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Nobody misses the first class on Friday morning if they are true horse show fans. It is the first section of one of the signature events of the week, Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited. It is the class where the future stars come out and shine, where horses like An Heir About Her, Marching Orders and New York’s Perfect Gift made their sensational beginnings. Today was no exception to that rule, as the first group of two-year-old walk-trots delivered and then some.

Perhaps an extra level needs to be added to the Broodmare Hall of Fame, maybe the Broodmare Pantheon? There needs to be a special place for mares like A Daydream Believer. Most would look at the producer of a World’s Grand Champion as a successful broodmare. Daydream Believer wouldn’t stop there. With the advent of embryo transfers, this two-time World’s Champion produced at least three foals a year from 2006 to 2009. And why wouldn’t you try to produce as many replicas of this wonderful mare as possible? She is from a line of grand mares and Broodmare Hall of Famers, look back to Dream A Dream and continue on back to the great Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion Dream Waltz. And lest we forget Dream Waltz’s dam, Flirtation Walk. She did nothing but produce two Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champions, the other, of course, being Wing Commander, the symbol of the gaited division. We can even go back to 1923, to Spelling Bee, yet another Broodmare Hall of Famer and Daydream Believer’s fifth dam. Four of the five carry the “BHF” suffix. Now that our history lesson is over, hopefully you got to see the present. From her group of four 2009 offspring, three were by Sir William Robert and one was by Undulata’s Nutcracker, the first time Daydream Believer was taken to Nutcracker. Two of those were represented in this first section. They took the top two prizes home for Hagan Saddlebreds.

 It was the Nutcracker colt that took top honors, as HS Daydream’s Heads Up was the World’s Champion with Tre Lee aboard. Shown in the open, light style of the Prospect Lane horses, Heads Up was balanced and free as he marched over the green shavings. A beautiful chestnut with a stripe and two hind whites, Heads Up was a sensation. Getting his share of the crowd, HS Daydream’s Celebrity was reserve with Walden Bullard aboard. This one is by Sir William Robert and can put his head and neck in a place that is beyond compare. Big of frame and crawly, Celebrity drops way down on his strong hocks and trots uphill, as is the style of so many of the great George Knight Stables entries. Johanna Kapioltas was a winner in this class a year ago with Crystal’s American Idol. Another from the Undulata string, Undulata’s Secret Rendezvous was third for Jenn Katko and Siege LLC. Stonecroft Spellbound was fourth with Brian Chappell for Stonecroft Farm and their stallion, I’m First.

The  8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot World’s Championship saw Remi Adams and Miss Mheiry Mac send their friends, fans and family into a tizzy. The cheers and screams echoed through cavernous Freedom Hall, as the DeLovely team met their latest equitation World’s Champion in the winner’s circle. Remi began her career in earnest a year ago when she began showing in Academy Walk-and-Trot. Her show debut came at Indy Charity two months ago. She won there. Then she won in Evansville. After a third in the Lexington Championship, she won at Harrodsburg and then swept her classes here at Louisville. This could very well be the start of another amazing career, as Remi’s cousin, Hunter Chancellor, was the Senior Equitation World’s Champion of Champions just last night. Also from a long line of top riders, Harriet Townsend was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. Riding under the Ever Glades direction of Missy Hughes, Harriet was third in this class a year ago in her first year out of Academy. A relative veteran of these ranks, Ashley Creekmore was third here with Something In The Heir. World’s Champion of Champions a year ago, Ashley has been showing at Louisville under the direction of Hollow Haven since her 6-year-old campaign! Tiny and talented, Emily Vicari came in fourth aboard Platinum Asset for Kierson Farm.

Nashville Cat has become even more of a superstar since his switch to the Hackney Pleasure Driving division after Louisville last year. When he was here last, he was Road Pony to Wagon World’s Champion with Lisa McMackin driving for Charlotte Goodman and Lisa McMackin. Lisa is the “dam” of Majestic Oaks top hand, Holli McDowell Hayes. Rose Marie Wheeler is building a resume in her still young career that could set her apart as one of the greatest junior exhibitor drivers to ever grace the show ring. She has now driven to five World’s Championships here and two Reserve World’s Championships. Add to that the fact that two years ago, she took to the road to Oklahoma and showed an entry of Stonecroft Farm, Stonecroft Trillium, to a World Championship there as well! Lest we forget, she is still in 13-and-Under! She is undefeated with this dark pony with the four white socks, as she took Nashville Cat to the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship. The two young men of the pony pleasure driving ranks swapped their qualifier placings, as Zach Meyer moved up a spot from his 2010 place to take Reserve World’s Champion of Champions honors with Pacifico’s Standing Ovation. Standing Ovation was long the partner of Zach’s grandpa, Bob Anderson, one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever have met. Grandpa Bob passed away over this past offseason, and he will be greatly missed by Hollow Haven and the horse show family. Garrett Weiler and Zach Meyer look fairly similar in the pleasure driving cart, but their ponies couldn’t be more different. Where Standing Ovation is long and fine, third-place winner Honest Impression is all sorts of punched up pleasure pony power. His resume from a year ago included Reserve World’s Champion of Champions and Reserve National Champion honors.

