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Louisville - Tuesday Daytime

The first two days of showing have featured great competition with big classes filled with top horses. There have been few of the “we know how this one will go” types of classes, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats all the way up to ribbon presentations. And what can we say about last night? Wow, what a group of horses we saw on Monday night!

Tuesday has a lot to live up to, and it began with a great moment, as Sarah Wise took a World’s Championship round of honor with Gypsy Gentleman as the winner of Show Pleasure Driving Section One. Trainer Matthew Schuckert along with the rest of the Debonaire and Wise families were elated, as this team that has been knocking on the door had it answered. These are the Louisville moments that are remembered forever, as it was Matt Schuckert’s first World’s Champion Saddlebred and Sarah Wise’s first World’s Championship winning drive! Another one that has been knocking on the door is American Art. The impeccably attired Eddie Norris earned the Reserve World’s Championship title, his best Louisville finish to date for Jack Magill Stables. He earned double reserves at Lexington in 2011 and 2012 and always seems to be in the upper part of the prizes. Cindy Kolmeier continued a good start to the week for Vantage Point, finishing third with Spend The Night. Royal Crest’s Rhinestone Cowboy was fourth for Doug Fiola.

Golden Creek Farms and Heartland Hackney Farm teamed up to sweep the top two prizes in the Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony class. Both entries are owned by Golden Creek and were bred by Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Kolkman. Heartland Road Show was the unanimous winner today, with Mary Gaylord McClean at the lines. Three-Year-Old World’s Champion a year ago, he showed back to be the Hackney Pony Reserve World’s Grand Champion. Heartland Midnight Magic made a debut performance to claim the Reserve World’s Championship with Abel Vega for Golden Creek. This one is by Heartland Top Gun and out of Heartland Dazzle.

Michelle Krentz Partridge got a good birthday present with a Louisville blue aboard CH Take A Guess. Directed by Grey Ridge Farm for Mary Krentz, Michelle made a tearful trip to the far end, her first since winning the Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship here in 2010. A good friend of the winner, Susan Shepherd was the Reserve World’s Champion with another bay horse, CH Callaway’s Kit Carson. Winners of this class a year ago, they are coming off double wins at Lexington and double reserves at Blue Ridge Classic, as they continue their grand career together. A qualifier winner here in 2010, CH Titleist Right Tonight finished up third in this deep group with Ally Ehle up for Kierson Farm. Midwest Masters Five-Gaited Pleasure Champion Jett Rink was fourth for Diane Nyhammer.

Two-time defending Junior Equitation World’s Champion of Champions Macey Joan Miles won her age group here today for the third straight year, being named the winner of this 13-Year-Old Saddle Seat Equitation class. Undefeated on the season, she and CH-EQ Coco Mojo were Junior Champions of Lexington just last month. Molly Codeanne looked primed and ready in reserve aboard Zagnut. Directed by Cater Stables, Molly also comes with an impressive pedigree full of good jockeys. Top two in every one of her classes so far this year, she was a World’s Champion here in her walk-and-trot days, just as Macey was. Lia O’Bryan overcame some untimely ill health to maintain her focus and finish third in this group of seven.

The Hackney Pleasure Driving division was split into two groups, with the Section One win going to Heartland Accolade and Amanda Dellinger. Lynda Freseth ran down to the far end saying, “Yes! Yes!” When she got there, the pony’s caretaker was waiting with a high five, though they pulled up short of contact, as Lynda is still recovering from her broken forearm at Madison Classic. Accolade was the Section One winner her a year ago as well. The winner of the other split a year ago ended up in this section for 2013, finishing second. Stephany Monteleone drove the longtime star CH Mastercraft’s Namesake LF to the reserve prize under the direction of Abel Vega. These two haven’t finished lower than second here in any class in their past four trips to Louisville. Celebrity driver Faydelle Schott was third with Extremely Supreme, followed by Night Voyager and Meredithe Steinhauer in fourth.

Section Two saw the pony power of Majestic Oaks, as the top two are trained by their team, while the third place finisher was recently purchased from Rich and Maureen Campbell’s string. Early Edition looked happy and relaxed, putting on a pleasure perfect winning show with Georgia Blevins for Blevins Farm. Second in their qualifier a year ago, today was the first Louisville win for this team. Champion in a three-pony workout at Midwest, Hawkeye’s Dream Boy was the Reserve World’s Champion with Toni Nastali as the owner and driver. Sired by Mr. Hawkeye and out of Cherry’s Dream Motion, Dream Boy has never finished lower than second in his entire career. John Wrather and Catch Me If You Can drove to third for Charlotte Wrather. Regal’s Financier LF and Donna Beck took fourth for Warren Beck.

