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Today opened up with little walk-trots and little walk-and-trotters. It was the first split of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited that opened up the show with A Rare Temper making a fantastic debut with Tiffany Wheeler aboard for Fox Grape Farms. This is a pure product of Fox Grape’s breeding program, by their late stallion, Dorian Wild Temper (SA). This is a second generation product, as the giant chestnut colt is out of Garland’s Second Edition. Second Edition can easily be guessed as a daughter of CH Garland’s Dream. She is by Callaway’s Blue Norther. Rare Temper made a smashing victory pass, taking the top prize back to Autumn Hills Farm. Chuck Herbert made his wife happy this morning, riding Dark Vanilla to reserve honors for Nancy Herbert. Chuck has always done well with young Designed offspring. This filly is out of Influential, by Radiant Sultan, making her very much a product of the Redwing breeding program. Rich Kid and James Spriggs earned third for Edward Mowles, with Sir Robert Whitney fourth with Walden Bullard up for The WBKE LLC.

Remi Adams will graduate from the 8-and-Under division after this season, but she has made the most of her time here, winning the 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot World’s Championship for the second time in as many years. Four for four now in Freedom Hall, even cousins Hunter Chancellor and Ashley Wilson can’t make that undefeated claim! The whole Chancellor clan, along with Team DeLovely, were calling encouragement to the young star aboard Miss Mheiry Mac. This puts them in double digits for wins on the year and setting them up for a run at the UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup Finals. Remi had this to say of her mount to Todd Miles in the lineup, “She’s so hot today they’re going to have to hose her off!” Ethan DeVore was the wildly popular Reserve World’s Champion of Champions with mom Tammy DeVore heading him up. This was Ethan’s third under saddle class in show competition, two of them coming on this biggest of stages. Best described as a “peanut,” Ethan is a cool customer in the ring, making all the right moves, as you would expect from his pedigree. Emily Vicari repeated her qualifier prize, making an even bigger and brighter show today with Platinum Asset to take third. Mila Olivier also repeated her qualifier prize in fourth.

It was another repeat winner in the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship, as Nashville Cat and Rose Marie Wheeler drove to that prize again for Charlotte Goodman and Lisa McMackin. The dark pony with the light highlights is by Merrywill’s Gemini and out of Spirit Elegance, by Rhythm’s Spirit. Majestic Oaks claimed yet another top prize on the week with this one. Rose Marie wore her trademark red hat with her elegant white top and black skirt. Zach Meyer drove to his fourth consecutive reserve with Pacifico’s Standing Ovation for Brown/Anderson Farms and Hollow Haven Farm. This was the exact order of finish in this class a year ago as well. The legendary pony remains in top form for his longtime family. Last year’s AHHS Hackney Pleasure Driving Medallion Reserve National Champion, Seamair Dear Sir, made his best Louisville finish with Olivia Schumacher, finishing third for Kierson Farm, their second consecutive yellow prize on the day.

After a tough trip in their action-packed qualifier, CH A Cinderella Story and Karrie Graham returned to the ring for the championship round and took it to a packed house of the very best in the Pleasure Driving division. They emerged as World’s Champion of Champions for the second time, winning also in 2010 for Lowry Stables. Co-owned with husband Dwaine Kinderknecht, Cinderella Story was a sight today to take top honors and the second jewel of the Triple Crown. CH Irresistible Design finished reserve for the second time this week, repeating Reserve World’s Champion of Champions honors for the second straight season. This is Elizabeth James-Lipscomb’s third time to take this prize, as she drove CH Shot With Glory to reserve honors in 2008. By Designed and out of I’m Irresistible Too, Irresistible Design is owned by Susan and Elizabeth James LLC. Winner of their split of the qualifier, With A Friend and Bit Hutcheson earned third for Happy Valley Stables. Sarah Wise was the happy fourth place finisher with Gypsy Gentleman.

