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Monday Morning

A string of first time accomplishments, winning trends, and unanimous decisions continued Monday morning with the first class of the session, the Adult Country Pleasure Driving 45 and under. Vicki Gillenwater successfully steered her way to her first World Championship with a Saddlebred behind Callaway’s Show Me State. Gillenwater catch-drove this flashy gelding under the Soquili Stables, LLC banner.

Stonecroft Farm-owned Theology was reserve with John Scheidt at the whip. Out of a strong class of nine, Heirithmatic and Heidi Bowie were third for Donna Smith.

Eight 15 year- old equitation riders were up bright and early for the second class of the morning. Alexandra Flynn of Tampa, Fla. was in top form as she danced her way down to the winner’s circle for the blue with Lillian Shively meeting her there. Riding at his best from Livermore Falls, Maine, Kyle Gagnon came in for the reserve under the direction of Marsha and Gary Garone.

The Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class was bursting with talent and fine horses as it always is each year. Twenty-two horses entered the ring and by a unanimous decision, Barbara Woods and CH Sweet Virginia took the blue.  Woods was ecstatic with her first world championship with Don Judd as trainer. In reserve, Brooke Jacobs rode the Santana Charm son, My Southern Charm on behalf of Werk Way Stables. CH In Neon ERB and owner-rider Jamie Hitchin made their way to the top for the third place vote.  CH Undulata’s Jimmy Hollywood, ridden by Abby Campbell and owned by Kristen C. Campbell, was fourth.  The other ribbon winners in this large class were George Foreman, CH Bonnie Buck, Firecracker Jack, and Square Dance.

Now it was time for the junior exhibitors to take over as the 11 Years and Under Three-Gaited class came to session.  By unanimous decision, Lindsey Landrum and Imagination Station were called to receive the blue, adding one more to the DeLovely Farm banner.  And if winning a world's championship at such a young age was not enough, this was Landrum’s seventh time riding to the winner’s circle at Freedom Hall. Also with a sharp performance, the Randy Cates trained Claire Talley rode Fame’s Preferential Treatment for Jack and Jill Talley to the reserve.

Another large class of 20 came storming down the ramp for the second section of the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class. In a tearful victory, Nicolle Beltz Tolliver and Lightnin’ Lil under the guidance of Toni Knight followed in Maria Knight’s footsteps five years ago when Maria won the Three-Year Old Futurity Three-Gaited Park class with this daughter of Supreme Heir and Crystal Harmony. After coming off a reserve championship at the Lexington Junior League, CH Uncle Abe and Piper Granger rose to the occasion and captured the red. In third, Amanda Dellinger rode CH My Grande for James R. Dellinger Jr. CH The Billy Bob and Cheryl Friedman- Allison were fourth.  Rounding out the balance of the awards were First Night Vision, Roseridge’s Daybreak, Zero Mostel, and Callaway’s Summer Solstice.

The three-gaited ponies came next for the riders 14-17 years of age. Visiting the Louisville winner’s circle for the first time was Whitney Bennett and Manhattan’s Irish Cream for Kathleen C. Bagdasarian. This talented team was directed by Matt and Kristen Shiflet of Diamond View Farm. Coming off a fresh win at Mercer County Fair, Cloudsplitter and Olivia Weber were reserve out of a fine nine horse class. City Taste and Kelsey Price were third.

Entries in the Open Roadster to Wagon Stake were light, but the crowd’s enthusiasm ran high as they cheered on the two horse class. Mike Barlow and Ashland raced by to take the win for the second year in a row. Power Ranger and Raymond Shively gave a duel of speed to come in for the reserve.

The six horse class of five-gaited ponies racked and trotted their best for the 13 years and under division. Callaway’s Exception To The Rule and Alexa McWilliams who have had wins at Kentucky Spring Premier and Rock Creek added another victory to  their list as they picked up the blue for Cynthia McWilliams. A Caramac son, Undulata’s Kipling was reserve with a catch-ride from Shelby Reimer for Soquili Stables, LLC.

Fifteen junior roadster ponies were put to the test for the next class of the morning. When called back down to the jog, it was Steve Old and Heartland Carolee who earned the win for the Dellinger family. This was Steve Old’s first time to personally visit the far end of Freedom Hall.  Fighting for second, K & J’s Aviator skillfully handled by Maureen Lydon drove off with the red. In third, it was Lone Star with Jeoff Bodenhorst at the whip.

