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Louisville - Monday Matinee

The World’s Champion of Champions in 2012, The Rest Of The Story looked ready to reclaim that title with an opening class win on Monday morning. The Five-Gaited Pony World’s Champion was ridden to the top spot by Olivia Schumacher for Lorraine and Olivia Schumacher. By CH Caramac and out of CH That’s My Story, this pretty bay was the reserve champion in this division at Lexington. This was Olivia’s first under saddle win here at Louisville for Kierson Farm. Another longtime star of this division and the reigning World’s Champion of Champions, Little Lord Huntly was up for the Reserve World’s Championship this morning. Charles Gassen once again did the riding for Brenda Kelly. By the hackney pony, Sudden Appearance, this little racking machine is out of a Boola Boola mare, Lady Huntly. CH Moon Charmer and Haley Griffin were up next in third for Ginger Griffin, while I’m A Little Wicked and Audrey Kim represented High Caliber in fourth.

Last we saw Nuttin’ But Fancy SS, he was taking three reserve wins at Blue Ridge Classic, two in Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure and one in the ASHA/AMHA Trainer’s Equitation Cup with Toria Heck! He made the last pass this morning with owner and rider Kate Smith up for the Mercer Springs team. Just a five-year-old, Nuttin’ But Fancy is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Gettin’ Fancy, the dam of World’s Champion I’m McDreamy. This 13-and-Under Country Pleasure Section One World’s Championship makes Nuttin’ But Fancy the fourth World’s Champion out of the grand producer who is clearly headed to the Broodmare Hall of Fame. Fresh off a sweep of the division at ETSA Midsummer Classic, CH Stonecroft Ring Leader and Brianna Cloutier were the Reserve World’s Champions today for Brianna and Laura Cloutier. Formerly a Reserve World’s Champion in the adult version of this class, Ring Leader is by Supreme Heir and out of Ring Girl. Also scoring a good prize was The Bluesmaster. Belle Hodge rode this one for German and Allegra Dotti. Reedann’s Fire In The Heir and Harriet Butscher rounded out the first section top four for Janine and Harriet Butscher.

Welcome to Louisville, Libby Bowen. Here’s a World’s Championship! How awesome is it when kids make their Louisville debut so memorable? Libby’s certainly was, as she was called out atop the second split of 13-and-Under Country Pleasure. She could barely move at first when her number was called out aboard Shagadelic. She kept looking to the gate, where trainers Mary and Evan Orr were bursting through with huge smiles. With tears flowing, she kept looking down at Mary as they trotted stride for stride to the winner’s circle. This entry of Jack and Donna Finch was making his debut performance with Libby today. Her first show on the horse. Her first ride on the green shavings. Her first World’s Championship. It was also a hugely memorable morning for another North Carolina team. Payton Shiflet rode My Adriana up to the Reserve World’s Championship for Nick and Carol Antich. Trained by mom Suzy Shiflet, My Adriana is by Adriatic and out of CH Can’t Touch This. My Adriana has been Payton’s to campaign since ASHAV last year, and she has made the most of it, putting it all together at exactly the right moment! Hopefully her uncle Doug got some good pictures that he will give to her for free. Radiant Joy and Camille Talkington got a nice ovation in third for owner Tamera Froehlich. CH Hard Day’s Night TS and Ally Becker were fourth for Tillman Stables.

The one other class he has shown in this season was his sixth and final qualifying class for the 2015 World’s Championship Horse Show. He won that one as well. That Harrodsburg win set Ocean Eleven and Deborah Orr up just right apparently, as they were the unanimous winners of the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Section One World’s Championship. Danny Lockhart had a bit of a tough time getting through the side gate, but he and Kelly Self made it to the winner’s circle to greet the entry of James Orr. By Ocean’s Roar, Ocean Eleven is out of a Rare Treasure mare. Debbie Tomin finally got to make her much-anticipated Louisville debut with Mister French. It was a great one, as they earned the Reserve World’s Championship for Bill and Debbie Tomin. This one is so special to Debbie because he is out of her grand World’s Champion pleasure mare, CH French Silk Stockings, one of the winningest Saddlebreds of all time. Mister French is by Sir William Robert and is incredibly reminiscent of his dam. Abby Mutrux maintained her position as a magical catch rider. She was third here with Super Cooper for Victoria McHenry. Bridget McNeese made a great last trot with CH Kent Brockman to finish fourth for Catherine Carter McNeese and Grey Ridge Farm.

