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Monday Evening

Once again the evening schedule began with the in-hand stars entering the ring. This time it was the yearlings who took the spotlight as they vied for the prize monies of $30,000 in their American Saddlebred Registry Futurity of Kentucky. After the inspection of all 21 entries it was First Lover who was unanimously called to the winner’s circle, capturing not only the blue but also over $13,000 in prize money for owner Blythewood Farms LLC. Roman Gomez presented this stunning colt by CF First Night Out and out of the
mare Desert’s Awesome Lover. Reserve honors went back to the state of Georgia with Princess Mia. An elegant bay filly by Don’t Worry and out of Ellington’s Lady Luck, she paraded around on the line for Brian Reimer, earning Reimer and Jerry Hancock $6,733. Third place honors went to another CF First Night Out bred yearling. Capturing the yellow ribbon and $3,366 was Bingo Night with Sam Stafford presenting.

The Harness Pony Mare class was next in with six teams making the gate call. With a captivating performance Sweetheart Of Success and Karen Waldron were called to the winner’s circle. This mare, by Mark Of Excellence, never put an ear back as she marched around the show ring under the direction of Larry Ella. Also having an outstanding performance, Minute Maide and Christy Gantley Weaver garnered the red streamers.

Driving continued to be a theme as the amateur ladies were in next with their fine harness horses. With an undefeated season thus far with wins at Blue Ridge, Midwest and Bonnie Blue, CH Kalarama’s New Sensation and Mary Gise have been at the top of their game all year. They did not disappoint as they had a flawless performance earning a unanimous win for the Hollow Haven banner. Last year in this very ring Gothic Revival began to build his fan club. This year they continued to follow him but instead of in the junior division, Joan Adler has been on the lines campaigning him primarily in the amateur ranks. Tonight this flashy chestnut once again captured the crowd’s applause as he marched down the rail for Adler earning the reserve title.

With 27 entries in the Junior Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class, the decision was made to split the class with the first section next in the ring. Kicking their performance into high gear, Keep Me Posted and Neva Van Ess took control and made several outstanding passes to earn the blue ribbon nod for owner Nick Neviaser. Todd Miles made his first appearance of the evening aboard the B&T Vonderschmitt entry Sheriff Gaines, earning the reserve title aboard the Champagne Fizz son.

The amateur ladies were back in the spotlight to headline their elegant three-gaited 15.2 and under mounts. Just last night Deborah Visser made her first trip of the week to the winner’s circle, and tonight she earned her second with the majestic Sheba’s Charm. It was a one-two finish for Kalarama as Kate Bryan presented her beloved CH Sportster to reserve. It was bittersweet for Bryan as this is her last show before she heads off to college at Georgetown. The team had been through the ups and downs, and they’re taking one last shot on the green shavings Tuesday night.

The junior stars were back in Freedom Hall, vying for the Junior Three-Gaited Over 15.2 title. With wins from Midwest and Bonnie Blue backing him this year, not to mention the experience of two other world’s championship titles, the I’m A New Yorker son New York’s Perfect Gift unanimously won his third title for owner Betsy Thomas and trainer John Conatser. Reserve honors went to Grande Gil. Neil Visser was in the irons aboard this striking liver chestnut for Joan Hamilton.

Seven entries were on the schedule for the Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class. For a second year in a row it was the little machine CH Boo! making a huge performance with Barbara Manilow for the first of two trips to the winner’s circle this evening. Kaitlyn Grom was thrilled with her performance aboard her newest teammate Whimsicality. This toppy chestnut carried her to the reserve title.

The second half of the junior walk-trot horses entered the ring for the 15.2 and under title. Thirteen made the gate call and when the performance was done announcer Peter Fenton said it best: “To be the best you must be number 1,” as he called back number 1 of Hallelujah Chorus and Bret Day to the winner’s circle for the Fischer Sisters. Capturing the reserve title was Charming Babette presented by George Knight. This Periaptor mare is owned by Barbara Tway Partlow and David and Loren Osborne.

