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CH Sultan’s Zorba has been a superstar in Country Pleasure Driving all over the Northeast this season, looking like there was no way he was going to be beat by anyone, anywhere with Maggie Biggs. He had a tough go on Monday morning, but doing plenty enough to get a prize and qualify for the tricolor round here on Saturday. It was a good thing he did, as the Lukens Stables-trained entry was a sight today as the Country Pleasure Driving World’s Champion of Champions. Impossibly hinged up with wild amounts of talent, Sultan’s Zorba threw down the gauntlet today to claim the tricolor. The bay mare, Hammered Last Night TS was up for the reserve honors with Dr. Chip Pugh at the lines. She got up this morning all set to do her job under the direction of Gerhardt Roos and did it well. By It’s Hammertime and out of CF Night Out On The Town, she was bred by Jayne Tillman. Section One qualifier winner CH Callaway’s Cumulus finished top three today with Susan Aschenbrenner, followed by Harlem’s Worldly Lady in fourth with James Rosburg.

It is a rare thing for CH Brookhill’s King Of Kool to do anything but win in Freedom Hall, so he wasn’t so sure about leaving the ring as the first horse out on Tuesday, earning a Reserve World’s Championship with Jessie Wuesthofen. He was all sorts of cranked up today, stomping down victory lane for Glenn A. Werry Jr. and DeLovely Farm. His career record on the green shavings now includes six wins and five reserves. Morgan Billig had her best ride yet aboard Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered. They took the title of Reserve World’s Champion of Champions for Kierson Farm and owner/uncle Carson Kressley. Signed Sealed Delivered is by CH Call Me Ringo and out of Carmelita Santana, by CH Caramac. CH The Grand Master introduced Bob Phillips to the Saddlebred world at large in 2004 when they topped the ASR Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure National Futurity. He is still a star, taking third here with Mary McWilliams for Grey Ridge Farm. The Majestic and Maya Manilow grabbed fourth for Barbara Goodman Manilow.

One of the stars of Midwest Charity, Heartland Demonstrator was the Junior Harness Pony World’s Champion of Champions today with Sam Stafford driving for James and Misdee Miller. Winner of the Four-Year-Old qualifier as well, Demonstrator is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of Heartland Beauty. Undefeated in Freedom Hall, Demonstrator, is a long and tall bay with white accents. High Society’s Memories Illusion adds Reserve World’s Champion of Champions to an already long name, earning that prize with Matt Schuckert for Shirley Sanislow. They were also reserve in the Four-Year-Old qualifier. BRS Mark’s Memories sired this one, out of a Dun-Haven Classic Edition mare.

Winner of the 11-and-Under World’s Championship on Tuesday, Maisie Benfield took another Louisville victory pass today as the Kentucky Rider Equitation winner aboard Highpoint’s Syncopated Rhythm. She was directed as always by Zubrod Stables. Kaitlin Kelly is in just her first full Equitation campaign. She earned a red ribbon for her strong effort this morning.

Maya Manilow won a third straight Freedom Hall class with CH League Of Nations, defending the 14-17 Country Pleasure World’s Championship they earned a year ago under the Skyline Stables banner. They have not been beaten since then either, going undefeated this season for Skyline Stables. By Zovoorbij Commander In Chief and out of CH Ivy League, League Of Nations has won nine times here in this ring, finishing reserve twice. Brittany Cloutier was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions aboard Extremely Fortunut for the Cater Stables crew. An entry of Roland and Laura Cloutier, Fortunut is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Miss Moriarty, by For What It’s Worth. Star Sighting and Erin Rae Beever were a strong third for Lowry Stables, followed by Harlem’s Wind and Sarah Strong for Laura Strong in fourth.

Jim Cherry was the winner in the Junior Park Pleasure Championship aboard A Night In Vegas. This was a third world title for the son of Northern Vegas and Sultan’s Lady’s Night Out. He and Jim had been undefeated until their qualifier reserve on Wednesday, avenging that loss today in tricolor style for Grace Arnold. Night In Vegas has been a Louisville star since his debut as a Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Champion with Tre Lee. Qualifier winner Callaway’s Nachelle earned the reserve tricolor with Mackenzie Lyttle up for Elisabeth Goth. Nachelle is a lovely chestnut daughter of Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of Callaway’s Return Engagement. Blue Norther had the third place winner as well, Callaway’s Cohort. Kimberly Hays rode this one for Tannehill Farms. Callaway’s Lush Life and Robert Gardiner finished fourth for Lori Hoelscher.