What a week Jessica Wuesthofen has had so far! Three wins in three trips to the ring, and all in unanimous fashion. Showing in her final year of junior exhibitor, she is certainly making the most of it. “Honey, you can’t do 17 any better than that!” said Lynda Freseth as she congratulated 14-17 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Section One World’s Champion Brookhill’s King Of Kool. Hollow Haven was where Glenn A. Werry Jr. selected King Of Kool as a five-year-old lo those many years ago (or so it seems, in reality it was just six years ago!), and he has been proven wise a multitude of times. This was the seventh time, as a matter of fact, that King Of Kool and Jessie have made a Louisville victory pass. Undulata’s Hullabaloo and Caroline Anderson picked up a great prize in reserve for Shawn Stachoswki. Sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker, Hullabaloo is out of World’s Grand Champion An Heir About Her. Chanler Cook and My Sweet earned the yellow ribbon in third, while Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered was fourth with Morgan Billig.

Maisie Benfield has certainly had a good season with Highpoint’s Syncopated Rhythm. Trained by Zubrod Stables, she was the Junior Equitation Reserve Champion at Lexington and the Equitation Champion at Rock Creek. She was the 12-and-Under Equitation World’s Champion today, the first edition of this division’s existence. A year ago, she was the final winner of the 11-and-Under division, having now won a class here every year she has shown. Grace Allison and Platinum Asset were Reserve World’s Champions for the Kierson Farm team. Cheered on by parents Keith and Jane Allison, Grace has been consistently in the top prizes all year. Her first Louisville ribbon was a red one, making another Louisville memory.

Entry number 1666 won the first split and entry 1655 won the second, as Juliette Dell earned her first World’s Championship roundof honor with Reedann’s Rare Mystery. An entry of the 6D Ranch, Rare Mystery is trained by DeLovely. Champion at Pro-Am and Indianapolis Charity already this year, Rare Mystery is by The Mystery Writer and out of a Rare Treasure mare. Sarah Lawson directed the winning team for their victory pass. A World’s Champion a year ago and Lexington’s two-time defending Champion, Odeon was the Reserve World’s Champion here with Abby Mutrux once again riding for High Spirits Farm. Odeon is by A Superb Manhattan and out of Bonne Nuit. Odeon’s debut here in Freedom Hall came as a yearling, winning a Reserve World’s Championship that time as well. CH Three Point Shooter and Kaitlyn Creekmore were third for Thomas R. Brock Jr. Straight No Chaser and Drew Taylor Hewitt finished fourth for Harold Denton Jr.

Where Are We Now scooted to the winner’s circle as the Amateur Roadster Under Saddle World’s Champion with Dr. Brian Garrett. Directed by Mike Brannon, this team collected their fifth straight win in this class and Where Are We Now’s sixth win of this one overall. Kim Skipton made the winning ride in 2007. Stevie Bagdasarian was chasing them hard in reserve with Eclipse. Trained by Diamond View Farm, the jet black Eclipse was on top of his game today.

The previous class was reproduced in miniature, as the Road Pony Under Saddle class came to the ring next. With a field of 13, the top four and five of the top six were trained by Majestic Oaks. Sallie Mason Wheeler was the big winner in this one, showing A Dazzling Diva to the top prize for Maureen Campbell. A Reserve World’s Champion here as a three-year-old and a former UPHA Road Pony Classic National Champion, Dazzling Diva made her last pass at speed with both stirrups flying in the breeze, as Sallie Mason had lost them both but kept right on truckin’! The winner of this class in 2010 and the reigning AHHS Road Pony Under Saddle Medallion National Champion, Dun Haven Majestic Motion was the Reserve World’s Champion with Cheyenne Mabey up for Denise Steinhauer. Cheyenne has been a go-to rider for the Majestic Oaks team, seeming to always come through in a big way whether in the saddle or the bike. Mitchell Tunstall made the catch ride in third aboard Perfect Offering for Gaeton Lorino, followed by Heartland Painted Creation and Catherine Wheeler in fourth for George Burgy. No word yet on any smack talk from spitfire Sallie Mason toward her sister after her winning ride.

The final victory pass of the morning went to Jennie Turner Garlington and Champagne Treat. Here is a fun fact: Champagne Treat is undefeated in Louisville qualifiers, having won now for fifth time in five tries. The Kalarama entry is by CH Heir To Champagne and out of Great Treat. As reported by Reserve World’s Champion Sara McDonald, John Biggins had this to say after her great ride on Take It From The Top, “I’m really happy. And you know I’m not happy very often!” He had reason to maybe even crack a smile, as this team was top notch today in second. Deborah Richardson was elated with her yellow prize with Rowdy And Ready, while Brittany McGinnis rode to fourth aboard Grand Master Flash for Deborah Butler.