Helen Rosburg was listed on the class sheets as the driver of Finest Material for Helen and James Rosburg, hence why announcer Peter Doubleday called her name out all throughout the victory pass! In reality, it was Leslie Bennett that was doing the driving, as you can read in the instant results you’ve been enjoying all week from your friends here at Saddle Horse Report. It was Finest Material taking the tricolor here, directed by Kim and Fran Crumpler. This their sixth win on the season, Leslie and Finest Material had to best a field of the very best here, horses that have been winning all over all year long. The Reserve World’s Champion of Champions was Irresistible Design, as Elizabeth James Lipscomb took the reserve tri-color back to Hollow Haven for Susan and Elizabeth James LLC. This exquisite bay mare is just four years old and has a world of a future in this division. She was winner of her split on Monday as well as the nine classes previous to that. Always turned out to the nines, Elisabeth Goth was third with Buck Be A Lady for the Visser Stables banner. Neil had this one as a Junior Fine Harness Mare Reserve World’s Champion in 2008. By CF First Night Out, she is out of Lady Skybuck.

The 9-Year-Old and 10-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot World’s Champions squared off in the 9-10 World’s Championship, with Scotty Brooks Bruggeworth taking a third Equitation World’s Champion of Champions title on the week back to DeLovely. With his proud parents, Dr. Scott and Annika Bruggeworth, and their good friend Kim Deola cheering him on from the rail, Scotty put his top form on display for a unanimous trip down victory lane. There is something almost regal about the way young Scotty carries himself aboard Viva Flamenca. They are undefeated together this season, and many of those wins have been unanimous, just as this one was. Annika was moved to tears of happiness, as her baby boy made an interesting victory pass. Scotty took one pass and headed out the gate! Lillian Shively was waiting for him to come back around, so Peter Doubleday called him back to the ring. He put on the brakes in the chute and threw it in reverse to return to take his full and fully deserved trip around the ring. DeLovely teammate and veteran Freedom Hall victory pass taker Brittany McGinnis was tickled about Scotty’s unforgettable moment down on the rail. She had been in the winner’s circle to present him with the Brittany Ann McGinnis Perpetual Trophy. Nine-Year-Old World’s Champion Emily Candelaria was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. She rides for Maria Gilman and Don Judd at Judd Stables. She looks like a star in the making, with still another year of 10-and-under competition remaining. This team has really come together nicely throughout the season, culminating with this incredible week on the green shavings. Hallie Ricci had her best ride of the week to pick up a top three finish aboard Callaway’s Coraleen. This is Hallie’s first full year out of Academy. Older sister Joanna was reserve in this class with Coraleen just last year. Payton Lynn Walker earned the white ribbon in fourth with Believe Her for DeVore Stables.

Winner at Lexington in just her second show with the strapping chestnut son of Attache’s Royal Assets and CH Cary’s Moonraker, Ashley Baird was the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving World’s Champion of Champions. She piloted MBA’s Royal Shadow Phax to this tri-color under the direction of AJ Bruwer. The “A” in MBA Equestrians, Ashley fought off hat brim issues to maintain her focus. Tantara’s Battle Of Kings picked up reserve honors here with Hannah Story driving for Marion Story. Reserve in the qualifier as well, this team is directed by Randy Cates. Qualifier winner HV Act Again was third with Mollie Kregor driving for Sally Duggan.

