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Louisville - Friday Daytime

The Friday morning session got people out of bed early, as the Two Year Old Three-Gaited class was scheduled for the first class of the 9 am session. The class was split, with the first section featuring the unset tail entries, now showing in snaffle bridles. John Biggins is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the Two Year Old Three Gaited ranks, and this year was no exception. He had Steel The Dance marching crisply down the rail to take the blue. This General Steel filly is out of a CH Will Shriver x Status Symbol mare. Dr. and Mrs. Homer Beltz own this one. Bret Day had the second-place entry looking good for his wife, Susi. Treetop Flyer is by Time To Be King, a son of CH The King Of Highpoint. The bright chestnut colt is out of a Stonewall’s Main Event mare.

In the Eight and Under Walk and Trot division, it was again a battle between Molly Codeanne and Macey Joan Miles. The two truly gifted riders stepped it up a notch for the championship round, both riding even harder to earn the tri-color. After the dust settled, the DeLovely domination of the equitation division continued, as Macey Joan Miles again won the top spot. The petite and beautiful rider rode the wonderful mare, CH Callaway’s Coraleen, with Missy Hughes heading her. Reserve honors went to Fairfield South’s Molly Codeanne aboard Platinum Asset. Both riders are impeccably bred, with World’s and National Championships in their pedigrees. Rounding out the top three was the Crumpler-trained entry, Rose Marie Wheeler, aboard Simbara’s Cara Mia.

Majestic Oaks continued to flex their pony power in the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship. Megan Todd had the winning drive today at the lines of Lady Juliet for Frank and Iris James. Lady Juliet is by Romeo LF. Cherry Royale and Caroline Rainbolt Forbes were Reserve World’s Champions for Rainbow Princess Farms. Cherry Royale was the World’s Champion of Champions last year. Motown and Will Mayo finished third.

The first Harlem Globetrotter cross with the World’s Champion-producing machine, Mahvalous Day, earned yet another title for the amazing dam. Mahvalous Knight is a jet black colt with flash, presence, and quality to spare. Chantel Coetzee made an impressive ride for Tom and Patty McLellan, keeping the amazing young horse on his feet and moving forward, squatting down and strutting down the rail. Coetzee also won a Two Year Old Three-Gaited class in 2006 with Brookhill’s The Lady Commands. Among the great horses out of Mahvalous Day are CH Mahvalous Asset, CH Callaway’s Halley’s Comet, and CH The Last Straw. This filly looks ready to carry on the family tradition. The Harlem Globetrotter son, Harlem Globemaster, produced the red ribbon winner, Sudoku. Sudoku is out of the Perwiens’ great show mare, Xuxa, by CH Shoobop Shoobop. Sandra Currier did the honors for Bluebonnet Farm. Continuing the dominating performance by the lady riders, Renee Zubrod rode Whole Lotta Love to third. Whole Lotta Love is by Designed. Odeon and Ashley Walker were fourth to complete the ladies sweep.

Making a comeback drive to move up a spot from the qualifier, Michele Macfarlane had Doctor Zhivago dialed in, making a strong performance that was made even stronger by Macfarlane’s ringmanship. Doctor Zhivago is by RA Hot Every Nite and out of a Cappuccino Royale mare. Macfarlane wore all black, matching the black and white Doctor Zhivago. CH Candle Dan, last year’s World’s Champion of Champions, was undefeated in Pleasure Driving coming into this class. He and Jayne Romano finished as the Reserve World’s Champions, receiving a well-deserved round of applause from the Freedom Hall crowd. CH Shot With Glory and Elizabeth James Lipscomb were third, after winning their qualifier. Fourth in the class was Tamarack’s Lights Out, with Anna Marie Knipp. Lights Out was a qualifier winner last year.

Aleia Brown put in another grand performance to top the 9-10 Year Old Walk and Trot Championship by a unanimous choice of the judges aboard Something Is In The Heir, better known as “Nemo.” The hardworking, strong little rider is trained by Cape Cod. Reserve honors went to Kaitlyn Creekmore. The tough rider rode strong, even with two broken toes, taking the Reserve World’s Championship aboard Imagination Station under the direction of Lynda Freseth. Madison Peyton Miller put in a good show to round out the top three under the direction of Chris Reiser and Ryan Stodd.

