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Louisville - Tuesday Daytime

Tuesday’s daytime session began with an absolutely star-studded first split of Show Pleasure Driving. CH Candle Dan has returned to Freedom Hall, this time with new partner Jayne Romano, to defend his World’s Championship in this division. For the last two years, Candle Dan and Carl Nichols took home top honors in the Pleasure Driving division. With her unanimous win today, Romano made it clear that she is ready to continue that tradition with this grand son of Talent Town out of CH Candle Dance. A Three Year Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion in 2005, Dr. Zhivago made his Freedom Hall debut in a new division to take reserve. Third in this class and second in her qualifier the past two years, I’m An Early Riser and Mary Lynn McMains had another fantastic drive. A qualifier winner last year, Tamarack’s Lights Out was fourth with Anna Marie Knipp. Top to bottom filled with talent, this was a great way to kick off one of those long Louisville daytime sessions.

In 10 and Under Equitation, Courtney McGinnis proved her skill in all three gaits in this her first year out of walk and trot. She was the blue ribbon winner here aboard her wonderful mount, Amandari. Another former walk and trot world’s champion Caroline Cherry received the red ribbon after putting in a hard-riding yet smooth performance.

The first section of Five-Gaited Pleasure welcomed a former World’s Champion to the winner’s circle, as Champagne Treat and Jennie Turner Garlington made the last pass. Deborah Visser rode this son of CH Heir To Champagne to the blue in this class in 2006. Another former World’s Champion, CH Chandler, took the red ribbon with Lisa McClaren aboard. McClaren was also up in 2003 when they won the Junior Exhibitor 14-17 World’s Championship. Teamed up for what seems like forever, they just keep rolling on to top ribbons wherever they go. Ali Judah picked up the yellow ribbon with Divine Renaissance, while CH Will’s No Doubt About It was fourth with Jessica Timmington aboard.

The 11 Year Old World’s Champion from last year, Belle Owen, was strong, smooth, and consistent every step of the way to claim the 12 Year Old Equitation World’s Championship aboard Chanti’s Prayer. DeLovely pulled off the DeLovely Trifecta two days in a row, as they once again claimed the top three spots. Abigail Mutrux was reserve aboard Blackboard, while Hunter Chancellor was third with Feng Shui.

Shelby Reimer and Undulata’s Lost And Found moved up a spot from their Reserve World’s Championship last year to earn the Louisville blue in the first split of Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14-17 for Soquili Stables. Lost And Found is by Supreme Heir and out of a Callaway’s Ghost Writer mare. A World’s Champion last year in Pleasure Driving with John Scheidt, The Last Straw is under saddle now with his new partner, Kaitlin Whatley. They made another great show to take the red ribbon. First Class Heir and Faye Wuesthofen were third for Glenmore Farm.

In the 11 Year Old Equitation division, it was a New England showdown between Gavin Gagnon and Maggie McCool. In a hard-fought class between these two tough little riders, it was Gavin Gagnon garnering the blue. The glimmer of a smirk on his face turned into a full-fledged smile when his number was called off for the World’s Championship. “You look awesome! Keep riding!“ That was the message trainer Kristen Cater delivered to Maggie McCool as she rode to the red ribbon aboard Golden Market.

Katie Jarve and CH A Magic Spell have come together this year and put on show after flawless show, exemplifying pleasure perfection. Wins at Lexington and Shelbyville prepared them to finally break through on the green shavings, taking their first World’s Championship together in the second section of 14-17 Show Pleasure by a unanimous choice of the judges under the direction of Jennifer Dixon. Allie Wellington made a strong show with CH It’s Yabba Dabba Doo Time to take reserve. By Attache’s Liquid Asset and out of a Sultan’s Spartan mare, “Fred” put on a pleasurable performance for the red ribbon. CH Sports Night and Jordon Mattingly were third for Diamond 5 Farm, while Harlem’s Moving Man and Taylor LaFargue were fourth.

Taylor Newton smiled every step of the way in the 13 Year Old Equitation class to win the World’s Championship aboard A Sweet Sensation. Proud trainer Shelley Fisher ran in to greet the unanimous winners. Reserve in the class was Jordyn Broten, showing under the Zubrod banner.