The adult drivers came to the ring for their Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship, with the long and tall Heartland Accolade making a spectacular show, perhaps his best of the year for Kay Marschel and the Majestic Oaks training team. The Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Champion a year ago, Accolade has just kept getting better and better. Since Louisville 2010, he has been to Canada to win twice at the Royal Winter Fair, then Midwest Charity for two more, and two more on top of that at Lexington. By Heartland Code Of Honor, Accolade is a potential superstar for many years to come. Stephany Monteleone matched her placings from a year ago exactly with CH Mastercraft’s Namesake LF. Winner in the qualifier, they were Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. Abel Vega directed this team and headed them up in the line. Winners of an unbelievable seven World’s Championships together, this is the second Reserve World’s Championship for this remarkable duo. A five-time Louisville winner, Early Edition finished third in this loaded class, with Georgia Blevins driving for Blevins Farm. Rodney Hicks helped out the Majestic Oaks team here, heading Georgia up in the lineup. Carissa Marshall and Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven were fourth for the second time this week with a nice go.

The other half of the highly anticipated Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited division saw another Nutcracker win, as Crackerjack Blue and John Biggins took top honors for Dr. and Mrs. David Williams. As close as you can get to a Callaway Hills bred horse without being in Jefferson City, Missouri, Crackerjack Blue is out of a full sister to Callaway’s Sugarplum. Guess who sired the Reserve World’s Champion! Hint: her name is Katie’s Nutcase. Bred and owned by Jan Lukens and shown by John Gregory, this Nutcracker (we know you got it already!) is out of CH Katie Co-Ed. The dark chestnut filly got a lot of support from the crowd in second. Undulata’s Spider Man was third for Tre Lee and owner Patricia Misko. Maybe this one is by a different stallion? Nope. Nutcracker! Soquili’s Manolito finished fourth, as Bob Brison guided the popular entry for Bob and Tonya Brison. Well this one can’t be by Nutcracker, too, can he? Let’s check his pedigree. Nutcracker again. The top four in this class were all sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker. That has got to be some kind of record, because it is practically beyond belief.

Wearing an absolutely fabulous light aqua coat, Catherine Wheeler flipped the placings from the qualifier to be crowned Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions for the second year in a row with CH Desert Supreme Kid. After her reserve finish in the qualifier, Catherine took it to them on the biggest stage, taking the tricolor back to Mercer Springs for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. She worked the ring like her pedigree would suggest she would, making a pleasure perfect performance here on Friday. Winner of the last three rounds of this great rivalry, CH Mojo finished as Reserve World’s Champion of Champions, as Allie Wellington continued what has been the week of her young life in Freedom Hall. Teamed up with Mojo for her final junior exhibitor year, she works out of the West Wind aisle. While Mojo has always enjoyed success on the Red Mile, this week marked his greatest success in Freedom Hall. Cece Hagan’s daughter Alle was in the irons of Callaway’s Heated Debate to place third, a spot up from their qualifier finish. Ashley Bryce has a knack for turning in her best rides in the biggest moments. She picked up fourth with Callaway’s Dream Big for Bryce Heritage Investments and Jack Magill Stables.

It would require some research to determine if any one single training facility has ever won all four Equitation Championships here since the second section of the Walk-and-Trot Championship was added. DeLovely answered that question today in resounding fashion, as Courtney McGinnis was crowned Junior Equitation World’s Champion of Champions for the second year in a row. With her textbook position on full display, Courtney guided CH-EQ Kiss Of The Zodiac through the top notch field and then went on to handle the patternwork with aplomb. What more is there to say about this young lady? She hasn’t been beaten by a junior equitation rider since 2009. She has won 26 times in the past two seasons. Four World’s Championships and a National Championship went along with her NHS Good Hands Reserve National Championship against the older age group. The 11-and-Under World’s Champion still has a couple years left to go in this division, though it feels like she has been showing since birth! This is Macey Joan Miles, who earned the Reserve World’s Championship here. Obviously trained by the DeLovely team, Macey enjoyed good success in the pleasure equitation division a year ago, stepping into the high tail ranks in 2011 and coming on strong all year long. All three of the World’s Champions from the qualifiers for this class finished in the top three here, as Sydney Budzinski was third with Oh What A Feeling for the Knollwood banner. “Big Bud” was 13-and-Under Pleasure Equitation Champion at Lexington prior to her good week here. Aleia Brown is another who seems to have been showing since time immemorial. She took the white ribbon back to Cape Cod.