Sallie Mason Wheeler and Alex Rudder rarely get to have showdowns anymore, with Alex in the older age group and Sallie Mason still in 13-and-under. They got to ride at each other this morning in the first section of Road Pony Under Saddle and came away as the top two entries. Sallie Mason got the best of it today with A Dazzling Diva. This has been Sallie Mason’s partner here the past two years. They opened with a win in 2013 and have been Reserve World’s Champions in their last three classes together here. They jumped up a notch today for owner Maureen Campbell, taking the blue ribbon ride back to Majestic Oaks. Alex had Lexington winner Cocked N Ready looking good as the Reserve World’s Champion for Dr. Chip Pugh. Gerhardt Roos trains Cocked N Ready, picking Alex as his catch rider once again here for a great green shavings trip. Remi Adams had a bunch of support in third aboard Drum Beat, headed up by Chuck Herbert. Turbo Blue and Jordyn Isgrigg represented Infinity Stables and the Ribbons of Service program with a good fourth place finish.

The Section Two blue in these back-to-back Road Pony Under Saddle splits went to unanimous winner Heartland Party Time. Madison Pope was the winning rider here for Melvin Jennings and Carol Lawson. Who better to ride your pony than a winner from a year ago? Madison was a World’s Champion last year here as well with a different speedster, Perfect Offering. She is directed by her mom, Lisa Hillmer, who gamely kept up in her walking boot. Jon Walker headed up the Reserve World’s Champion, Hightower. Makenzie Moore made that ride for Catherine and Makenzie Moore. These two already have nine wins on the season. Hightower is by Twentieth Century and out of a Cherry’s Dream Boy mare. Boxford Courageous Spirit and Austin Grace Bentley were up next in third for Beth Jones, while Bud Light and Samantha White finished fourth for Helen Rich.

That makes 29 in a row. And that’s crazy. It takes a special horse to win here, but it takes an even more special horse to win 29 classes in a row, including three on these green shavings. Twice a winner here last year, CH Callaway’s Cumulus took Susan Aschenbrenner to yet another victory pass under the direction of Amanda Simpson. The Country Pleasure Driving Section One World’s Champion and reigning World’s Champion of Champions is by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of Callaway’s Cloud Nine. Twice a winner earlier this month at Connecticut Summer Classic, Attache’s Chocolate Thunder was a good Reserve World’s Champion this morning for Lynda St. Andre. By Thundergun and out of Highpoint’s Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Thunder is trained by Luman Wadhams. This team also earned a Reserve World’s Championship last year here. CH Carissimo took a nice third place drive with Dr. Steve Gilman, while Miss Olivia O’Claire and Etta Caldwell were up next in fourth.

The second section of Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure got off to a slow start, as a shoe was cast coming through the gate. After the delayed kickoff, Laura Elliott cranked it up with Warriors Carumba, scoring another World’s Championship for Stockings N Stripes LLC. By Dorian Warriors Song (SA) and out of Walterway’s Love Me Forever, Warriors Carumba hasn’t been out of the top two all season long for trainers Steve and Tiffany Wheeler. Abby Mutrux was at it again, this time taking a Reserve World’s Championship ride aboard The Winter Rose. Now owned by Three Sisters Stables, The Winter Rose is by Bob Bobaloo and out of Miss Hannah Jane, a Periaptor mare. These two took victory passes at both Rock Creek and Lexington this year.

Louisville for Nuttin’ But Style and Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes has now featured three classes, three victory passes, and nine first place votes. Unanimous winners once again here in the Three-Gaited Pony class, they took the blue ribbons back to DesMar Stables for Rainbow Princess Farms. Triple Crown winners last year, they have the first leg of a repeat in the bag already, having swept the division again at Lexington this year. A super sport of a bay mare, My Minnie Mouse was the Reserve World’s Champion with Sallie Mason Wheeler. The entry of Silver Brook Stables is by Sir William Robert and out of Hollywood Bucks. That Caramac mare only produced two foals in her too short breeding career. We just saw the one. The other we will see later this week, World’s Champion The Mighty Mouse. In-house bragging rights went to Sallie Mason, as Catherine Wheeler was up next in third aboard Double Charmed for Lana and Daryl Gilpin. Thunder Gone Wild and Maelee Dudan earned the white ribbon in fourth for Triple D Holdings.

Jeff McClean drove Heartland Road Show to the Amateur Gentlemen’s Hackney Pony World’s Championship for Golden Creek Farms. This marks the third World’s Championship to go along with four Reserve World’s Championships for the son of Heartland Blackhawk and Heartland Just A Princess. The 2013 World’s Grand Champion, CH Heartland Globe-Trotter was reserve in this one with John Wrather at the lines for Charlotte Wrather. Trained by Majestic Oaks, Globe-Trotter is by Heartland Equality and out of a Dun-Haven Bandolier mare.