First up after the lunch break was the first section of 13-and-Under Show Pleasure. Raegan Morrison delighted her cheering section with a winning ride on Girl On Fire. Trainer Tammy DeVore headed up the victory pass as Raegan’s parents hugged, cried and cheered, accepting slaps on the back and congratulations from all of their DeVore Stables family. This was actually the first victory pass that Raegan has taken with the CF First Night Out daughter, and what a way to do it! In addition to that, this one is on Tyler DeVore’s string of horses to train, making it his first World’s Champion training horse. While not his birthday today, Clayton Stinnett rode Birthday Kiss to the Reserve World’s Championship, the second year in a row the Callaway’s Northern Kiss x Runaround Town cross to earn such an honor. A year ago, Birthday Kiss was reserve in one of the Adult Show Pleasure splits. Clayton and Birthday Kiss were Champions earlier this year at Asheville. The Lone Star Heiress and Kinslie Dougherty were third for Kay Marschel, with Texas also represented by CH With Bells On and Mackenzie Hall in fourth.

All three judges agreed on two things according to the announcer in Show Pleasure Driving’s second split. Buck Be A Lady was the World’s Champion, and Elisabeth Goth had the best hat in the class. Elisabeth has gone with quite vertically enhanced hats so far this week, this one was by noted milliner Phillip Treacy. Elisabeth paired this haute couture piece with a matching cape for her winning drive. Also the winner of their qualifier last year, Buck Be A Lady and Elisabeth were Reserve World’s Champions the year before that, a remarkable run of consistency in a competitive division. A World’s Champion in Park Pleasure each of the last two years, A Night In Vegas was the Reserve World’s Champion in his driving debut on the green shavings. Grace Arnold drove him to six straight wins in their qualifying run earlier this year. Jim Cherry trains this son of Northern Vegas. Anna Wintour and Anna Marie Knipp were third, followed by Buzz Me In and John Scheidt for Melinda Moore.

(Editor’s Note: I thought I had a deal struck with Wil Rowland earlier this year to buy Callaway’s Winning Number for $20 and a new Xbox, but he backed out on the sale after consulting with trainer Missy Hughes Smith.) Instead, young Wil took his second Louisville victory pass aboard the gorgeous flaxen gelding for Ever Glades Farm. It is two years in a row for this team, but Winning Number has won his qualifier here for five straight years, also taking Alice Rowland to multiple world titles. Jordyn Vallorosi made perhaps her best ride yet aboard CH New York Entertainer. They delighted the Kierson Krowd with a Reserve World’s Championship. The veteran bay gelding has still got it. His Louisville debut was also to a Reserve World’s Championship in the 2000 Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding class. Rhiannon White and CH League Of Nations made their first Louisville ride to claim third, with Bugatti’s Pinata and Sarah Muraki fourth.

By Twin Willow’s Handsome Dan, Mr. Naples continued his good season with a Four-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Championship. Abel (pronounced uh-Bell as pointed out by Peter Fenton) Vega was at the lines for the Golden Creek Farms. These two also won the Limit Harness Pony class at Lexington and the UPHA Harness Pony Classic at the always competitive pony show, the Illinois State Fair. Rodney Hicks drove The Perfectionist to a good reserve title for Marjorie Kenney. Perfectionist is by AG Royal Attraction and out of Kingsley Confetti, also the dam of Extremely Supreme.

Another unanimous victory for Elisabeth Goth LLC came in the 13-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure division’s second split. Macey Joan Miles did the riding here aboard Callaway’s Nachelle. She sported a gleaming white coat with brown trim on the lapels and pockets for her winning ride, her second of the day. These two have improved every time they have shown together, peaking at the right time today for Visser Stables. Rondo and Emily Candelaria are in just their third class together as well. They earned the reserve tie today for Barbara Woods and Judd Stables. By CH Harlem Town, Rondo is out of the walk-trot mare, She Be Jammin’. CH Redesigned and Rose Marie Wheeler finished up in third, followed by Catalino and Camryn Silverton in fourth.

Full brother to World’s Champion Turning The Page, Off The Record earned a world title of his own with Rob Byers up for Amy Dix Rock in the Junior Three-Gaited Park qualifier. Now six for six on the season, these two work well together, winning the first ever holding of this class. Jannie Giles and Buenas Noches BHM were the Reserve World’s Champions for Lynn Schweikert. A winner here a year ago with Carter Cox in harness, Buenas Noches is a big, rangy bay by Nocturnal. Hello Bombshell and David Chretien were up for third for MLS Equestrian LLC.