Kathy Capsuto Walker was thrilled with her winning drive in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding class with Bewitching Lad. She went so far as to post on her Facebook wall, “OMG. !!!!!! WHAT A MORNING. ;)” in all caps! That’s how you know someone is really excited, when it is Facebook official. Kathy bred this son of the up and coming Santana’s Charm stallion, Charmed And Bewitched. This big chestnut colt is out of Harlem’s Irish Lass, by Harlem Globetrotter. Irish Lass has had a heck of a week as a parent, the dam of ASR Yearling Futurity World’s Champion Sir Surreal as well. Bewitching Lad was also a futurity colt, finishing as the Reserve World’s Champion in the ASR Amateur Yearling Futurity last year. With a pair of famous World’s Champion parents, Ringo’s Ya Boy was reserve here with Bret Day driving for Belle Reve Farm. Bret has had himself quite the time in the harness division this week. This colt is by CH Call Me Ringo and out of CH Ya-Ya. He was bred to be a good one. Darrell Case had another phenomenally bred one in third, as Lord Balanchine took the yellow streamers for the Pidgeon Roost Farm. Sired by celebrity stallion Undulata’s Nutcracker, Balanchine is out of one of the finest ladies walk-trot mares of all time, Lady Periana. Brookhill’s Fame came fourth with Melissa Moore for Larry Nunley. He is by the O’Brien family’s heir to Harlem Town, Brookhill’s Apollon.

Gib Marcucci has had a good week here, earning the Junior Hackney Pony World’s Championship today with Pinkerton. Just a three-year-old, Pinkerton is by Dun-Haven Lord Of The Ring and out of a Nabucco mare. Nabucco is making his presence felt here this week as well, as he made a crowd-pleasing performance the other night in the Hackney Pony Stallion/Gelding Stake. Heartland Code Breaker was reserve for the second time this week, as Darrel Kolkman drove to the reserve tri-color for the Heartland Hackney Farm. Another by Heartland Code Of Honor, this one is out of Heartland Just A Star, by Heartland Victory.

It was lucky 13 for CH Sprinkles on Friday, as she and Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes romped down victory lane once again, their third year in a row to take this tricolor round of honor. This was the 13th Louisville win for Sprinkles. The now 15-year-old mare will go down as one of the greatest to grace these green shavings, identified in the two parts of her career, first as a youngster with Michele Macfarlane, and now in her later life with Rainbow Princess Eleanor. Spotted and striking, she will long be remembered by the Freedom Hall faithful. The gorgeous gray Heirrison Ford and Morgan Billig finished reserve on the green shavings for the third straight time. Teamed up under the Kierson Farm banner, Heirrison and Morgan have had the bad horse show luck of coming along at the same time as Sprinkles and Eleanor were in the prime of their career. This star son of Supreme Heir has been a phenomenon since his three-year-old year, and he shows no sign of slowing down for owner Carson Kressley. CH Callaway’s Carnival In Rio and Anna Grace Whitworth capped off their first Louisville together with a yellow ribbon for owner Tammy Whitworth. A crowd pleasing fourth-place finisher, CH Champagne Bob was teamed once again with Wil Rowland for Ever Glades Farm.

George Knight gave excellent direction from the rail, and Melody Adler followed his instruction to a tee, guiding her pride and joy Xanthos to the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure World’s Championship. Technically registered to Melody’s Aurora Farms, Xanthos is by Harlem Superior and out of CH City Lady. He never backed an ear, he never put a foot out of place, and though he exudes show horse attitude, he is extremely usable in the ring, going exactly where Melody asked him to go. The big and bold chestnut was absolutely on fire today for the tricolor honors. Annika Bruggeworth was elated with her Reserve World’s Championship aboard The Mansion. While she was a World’s Champion producer earlier in the session, it was Annika getting to have the fun in this one. Directed by Melinda Moore, The Mansion made his best show of the year at the absolute best time. Sired by Undulata’s Man Of The Hour, The Mansion is a bold-moving dark chestnut gelding. He put it all together this year for Melinda and Annika. Lexington Champion Undulata’s Fashion Plate finished third here with Piper Bordegon riding for Maribelle Granger and trainer Shelley Fisher. Jackie Ware put in yet another top ride for Soquili Stables, guiding Soquili’s Sweet William to fourth.