Rose Marie Wheeler made her second appearance of the morning, this time earning the tri-color in the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving Championship with CH May Issue. May Issue is by CH The King Of Highpoint and out of a Sultan’s Santana mare. They were reserve in the qualifier. Lyndi Skinner wore a sort of feather tiara behind her partner, CH Showboat’s Casino. Moving up from third in the qualifier, they took home the Reserve World’s Championship.

Sir William Robert had the cream of the two year old crop in HS Daydream’s Believe In Me, the Two Year Old Three-Gaited World’s Champion with Walden Bullard aboard. Owned and bred by Hagan Saddlebreds, Believe In Me is out of A Daydream Believer. A star in harness and a World’s Champion Park Mare with Steve Wheeler, Daydream Believer is by Attache’s Born Believer and out of Dream A Dream, a Broodmare Hall of Famer. Daydream Believer is also the dam of Castledream as well as two other two-year-old full siblings to Believe In Me. Honky Tonky picked up the reserve ribbon in this one, with John McKeown aboard for Carl T. Fischer Jr. and Linda Faerber. A pretty chestnut filly, Honky Tonky is by The Spanish Tango, a son of Arborlane Tangos Wee Pee (SA). She is out of Sultan’s Spanish Lace, a full sister to Supreme Heir. Honky Tonky is out of an Adriatic mare. Guy From Vegas and Bille Rae Graham were third for Mr.and Mrs. Michael Curry, while Brookhill’s Night Shift and Melissa Moore were fourth for the Watson Group and Aurora Farms.

Tyler DeVore brought home the tri-color for the boy riders in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship, repeating his qualifier win with Believe Her for Sherry Brownlee and Mallory Greaves. The eight year old mare is by Attache’s Born Believer. She won this class in 2006 with Mallory Greaves aboard. Tyler doffed his hat to the crowd as he racked out of the ring. She’s Gone Blonde and Callie Smith were reserve, also repeating their qualifier placing. Midwest Charity Champion Cool Down Papa was third with Angela Darrow showing for Kathryne Stief.

Another hat-doffing performance followed, as Tre Lee rode Call Me Regal to the World’s Championship in the fourth and final section of Two Year Old Three-Gaited. Owned and bred by Belle Reve, Call Me Regal looks like a “Mini Me” of his sire, CH Call Me Ringo. Lee has brought that fantastic Ringo park trot out of this young star. Call Me Regal is out of New York’s Crown Jewel, by I’m A New Yorker. With those bloodlines, this colt couldn’t help but have a hugely athletic and animated park trot. He was a sight, and the Friday morning crowd let him hear their approval with a big ovation as he made his way down victory lane. Chantel Coetzee returned in this section with another phenomenal entry, Kalarama’s Blue Shamrock. Blue Shamrock is by Blue O’Shea, the sire of Lexington Amateur Three-Gaited Champion Juliette’s Deja Blue. The filly is out of a CH Caramac mare, Callaway’s Shamrock. Two entries that made you listen twice to their names, Can You Heir Me Now and Brava Blue, were third and fourth with Elizabeth McLemore and Mike Felty riding. Hallston Manor owns Can You Heir Me Now, and Jackie Wahrmund owns Brava Blue. Both of their almost namesakes, Can You Hear Me Now and Bravo Blue, were winners here earlier in the week.

The first division of Road Pony Under Saddle saw Tayler Rhinehart and Mastercraft’s Guess Who LF race off with the blue. Junior Road Pony Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in 2004 with Larry Bacon, Guess Who was all revved up for the blue. Morgan Brison was up for the Section One red with Rolls Royce, up a spot from their third-place finish last year.

With a full ring of the best the Show Pleasure division has to offer, the judges called the Adult Show Pleasure Championship very quickly, with a necessary workout in mind from the get go. From 23 entries, 10 were selected to remain in the ring: CH My Southern Charm with Brooke Jacobs, CH A Chance To Dance with Marie Gwinn, CH French Silk Stockings with Debbie Tomin, Sultan’s Zorba (SA) with Margaret E. Biggs, Unanimous Consent with Elizabeth Coup, CH Lightin’ Lil with Nicolle Beltz Tolliver, CH Teuschers with Travis Van Zetten, Unlisted Number with Kimberly Hayes, CH Undulata’s Jimmy Hollywood with Careen DuBuc, and Thundersnow with Erin Obenauf. How many blue ribbons and tri-colors are represented by that group of horses? It has to be well into the hundreds. World’s Championships alone would be in double digits. With the traffic clear, these 10 horses and riders really went for it, showing for the tri-color. Surviving a broken underpass, Travis Van Zetten put on a show with CH Teuschers, staying out of trouble in the first round and making a great performance in the workout to take the tri-color and World’s Champion title under the Hollow Haven banner. Last year’s World’s Champion of Champions, CH French Silk Stockings saved her best for last, as Debbie Tomin really had the Supreme Heir mare rocking in the second round, finishing as the Reserve World’s Champion. Qualifier winners Thundersnow and Erin Obenauf were third, while Sultan’s Zorba (SA) and Margaret E. Biggs were fourth. CH Lightnin’ Lil and Nicolle Beltz Tolliver were fifth, with CH Undulata’s Jimmy Hollywood and Careen DuBuc in sixth. Unlisted Number and Kim Hayes finished seventh for Neartown Animal Clinic, and Unanimous Consent was eighth for Elizabeth Coup. All in all, the division showed the intelligence of users, as they selected this as the most competitive division coming into the show.