From Reserve World’s Champion in her qualifier to World’s Champion of Champions, Cara DeForge claimed the 9-10 Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Championship. This was not a bad first trip to Louisville for Cara, as she was in Academy this time a year ago. With mom Martha cheering her on, Cara rode Rosewood’s Potpourri to the far end of the ring with Jessie Richardson leading the way. Cara started her riding career at Kierson Farm as part of their phenomenal riding program. She actually came straight out of one of their riding camps, according to Elizabeth Ververeli, who is in charge of keeping the Kierson Walk-and-Trot Army clean and in the right place in preparation for their classes. Alfred Dercksen made this a truly “World’s” Championship, as he made his second show in the States to claim the reserve world title. Son of Francois Dercksen, Alfred made it two for two for the young lads as Reserve World’s Champions. Emily Candelaria finished third for Judd Stables, with Jessica Manzo fourth under the direction of Nelson Green.

Jim Lowry might very well be the first trainer to ever take both the Adult and Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving World’s Championships. He got that honor today courtesy of daughter Audrey and Major Buck. Audrey Lowry won for the sixth time in seven classes on the season, never losing to junior exhibitor competition. Major Buck is by CH Harlem Town and out of Yolanda, by Sultan’s Royalty. Reserve for the second time this week, World Turning and Rose Marie Wheeler picked up that prize for Carroll Robertson Ray. She is by The Mac Attack and out of Starheart’s Whisper, by Fox Creek. She makes her home at Grey Ridge Farm.

There was additional work called for in the wildly competitive Adult Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship with five ponies heading back to the rail. Peter Fenton called these five out in numerical order: CH Mastercraft’s Namesake LF, Early Edition, Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven, Heartland Accolade, and Romeo’s Expectation LF. After three years of winning their qualifier and coming up just short in the championship, Stephany Monteleone and Mastercraft’s Namesake LF reclaimed their place atop this division. World’s Champion of Champions in 2007 and 2008, Namesake is trained by Abel Vega. He is by Mastercraft and out of LLF Breath Of Spring. He epitomizes this division, with every step of the way in pleasure perfect form. Long and tall, Heartland Accolade was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions for Amanda Dellinger and Hollow Haven Farm. Winners in their qualifier, Accolade and Amanda made some stunning passes on the second work to stake their claim to this title. The top two entries represent both ends of the spectrum in this division, being two totally different types of pleasure ponies. Georgia Blevins picked up the yellow streamers with Early Edition in third for Blevins Farm and Majestic Oaks, followed by Romeo’s Expectation LF and Anna Marie Knipp in fourth for High Spirits Farm. Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven took fifth for Carissa Marshall and Tannehill Farms.

Another giant of a two-year-old was the winner of the second split of Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited, but this one had to put in a little extra work to get it done. For the second class in a row, we had a workout in Freedom Hall. This one was not requested however, it was mandatory, as we had our second three-way true tie of the week! Judges Wallen, Moore and Moore couldn’t agree, so they had to see more. Apart from the unbelievable decision to canter on the workout, these three young horses acquitted themselves well, holding together longer than they ever have had to before in their little lives. This class might has well have been sponsored by David Jampsa and Kris Swanson, as all three of the horses on the workout were sired by their Undulata’s Nutcracker. Best of these today was Undulata’s Simbara. Owned by Hoppy Bennett, Simbara was shown by Undulata Farm’s Johanna Kapioltas. He comes by his size honestly, as he is by Nutcracker and out of a Harlem Globetrotter mare. His bottom line can’t hurt his phenomenal athleticism, as it traces back to Can Can, Lady Trigg, and Carol Trigg, that triumphantly productive trio of Broodmare Hall of Famers. Simbara is incredibly long-limbed and exceptionally long in the forearm, giving him that leg-waving ability that sent him to his first World’s Championship. A similar cross, Nutamorphosis is by Nutcracker and out of Dance The Dance BH, by CH Harlem Town. Gerhardt Roos made this reserve ride for Alliance Stud. Two-Year-Old Fine Harness winner at Lexington, Nutamorphosis made a smashing saddle debut here in this one. Tefnut came in third for Darrell Case and owners Willowbank Farm and Sandra Corney. A full sister to Lexington Pleasure Driving winner Double Or Nuttin’, Tefnut is out of Beat The Odds, also the dam of CH His Supreme Reflection.

