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Things got crackin’ right off the bat in the first division of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited, as Undulata’s Nutcracker produced the first and second place entries yet again. Another interesting note in this one, both the World’s Champion and Reserve World’s Champion mares were trained for much of their show careers by Jan Lukens. Melinda Moore rode to the winner’s circle first on Friday morning with Vienna Waltz for Joellen Fisher Blount. By Nutcracker, Vienna Waltz is out of Joellen’s grand harness mare, Tornaado’s Tidal Wave, by (SA) Tornaado. Dark chestnut with a white stripe, Vienna Waltz was a World’s Champion here in her debut. By Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Margaret Biggs grand show mare CH Kiss For Luck, Nutty By Nature was reserve. Clearly a young lady who spent her teen years in the ‘90s, Margaret Biggs is the owner, breeder and namer of this young star. Jan Lukens was aboard for the reserve win. Be Careful In Vegas finished third with a sporty and punched up performance for Emily Lee and owner Golden Creek Farms. By Northern Vegas, she is out of Careless Heiress, by Supreme Heir.

"The first Creekmore to win a Championship here and it’s the littlest one!" exclaimed proud mom Susan Creekmore through tears of joy as she greeted daughter Ashley Creekmore and Something Is In The Heir after their 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot World’s Championship performance. Trained by Andy and Lynda Freseth, Ashley Creekmore took her second round of honor on the week, taking top honors here on Friday morning. With wins at Bonnie Blue, Tanbark, Midwest, and Blue Ridge on the year, they saved their best for the biggest stage. Cashlyn Lovell’s trademark smile got even bigger as she was called out as Reserve World’s Champion of Champions with Aces And Eights. Taking her best ever Louisville ribbon back to the Cash Lovell Stables banner, Cashlyn looked up to her cheering section as she was leaving the ring, likely noting the glittering sign that they had made in support of her Louisville rides. Harriet Townsend finished in third, with Ava Stachowski having one of her best ever rides in fourth.

Owned and bred by a truly "California cool" lady, Sandra Surber, Palisades Margarita was the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Champion of Champions with Shannon Ella at the lines. Reserve in the qualifier, Margarita is just a three-year-old, making her the second young pony in a row to win this title. Last year, it was a junior pony, Heartland Showboat, taking top honors. Shannon Ella looked lovely as always in a military-inspired white outfit. Garrett Weiler’s cheering section was thrilled with his Reserve World’s Championship at the lines of Honest Impression, an entry of mom Amy Weiler. They made one of their best drives together to earn this title. Qualifier winner Pacifico’s Standing Ovation finished third today with Zach Meyer once again driving for the Brown/Anderson Farms. Mollie Kregor and Twin Willow’s Logan S were fourth for the Kathy Capsuto Trust.

They certainly can’t say they came out of nowhere anymore, but it was still A Cinderella Story in the Pleasure Driving division, as CH A Cinderella Story and Karrie Graham drove back to Lowry Stables as the World’s Champion of Champions. Co-owner and about the most supportive husband a girl could ask for, Dwaine Kinderknecht watched them parade down victory lane with a huge smile on his face, knowing full well all of the hard work that went into this moment. Undefeated on the year, the Lexington and Midwest Champions continued their fairytale story here on the green shavings. From this parade of champions came CH Callaway’s Halley’s Comet in reserve, with Christine Broder driving for Split Decision LLC. Twice a World’s Champion in 2009, including this very class, they made a great comeback drive under the direction of Hoppy Bennett. Next up was CH Just Special with Katherine Rainbolt making the great drive for third for the Rainbow Princess Farms. Section Two winners CH Candle Dan and Jayne Romano were fourth, under the direction of Jan Lukens.