“Tonto” was terrific once again for Hunter Chancellor. The white-faced qualifier winner has a way of bending his neck and tucking his chin to his chest while raising up in the bridle and moving on down the rail that makes him nearly impossible to beat. Combining that with Hunter’s ability to work him and use him as she wants and Platinum’s New Look is this year’s 13 and Under Five-Gaited World’s Champion. What a job the DeLovely team has done with this horse, taking him from Ladies World’s Champion Gelding and third in the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship last year to safe and usable for a 13 and under rider, albeit a phenomenally gifted one. Camille Cowart put it all together with Captain Roseridge to take the red ribbon. Just a six year old, Captain Roseridge was a Reserve World’s Champion as a three year old with Mike Felty. He is by Roseridge Heir and out of a Worthy Son mare, obviously a product of the Tabors’ breeding program. This will be a team to watch as they continue to get better together. Callaway’s Exception To The Rule and Maya Manilow finished in third. Exception To The Rule was a qualifier winner in the pony division last year. Nick Neviaser had his grand campaigner CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket looking fancy in fourth.

Robert William does not leave much question as to who his sire is. He made Sir William Robert proud in the first section of Two Year Old Fine Harness Stallions and Geldings, taking the unanimous last pass with Bret Day for Keith and Sally Kurz. Robert William is the pride and joy of Grey Ridge assistant trainer Trey Soard, who was heading the chocolate brown colt with the pretty blaze. Soard did a little dance with a fist pump involved as he ran down to the winner’s circle. Another top entry with a fantastic future, Platinum Moon was reserve with Daniel Lockhart driving for Joan Hamilton. Platinum Moon is by Periaptor and out of a Harlem Globetrotter mare, Harlem’s Moondance, making him a full brother to Gone Platinum. Upstate Agent and Smith Lilly were third for Victoria McDonald, while Just Out Of Reach and Todd Graham were fourth for Melvin Blankenship.

Dun-Haven Grandiose and Kirstie Buerkley are well on their way to greatness in the Junior Exhibitor Road Pony ranks. Undefeated together, they put on another stellar show to take the 13 and Under Road Pony World’s Championship back to Majestic Oaks. Grandiose continues to get better and better with age, and Buerkley gets after the little dynamo, getting his best performance every time they hit the ring. Cappuccino and Tanner Parham got a nice ovation as the Reserve World’s Champions for Brenda Kelly, repeating their reserve title from the qualifier. Tyler Miles was at the lines of Kentucky Hot Brown to pick up third, showing for Holt Oaks Farm.

Chuck Herbert must have a special place in his heart for Designed, producer of his great walk-trot horse of a year ago, Glenview’s Excelalante. Herbert was back in the young horse ranks today with a bay filly by Designed, Designer Chocolate, to earn unanimous top honors in the Two Year Old Fine Harness Mare class for Edward and Thomas Elliott. Designer Chocolate is out of Influential, a cross of Radiant Sultan and CH Buck Rogers bloodlines. Blythewood colt man Pedro Martinez had a Viola Madden baby, Alma Cox, looking beautiful in black in second place. The black filly is by CF First Night Out and is owned by Creekridge LLC. Catalyst Merry Lee and Lewis Meadows were third, though you didn’t need to see the filly’s name to know she was by Catalyst. She is owned by Joseph Crum and Elizabeth Johnson and is out of a CH Albelarm Supremacy mare.