The third and final section of the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class was brimming with another 20 quality horses. Alice Unger and the big-trotting son of Harlem Town, CH Ninety-Eight Degrees, defeated the crowd for owner Nancy Leigh Fisher and trainer Lynda Freseth. A yearling champion four years ago, Pistolero is now under saddle and once again rose to the top taking the reserve for rider and owner Mary Jane Peebles.


Winner of this class last year, CH A Magic Spell was third with new owner Mary Jane Fredrickson in the irons. Steal My Thunder and owner-rider Martha L. Reynolds was forth. Other ribbon winners included Hola Buenos Heires, Green Top, CH Bella Marietta, and CH Sultan’s Hot Copy.

The Five-Gaited Pony class keeps getting deeper and deeper in quality horses. Our Sonflower was nothing but perfect for 14-17 section.  Rachael North piloted this daughter of Great Day’s Came the Son and Town Rose for the Hickory Hill Farm LLC. Miss Outa My Way was reserve in the 11 horse class with Ivy Johnson in the saddle.  The capable catch-rider Tate Bennett once again expertly handled her mount, the four year-old, Homecoming Heir on behalf of Silver Brook Stables for the third place.

The last class of the morning session was an exciting one with the Roadster to Bike Mare Stake. The crowd roared in anticipation as the seven horse class whipped around the corners. Meadow Demon and Lana Moore Gilpin emerged as the victors for owner Larry V. Gilpin. Rob Wilson and Chosen came in for a close second. Steve Crabtree maneuvered Wildwood Flower for the yellow.

The afternoon session started with the Adult Country Pleasure Driving 46 and over section. For the past three years, CH Callaway's Pretty Penny has been the dominant horse in this class, and this year was no different.  As refined and beautiful as always, CH Callaway's Pretty Penny was driven by Nancy Anderson for the blue. Last year's champion of the 45 and under section was this year's reserve winner. What A Keepsake and Lois Vartanian drove in for the red. Out of the other seven horses, Sweet Intention and Ashley Hallock were voted third.

With names of many previous champions, the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited, Rider 12-13 Years Old was as competitive as any of the adult classes. Successful no matter what division he is in, CH Blackberry Delight tried his hand in the junior exhibitor division and came away with the blue for his rider Rachel Machamer and owner Shannon Sewell. Andy and Lynda Freseth directed this multi-talented team for the unanimous decision.


Fifteen horses entered the ring and Callaway’s Button and Bows high-stepped her way to be named reserve champion with Melissa Milligan up. Keeper of the Stars and Jacquelyn De Le Parte put on a grand performance for the third place.

Next on the list was the Junior Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving with a total of nine in the class. Coming off two previous wins this year in the harness pony open division, Hawkeye's Dark Angel switched classes to be named champion with Sharon Lewis at the whip and Maureen Lydon as trainer. Also garnering top ribbons at Ohio and Illinois State Fair, Kilbro's Patent Leather stepped up for the reserve champion with David LaSalle at the lines.

As in years past, the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class has grown so large it had to be spilt in two sections. Both sections were equally competitive, but when the dust had settled after the first class, it was Tate Bennett and Liquid Thunder who stood at the top with a unanimous decision. Completing another successful catch-ride, Tate rode for Cross Timbers Enterprises, Inc. under the guidance of Biggins Stables. Last year's winner of this class,

Peppermint Sonburst and Sarah Sessoms, won the red out of the class of 11. CH Hear the Music and Sarah Werry were third.


In the second cut, Believe Her and Mallory Greaves racked up for the win after a flawless ride. Christy Bennett steered The Champagne Tiger for a reserve title. The ever-consistent CH Callaway's Capitol Reporter with his rider, Ellen Medley Wright took the yellow ribbon for Shamrock Saddlebred Farms and Ruth Helen Wright.

There are horses and ponies that, like a fine wine, seem to get better with age. Free Willy might just be one of those vintages. No matter who his driver is, Free Willy performs at his best and this afternoon was no exception. Thirteen ponies came together for the Roadster Pony Over 50" Stake. Free Willy burst through the crowd and took Georgia Blevins to the winner's circle. Andy Freseth and Calvin Hobbs battled it out for the reserve champion for owner Priscilla Gise. Seven Oaks Stables received the third place vote with their pony, Heartland Special Special. Ronnie Graham was at the whip.

The 17 year-olds came together for the open equitation class with top names from all over the country competing for the honors. The champion hails from Newburgh, Ind. and rides under the masterful hand of Lillian Shively. Mandy Martin was poised and ready for the win this afternoon. Kelsey Nicole Smith of Delafield, Wisconsin commanded the reserve ribbon with Ashley Alden of Barrington, Ill. in third.