In the older division of Walk-and-Trot, the 9-10-year-olds battled it out for the tri-color. There are few riders who can claim to be undefeated in Freedom Hall, but Maisie Benfield is one of them. Under the direction of Cindy Boel, Maisie was the World’s Champion of Champions for the second year in a row. She was the 8-and-Under Champion a year ago. Silky smooth and picture perfect in the saddle, Maisie was the 9-Year-Old World’s Champion on Wednesday morning. The 10-Year-Old World’s Champion, Joanna Ricci, earned the title of Reserve World’s Champion of Champions today. Directed by Jessie and Mike Richardson, they were Lexington Champions last month. Teamed with Callaway’s Coraleen, Joanna continues to grow as a rider in her final walk-and-trot campaign. A World’s Champion a year ago, Payton Walker was third today. She was reserve in her qualifier this week. This was her second year in a row finishing third in her Championship. She is in her 9-year-old season.

It was a second World’s Champion on the day for Molligny Don’t Worry Be Happy, as She’s Gone drove to the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving World’s Championship with Alexa McWilliams at the lines for Tri-Color Saddlebreds. Pat McConnell headed up the victory pass for fellow UK fan buddy Clark Clouse, as Clark was getting a pair of two-year-olds ready for the upcoming classes. Bold, blonde and beautiful, She’s Gone was gone with the tri-color and blanket of flowers in this one. Two-time defending Champion in this class, CH May Issue finished as the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions today with Rose Marie Wheeler driving for Chestnut Dream LLC and the Crumpler Stables team. Alicia Silverstone and Ashley Baird were third for MBA Equestrians.

A royally bred young filly, Crystal’s American Idol was the World’s Champion in the second section of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited. Johanna Kapioltas rode the winner for Janet Kellett, as Hoppy Bennett headed up the victory pass, including throwing the Kentucky State Fair Winner hat up into the air. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, she is out of CH Crystal Illusion, a World’s Champion harness mare. Her second dam is CH Crystal Vision, also a World’s Champion. She is a full sister to two-time World’s Champion Alde-Mar’s Crystal Pistol. First Class Blue earned the reserve title with Mike Felty riding for Jackie Wahrmund. By CF First Night Out, First Class Blue is a black filly out of Blue’s Clues, a Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare Reserve World’s Champion. Undulata’s Sweet Temptation showed promise of good things to come in third for Clark Clouse and Robert and Kim Grom. This filly is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Amber And Blue, by Callaway’s Blue Norther. Harlem’s Lotta Love, a filly by Harlem Globetrotter, was fourth with Daniel Lockhart up for Joan Hamilton, while Soho Nice, yet another filly, this one by Dorian Warriors Song, was fifth for Annalize VanderWalt and Singing Hills Stables. It was a sweep of the top five spots for the young lady horses in this one.

Another Tre Lee-trained entry by Northern Vegas, A Night In Vegas was the winner of the third and final split of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited. Wearing his bridle like all of Tre Lee’s horses do, Night In Vegas marched and strutted to a blue ribbon for Ike Boutwell and Tammy DeVore. Out of Sultan’s Lady’s Night Out by CF First Night Out, her bottom line contains Broodmare Hall of Famer after Broodmare Hall of Famer as it is traced back. First And Foremost and Peter Cowart finished reserve for Dr. Kim Blackwell. Another by CF First Night Out, First And Foremost is out of Rare Southern Grace, by Rare Sensation. Rachel Zoe took the yellow ribbon for third. Walden Bullard was aboard for Georgia Herpin Baker. Rachel Zoe is by Ocean’s Roar and out of Carefulleigh, by CH Caramac.