CH Callaway’s Summer Solstice won his qualifier at Lexington with Carissa Marshall, coming back to claim the Reserve Championship there. This week, they reversed that course, earning third in their qualifier and stepping their game way up for tri-color time. Todd Graham and Kimberly Hays joined the Adult Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions in the winner’s circle. Summer Solstice is a full brother to the great CH Callaway’s Sugarplum, by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of Callaway’s Razzberries. CH Jessie Cole and Amanda Dellinger have four Louisville wins to their credit, including three straight qualifier blues. They added a Reserve World’s Champion of Champions title to their resume today for James R. Dellinger Jr and Hollow Haven Farm. The reigning National Champion was a strong contender once again today. Negative Image and BeBe Olcott were third, followed by CH Teuschers and Priscilla Marconi in fourth.

Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes made her fifth victory pass of the week, winning the 13-and-Under Show Pleasure Championship. By Capitol Fire and out of Annie Up, this was Fire It Up. This was Eleanor’s first week showing the sporty and fixy bright chestnut gelding. Third in their qualifier, they stepped up strong, just as the previous class winner did, to claim the tricolor. Todd Miles headed up their victory pass today. Last year’s World’s and National Champion, CH With Bells On, finished up as Reserve World’s Champion of Champion with Mackenzie Hall showing once again. The celebrated winner of the 2005 All American Weanling Cup, With Bells On is by Con Heir and out of Stella Bella. CH Redesigned and Rose Marie Wheeler were third for Chestnut Dream LLC and Grey Ridge Farm. The veteran CH A Magic Spell was fourth with Ethan Feiber for trainer Jennifer Dixon.

Sired by Dorian Warriors Song (SA) and out of Three-Gaited Pony World’s Champion Our Sunbeam, Princess Warrior was the winner of the finals of the ASR National Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity. Owned by Alyssa and Dena Lopez, Princess Warrior was shown by Dena. Alyssa should well be on the registration of this one, as she showed Our Sunbeam here in Freedom Hall herself, earning a Reserve World’s Championship in 2001. Kalarama’s Duke Ellington was a good reserve for Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge. It was Daniel Lockhart doing the riding here, as he has with great skill all week long. Duke Ellington is by Harlem Globetrotter and out of Callaway’s Lady Mac, by CH Caramac. That makes this chestnut gelding a full brother to Harlem’s Worldly Lady. Windermere’s Cinco De Mayo was third with Jackie Tanner for Gaynor Roberts Shane, while Off The Record and Rob Byers earned fourth for Amy Dix Rock.

A black filly by Sir William Robert, Miss Can’t Be Wrong was the winner of the first split of the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare class. Peter Cowart was at the lines for Lisa Baucom. She is out of Mountainview’s Truly Amazing, by Mountainview’s Oh Heavenly Day. She was a park trotting fool on the green shavings today. Leatherwood Whatever made a grand debut for reserve honors. Mackenzie Lyttle did the driving for Leatherwood Stud. By their Leatherwood’s Starlight, Whatever is out of Barclay de Wet’s incomparable dynamo, CH Have You Ever. WS Call Me Catty and Chuck Herbert were third for Susan Bartlett, followed by Modern Love and Bret Day for Barberry Lane LLC.

The second split featured perhaps the star of the day. Jim Stachowski hit the ring with this filly and she came alive. The thought, “That looks like a little DaVinci Code,” ran through your head, and then if you had a program with you, you could read her name: Isabella DaVinci. Ok. That makes sense. She is absolutely the daughter of the grand World’s Champion The DaVinci Code, who will return to Freedom Hall later tonight with Kathy Capsuto Walker to vie for a prize she and Jim Stachowski just barely missed in 2009. Isabella DaVinci is by the young, bay Reedannland stud, County Treasure. She was a winner in her show ring debut today. Another up and coming stallion, Samur sired the reserve winner, Samuri Lady. Peter Palmer drove this beautiful daughter of Constantina to the red ribbon for Carl T. Fischer Jr. Constantina is a cross of old blood on top and bottom: Society Rex, Oman’s Desdemona Denmark, Genius Bourbon King, Gallant Guy O’Goshen, Wing’s Fleet Admiral, Vanity’s Sensation Of Crebilly etc. Don Pyburn was third here with I’ll Just Say for Happy Valley Stables, with Simply Amazin’ Annie and A.J. Bruwer fourth for Three Gables LLC.