The second section of Road Pony Under Saddle belonged to Majestic Oaks, as Holli McDowell raced to the winner’s circle to greet her entry, Pure Country, with Samantha Johnson aboard. This was a repeat win, as Pure Country and Samantha won their split of this class last year as well. The always popular Jake Butts was reserve with Perfect Offering, also a repeat finish from last year.

Undefeated as a four year old, Heartland Fortune Maker took home the Junior Hackney Pony World’s Championship with Bob Phillips at the lines for Faydelle Schott. Regal’s Lucifer LF and Jeff McClean were Reserve World’s Champions for Golden Creek Farms. Lucifer was the Junior World’s Champion in 2007. These two evenly matched ponies will likely meet many more times as their careers continue.

A part of the Blythewood Farm family since the 1970s as a caretaker and eventually trainer, Pedro Martinez notched his first Fine Harness World’s Championship today, winning section two of the Two Year Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding with Bungalow Eight by a unanimous vote of the judges. The dark bay colt is by A Superb Manhattan, a black stud that the Blythewood team is very high on. He is by The New York Times and features more Yorktown blood on his bottom line through his dam’s sire, Harrods Burg. Bungalow Eight is a big, stretchy colt with a lot of reach. His dam is CF Hot Night Out, by Blythewood’s senior stallion, CF First Night Out. A Daydream Believer had a big day, as all three of her two year olds ribboned during the Friday matinee performance. HS Dignitary, by Sir William Robert and out of A Daydream Believer, was the Reserve World’s Champion for George Knight and Hagan Saddlebreds. Marc Of Charm and Tre Lee were third for Riverdreams LLC, after winning the Two Year Old class at Lexington. Marc Of Charm is by Santana’s Charm.

The petite princesses showed that they meant business from the outset in the 13 and Under Country Pleasure Championship. Mollie Kregor had The Petite Princess working high in the bridle and moving down the rail, avoiding the traffic with style in the big class. They took home their first World’s Championship together in possibly their best performance to date. The great champion, CH CF First Light Of Dawn, another product of the Blythewood breeding program, was the Reserve World’s Champion for Maya Manilow, repeating their tie from 2007. They earned the top spot in the qualifier this year. I’m Dreaming and Hannah Klint had the ride of a lifetime to finish an ecstatic third under the direction of John Willis. At First Sight and Katharina Klumpp were fourth for Jacqueline Manzo.

Andy Freseth has Romeo’s Kristy Lee LF moving high and fast as they progress through their first season together. This pony is owned by Priscilla Gise and earned the blanket of flowers by a unanimous decision in the Junior Road Pony World’s Championship. They were the Four Year Old qualifier winners as well. Kristy Lee is a very refined dark pony with a light way of moving. Josh Greer had been third with both of his young ponies heading into today and said last night that he was going to see if he could do better than third in the Championship. He did just that, moving up a spot with Regal’s Lightning Strike LF, a black pony by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of a Rhythm’s Spirit mare. They took the Reserve World’s Championship title today to complete the Light Farms-bred sweep of the top two spots.

Two very different colts battled each other for the top spot in the Two Year Old Five-Gaited class. Ed Millet with The Mighty Moe and Tre Lee with The King’s Redemption both were making passes laying claim to the blue ribbon. The Mighty Moe is a flashy light chestnut stud colt with a big eye and a wild way of going. He really can wave his legs and move down the rail. He is by Titleist Memory, the Millets’ now-deceased Titleist stallion. Mighty Moe is out of a Harlem Globetrotter x CH Will Shriver mare. He picked up all of the best attributes of his top and bottom lines and put them into one powerful package.

The King’s Redemption is a black colt with a long neck and lots of style. If he was chestnut, one would automatically think of his sire, CH The King Of Highpoint, but the black coloring sets him apart. He is out of Miss Rio Rita, by Show Me Too and out of Carol Lynn, making her a full sister to CH The Tonight Show and of course a half sister to According To Lynn and Lynn Williams. So Miss Rio Rita’s bottom line reads Wing Commander top and bottom, while her top line has Wing Commander on the top line and Flirtation Walk on the bottom. Flirtation Walk of course was the dam of Wing Commander.

After a hotly contested battle, The Mighty Moe had too much power and finish, making his way to the winner’s circle with Ed Millet for Kathy Cummins. The King’s Redemption finished second for Bridget McNeese. It was a great way to wind up the second to last daytime session. The judges managed to keep the show moving along nicely. Even though it seemed like every other class was split, the show was over by 2:00, and the evening session won’t begin until 7:00. Having so many split young horses classes can’t help but say good things about the future of the breed.

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