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Louisville – Friday Morning and Evening


Friday Morning

Friday morning kicked off with the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/ Gelding with two sections of this class. Martin Teater exhibited the unanimous winning colt by Jon Bugatti and out of
Harlem's Main Attraction. Kent Brockman is bred and owned by Catherine C. McNeese, M.D. Reserve went to an I'm A New Yorker son, Our Axel Rose with Raymond Shively at the whip for John and Sara McDonald.

In the second section, CF First Night Out produced another champion as Sam Stafford guided homebred outright to the winner's circle. This gelding is out of the mare CRF Desert Fire. The unusual gold colored Silver and Blue by Northern Blues and out of Silver Spirit SLS drove up for the red with Jim Taylor driving for Jenny Taylor.

equitation riders were called together for the Kentucky Equitation Rider 13 and Under class. Ellen Medley Wright of Owensboro, Ky., gave a unanimous blue ribbon ride from DeLovely Stables. This is Wright's second year winning this class. For the reserve, Amber Lynn Lowry of Nicholasville, Ky. was called to the center ring with Bill Becker as the instructor.

The junior hackney ponies had their championship next. Four ponies returned to battle for the title. At the end, it was last year's three-year-old winner, X-treme and Darrel Kolkman who took the victory lap. Joy Ann Lazarus drove the reserve champion, Heartland Center Attraction for Gail K. Asch.

So many quality horses were entered in the Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited class that it had to be split into two sections. That's Exactly Right by The Cheetah and out of Callaway's Exacta was ridden to the win by Judy Whitney Harris with Don Harris coaching at the side. Mike Felty took the reserve with the Supreme Heir son, Intoxicating Heir, for Jim and Brenda Strause.

The blue in the second section was unanimously awarded to Cherished King who is the son of CH The King Of Highpoint and out of Cherished Jewel. Tre Lee rode this leg-waving colt for Saddlewood Farm. It was the second year in a row for Tre Lee and Bonnie Lee's Saddlewood Farm to team up and produce a Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited World's Champion. Forever Foxy, a Fox Creek daughter, and Randy Stoess were reserve for Barbara Von Borries.

The second championship of the morning was the Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony Driver 13 Years- Old and Under. After placing reserve in the first section of the qualifying class, Max Kaplan and Boxford's Courageous Spirit were named World Champions with Mike Roberts as trainer. Last year's champion, Cowboy Magic and Gabriella Flynn stood out of the 12 pony class for the reserve championship. Sweet Impression was third with Marli Dabareiner at the whip for Fish N' Fun Farms.

Another junior exhibitor championship was next on the list. Ten show pleasure driving horses came down the ramp with their junior exhibitors at the lines. Earlier in the week, Showboat's Casino and Lyndi Skinner had won the ASHAF Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving Challenge Finals and they came back to capture the championship title, having also won this class the year before. It was another great moment for the state of
Nebraska and trainer Jonnie Surland. The veteran pair of CH Advantage Me and Aliyah Asch put in a solid drive for the reserve championship on behalf of Sarah Asch. Molly O'Connor handled The King's Reflection for the yellow ribbon.

The junior roadsters returned to compete for their championship. The reserve winner of the qualifier, K&J's Aviator, sped around the ring with Maureen Lydon for the blue, red, and yellow streamers. Lydon showed this pony to a unanimous victory for owner Darrell Vaughn. Winner of the junior qualifier, Heartland Carolee and Steve Old, left with the reserve tricolor, while Night Predator and Mark Wilson were right behind for third.

The Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Rider 17 Years-Old and Under Championship was a tough class with sixteen entries. Tate Bennett caught the win with her catch ride on Liquid Thunder. Debbie Foley instructs this team for Cross Timbers Enterprises. Believe Her won the second section of the qualifier on Monday and came back for a hard fought reserve place with Mallory Greaves in the irons. Social Worth and Pam Austin took third place for Magnolia Stables.

The Open Roadster Under Saddle raised the crowd as the horses raced down the ramp. The unanimous victory and yet another world title was given to All Glory with Danette Musselman aboard for Belle Reve Farm. Despite It All earned the reserve for Barbara Watts with Suzanne Hubbard in the saddle.

Thirteen horses showed their stuff in the Adult Show Pleasure Driving Championship. CH Heir's Town and Alice Unger were the favorites of the crowd and the judges as they made the final pass with the roses. Nancy Leigh Fisher owns this winner of the third section of the driving qualifier and Lynda Freseth is the proud trainer. This win started what would be many blankets of roses for the Hollow Haven crew throughout the weekend. Shamanic Dream and Janet Sterba took home the reserve championship with River Dance and Dr. Randall L. Finken behind with the yellow.

The Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Rider 13 Years-Old and Under had a new champion this year. Kelsey Olson racked and trotted L.A. Boca Raton to win the first split of the qualifier and had this Man Of York mare in prime shape to win the championship. Shelby Reimer catch rode yet another top horse as she took the multi-titled world's champion Margaret Rose to the reserve honors for Peggy Gillenwater. Kate Ryan and CH L.A. Wing Victory beat a tough class of remaining contenders for third.