The judges seemed to be in agreement with each other as another unanimous decision was made in the Three-Gaited Pony Rider 13 and Under. Cameo's Carte Blanche and Anna Drew Jackson rode hard in this large class of 11, but in the end were named champions.

Ashley Biggins followed closely in her trainer-parents' footsteps as she took the red aboard Simbara's Cara Mia. Amy Hein and Bourbon County Rose beat the rest of the herd for the third.

The ring once again was filled with roadster ponies as the amateurs took their turn for the 50" and under class. Already beating the pros in the 50" and over class, Georgia Blevins raced down victory lane for the second time today with her pony, Dun-Haven Awesome Image. Ed Frickey was not one to be left behind and he along with Mastercraft's Captivator made a strong drive for reserve coming out ahead of Old Memories and Elise Johnson.

In one of the strongest classes of the day, the crowd loudly greeted the contenders of the Open Park Three-Gaited Stallion/ Gelding class. 18 vied for the blue ribbon in a class filled with nothing but eye-popping horses. Tom Bombolis was greatly satisfied with his ride on First Class Heir as he went to receive the champion title, representing Glenn A. Werry Jr. Another Illinois native took the top honors as Sam and Victoria Reed's South African gelding, SJ Great Guts, rode up for the reserve under the hand of A.J. Bruwer. Cagin Martini was third with Paula Percoco in the irons.

In the final class of the afternoon, the 16 year-old equitation riders were in fine form as seven of them entered the ring. Emily Garten of Lebanon, Ohio put in a pristine ride for the winning ticket. Kathy and Erin Boggs were the proud trainers of this champion team. Michelle Krentz of Hartford, Wis. was reserve under the Knollwood Farms banner.

Monday Evening

Twenty-four yearlings danced their way around Freedom Hall as the first class of Monday night began. Ten babies were selected from the group to pose and prance for a second look. When the cards were finally turned in, it was Smith Lilly who leaped and danced his way to the far end for his prize, leading The Irish Connection and Sink Oar Swim son, Golden Market for owner Sue P. Nifong. The crowd showed their appreciation for fine breeding when Sam Stafford took his place in reserve with CF First Night Out and Fancy Bloomer daughter, Spend the Night. Santana's Charm sired the third place winner out of Sultan's Excellence. Ricky Harris trotted Excellent Santana out of the ring with the yellow in hand. The forth went to Respectfully Yours (Catalyst x I'm Not Shy) led by Steve Demjen.

The Harness Pony Mare Stake was the first performance class of the night. It was another unanimous decision as last year's world's grand champion Shake Don't Stir and Mary Gaylord McClean high-stepped it down victory lane for Golden Creek Farms, Inc. Having a successful season with wins at J.D. Massey, Ashville, and Blue Ridge, Boxford Bobbi Socks added a reserve to his string of wins with Debbie Foley driving for Tom Caisse.

Nine ladies dressed in their best strutted around the ring behind their amateur fine harness horses. Starting an unforgettable night, Barbara Goodman Manilow and the ever elegant Lady Maya captured the first prize for the second year under the watchful eye of Dick Obenauf. CH Kalarama's New Sensation and driver Mary Gise displayed their lofty trot for the reserve. Metro Heirea and Mary Sally Aylward were right behind for third.

With yet another class split because of such large numbers, the first half of the Junior Five-Gaited Stallion/ Gelding racked and trotted to the crowd's delight. Reserve last year in the AHSA National Three-Year Old Five-Gaited class, He's The Man proved himself again by unanimously claiming the win with George Knight up. Debbie Foley showed Huffman Horses LLC's Caramac son, Callaway's Ricky Ricardo, to the red ribbon with Don Bridges and Quidditch right behind for third.

Redd Crabtree and Leatherwood Farm were the victors in the second section with Leatherwood's Hats Off. Maintaining her streak of top ribbons, Debbie Foley was reserve with Undulata's Georgie Girl's full brother, Undulata's Prophet. Attaché’s Crown Royal was popular with the crowd to earn third place with Mary Marcum Orr in the saddle.

The ladies division was once again overflowing with class and refinement as the Ladies' Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under came into the ring. Enjoying recent wins at Shelby and Mercer County Fair, Ostentatiously and Deborah Visser were unanimously elected as the winners of the large class. Amelia Heir Cat, among the last prodigy of the legendary Supreme Heir, was reserve for owner-rider Laura Gralton, while Jessica Curl and Callaway's Halley's Comet came in for third.