The speedsters were next down the ramp to compete in the Open Road Pony Over 50 To 52 Inches. For the second year in a row the mighty Free Willy and Georgia Blevins put on a show, earning a unanimous victory. Free Willy was magnificent with Blevins pushing him to the edge without pushing him over under the direction of Maureen Lydon and Rich Campbell at Majestic Oaks. This was not the first time for Blevins to make a trip to the winner’s circle tonight. Earlier in the evening she and Dr. T.J. Blevins were inducted into the AHHS Hall Of Fame. Reserve honors went to the sporty Dreaming & Scheming with Chris Gantley on the lines for Christy Weaver Gantley.

The lady amateurs were back in the ring next with their five-gaited geldings. Topping the competitive class of 14 was Callaway’s Lil Abner and Deborah Butler in their first appearance together on the green shavings. Last year this sporty chestnut earned the reserve title in the gentlemen’s class with Chris Nalley. Garnering the red streamers was Catamaran and Laurel Nelson under the direction of Mitch Clark.

en top entries hit the green shavings next as the amateur gentlemen presented in the fine harness division. At Shelbyville a few weeks ago, John Scheidt debuted with Nurse Goodbody to a top reserve title. Tonight they marched down the ramp together making a great show in their first appearance together in Freedom Hall. Under the direction of Nelson Green this team topped the nice class of 10. Reserve honors went to the multi-titled Coco Loco who also made his first amateur appearance on the green shavings. Gabe Deknatel expertly presented this John Conatser trained and Fritz and Candace Meili owned entry. Last year’s champion in this event, Simbara’s Exclamation, and Scott Cairns earned the top third spot.

An amazing 39 entries totaled the junior five-gaited division with 12 of them competing in the Junior Five-Gaited Mare class. With first place votes straight across, it was According To Lynn and Mary Gaylord McClean who were called to the winner’s circle. This is According To Lynn’s third world’s championship title, having earned two previous ones with Tre Lee. This year Mary Gaylord McClean has successfully campaigned her mare to an undefeated season, adding another title tonight under the direction of Rob Byers. Reserve honors went to the powerful Callaway’s Unsolved Mystery and Bob Brison for B&T Vonderschmitt.

The death-defying Amateur Roadster To Wagon hit the ring next. Invincible Summer and Judy McNeish topped the class in unanimous fashion, making it their third consecutive title. Capturing the reserve title were Delorenzo and Brad Bacon.

The second section of the Junior Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class was next down the ramp. In a hugely competitive class of 12, it was Platinum’s New Look and Smith Lilly unanimously called to the winner’s circle. This bold, flashy chestnut topped the class but not before losing a shoe. Lilly made the decision not to replace it as they finished the class. With grand style he dismounted in the winner’s circle and adorned his horse with the blue ribbon and graciously walked him out of the ring to the huge approval of the crowd. Reserve honors went to last year’s world’s champion of section A in the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding, Linkin Park. By Roseridge Heir, Todd Miles presented this toppy star for Deborah Butler. I’m Royalty Too and Bill Waller rounded out the top three with a top performance for Rebecca Deutsch.

For the second time tonight Barbara Manilow earned a trip to the winner’s circle. This time she did it presenting CH Callaway’s Sugarplum. This team has dominated the division, marking the third year in a row they have earned the top honor. CH Pas De Deux and Rosemary Fernandez turned in a top performance earning the reserve title, with Highland Cavalier and Bonnie Kegley rounding out the top three.

Heartland Expectation and Karen Frickey had a magnificent performance to earn the top spot in the Open Harness Pony Stallion/Gelding under the direction of Randy and Denessa Harper. The Vindicator son Night Editor garnered the red streamer with Lee Hudson on the lines for Bent Tree Farm.

The evening session was brought to a close with the CH Will Shiver Five-Gaited Stallion Stake. Fresh off a win on at Lexington, Melinda Moore presented Callaway’s Extra Extra to the win for Spencer Mains. How fitting it was for the 14-year-old son of CH Will Shriver to earn the win. I’m First and Nelson Green captured the reserve title and a first place vote for Stonecroft Farm. Earning the top third spot was Kalarama’s All Time High and Merrill Murray for the Catron family.


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