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Louisville - Friday Morning

Friday Morning


A sunny and steamy morning dawned over Louisville, but that did not stop the exhibitors from showing off their beautiful and talented American Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, and roadsters.  Talent was the name of the game on Friday morning as the first two classes through the gate were the two-year-old stallion/geldings in harness.  Dena Lopez guided the simply striking liver chestnut A Travelin’ Man into the winner’s circle for an ecstatic owner Susan Whittington.  The extremely talented, high-headed two-year-old is by the South African Harness Champion (SA) Tornaado and out of the mare, Travelin’, which Whittington purchased from Kathy Capsuto after the mare was already in foal.  Reserve in this very competitive eleven-entry first split were G.P. Rom and Kim Crumpler for Crumpler Stables.


This class was evenly divided as nine equally talented entries answered the gate call the second split.  Trotting loftily into the winner’s circle, and never putting an ear back, was Got No Shame with Debbie Foley presenting for owners Thomas L. Caisse/Steve DeBolt.  Reserve honors belonged to Ruth Gimpel and the lovely Steel Supreme.


Fifteen entries made the gate call for the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure for the riders 13 years-old and under.  A vision in black, and a winner in one of the qualifying splits, Kabu and Ashley Baird made it two blue ribbons at this show under the direction of Pat McConnell.  Coming away with the red ribbon was Callaway’s Blue Agate and Emily Burglass.


A morning for the youngsters it seemed - young horses, that is - and next to enter the show ring were the junior hackney ponies for their championship.  Taking unanimous top honors out of this field of seven for the second time this week was the sharp-eared, high-stepping bay Honky Tonk Man and Gib Marcucci.  Honky Tonk Man was described by one onlooker as resembling a “carousel horse, because he’s so perfect.”  The red ribbon belonged to Heartland Designed and Mike Barlow for owner Garland Presswood.


Always a popular division and a tribute to all the breeders of American Saddlebreds, the two-year-old three-gaited division took center stage next on Friday morning.  Two splits would enter the ring with nine and ten entries respectively.  Top honors in the first spilt, and coming away with the unanimous vote of the judging panel was the powerful two-year-old Major Buck and James Lowry for Lowry/James Dodson.  Having a fabulous go was the high-headed Roi Du Soleil with Libby McLemore for owners Hallston Manor/Julie Lynn Andrew.


The second split of this fine class entered the ring next to show off the young talent, not to mention the hard work of the trainers that it takes to get these two-year-olds finished so they can show at such a young age.  Coming away with the blue ribbon was Gregorio Maldonado aboard the Kalarama’s Globetrotting Lady for owners Joan A. Hamilton/Larry Hodge.  Reserve honors in this nine-entry class went to the leg-lifting Just Heavenly and Tre Lee for the Carousel Farms. 


It was time for the junior exhibitors to take center stage next with their speedy little roadster ponies.  Eleven entries answered the challenge Friday morning and what a class it was.  With several high-stepping, leg-pumping entries to choose from it must have been a hard decision for the judges to make.  Coming out on top in this thirteen and under division was the perky little pony Cowboy Magic and Tyler Miles for owner Gabriella Flynn, under the direction of DeLovely Farm.  Speeding away with reserve were Sec. A winners Zildjian and Conner Leith under the direction of Heather Boodey.


Nine exciting entries sped down the chute and into Freedom Hall for the Open Roadster Under Saddle class.  The crowd got involved and cheered on their favorite entries.  With blazing speed and motion to boot, Quill and Melinda Moore sped away with the blue ribbon for owner Singing Hills Stables.  Speed runs in the family (those Moore ladies sure do love their road horses) as another Moore took home the reserve championship; Melissa Moore picked up the red ribbon aboard Where Are We Now. 


The junior exhibitors took center stage again with their Show Pleasure Driving horses.  Showing off her driving skills, Aliyah Asch partnered with the up-headed CH Advantage Me to earn his fourth Champion Of Champions title.  Coming away with the reserve ribbons were last year’s winner, CH Showboat’s Casino and Lyndi Skinner.


An exciting class of seven entries entered the show ring to compete for the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship.  Looking lovely in a pearly white coat to claim the top honors was Brittany McGinnis teamed with the flashy Carolina Cat under the direction of DeLovely.  Reserve honors belonged to the lofty Suki Snowlet and Calee Dillon. 