Stefanie Lackey Sanchez took her first Freedom Hall victory pass in section two of Five-Gaited Pleasure, doing it in unanimous fashion aboard Stonewall’s Stargate. Peter and Kim Cowart joined this talented team to celebrate a fantastic performance. Callaway’s Dealbreaker and Betts Coup were reserve. Dealbreaker is by CH Callaway’s Wish Me Will and out of a Callaway’s Blue Norther mare. Catch The Moon and Cyd Simmons finished with the yellow ribbon, while Quidditch and Janet Thompson were fourth.

The blue ribbon looked just right on Hunter Chancellor’s off-white coat as she rode Can You Hear Me Now down victory lane in section one of the 13 and Under Show Pleasure division. Hunter continues to impress, as she grows and grows as a rider. Already one of the top young riders in the business, she keeps improving under the direction of Todd Miles and Raymond and Lillian Shively. Reserve in both of her classes at Midwest and Reserve World’s Champion today, Jessie Wuesthofen piloted Brookhill’s King Of Kool to the red ribbon in their first trip to Freedom Hall. Brianna Meyer worked through the traffic with Shamrock’s Asagi to take third, while Trey Watson made his third-ever trip to the ring with That’s Exactly Right to take fourth.

Section two of Pleasure Driving closed out the morning performance, as Elizabeth James Lipscomb showed her driving and fashion skills with CH Shot With Glory, winning the blue for Hollow Haven. Vicki Reed had perhaps her best drive ever with CH Firecracker Jack to earn the red ribbon. Kim Matoza turned in a simply chic catch drive for third behind CH Sand Kalamehameha for Russell Petersen. Last Cat Standing and Kenny Wheeler picked up the white ribbon for Fritz and Candace Meili.

After the break, the 13 and Under Country Pleasure riders took to the ring for another great class of young riders. Last year’s 13 and Under Show Pleasure Reserve World’s Champion of Champions and winner of it all two years ago, the team of CH CF First Light Of Dawn and Maya Manilow were the unanimous winners in this one. “Danny” made a smooth, consistent show for Maya Manilow and Charles Goodman. Another horse in her first year in Country Pleasure, The Petite Princess, was second with Mollie Kregor. Petite Princess is by Genius Bourbon Prince and out of a Black Bottom Pie mare. Piano Man and Courtney Greenbank made a nice show for third, with Callaway’s Winning Number and Marjorie Townsend fourth for Ever Glades Farm.

The Amateur Gentlemen brought their Harness Ponies to Freedom Hall next. Majestic Oaks had the winner today. Paul Richardson and Dun-Haven Truly Awesome drove to the winner’s circle to be greeted by Rich Campbell and Holli McDowell. Tri Mark and Adam Bovaird were reserve for Trifecta Stable. Tri Mark is by Mark Of Excellence.

All Glory made yet another trip to the Freedom Hall winner’s circle, this time in the Amateur Roadster Under Saddle with Elizabeth Shatner, a class they won every year together from 2002-2005. Shatner’s navy, maroon and gold silks were a blur as she flew down victory lane. Stevie Bagdasarian repeated her 2005 and 2007 finishes with Lady Hawke, taking the red ribbon in her pink silks.

CH My Grande has come together quickly with his new partner, Elizabeth Cagle James. In just her second show with this multi-titled champion, Cagle rocked it, putting on a bigtime show under the Drowning Creek banner. Last year’s ASR National Three Year Old Park Pleasure Futurity World’s Champion, Bouffant, was second with Courtney McGinnis, coming off their Harrodsburg win. Americana’s Wings and Ashley Judd were third for Claude and Sharon Pennington. The Majestic and Maya Manilow were fourth. The Majestic won a 14-17 qualifier last year.

Three Four Year Old Hackney Ponies competed for their World’s Championship, with the blue ribbon going back to Ohio with the oh-so-expressive Heartland Fortune Maker making a great show with Bob Phillips driving for Faydelle Schott. Lexington winner Regal’s Lucifer LF and Jeff McClean were reserve for Golden Creek. This was a reversal from last year, when Regal’s Lucifer won the Three Year Old class and went on to win the Junior Hackney Pony World’s Championship. By Heartland Head Of The Class, Fortune Maker was reserve as a three year old.