CH Sunken Treasure wore the “roses” for the first time since 2009, having won his qualifier last year and finished reserve the year before that. It was McGee Bosworth’s first Louisville tri-color, as she rode off under a scoreboard that sadly read, “CH Suken Treasure.” Reserve in their qualifier, they came back strong and asserted themselves as the very best of the division for Allen and McGee Bosworth and the High Caliber Stables team. The Cat Walk and Jessie Wuesthofen had two great rides this week, with Jessie doing some excellent jockeying today to claim the Reserve World’s Championship for Glenn A. Werry Jr. Sired by Catalyst and out of She’s In Style, Cat Walk is trained by DeLovely. She was a winner of her qualifier on Monday. Here I Am Again and Marjorie Townsend picked up third for Ever Glades Farm, followed by No Fear and Tyler DeVore in fourth for Doris Crumpler and trainer Debbie Foley.

There were lots of hugs all around going up the chute, as Todd and Lesley Miles joined “Mama Lil” and Junior Equitation World’s Champion of Champions Macey Joan Miles. Teamed up with Final Act, Macey won for the second time on the week. This is her eighth Louisville victory pass in equitation. She was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions a year ago, moving up that one last spot to take the top prize in her 12-year-old campaign. The 13-Year-Old World’s Champion was up for the reserve title here, as Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes made a spectacular show aboard The Bourne Supremacy. In just her first full equitation campaign since walk-and-trot, Eleanor has continued to improve as the season progresses. After the DeLovely sweep of the top two prizes, it was Maisie Benfield in third for Zubrod Stables, followed by Kristina Mauro, Morgan Morton Killefer, and Hallie Ricci to round out the workout participants.

The Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding class was split, with George Knight claiming the first section at the lines of Nuttin’ But Talk. Also a winner at Shelbyville, Nuttin’ But Talk is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Intoxicating Conversation, twice a Reserve World’s Champion with George Knight and Kim Skipton. Second dam is Bourbon ‘N Coke, the Broodmare Hall of Fame producer of CH One For The Road and CH Jean Margaret. Guess who the reserve winner was by?! Undulata’s Nutcracker! This was Dark Side Of The Moon, owned by Louis and Rosemarie Fernandez. He is out of Ursa Major, the dam of Heavenly Thunder. Magic Mike and Jaisen von Ballmoos finished up in third for Peter Redding, followed by William Dafoe and Dena Lopez in fourth for Double D Ranch.

Shane Mullens was a popular winner of the second section of the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship. Showing for Kathleen Bagdasarian, Shane took this prize back to the Diamond View banner with Master Blue. He is sired by their stallion, Master Class, and out of Blue-Eyed Girl, by CH Caramac. This is Master Class’ second World’s Champion, as he also sired Sir Yes Sir, who won here as a two-year-old walk-trot. Double Edge earned reserve with Geof Dixon for Kathy Capsuto Walker. Sired by the young Sir William Robert son, Bobese, Double Edge is out of Double Diva, a cross of Santana’s Charm and Arborlane Tangos Wee Pee (SA) blood. Freshly Dipped came third with George Schmid up for Silver Brook Stables.

Six ponies showed for the Junior Hackney Pony World’s Championship, with one receiving all three first place votes. This was Heartland Whirlwind, with Jeff McClean driving for Golden Creek Farms. Joined in the winner’s circle by trainer Tom Lowry, Whirlwind was a winner at Lexington and Shelbyville earlier this year. By Heartland Equality, this light bay mare is out of Heartland Karen, by Dun-Haven Bandolier. This was a flip of the prizes from the Four-Year-Old qualifier, as Mastercraft’s Politican LF claimed reserve honors with Ashley Blu at the lines for Dan and Leah Light. By Mastercraft, Politician is out of Attraction’s Treasure LF, a half sister to CH Stat. Heartland Midnight Music and Abel Vega finished third for Garry Brumm. They were reserve in the Three-Year-Old qualifier on Wednesday.