Sarah Martin of Winston Salem, N.C., placed second in the Equitation Walk and Trot Rider 8 Years-Old and Under on Wednesday. She came back today looking even better and won the championship with Cash Lovell coaching her in her first year up from the academy division. Taylor Rhea Haas from
Lafayette, Colo., put another good ride in and took home the reserve ribbons under the direction of Jamie Bridgewater. Gavin Gagnon of Livermore Falls, Maine, won the yellow ribbon with Gary Garone as trainer.

The Youth Roadster to Bike Driver 15-21 Years Old was split for the safety of the entries. Clinton Jury was all smiles as she whipped around the corners and took home the blue while driving Goodness Sake on behalf of Linda Allen. Hia Gal showed her speed as she and Ryan Fiedler raced out of the ring with the red ribbon in hand.

Exit 80 has been no stranger to the winner's circle this year, so it was no surprise to see him back there again today. Jeb Boyd handled this great gelding with Steve Hanks as the trainer. At Full Throttle and Holli McDowell captured the reserve for owner and trainer Lisa McMackin.

More ponies came into the ring. This time it was the Junior Exhibitor Hackney/ Harness Pony Pleasure Driving Championship. Coming off the junior exhibitor championship at Lexington Junior League, Razzle Dazzle Me repeated his performance on Wednesday afternoon to win the tricolor with Lauren Mathewson in the buggy. Randy Harper ran into the ring as trainer to help with the presentation. Kelsey Herbert showed the world and national champion Heartland Parade Time under the direction of her father-trainer, Chuck Herbert, and earned the reserve win. It was her last drive with the multi-titled star who was sold at the show. Super Spy and Shannon Ella, also trained by her father, Larry Ella, followed up with the yellow.

9 to 10 Year-Old Walk and Trot Equitation Riders returned to compete for the championship. After they all displayed their young talent, it was Taylor Newton who was unanimously awarded the roses. Newton hails from Lizton, Ind., and is trained by Shelley Fisher. Christina Collis of Prospect, Ky. was instructed by Lillian Shively for the red, yellow, and white streamers. Ashley Judd put a hard ride in from Judd Stables for the third place finish.

Donna Beck won her first championship title in the Junior Harness Pony Championship. She drove Heartland Love Me Up around victory lane with the roses and Chris Gantley cheered them on as trainer. Darrel Kolkman won last year's championship and this year earned the reserve ribbon with Heartland Beautiful Dancer after wining the qualifying class. It's Showtime and Jay Kennedy were third for Dr. Bing Crosby.

Next on the agenda was the Roadster Pony Under Saddle Rider 17 Years-Old and Under. Fourteen ponies raced into the arena and it was Aliyah Asch aboard Silent Partner who came away with the blue. Giving them a run for their money was Alexa McWilliams on Heartland Little Gem who took second.

A week chock-full of outstanding young horses continued as the impressive class of Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mares was called to order after being split into two sections. John Willis came all the way from
Rockford, Ill. to receive his first Louisville win with Miracle On Forty-Second Street, and it was a unanimous win at that. Willis owns this outstanding daughter of Forty-Second Street ERB and Secret Shadow with Ted Klint. The second place went to the Belle Reve's Renaissance Man daughter, Stonecroft Sincerely, with Dianna Rannells at the lines.

Joan Lurie presented the winner of the second section for owners McGlothlin Heir Service and Willowbank Farm. Attaché’s Thunderbolt and Ursa Major produced the winner, Heavenly Thunder. Catalyst's Work of Art was second with Phil Price at the lines. Catalyst and Art Work are the sire and dam of the reserve winner.

The final class of the morning was the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure 13 and Under Championship. Sing My Song and Kristen Smith turned it up a notch after placing third in the qualifier to bring in a winning ride. This Merchant Prince son is trained by Jo Cornell and owned by Mike and Kristen Smith. Ricochet Memories SF gave Soquili Stables a reserve championship with catch-rider Shelby Reimer in the irons. Big Show and Deanna Lanigan were third out of the 14 horse class.

Friday Evening

Friday night opened with another class of promising young horses. The ASR Kentucky Futurity Finals for the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness had 10 nice entries. Sam Stafford proved again the quality of horses Blythewood Farms produces when he won with CF First Night Out and Fancy Bloomer son, At Night. Pat Wessel had the Supreme Heir son, Royal Crest's Rockin' On Heir in top form for the second place money. Bruce and Rusty Rademann are the owners and breeders of this stallion.

One of the deepest classes of the night was the Amateur Park Three-Gaited Championship. Thirteen horses entered and each one put on a showing deserving of the judges’ attention. For the second year in a row, it was Luanne Kilday and CH A Step Of Time who stepped out with the tricolor and roses. Debbie Foley presented this winning combination. In My Heart and Carol Hillenbrand repeated their flawless performance in the mare stake for the reserve championship. CH Justa Rascal and Megan McClure earned a popular third in this large quality-filled class.

Rounding out the ribbons in this highly competitive field were a group of proven champions consisting of Another Bay, CH Ramses, Ya-Ya, CH The Foxy Prince and CH Desert's Supreme Lady.

