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Thursday Morning

The short Thursday morning session opened with the ASR Amateur Futurity of Kentucky Weanlings. After the field of 10 was presented, four were called out for further work. Delirium (My Magical Moment x Attaché’s American Pie), Guinness (The Irish Connection x The Kentucky Kitty), La Belle Fille (Ultimatum x French Pastry) and Mountjoy’s Keepsake (Fox Creek x Cadiz). After the evaluations were finished, it was Delirium, presented by Peter Mace for Scott Bennett, DVM, who was called to the winner’s circle and awarded the top winning prize monies of $5,764. Reserve in the class went to the Sue Nifong and Steve Green entry Guinness presented by Kenny Wheeler. Mountjoy’s Keepsake and La Belle Fille rounded out the top four.

A competitive class of 13 and under riders entered the ring next, contending for top honors in Kentucky equitation. With maturity and polish, Ellen Medley Wright unanimously earned the blue ribbon aboard her beloved CH Timeless Drifter. This marks the third year in a row Wright has earned this honor. Capturing the reserve title was Callie Smith aboard Wind Cruzer. Smith rides under the direction of Brooke Hovey-Graves and James Nichols.

Next in was the ASR Amateur Futurity of Kentucky Two-Year-Old In-Hand. Once again the judges decided to pull out four of the 11 for further inspection: Excellent Santana (Santana’s Charm x Sultan’s Excellence), Tango For Tips ((SA) Arborlane Tangos Wee Pee x Scarfiotti), DeGuello (Rifles And Roses x Classiphied Edition) and Golden Market (The Irish Connection x Sink Oar Swim). Topping this competitive field was the toppy liver chestnut Tango For Tips presented by Dave Lopez for Dena Lopez. Already with four world’s champion titles to his credit, Golden Market garnered the red streamers with Kenny Wheeler expertly presenting. DeGuello and Excellent Santana earned the top third and fourth places.

Even with the moving of the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup National Championship Final to All American in a few weeks, the adult equitation riders had their chance to earn a world’s championship title in the adult equitation. Twelve strong entries made the gate call. Once rail work and line up inspection was completed, Sarah Taylor was called to the winner’s circle under the direction of team Cape Cod. Ashley Alden moved successfully from the junior exhibitor ranks this season and captured the reserve title under the direction of Donna Smith.

Fourteen came to compete in the ASR Amateur Futurity of Kentucky Yearlings. The Kathy Capsuto entry Sayonara Belle topped the competitive class. This gifted filly is by My Magical Moment and out of the great fine harness mare Dancing Up A Storm LCC. Reserve honors went to Secret Vision (Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man x Lucky Vision) with Peter Mace handling for Scott Bennett, DVM and Danette Musselman.

The session closed out with back-to-back splits for the Youth Roadster To Bike. In the first section Wes Hall masterfully presented Cosmical, finding his spots and showing great distinction in speeds. Fresh off the amateur championship win at Lexington, Hall raced to the winner’s circle for himself and his sister Erin Hall. Reserve honors went to the fresh new team of The Gingerbread Man and Glenn T. Werry. A neat note is that both of the horses had their start with Chappy Chapman and Melinda Moore.


The second section’s blue went to the 2004 reserve USTA Roadster To Bike title holder, Here Comes Billy. He was purchased shortly after that by Raymond Bible. Today his granddaughter, Allison Moore, was in the bike with purple and green silks flying to the winner’s circle. Reserve honors stayed in Kentucky with At Full Throttle and Holli McDowell for Lisa McMackin.

This concludes the highlights of Thursday morning’s show. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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