With the tenth unanimous decision made among the five judges, the Junior Three-Gaited Over 15.2 was called to order and finalized with Renee Biggins riding the winning horse, Boston Legal for the Belle Reve Farm. Neil Visser and Wee Pee's Storm pleased the crowd with their reserve placing with Rob Byers and Odyssey Mann following.

Susan Hollowell and her dynamic harness gelding, Catalytic have certainly been having a successful year with the Cash Lovell Stables. Gathering wins and reserves at Raleigh Spring, J.D. Massey, Carolina Classic, and Lexington Junior League, it seemed only natural that they would claim the Ladies' Fine Harness class. Harlem's Santa Fe and Susan Bartlett drove in for the reserve honors in the 10 horse class with Dancing Up A Storm in third with Kathy Capsuto.

Another large class of roadster ponies raced around the track of Freedom Hall as the over 50" class was called. Mary Gaylord McClean added another blue to the tack stall of Golden Creek Farms as she drove Heartland Production to the win. After her reserve win in the Amateur Ladies' Fine Harness class, Mary Gise traded her gown for silks to take the reserve with Heartland Sundust. Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock carried away the yellow.

The Junior Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under came underway with 17 entries. A son of two champion parents, SA Arborlane Tango’s Wee Pee and CH Sultan's Leather and Lace, Lace's Last Tango was the victor with Sonny Sutton onboard for Carol L. Mandernach Trust.


A Silver Charm, proudly owned by Brad and Barbara Bacon, was last year’s winner of the Three Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/ Gelding Stake. Now trimmed, this year's winner of the Junior League Five-Gaited Junior Stake took the reserve win under the expert guidance of Tre Lee. Freakness pleased the crowd for the third place win under Annalize Van Der Walt.

The first of the Ladies' Amateur Five-Gaited classes was well filled with 17 showing at their best. Susan Shepherd and Callaway's Kit Carson outperformed the others under the guidance of Bill and Kris Knight. Previous winners, Carolina Cat and Deborah Butler were reserve with Already Famous and Luanne Kilday right behind. Emily Hess and Caramac's Bogart were forth.

Another class of well known horses came into the ring Monday night as the Amateur Gentleman's Fine Harness was called to order. Fresh from their win at Illinois State Fair, Scott Cairns and Simbara's Exclamation bested a field of seven for the blue ribbon. Call Me Ringo, driven by David Rudder for Belle Reve, was reserve and The Great Gaspar with John Scheidt in third.

Following his victory in the Junior Five-Gaited class with He's the Man, George Knight brought stable mate, Angelene into the Junior Five-Gaited Mare class for an outstanding win. Owner and breeder A.E. Nelson watched as his homebred mare, The Light O' Love, racked to the red with Martin Teater in the irons. Tre Lee presented Enchanting Memories for the third place ribbon for Carson L. Kressley.

With four classes left in the night, two more unanimous decisions were given out. The first went to always elegant CH Callaway's Sugarplum and Barbara Goodman Manilow as they topped 11 in the Ladies' Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2. They also won this class last year, both times under the training of Dick Obenauf. Riding for the reserve was Highland Cavalier and Kelly Williamson with Bonnie Kegley as the owner. The bright chestnut, Chesney was third with Marie Gwinn riding under the Boone’s Farm banner.

The Harness Pony Stallion/Gelding stake had several nice ponies to entertain the crowds. For the second year, it was Par Excellence and Larry Ella, for Bent Tree Farm, to make the pass down victory lane. John Conatser and Heartland King of Kings were reserve for Mary Sally Aylward.

With her second unanimous vote and third blue ribbon of the night, Barbara Goodman Manilow was in high spirits when her number was the first called for the Ladies' Amateur Five-Gaited Mare. She directed the spunky black mare, Boo! to the other end for her awards. Following behind was former Junior Five-Gaited Grand Champion Have You Ever, ridden by Barclay De Wet and managed by Redd Crabtree.

The last class of the evening was the Five-Gaited Stallion Stake, the first of three classes that will end on Saturday night with the Five-Gaited Grand Championship. Rising out of a class of nine I'm First lives up to his name. Nelson Green rode this son of CF First Night Out for Stonecroft Farm. Larry Hodge and Harlem's Go To Man went to it for the reserve with (SA) CCV Casey's Final Countdown in third with Michele Macfarlane.

Complete show results for Monday can be found at Show Results.


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