The 14-17 Country Pleasure Section One blue went to Coventry’s Too Fast Too Furious. Gianna Desimone hops aboard at Louisville each year to make good catch rides for SGF Winning Ways Farm. This year was even better than last year, as she took her first Louisville victory pass. Sena Bowling and Lauren Greenwald headed up the victory pass for the son of Star Material and a Merchant Prince mare. Malika Keglowitsch made a good ride for the Reserve World’s Championship aboard Monnington Status Quo. Owned by Roger and Suzanne Keglowitsch, Status Quo is by CH Cloverleaf Master And Commander and out of Anvils O Kiss Me Quick. Jade Woods is a good jockey from Iowa. She took a third place trip here for Julie and Walter Witthoff aboard Rocky Bay. High Point Memories and Jordyn Isgrigg were up next in fourth for Willow Wind Saddlebreds.

Gracelynn Jordan and Azure Dreams made the Fiesta Farm dreams come true today in the 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Equitation class. Trainer Stephanie Lilly took a moment to realize it was Gracelynn’s number 76 that had been called out before hugging fellow trainer Jessie Richardson and heading down to the winner’s circle. This was Gracelynn’s biggest win to date, and she did it on the biggest of stages. Ava Bertagnolli has plenty of state fair showing experience. She and Amber Lager were twice winners in their last appearance at the Ohio State Fair. Against the best of the best in this division, she rose to the challenge to earn the Reserve World’s Championship under the direction of Shelley Fisher. Katlyn Maser of North Carolina was up next in third, with Ava Kimmel finishing fourth for Kierson Farm.

Champions at Lexington last month, CH Jessie Cole and Gretchen Halloran were the Country Pleasure 14-17 Section Two World’s Champions today for Gaited Inc. and Matt Shiflet Stables. The gray gelding has taken a victory pass at every horse show this year. He was a Reserve World’s Champion in this division just last year. Champions at Midwest Charity and Blue Ridge, Mia Clementi and The Code Cracker were Reserve World’s Champions today for Woodleigh Farm LLC. The Hollow Haven faithful cheered their young rider on as she rode from the ring. The son of Undulata’s Nutcracker and Xena was a World’s Champion in hand as a two-year-old. Undulata’s Blue Light Special and Madeleine Hale were up next in third in this good group, while CH Peanut Butter and Ellie Kangur finished fourth for High Caliber Stables.

The battle of the full brothers went to The Remington today in the Amateur Gentlemen’s Harness Pony class. John Wrather made the drive in this one for Charlotte Wrather and the Majestic Oaks team. By Twin Willow’s McMillan and out of Twin Willow’s Arianna, The Remington was rocked way back today, squatting and strutting down the rail. Full brother Twin Willow’s Handsome Dan made a whale of a pass on the reverse to solidify his spot as the Reserve World’s Champion with Jeff McClean. Driving for the Golden Creek Farms, Jeff has four times been the winner of this class with the black stud. Heartland Pretty Penny and Melvin Jennings were third here, with Heartland Marching Orders and Steve Golden fourth.

Hoppy Bennett had his traditional kiss for Christine Broder as she was called out the winner of section two of Country Pleasure Driving. Christine was once again at the lines of the great CH Callaway’s Halley’s Comet, giving Callaway Hills the win in both splits of this class. Now winners of all nine of their classes this year, they are set for another showdown with fellow son of Callaway’s Blue Norther, Callaway’s Cumulus. Out of a Sultan’s Great Day mare, Halley’s Comet was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions last year and the World’s Champion of Champions in 2013. Also from Shelby County, Sapphire On Ice was up next as the Reserve World’s Champion with Sally Grieme. Trained by Kim and Fran Crumpler, Sapphire On Ice is a pretty bay son of Titleist Memory and Ice Blue. He was a World’s Champion in this class last year for owners Perry and Sally Grieme. Sally drove him to double wins at Midwest Charity earlier this year. Mardi Gras Memories and Dr. Randy McBride finished up third for the Fleur De Lis Farm banner, while Callaway’s Hit The Deck and Alicia Davis were fourth for Ronald and Alicia Davis.

Amanda Murchison used a spectacular second trot to send her to the top of all three cards with Spread The Word in the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Section Three. You could actually see the moment that Jay Wood wrote her number down on his card. She and the bay son of Harlem’s Friendly Conversation and Dream About Me were about to get boxed in and covered up for their last pass on the second second-way trot. Amanda hung back and hung back to let the horse inside her go by, then swung to the inside and closed out another World’s Championship performance. She rode by judge Wood, he watched her pass, then wrote her number down. Kristen and David Cater headed up their World’s Champion. Debra Hurst was an excited Reserve World’s Champion aboard CF A Rare Genius for Esquire Farm and Team DeLovely. Rare Genius is by CF Rare Night Out and out of Empress Flare, by Arrowhead Chief. They were twice winners at Indianapolis Charity earlier this season. Undulata’s Blue Cracker and Megan McClure were a good third for Kismet Farm, with The King’s Redemption and Bridget McNeese in fourth for Grey Ridge Farm.