A total of 16 horses answered the gate call for the first split of Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17. After the work was all through, the judges called for a 10-horse workout, eliminating four of the 14 horses remaining in the class. Through all of this, one horse stood out. With catch rider extraordinaire Shelby Reimer in the irons, Here I Am Again held tough, saving his best for last to fight through to the blue. By Roseridge Heir and out of a CH Caramac mare, Here I Am Again is owned by Dodie Stockton and Julie Garlington. A big winner all throughout the show season, including two wins at Lexington, CH Callaway’s Independence Day and Victoria McCune were reserve. Independence Day was a qualifier winner in 2006 with Laura Skinner. Brittany Baird put together a beautiful performance aboard Majestic’s Top Billing for Wendy Carney in third. In fourth place was Dodie Stockton’s granddaughter, Mallory Greaves, riding Out With The Ladies for Tammy and Tyler DeVore. Yesterday, it was Tyler DeVore riding a Mallory Greaves entry, Believe Her, to the blue ribbon.

The Amateur Gentlemen were back with their Hackney Ponies. Three entries park trotted across the green shavings, with Seamair Simply Awesome and John Wrather leaving with the blue streamers under the direction of Janet Crampton. Follow Suit and Kevin Michael were second for Gary Dickherber, with Kent Swalla coaching from the rail.

The Amateur Roadster to Bike was fast and furious with nine drivers showing up to race for the top spot. Charlie Jones had his Lexington Grand Champion Mr’s Bones all revved up in his Lukens Stables silks to speed home with the blue. Section One winner from a year ago, Gingerbread Man, was second this time with Glenn T. Werry.

Last year’s class winner, Chris Gantley, was the call judge for the Four Year Old Harness Pony class. In a big class of eight entries, Crystal Creek’s Hot Shot and Maureen Lydon were the unanimous choice of the judges. Hot Shot is a home-bred product of Carl and Kathryn Nichols’ breeding program, their first home-bred World’s Champion. He is by Twin Willow’s McMillan and out of a Rhythm’s Spirit mare. Hot Shot is a beautiful example of a harness pony, with fineness and beauty to spare. Heartland Undeniable and Dr. Alan Raun were reserve in this deep field of young ponies. Undeniable is by The Postmaster and out of a Dun-Haven Crescendo mare.

Seven yearlings paraded for the Yearling Breeders Open blue, with the palomino beauty, Walterway’s Spin The Bottle, taking the trip to the winner’s circle with Smith Lilly handling for Larry Hartsock. Spin The Bottle is by Star Material. Second in the class went to Kenny Dawson, with Pedro Martinez handling for Blythewood. Kenny Dawson is a Blythewood-bred star by Major Wager and out of a CF First Night Out mare. He got a nice ovation from the crowd as he went up for the red ribbon.

“Tonto” tore up the green shavings in the 13 and Under Five-Gaited, winning with Hunter Chancellor aboard. Platinum’s New Look was famously the Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding World’s Champion last year, with Kim Cowart making a masterful catch ride. This year, it is all Hunter. She continued her magical season with a blue ribbon ride today, her second of the daytime session. A Five-Gaited Pony 14-17 World’s Champion last year, Callaway’s Exception To The Rule was reserve today with Maya Manilow up. Maya had a busy day as well, showing three times to match Hunter’s three appearances. Nick Neviaser and CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket were third, with Heirrison Ford and Morgan Billig finishing fourth for Carson Kressley.

The $10,000 Weanling Breeders Open was the property of a Dorian Wild Temper (SA) colt, Chosholosa. An absolutely beautiful bay out of Dark-Eyed Dancer, a Periaptor mare, Chosholosa was shown to the top ribbon by Andre Van Schalkwyk. Mountjoy’s Uptown was up for reserve, showing under the direction of Joe T. Smith for David Mountjoy. Another bay colt, this one is by Santana Hosanna and out of Miss Faux Fox.

As the daytime session concluded, Peter Fenton announced that the rider who fell in the juvenile gaited class earlier in the day had suffered from a slight concussion, but no further injuries.

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