The Amateur Harness Pony Championship was well filled with nine ponies. Karen Frickey from Frickey Farms guided Heartland Expectation to the winner's circle after placing second in the qualifier. Randy Harper once again trained the winning pair and this was the only
Louisville pony championship he had never won as a trainer. Joan Jett who had won this championship for the past two years was reserve with Mary Gaylord McClean at the whip. Third was awarded to Sweetheart Of Success and shown by Rodney Root for Bent Tree Farm.

Eleven junior exhibitors returned for the Three-Gaited Rider 13 Years-Old and Under class with CH Blackberry Delight making a repeat performance from his qualifier with Rachel Machamer in the saddle. Rachel's mother, Shannon Sewell, owns this champion horse and Lynda Freseth is the trainer. This was yet another division in which the legendary Blackberry Delight has won a blanket of roses. Keeper Of The Stars and Jacquelyn De Le Parte, from Judd Stables, had a reserve ride with the veteran
Carolina's Top Gun and Sarah Singer in third.

Among an all-star cast of competitors, Fish N' Fun Farms added their first championship ribbon to their tack room as Kentucky Wildcat captured the Roadster to Bike Amateur Championship. Jon Dabareiner showed this horse with Lisa Lucas as the trainer. Dirt Devil sucked up the competition for the reserve drive with Deborah Butler in the bike for Melrose LLC. Spill The Ink and William Shatner took home the yellow.

Barbara Goodman Manilow continued her winning streak by riding CH Callaway's Sugarplum to the Three-Gaited Ladies' Amateur Championship for the second year in a row. After this night, Manilow was the week's winningest rider with her father, Charles Goodman, was the winningest owner. Highland Cavalier, trained by Bob Griffin and handled by Kelley Theis Williamson, stepped up for the reserve championship. Jessica Curl was pleased with her ride on Callaway's Halley Comet in the 12 horse class and earned the third place ribbon. The remaining ribbon winners included Macy Gray, American Wine, Our Beloved, Mild Emotion, and Amelia Heir Cat.

The two winners from the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adults classes battled it out for the chance to ride down victory lane in their 16-horse championship. As they have done most all season, Stonewall's Stargate and Patrice Watson prevailed and won the championship. Rob Byers is the proud trainer of this combination. CH Forever Aptor and Carrie Warner Andersen never let up as they rode in for the reserve championship title after their most impressive qualifying win. Callaway's Jack Frost and Lucinda Jo Trimble Hartley made the third place ride.

The Hackney/ Harness Pony or Horse Pair Stake became an exhibition as the veteran Dinwiddie Lampton showed his ponies to a standing ovation. Ninety-two years young, Lampton handled the fine pair of Romeo's Copycat and Hawkeye's Seven Eleven with great expertise.

The Junior Five-Gaited Championship was another crowd pleaser. Eighteen horses came back, but it was a unanimous victory for He's The Man and George Knight. This promising gelding startling enough reminded many people of his sire, CH Man On The Town, as he racked his way down the middle of the ring with the garland of roses. George Knight bred, trains, and owns this magnificent horse in partnership with the Jean McLean Davis Trust. Martin Teater showed the Attaché’s Thunderbolt daughter, The Light O' Love to the reserve championship after placing second in the mare class earlier on in the week for A.E. Nelson. Callaway's Ricky Ricardo was third for Huffman Horses with Debbie Foley in the saddle.

Two more unanimous decisions were left to be made on Friday night as the Amateur Roadster Pony Championship raced to the line up. From early in the season this appeared to be a division that was going to be filled with current world title holders when it came time for
Louisville and it prove to be just that.

When the action was all over in this final round, it was Mary Gaylord McClean who dominated the field with unanimous champion Heartland Production and carried the roses back to Golden Creek Farms. Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock were directed by Rick Wallen to a reserve championship. Heartland Sundust and Mary Gise were called up for the yellow ribbon in a 10 pony class which also included Heartland Victory Maker, Cappucino, Mastercraft's Captivator LF, Buckwheat, and Boxford On The Mark.

The ASHA Fine Harness Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge Finals came in with six entries. All judges agreed that
Cary's Moonraker and Brittany Baird should be named champions of this class. Robert Gardiner was thrilled to have his driver called to the winner's circle for her mother, Margo Baird. The Attaché’s Liquid Asset son, Unclaimed, made the rounds for the second place finish with Chrisley Barnett at the lines on behalf of Marie Brannon; this after winning the KY County Fair Championship on Sunday night with Nancy Brannon.

The final class of the night was the highly anticipated Ladies' Amateur Five-Gaited Championship. Last year's champion, Carolina Cat and the amateur mare winner, Boo! battled it out as they racked down the last rail side by side for the lineup. After the cards were tallied, Barbara Goodman Manilow was called to the far end to meet her daughter and son who presented the awards to Boo! who had taken two of the three first place votes. With one first place vote, Carolina Cat and Deborah Butler received a huge applause for the reserve championship. Have You Ever with Barclay De Wet in the irons claimed the third place ribbon. These three household names were ahead of Callaway's Kit Carson, Callaway's Jessica Fletcher, Already Famous, Breaking News, and Caramac's Bogart.

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