Last year’s 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Champion of Champions extended her Louisville streak to two. Molly Crim has been busy cheering for big brother Blake, who has seemingly showed in every class offered for junior exhibitors this week. Molly got her shot this afternoon and made the most of it, taking Bravia down Louisville’s victory lane as the 9-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Champion. Lisa and Bill Waller train this super-cute combo. Sara Evans had a big hug for her horse when she was called out as the Reserve World’s Champion for High Caliber Stables. The reserve champion at Lexington this year, she was top three in the 8-and-under World’s Championship here last year. Genevieve Arzberger was up next in third for Cape Cod, followed by Stephanie Sanders with the white ribbon in fourth.

Bred by our Canadian friends north of the border, Hopkins was the Amateur Road Pony 50”-and-Under World’s Champion this afternoon with Toni Nastali. Undefeated on the season, this team is trained by Majestic Oaks. This was the first show in the amateur division for these two since finishing top three in the loaded Amateur Road Pony World’s Championship last year. Also from Majestic Oaks, Dun-Haven Awesome Attraction was the Reserve World’s Champion with Meredithe Steinhauer. An entry of Denise Steinhauer, Awesome Attraction is by Regal’s Rascal LF and out of Seamair’s Jasmine. These two were champions at Blue Ridge last month and took the Open Road Pony Reserve National Championship last year. Heartland River Dance and Joe Harrod were up next in third for mom Susanne Harrod and uncle Rodney Hicks. CH Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven and Stacey Swalla took the white ribbon back to Glendale Stables.

The Park Champion at Lexington last year, Callaway’s Aperitif was the pretty bay winner of the Open Park Mares World’s Championship today. Melissa Moore gave the daughter of CH Caramac and Callaway’s Sweet Clover a big hug before heading to the far end for SGF Winning Ways Farm. They were winners at Shelbyville earlier this month. The beautiful black Park Champion from Blue Ridge Classic, Anna Wintour was the Reserve World’s Champion with Bill Waller up for All Well Farm. By A Superb Manhattan and out of a CF First Night Out mare, Anna Wintour has been a strong contender all season long, winning twice at the deep Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity. Betsy Boone was all smiles on Tefnut in third for ECL Family Investments, while Mackenzie Lyttle took fourth with Total Knockout for Elisabeth Goth.

When was the last time you saw a thrown shoe in a road horse class? It happened today in the Youth Roadster to Bike! The pit stop didn’t slow Caroline Rainbolt Forbes down a bit, as she sped off with the blue at the lines of Thunder Up for the Rainbow Princess Farms. Trained by DesMar Stables, Thunder Up was the winner of this class last year as well. This season has featured an amateur championship at Midwest Charity for this team. Also a champion at Midwest, Fireball was the Reserve World’s Champion here with Gabrielle Zimmerman. Trainer Megan Thibo made the drive at Midwest to win the open championship there for Fritz Zimmerman. Fireball is always popular with the crowd, as he carries himself way up in the bridle, speaking to his Dutch Harness Horse and Saddlebred pedigree. Brandon Hubbard and Where’s Reuben were a speedy third for Steve Crabtree, while Carl Julian and Jamie Bo Lucas carried on a long road horse tradition in fourth.

It was a Toni twin bill in the amateur road pony division, as Toni Nastali won both divisions! She took the Amateur Road Pony 50-52” World’s Championship this afternoon with Regal’s Prime Rate LF. Winners at Blue Ridge last month for Majestic Oaks, Prime Rate and Toni are in their first season showing together. Prime Rate is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of a Canterbury Conqueror mare. Carolina Dreaming and Donna Whatley were up for the Reserve World’s Championship in this one. Carolina Dreaming is by Heartland High Tech and out of Chasing A Dream. This was one of Donna’s best drives yet with the speedster. Sis O Six and Louise Bennett were an excited third for Dorchester Farm and trainer Tom Lowry. Regal’s Special Effort LF and Sherry Frankel finished fourth for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

Verrill Stables has brought Thea Post along from the very beginning of her show career. After several years of academy, she stepped up in 2013 and had great success all over New England over the next two seasons. This year’s campaign has been outstanding for Thea and Seaside. Four wins and two reserves in seven classes led them up to this afternoon’s culminating moment, a win in the 10-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Championship. Jessica Verrill was joined by Samantha Sargent and Brittany Logan to head up the victory pass. A winner at Lexington, Quintin Roberts once again teamed up with Cinderella Blues with great results. Last year’s UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion earned a Reserve World’s Championship today aboard Cinderella Blues. Sarah Russell and Pam Roush direct this young gentleman. Katie Rich scored a good yellow ribbon, followed by Kierson’s Case Kobylski in fourth. 

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