Putting on a show in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship, Catherine Wheeler scored her third World’s Championship of the week and first ever blanket of flowers, taking the tri-color aboard Desert Supreme Kid. The Mercer Springs crew put this team together just a short time ago. Their second show together? Louisville. It didn’t matter that they were short on experience together, because Catherine rode the hair off of the Desert’s Supreme Memories son. Watching her come head on down the rail at the rack, you could see Catherine digging in and pushing her teammate on to the blue ribbon. Speaking of not much experience together, Just Heavenly and Drew Taylor Hewitt made their show ring debut together here in Freedom Hall, earning a second reserve on the week for Bullet Concrete Material. If you have to pick a catch rider, might as well select the one that won it the year before. This was Just Heavenly’s fifth Reserve World’s Championship, having taken reserve twice as a young horse and once a year ago in Adult Five-Gaited Pleasure. Last year’s Champion with "DT" aboard, CH Sunken Treasure finished third for Stephanie Brackett. Owned by Steve and Peggy Brackett, Sunken Treasure is trained by High Caliber Stables. They were reserve in their split of the qualifier and had a great go today for the yellow streamers. Third in this class in 2009, Mojo and Megan Bush Barrett finished fourth today.

In what might be an unprecedented achievement, the McGinnis sisters earned both Saddle Seat Equitation World’s Championships, as Courtney McGinnis topped a great field of contenders to win the Junior Equitation World’s Championship by a unanimous decision. Courtney has met her match in The Kiss Of The Zodiac, as her career has just taken off in 2010. Undefeated on the season, she was the Lexington Champion as well under the direction of DeLovely Farm. Making it 12 for 12 on the year, she looks primed and ready heading into Finals season. Craig and Bonnie McGinnis were the proud World’s Champion parents of these two talented young ladies. Brittany McGinnis presented the trophy to her World’s Champion sister. Reserve in his qualifier on Tuesday, Gavin Gagnon executed the pattern, a similar in design to the Senior pattern, to secure the title of Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in his final year as a Junior rider. He was also the Reserve Champion at Junior League under the Fairfield South banner. Also trained by the Garones, Kailin Elizabeth Baechle was third after winning her age group for the second year in a row. Also an age group World’s Champion, Clara McCool was fourth for the Cater Stables team. She had to avoid traffic problems… during her workout… to earn the white streamers in her first year out of walk-and-trot.

Another sibling act came in the first split of Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding. Night Tide and Gary Guz were the winners here for Joellen Fisher Blount, also the owner and breeder of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Champion Vienna Waltz. Now here’s the kicker: they are full brother and sister. They are the same age. Obviously an embryo transfer, Night Tide is also by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Tornaado’s Tidal Wave. The embryo business was already strong, but now it might be booming, as Tidal Wave qualified today for the Broodmare Hall of Fame, producing her third World’s Champion out of four offspring. That’s not a bad percentage. She is also the dam of 2009 Weanling Breeders Open World’s Champion Sir Clarence Ronald. Pedro Martinez had his fastball working today with Roger Jenne to take the reserve honors for Anne Neil. By the CF First Night Out son, CF Rare Night Out, Roger Jenne is out of Dreamette. Fright Knight finished third with Jim Stachowski driving in that floating, lilting style for Elvin Berkheimer. By Castle Bravo, Fright Knight is out of She’s Real Bad, a wonderful World’s Champion mare in harness. Todd Graham finished fourth with A Day In The Park, a Callaway’s Guy Park product owned by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curry.

Organist Gene Wright may not have this song in his repertoire, but I Shot The Sheriff has a World’s Championship performance to add to his, as he and Andre van Schalwyk drove to the winner’s circle for Mike Hylton and Tom Allebaugh. By the Roseridge Heir son, Roseridge Deputy, I Shot The Sheriff is out of Dreamin’ On A Star, her only offspring. Owned and bred by A.E. Nelson, Kona Joe was reserve with Martin Teater driving. By Promise Keeper and out of Callaway’s Pretty Paige, by Callaway’s Blue Norther, Kona Joe was headed up by Ryan Teater in the line. Costa Nostra was third with Lisa Byrd for Fish N Fun Farm. By The Harlem Renaissance, this black colt is out of The Golden Bough, by The Irish Connection.