It was a repeat duel from their Tuesday morning qualifier, with the same result coming forth from the 13-and-Under Five-Gaited World’s Championship. It was a unanimous choice of the judges that gave Ashlyn’s Voodoo Charm a Louisville tri-color for the second time in his career. The 2009 County Fair Five-Gaited Champion has fully embraced his role as a 13-and-under horse, with superstar jockey Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes completing her great day with a victory pass for Niji Farm LLC. Eleanor has never been beaten in this class, winning it the past three years with Breyer model CH Sprinkles. Catherine Wheeler was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions with CH Callaway’s Born For This. The athletic gray mare is owned by Ceil and Kenny Wheeler and trained at Mercer Springs Farm. The reigning National Champion and Lexington tri-color winner came up just that one spot short of holding all three Triple Crown jewels at once. They will continue to get better together in this their first full season together. Hey Joe and Jessi McCurry have had a great first Louisville together, finishing third in this one in just their second horse show together. Heirrison Ford and Olivia Schumacher were really going for it in fourth for Lorraine Schumacher and Kierson Farm.

It was the third workout on the day in the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. The judges selected these 11 entries to remain in the ring from a huge group of quality contenders: Mighty Thor, Get Crackin’, Royal Crest’s Rhinestone Cowboy, Starlight Voyager, Three Point Shooter, CH iTunes, Bravo, CH Perfect Vengeance, CH French Silk Stockings, CH Undulata’s Fashion Plate, and Reedann’s Whodunnit. Read that list again, and it looks like a “Who’s Who” of this division for the past few years. There are few amateur riders in the country that are as competitive, talented and ring savvy as Tara Grom. The last time she saw a Louisville workout, she was aboard CH With Style And Grace to claim the Amateur Three-Gaited World’s Championship in 2010 in a two-horse duel with CH Marching Orders. Today she was with another longtime partner, CH Perfect Vengeance. With the show ring cleared out, she went to work, setting up pass after pass as she does so well. These two earned their second Louisville tri-color together, having won the Amateur Park Championship in 2010. Ali DeGray did her trademark happy dance in the saddle when she was called out as the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions aboard Starlight Voyager. Winner of his qualifier here a year ago, Starlight Voyager is by Leatherwood’s Starlight and out of Mountainview’s Sultry Day. He is owned by James and Helen Rosburg. Ali is about the happiest human being on the planet, always looking like nothing in the world could be better than what she is doing right that instant. Susan Creekmore acquitted herself well in this her first Louisville to be teamed with Three Point Shooter. They won their split of the qualifier and took the yellow ribbon back to Hollow Haven today. Get Crackin’ and Brian Ferguson made strong passes in fourth, followed by Royal Crest’s Rhine Stone Cowboy and Jessica Lindstrom, CH Undulata’s Fashion Plate and Piper Bordegon, CH French Silk Stockings and Debbie Tomin, and CH iTunes and Jackie Ware.

The unanimous victor in the 13-and-Under Road Pony Championship was Jamie Bo Lucas with Outside The Lines. Proud dad Bo Lucas joined her in the winner’s circle, as she made a highlining show for Lucas Equine Services. Top three in this class a year ago, they poured it on today to take the top prize in a comeback drive. Outside The Lines is by Twin Willow’s McMillan and out of Juliana, by Vindicator. Reserve for the second time this week, Crystal Creek’s Duchess left with that prize with Rose Marie Wheeler at the lines for Carl and Kathryn Nichols and Majestic Oaks. Rose Marie has been a go-to catch driver throughout her young career, just as mom Linda Fischer is in the adult ranks. Duchess is also well bred, by CH Crystal Creek’s Commander and out of B. Witched. Heartland Fire And Rain and Catherine Wheeler had their best drive yet to finish third for little sister Sallie Mason Wheeler and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Maureen Campbell headed them up in the line. Dun-Haven Highly Impressive and Kellie Saccocia were fourth for Cater Stables, with Ethan DeVore claiming the fifth prize and the crowd with Not My Pony for Joe and Patrice O’Brien.