CH Cappuccino made it three years in a row, but his first with Ashley Creekmore, to win the 13-and-Under Road Pony World’s Championship. Just as cute as can be, this team packs a powerful punch. They were all wired up today for the Hollow Haven banner, taking the tricolor. Cappuccino epitomizes this division, as he never takes a step out of line and fits his driver to a tee. Kirstie Buerkley has been showing and winning in this class for about a decade now, give or take a few years. It simply seems as though she has, since her first time in Freedom Hall was 2007, when she took the great Dun-Haven Grandiose to double wins. Now four year later, Kirstie has collected four World’s Championships and now four Reserve World’s Championships. Today it was Heartland Breaking News driving to that reserve tricolor for owner Kay Marschel and the Majestic Oaks team. Outside The Lines and Jamie Bo Lucas were third for Lucas Equine Services, with Regal’s Special Effort LF and Rose Marie Wheeler in fourth for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

Gerhardt Roos got his first Louisville win in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare class. He drove Lexington winner WS Call Me Catty to the top honors and blue ribbon for David Nierenberg. Sired by Catalyst, Call Me Catty is out of Callaway’s Courtesy Call, by Callaway’s Main Man. It was a good day for the Hagan Saddlebreds breeding program, as HS Baby Steps was reserve with Lionel Ferreira. This filly is now owned by Ashlyn Farms. She is by Sir William Robert and out of I Am The Dream. You didn’t think we’d get through this without mentioning A Daydream Believer again, did you? I Am The Dream is a full sister to the member of our recently invented Broodmare Pantheon. Samuri Lady finished third here with Peter Palmer for Carl T. Fischer Jr., while Holiday Style and Darrell Case were fourth for Cherokee Saddlebreds and Willowbank.

While we described Cappuccino as defining his division, so to does Callaway’s Winning Number. High headed with all sorts of flash, Winning Number has not been beaten in the last two seasons with Alice Rowland aboard. Missy Hughes has put this team together for Ever Glades Farm, and few better teams could possibly exist. They are a perfect match, and Alice absolutely loves this flaxen son of CH Callaway’s Born To Win. They made it two years in a row as the 13-and-Under Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions. Vanessa Patch had her ride of a lifetime to take the reserve title with Highpoint’s Grandee. Directed by John Whalen, Grandee is owned by Lisa Austin. He has long been a star of this division, winning World’s Championships in 2007 and 2008 with Dakota Reiser. Dr. Rick and Cindi Luft are known for their biggest contribution to the show horse world, the Limited Breeders Weanling Stake concept that has thrived and expanded all across the country. Their breeding program produced third-place winner Oak Grove’s M’Lady In Red. Ginger Schinktgen directed Emily Teehan to the yellow ribbon. Kalarama’s Witness and Macey Miles were fourth for Suzanne Kidd and trainer Stephanie Sedlacko.

The Four-Year-Old Road Pony World’s Champion had a new driver, as Mary Gaylord McClean is nursing a bum ankle. The results remained the same with new driver Tom Lowry, as Regal’s Promoter LF sped back to Golden Creek Farms with the Junior Road Pony World’s Championship by a unanimous choice of the judges. Three-Year-Old World’s Champion a year ago, Promoter is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of a Canterbury Conqueror mare. The four-year-olds held their placings from their qualifier, as Koal was once again reserve for Erik Kirsch. Sired by Romeo LF, this crowd pleaser is a dark, dark shade of brown. He looks to have a lot of upside once he has those final bits of finish that can only come with show ring experience. Mr. Magnificent and Junior Schut were third for Betty and Junior Schut and Douglas and Shirley Stanke. Sandy Currier was fourth with Heartland Star Stepper for Barbara Simpson.

Night Night was more “day day” as she capped off the Friday matinee with the Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Championship. One of the most talented young trainers in the game today, Matt Shiflet had a catch ride today aboard this Blythewood entry to take top honors. Darell Cruse had two horses to show in this one and jumped off his entry to head up this victory pass. Sired by the jet black stud At Night, Night Night is out of Bonne Nuit, which is French for “good night,” hence the name Night Night. Chestnut with lots of chrome, Night Night put on a show today. Jesco White is another chestnut colt, this one by Heir Emerald. Jerry Tolliver was aboard for Debra and Jerry Tolliver. Jesco White’s human namesake is known as the “Dancing Outlaw.” He danced to the reserve tri-color today. He is out of Callaway’s Operetta, by Caramac. Zach Duffy was third with a real crowd pleaser, Ridgewood’s Phancy Free. A slick racking son of the spotted stallion, Nip’s Skyboy, Phancy Free is out of My Phancy Dancer. Darell Cruse also got good crowd support in fourth with Central Perk, named for the fictional coffee house where the characters on the hit sitcom “Friends” used to hang out. This one is by A Superb Manhattan and out of CF Hot Night Out. 

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