Fourteen years young and still electrifying the crowd, the great spotted mare, CH Sprinkles, put on a scintillating show with Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes to claim a back to back World’s Champion of Champions title in the 13-and-Under Five-Gaited division. They were absolutely flying at the rack, as the crowd couldn’t get enough of this special team from DeLovely. Heirrison Ford was all set to push the Champion every step of the way with Morgan Billig up for Carson Kressley. The top two entries made a stride for stride pass coming into the lineup, Sprinkles on the rail side of the three ringmasters and Heirrison Ford on the judges’ stand side of them that sent those in attendance into a tizzy. It was a fantastic way to cap off this great class. Morgan and Heirrison Ford received their due round of applause as Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. Kalarama’s Lady Bancroft and Alexis Landreth, reserve in the qualifier, were third here for Equestrian Investments of Tennessee. What’s Your Daddy and Tanner Parham were fourth for Steven Myers.

The judges were ready to call for a workout after the first trot in 21-horse Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. They went with their usual group of 10, a good number from such a big field. Remaining in the ring were CH French Silk Stockings and Debbie Tomin, CH Lightin’ Lil and Nicolle Beltz Tolliver, Kalarama’s Twister and Cindy Carcione, Be Advised and Susan Creekmore, Got No Shame and Kelly Williamson, iTunes with Joan Cantrell, Imagine My Surprise and Ashley Wilson, CH Sultan’s Zorba and Margaret Biggs, Harley Rally and Elisabeth Goth, and Breathe with Alexa Noble. With these 10 back on the rail, they got down to work and put together another round of strong work. Cindy Carcione and Kalarama’s Twister were strong all four ways of the ring to take the tri-color back to Biggins Stable. John and Renee Biggins made the long run to the winner’s circle once again on this successful week for the familiar green stall curtains. Reserve in their qualifier, Carcione and Twister were the unanimous choice as World’s Champion of Champions. Reserve in this class for the second time in the last three years, CH French Silk Stockings and Debbie Tomin made the trip in from California very worthwhile. Undefeated for the last three years on the West Coast, this team was third in their qualifier. Harley Rally and Elisabeth Goth made another strong performance to take third under the Visser Stables banner. Reserve in the qualifier, their first season together continued in high style. Breathe made some incredible passes during the workout to finish fourth with Alexa Noble. CH Sultan’s Zorba and Margaret Biggs received a nice ovation from the crowd in fifth, while Be Advised and Susan Creekmore were sixth for Thomas R. Brock Jr. Imagine My Surprise and Ashley Wilson finished seventh, while iTunes and Joan Cantrell were eighth for Joan’s Horse Adventure. Joan’s mother, Louise Willoughby, 98 years young, watched from the stands, just as she has all week long. She will be 99 in October. There is a toughness and fighting spirit all along the bottom line of that pedigree.

Charles Gassen made it four for four in Freedom Hall with CH Cappuccino, winning the 13-and-Under Road Pony World’s Championship for the second year in a row. Proud dad and trainer Steve Gassen joined for the victory pass for proud grandma Brenda Kelly. CH Heartland Victory Maker and Alex Ververeli earned a strong reserve for the second time this week for Kathleen and Alex Ververeli and the Kierson Farm team. County Fair Champion a year ago with Mike Richardson, Victory Maker was spot on again here on Friday.

The Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mares saw a field of 11 vying for top honors. Tre Lee continued his fantastic two-day stretch with a win here behind MBA’s Revival Of The Blues. Now owned by Kathy Bagdasarian, Revival Of The Blues is by Revival and out of the royally bred show mare, Crimson Blue. She is by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of one of the great walk-trot mares, CH Stonewall’s Crimson And Clover. Miss Understood became a finalist for today’s "Best Name" contest as the Reserve World’s Champion with Peter Cowart once again picking up the red streamers in reserve. Dr. Kim Blackwell owns this Sir William Robert daughter. She is out of Mountainview’s Truly Amazing, by Mountainview’s Oh Heavenly Day. Bret Day finished third with Edwina, another Sir William Robert product and the second top ribbon winner of the week out of Simbara’s Cara Mia, the World’s Champion daughter of the golden cross of Merchant Prince and Denmark’s Radiant Society. Dena Lopez and Dancing With Me were fourth. This was yet another Sir William Robert filly.