Ten junior roadster ponies made their way down Stopher Walk and into Freedom Hall for the opportunity to compete for their roadster pony championship.  Speeding away with the blue ribbon was this year’s three-year-old winner Mastercraft’s Promoter LF and Eric Kirsch for owners Dan and Leah Light.  Marching into the reserve spot was last year’s three-year-old champion Extremely Rare with Randy Harper for Ed and Karen Frickey. 


The Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Championship saw fifteen talented young jockeys answered the gate call on Friday morning.  Looking like the picture of pleasure perfection the Tammy Devore-trained duo of Believe Her and Mallory Greaves racked their way into World’s Championship history to claim the tricolor.  Reserve honors belonged to the always-competitive CH L.A. Boca Raton and Kelsey Olson.


It was time for the driving horses to take center stage again, this time with the amateurs and their show pleasure driving horses.  Taking top honors out of twelve competitive entries were the lofty trotting, high-headed Candle Dan and Carl Nichols.  Reserve honors belonged to last year’s winner the liver chestnut CH Heir’s Town and Alice Unger for Nancy Leigh Fisher. 


Twelve determined eight and under equitation riders trotted down the chute for their chance to win in Freedom Hall. With picture perfect form that must run in the family, the DeLovely-trained entry of Courtney McGinnis was top notch to take home the blue ribbon to Fishers, Indiana with the unanimous vote of the judging panel.  Coming from Dayton, Ohio to take home the Reserve World’s Championship Aleia Brown was too cute under the direction of the Cape Cod Team. 


Another group of talented young horses entered the show ring for the third and final split of two-year-old three-gaited horses Taking top honors were Brookhill’s The Lady Commands and Chantel Coetzee for Joan Hamilton.  Reserve honors belonged to The Birthright and John Biggins for Charles Campbell.


Returning to the winner’s circle for the Junior Exhibitor Hackney/Harness Pony Pleasure Driving Championship was the lovely Ali Judah and the perky little pony Diamond Legacy for owner Beth Jones, under the direction of Debbie Foley.  Reserve Championship honors belonged to last year’s championship team of Razzle Dazzle Me and Lauren Mathewson under the Frickey Farm banner.        


The little ones took center stage yet again as the too-cute nine and under walk/trot equitation championship entered the ring.  In top form to take home the tricolor ribbon was Alexia Stumler under the Zubrod banner.  Building his own resume with top notch form was Gavin Gagnon to step up for the reserve ribbon with Marsha and Gary Garone proudly looking on.


Sponsored by Frickey Farms the Junior Harness Pony Championship showed off five nice young entries for future prospects.  The Golden Creek Farms-donated trophy in this class went to the adorable high-stepper Heartland Look At Me and Mike Barlow for their second win of the week representing owner Kay Marschel.  Reserve honors in this lovely class belonged to Crystal Creek’s Commander and Carl Nichols.


Proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Glinda The Good (Exalted Effect x Hollywood Excellence) captured the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness blue ribbon with Larry Hodge in the viceroy for Elizabeth Goth Chelberg.  Reserve honors in this class of ten were Stonecroft Sweet Confection and Nelson Green for owner Stonecroft Farm.


The last class of the morning session belonged to the junior exhibiters and their road ponies under saddle.  Drew Taylor Hewitt has never been known to hold back when showing her three-gaited pleasure horse, Harlem’s Moving Man. In a stroke of genius, trainer Cash Lovell paired Hewitt with his newly-acquired road pony Perfect Offering. In only the rider’s and pony’s second time to show under saddle, they accomplished something far more experienced teams only dream about… a world’s championship! After a warm-up win at Roanoke Valley, catch rider Caitlyn Leith rode a smart class to capture a strong reserve with Bagheira for Bent Tree Farm. Following on the heels of a reserve tie at Lexington, Sugar Daddy and his jockey Crystal Case picked up the yellow streamers in this highly charged and competitive class.


Although originally scheduled to close out Friday’s day session, show management made the decision to move the Western Country Pleasure Invitational Championship into prime time as the opening class of Friday evening’s schedule.


Editor’s note: As the show begins to draw to its conclusion, and because of travel schedules, the remaining show coverage of the World’s Championship Horse Show will not be posted online until next week.


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