Maya Manilow had mom Barbara in the good kind of tears, winning in her final junior exhibitor year aboard Out With The Ladies. Winners of the 14-17 Five-Gaited Section One today, they were Reserve World’s Champions in 2011. Kenny Smith is the proud trainer of this team. With the Goodman family listed as the breeder of record for Out With The Ladies, it is fitting that they would have him back now to claim his first World’s Championship win. The exquisitely beautiful Ashlyn’s Voodoo Charm was up for reserve with Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes. An entry of Niji Farm, trained by DeLovely, Voodoo Charm swept the 13-and-Under division here a year ago. This cute yet fiery team more than held their own today against the “big kids.” Morgan Billig and Fight Night, a former World’s Champion of Champions in this division, were third for Cardigan Farms. Jessica Cloud racked her way to fourth with Stonecroft Rumor Has It.

Thunderbolt was in hyperdrive to win an action-packed Amateur Roadster to Bike qualifier with William Shatner. Bill’s second winning drive of the week came under the direction of DeLovely. The reigning Amateur World’s Champion of Champions was twice a winner at Lexington this year and twice a winner at the Royal last year, effectively completing a “Tiger Slam” version of the Triple Crown. They will set their phasers to “stun” to go for it again in the Championship round. Winners of eight World’s Championships together, Mr. Bones and Charlie Jones were reserve today under his sweetheart Jan Lukens’ banner. This duel is always fun to watch, and it will renew again later on this week.

The Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving blue went back to Majestic Oaks with Crystal Creek’s Foxnomenal and Cheyenne Mabey. The reigning UPHA Hackney Pleasure Driving Classic National Champion was the Champion of this division earlier this year at Midwest Charity as well. Foxnomenal is by CH Dun Haven Phenomenal and out of Out Foxed Em. Seamair Dear Sir and Olivia Schumacher were beautiful as always, finishing as the Reserve World’s Champions for Kierson Farm. This was Olivia’s first world title of her young career, with many more ahead of her as she continues to improve as the year progresses. Music City and Sloane Fleig were the selection in third for Lisa McMackin and Charlotte Goodman. Pacifico’s Standing Ovation and Zach Meyer drove to fourth for Brown Anderson Farms.

Ramon Gomez made a good move with At Your Best. After a good lead and stand in the Yearling Breeder’s Open, he parked the chestnut gelding out by the gate for final evaluation. The son of At Night and CF Hot Night Out (BHF) looked up that chute in perfectly parked-out form, sealing the deal as the World’s Champion for Blythewood. This was a second year in a row for Blythewood to win this class, as Diamond Bezel was the pick in 2012. If you are going to have a breeding operation, naming it after a Native American fertility god could be a good selection. Thus is the case with Kokopelli Equine, as their Kokopelli’s Bewitched Blue was the Reserve World’s Champion with Alan Burnison. Bewitched Blue is by Charmed And Bewitched and out of Savannah Blue, by Native Promise. James Hale had a pretty flaxen third place finisher with Hillside’s Joker, an entry of J. Frank Gray Jr.

Layton Sydenstricker made her first Louisville ribbon a blue one today in the 13-and-Under Five-Gaited division. She battled through a whirlwind of a class to take top honors with He’s Here For The Party. The son of Designed To Win is out of a Northern Blues mare, Coyote Ugly. These two were the Reserve Champions at Lexington under the direction of Todd Graham. Here For The Party is no stranger to this winner’s circle, as he was a Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion in 2010. Bono returned to Freedom Hall for the first time since 2009. That year he was the Ladies Five-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions with Linda Fischer. Same horse different rider, a junior version of sorts, as Linda’s daughter Rose Marie Wheeler was aboard for the reserve win, still directed by Grey Ridge Farm. These two were 13-and-Under Champions at Midwest Charity earlier this year. The Cover Story and Laura Plant took third place honors back to High Caliber. Jackalberry and Payton Lynn Walker earned a good fourth for Virginia Stanley.

The youngsters made more Louisville debuts, this time in the Weanling Breeder’s Open. Paul Cates got the top call here with Voodoo Prince, continuing a good start for Texas entries. This chestnut colt is by Madeira’s Will and out of Callaway’s Passion. Passion is by Undulata’s Man Of The Hour and out of a Blue Norther mare. Voodoo Prince is owned by Enterprise Corporation II. James Hale scored another good prize in the in hand ranks today, earning a Reserve World’s Championship with Get Your Shine On. James was reserve in this class in 2010 with another one by his Commander’s Stud Muffin, Niecy Nash. Get Your Shine On is out of Telling Secrets, by Catalyst. MBA’s Silver Sapphire was third with Antonio Hernandez for MBA Equestrians. 

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