Undefeated in his young career, Heartland News Leader was once again a winner in the Junior Hackney Pony division, earning the World’s Champion of Champions title with Elisabeth Goth at the lines. Directed by Majestic Oaks, this four-year-old is Elisabeth’s entry into the Hackney Pony ranks, having shown Hackney Horses for some time now. Le Marc and Larry Ella were once again reserve for Ella and Boyd. By Mark Of Excellence and out of a Vivid Brass mare, Le Marc looked fine and fixy in reserve.

Undefeated in Freedom Hall together, Alice Rowland and Callaway’s Winning Number got their fourth, fifth and sixth first-place votes of the week in the 13-and-Under Country Pleasure Championship. Winning this class for the second year in a row under the direction of Missy Hughes, Alice and Winning Number worked once again with an extremely hinged headset and high carriage. Always a standout in the ring with the flashy bright chestnut color and flaxen mane and tail, Winning Number is by CH Callaway’s Born To Win and out of Abacus Claudia, by Jamestown. Moving up a place from their 2009 finish, CH Uwharrie’s Patriot Sage and Laura Plant finished as Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. The two-time qualifier World’s Champion is trained by High Caliber Stables, so he comes complete with his own built-in cheering section. The High Caliber bunch surely knows how to get behind it’s team. Garrett Weiler had about the best day of his life here in Freedom Hall. Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship, he was third here with Salt Heir. Trained by Mayo Moctezuma, Salt Heir is owned by Amy Weiler. Garrett stood out as the lone boy in this field full of young lady riders. Callaway’s Big Deal and Elizabeth Wicker rounded out the top four for Linda Thorin Johnson.

Another World’s Champion by Heartland Code Of Honor, Heartland Dressed To Impress was the Junior Road Pony World’s Champion of Champions, with Holli Hayes having a spectacular week at the lines, this time for Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Kolkman. Their pass going down to get their ribbon was about as good as it gets for a road pony. Rich Campbell headed up the Majestic Oaks-trained winner in victory. Mike Tunstall pulled out the stops with Heartland Resplendent to take the Reserve Championship for Gene and Ann Gallmeier. By World’s Grand Champion Heartland High Tech, Resplendent is out of Heartland Unquestionable, by Heartland Head Of The Class.

The dark horse in the Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stake was no dark horse candidate, as if you are ridden by Tre Lee and have Carol Lynn as your dam, you are pretty much required to win this class. It’s just family policy. What an incredible track record this amazing producer has. This is her third Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Champion, all of them ridden by Tre Lee for Golden Creek Farms. First was the great CH According To Lynn, then followed Lynn Williams, and today, it was Another Lynn. They ran out of Lynn names. Black and bold, Another Lynn showed the way today, keeping the family record alive and intact in this class. Tre Lee is fast becoming a huge fan of Northern Vegas, as he is the sire of this one, as well as the third Northern Vegas horse under his banner to score a top ribbon today. Amazingly enough, in the over 100 years of registering colts, the name "The Cat" was never taken. Now it is. As she was the Reserve World’s Champion with Rob Tanner riding for Rob and Jackie Tanner. By (SA) Dorian Warriors Song, she is out of Bewitched Goddess, by Oak Hill’s Dear Sir. Bewitched Goddess was the dam of the great CH Rob Me Blind and a full sister to the Tanners popular Park horse CH Lightning Vision. Late Night Snack made it another top ribbon for CF First Night Out offspring, finishing third with Darell Cruse aboard. The Deep Blue product, He’s In Style, was fourth with Stephanie Sedlacko up for Shadow Run LLC.

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