Ethereal Love hit the ring in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mares class looking like this was the greatest thing she had ever seen. Smith Lilly was at the lines of the winner for Tim and Marty Shea. Yet another World’s Champion by Undulata’s Nutcracker, the bottom line certainly helps here, as she is out of Hallelujah Chorus. That daughter of Castle Bravo was herself a World’s Champion twice as a young walk-trot. Dr. Alan R. Raun continued his Hall of Fame career with reserve honors here, driving Reedann’s Fantastic Design for Shields and Associates. Sired by Designed, Fantastic Design is out of Reedann’s Phalling Leaves, by Phi Slama Jama. Leatherwood’s Aha Moment finished in third with Neil Visser up for Terri Dolan.

The 13-and-Under Country Pleasure World’s Championship went back to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, with Prime Time Player and Zac Cutting. Formerly the Four-Year-Old Park Pleasure Sweepstakes Champion, Prime Time Player is by Hoops and out of Less Attached, by Finally Attached. The affable young Zac gave his horse a big hug when his number was called, fulfilling the mission and coming home with two World’s Championship titles. Frankie Sue Snider has enjoyed some good success with Man Of Hour Dreams, but she has saved her best for Freedom Hall. Sired by Undulata’s Man Of The Hour and out of a Worthy Son mare, Man Of Hour Dreams was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions for Willy, Sally, and Frankie Sue Snider. They returned from a third place finish in the qualifier to move up a spot and claim that reserve world title. New York’s Hot Stuff and Aidan Greene earned the third prize, followed by Pure Bliss and Mary Taylor for the white ribbon.

The Majestic Oaks team made their adjustments after a top three finish in the Four-Year-Old Road Pony qualifier, turning on the jets to win the Junior Road Pony World’s Championship. Juan Rios drove Cocked-N-Ready for Dr. Chip Pugh. This sporty gelding is by LLF Top Of The Mark, a Mark Of Success son, and out of a Dun-Haven Classic Contender mare. Four-Year-Old qualifier winner Mastercraft’s Forecaster LF earned the reserve title today with Sheila Clouse once again teaming up with owner Scott Seils for a top prize. Forecaster is by Mastercraft and out of a Dun-Haven Regal Attraction mare. Tom Lowry and Regal’s Monarch LF placed third for Golden Creek Farms.

The stage was then set for the Darell Cruse show to begin. Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Champion in 2006 and 2007, it was Darell that brought out the horse who would become Honey Badger in this very class in 2010, claiming third. This is his specialty, and when the class was split, he got to saddle up twice. He made the most of that opportunity winning both sections this afternoon, the first coming with Lucky You Lucky Me. To make it even better, he owns this beautiful black colt. Lucky You Lucky Me is by Worthy’s Lucky Son and out of Riddles And Roses, by Rifles And Roses, hence the black coloring. He was the unanimous victor in Section One. Dorian Wild Temper had another good one on the day, as Ridgefield’s Wild Card was reserve with Vicky Clark for Mitchell Clark. Wild Card is out of A Song In My Heart, a full sister to CH Stonewall’s Stargate. ASR Amateur Kentucky Two-Year-Old In Hand Futurity Champion Woolly Bully finished third for trainer Smith Lilly and owners Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Richmond DeHart was a popular fourth with the flashy Roselane’s Magic Media for Stephanie Peterson.

Darell Cruse’s Section Two winner was I’m Moving Out, an entry of Blythewood Farms. This one is Blythewood’s own CF First Night Out and out of Merry New Yorker, by Doing New York. While not his own, Darell still stands to take home a nice payday when this one sells. Johanna Kapioltas continued her great day with another Undulata product, Undulata’s Thriller. Owned by Edward R. Bennett, Thriller is by Undulata’s Heir Apparent and out of Undulata’s Ruse, by Northern Blues. Ruse is out of Riva’s Fashion Spirit. The Broodmare Hall of Fame dam of Undulata’s Georgie Girl and CH Undulata’s Fashion Plate. While this colt is not by Undulata’s Nutcracker, at least his sire is. Dena Lopez took Wicked Attraction to third for Double D Ranch, while Mackenzie Lyttle was fourth aboard Start With Me for Elisabeth Goth. 

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