioltas were the happy winners of the Kentucky County Fair Three-Gaited Grand Championship. Wyatt DeHart joined in the winner’s circle, as Johanna rode her son of Sir William Robert and Worthy Summer, by Worthy Son. They were reserve champions at Shelbyville earlier this year. Manipulating The Stars and Clark Clouse were reserve in this one for Harold Denton Jr. VHF The Licorice Drop Kid is the sire of this black gelding. Out of Halle Berry, he was a 13-and-Under Three-Gaited World’s Champion last year. Battlefield and Cindy Siders were a popular third for Carl T. Fischer Jr. Roselane’s Dancing For Dollars and Stephanie Sedlacko Brannan were fourth for Bill and Emily Semans.

It was a unanimous win for The Lone Ranger and Tom Lowry in the Kentucky County Fair Road Pony Grand Championship. Golden Creek Farms picked up their second County Fair Grand Championship of the night here. Last year’s UPHA Road Pony Classic National Champion has been a star on the county fair tour this year for Golden Creek. He is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of Stargazer’s Glitter LF. Kayla Kring wore the Majestic Oaks silks in reserve with Romeo’s Highlander LF. The entry of Elisabeth Goth is by Romeo LF and out of a Dun-Haven Regal Attraction mare. Romeo’s Kristy Lee LF and Ali DeGray continued the parade from the Light Farms breeding program in third for Helen Rich and Majestic Oaks.

Black was the color of choice in the ASR Kentucky Yearling Futurity, as three of the top four were that pretty color. The best of the group belonged to handlers Mitchell and Vicky Clark. Ridgefield’s Black Velvet put on a whale of a horse show tonight to take top honors. Black Velvet is a gelding out of She’s Mighty Mighty, a Periaptor mare. Mighty Mighty is out of the grand walk-trot mare, Caraway. Black Velvet’s sire is another product of the Clarks’ breeding program, Ridgefield’s Signature. He is by I’m A New Yorker and out of Signature, by Penny’s Superior Stonewall. Search our database, and you will find one other time that Mitch showed an in hand horse in this millennium, but when you’ve got one like this, it’s time to play horse show. With a great name as the Reserve World’s Champion, Awesome At This represented Blythewood Farms. This is another top young horse by At Night. He is out of Desert’s Awesome Lover, a mare with Mountain Highland Memories on the top and bottom of her pedigree, originally from the program of Walter Bush and now part of Elisabeth Goth’s broodmare band. Ramon Gomez was part of the team at the helm of this one. Last year’s ASR Kentucky Weanling Futurity World’s Champion, Whassup was third tonight with Smith Lilly for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Up At Night and Ramon Gomez also represented Blythewood and At Night in fourth.

The county fair tricolors came out again for the Kentucky County Fair Roadster to Bike Grand Championship. Gerhardt Roos doffed his cap to the crowd as he headed to the winner’s circle with Street Legal GRS. An entry of Dr. Chip Pugh, Street legal has three times been the reserve winner in this class, stepping up that final notch tonight for the blanket of red carnations and the tricolor of choice. Martin Teater sped off with the reserve honors at the lines of Chanteur PV for Melody Adler. This was the first time all year for this team to leave with anything but the top prize. They were champions at Lexington just last month. Indian Outlaw represented the Dutch Harness Horses in third with Lionel Ferreira driving for Flecia Fairey. Pete Fenton noted that Jimmy Robertson and Kitty Wells were the highest placing entry with one tire remaining.

Maureen Campbell made her first Louisville drive with Seamair Simply Awesome, winning the Kentucky County Fair Hackney Pony Grand Championship for Charlotte Wrather. By Dun-Haven Truly Awesome and out of Heartland Simplicity, Simply Awesome is now a winner of a cool dozen classes here in Freedom Hall. Reserve for the fourth time on these green shavings, Senator took that prize with Tom Lowry tonight for Golden Creek Farms. He was the Junior Hackney Pony Reserve World’s Champion of Champions two years ago here.

Annika Bruggeworth’s first night in Freedom Hall couldn’t have gone much better. Already the winning owner of the County Fair Fine Harness Grand Champion, she added the Kentucky County Fair Five-Gaited Grand Championship to her tally with Sabotage and Melinda Moore. By Castle Bravo and out of The Small Town Blues, Sabotage was the unanimous winner of the Five-Gaited Stake at Lexington last month. Gerhardt Roos finished out a great night with a reserve championship here. He rode Rhythm & Romance to this prize for Fish Creek Stables. By I’m A New Yorker, Rhythm & Romance is out of The Big Blonde, by CH Man On The Town. Brittany McGinnis was second with this horse at Lexington. Power Point and Wyatt DeHart were third for Horizon Saddlebreds, while CH Attache’s Crown Royal gave Annika Bruggeworth first and fourth in this class. Kelly Lockhart made the good ride aboard Crown Royal. 

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