Cheyenne Mabey put it all together today to claim the 14-17 Road Pony World’s Championship with Regal’s Bandolero LF. Top three in their qualifier for Dan and Leah Light, Cheyenne and Bandolero came ready to rock in this round, sweeping all three first place votes for the Majestic Oaks team. They got their first class jitters out of the way on Wednesday and came back in their second class ever together to claim this highest of honors. Zoe Schaffel earned a second reserve of the week with P.T. Cruiser. This is Zoe’s third reserve win overall, as she was also a Reserve World’s Champion with The Perfect Touch in junior exhibitor work trot.

After Caroline Walker’s smashing success in the Junior Exhibitor Park qualifier, winning with Let’s Talk, the pressure was dialed up for McGee Bosworth, fully recovered now from her pre-class ailment on Wednesday. Now here she was coming down the chute on one of the favorites! She came into the ring all sorts of ready to light it up and never let up. The son of Sir William Robert and Soft Spoken was a sight once again today to earn the World’s Championship tricolor for Pair of Jacks Stables and the High Caliber banner. This was a matchup of the two qualifier winners at the top, as CH Justa Rascal was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions for Camille Cowart and West Wind Stables. Also finishing with this prize a year ago, they are the winningest Junior Exhibitor Park team in Freedom Hall history. Rascal is by The Caveat and out of Santana Starlet. The game bay gelding just keeps on truckin’.

It was a back-to-back winner in the Roadster Under Saddle Championship, with Scott Hagan taking the last pass aboard Big N Rich. Also the winner of the qualifier for the second straight season, Big N Rich manages to keep all of his speed and athleticism wrapped up in an eye-pleasing package. Winner of this class in 2009 and 2010, Where Are We Now was the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions this time with Dr. Brian Garrett making yet another game exhibition. This is their fifth season showing together, though it seems like it has been even longer than that, as they are consistently at the top of the prizes at all of the major shows. Despite It All and Suzanne Crabtree were third for Barbara Watts, with Liz Shatner fourth on All Glory for Belle Reve.

It was bittersweet trip to the winner’s circle in the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding class, as Carter Cox bid farewell to the Freedom Hall show ring. But what a sendoff it was, as a man who is so wonderfully gifted, especially with a harness colt, left the ring with blue ribbons streaming, making one final World’s Championship victory pass with a young harness horse. The name that will go down in the record books is Buenas Noches BHM, owned and bred by Jannie Giles. He is by Nocturnal and out of Carmelita Co-Star, by Buck’s Co-Star. Sir Frank Sinatra took reserve honors with Dena Lopez driving for Pleasants Valley Stable. Obviously by Sir William Robert, this chestnut colt is out of Elegant Sky, who couldn’t be more regally bred. She is by a World’s Grand Champion and out of a World’s Grand Champion: Sky Watch and Belle Elegant. George Knight picked up the yellow ribbon with HS Daydream’s Celebrity for Hagan Saddlebreds.

James Rosburg made his green shavings debut with Bud Light, earning the top spot in the Road Pony to Wagon class. Winner of this class in 2008 and 2009 with Road Horse and Pony Hall of Famer Ronnie Graham and reserve the past two seasons, Bud Light is by Attraction’s Debonaire LF and out of a Dun-Haven Crescendo mare. Wild Turkey JF and Keith Johnson were Reserve World’s Champions under the direction of Matthew Schuckert. This one is by Regal’s Rascal LF and out of Dun-Haven Wild Rose.

The judges selected two flashy bay geldings to top the Open Three-Gaited Park Championship, with a blanket of yellow roses being placed in front of Jim Lowry aboard Seven Spanish Angels. This has been the case a couple times now this week for Lowry Stables, where the proper adjustments are made between qualifier and Championship with tricolor results. This tricolor will go home with owner and breeder James Orr. Seven Spanish Angels is by Designed and out of the Orrs’ grand producer, Annie Up. Today’s events made her eligible for the Broodmare Hall of Fame, as in addition to the World’s Championship Deborah Orr previously won with Size Me Up, Fire It Up was a tricolor winner today as well. That’s three World’s Champions out of six total babies. And oh by the way, each of her World’s Champions is by a different sire. Jannie Giles had to have been pleased with her three-year-old harness winner just a class earlier with Carter Cox, but she wanted even more, really gunning for this Championship aboard Hollywood Agent. Winner of the Stallion/Gelding qualifier, Hollywood Agent completed his most decorated Louisville to date, taking a win and a reserve on the week. Jannie really had him on point this week for his first foray into Louisville’s ultra-competitive Park division. Todd Miles came top three with Brookhill’s Passion Punch for Calico Farms, followed by CH Master And Commander and Maria Gilman in fourth for Barbara Woods. 

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