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Louisville - Tuesday Matinee

It was an eventful opener to the session following one of the best rounds of horse show in recent history, as Section One of Adult Show Pleasure Driving came to the ring. This Tuesday morning kicked off with two being removed from the ring the first way of the ring, dropping the number of entries from 12 to 10. Surviving and doing so with elegance and style, Buck Be A Lady was the first World’s Champion of Tuesday, taking a last pass with Elisabeth Goth. Trained by Neil Visser, Buck Be A Lady is a rangy dark chestnut mare by CF First Night Out and out of Lady Skybuck, by CH Buck Rogers. Ginny Stanley drove to a Reserve World’s Championship with Cherished King. The beautiful bright chestnut gelding made a stellar show this morning for DeVore Stables. Sarah Wise was overjoyed with her yellow prize at the lines of Gypsy Gentleman. Eddie Norris was trimmed in a Kentucky blue sportcoat to show American Art to a well-received fourth place ribbon.

Mitchell Tunstall saddled up to win the Junior Exhibitor Road Pony Under Saddle blue with Island Fever’s Getaway. In just his second show with this speedster, he picked up his second blue ribbon. Gaeton Lorino is the new owner of this veteran of the division. Mitchell’s first recorded ride aboard a road pony came on the Reserve World’s Champion, Pure Country. That was back in 2007. Since then, Pure Country has become one of the most highly decorated stars this division has seen. Lexie Flint rode back to Majestic Oaks with the red prize for Dr. Robert and Melissa Flint. They are the current World’s Champion of Champions in this division. Aragorn and Hannah Hirschhorn finished third for Karl Hirschhorn.

The reunion tour continued with World’s Championship results for Susan Shepherd and CH Callaway’s Kit Carson. Pleasantview had the Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure winner in top form once again to follow up on their sweep at Lexington last month. Susan and Kit Carson last graced this winner’s circle in 2005 in the first round of their partnership as the Amateur Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding World’s Champions. Reunited and it feels so good. West Wind had the reserve winner in Fort Chiswell’s The It Girl. Alexis Braswell was up on her birthday for Little Cahaba Properties. Reserve twice at Roanoke and qualifier winners at Asheville, this team is in their first year in this division. CH Callaway’s Ariel and Stacey Kipper picked up third for Sondra Kipper, with Rain and Kathy Capsuto Walker making a consistent show in fourth.

Macey Miles was the unanimous winner of the 12-Year-Old Equitation class, with Todd Miles joining her in the winner’s circle. The princess of DeLovely is undefeated in Junior competition this season, having won the Junior Equitation Championships at Lexington and Midwest already this year. Kristina Mauro was reserve here in her Louisville debut. No stranger to World’s Championship level competition, she has shown the last two years at the Morgan Grand National, winning the 2010 Walk-and-Trot Classic Equitation World Championship.

Amanda Dellinger was a vision in black and white, but the color of choice in Freedom Hall is blue. That’s exactly what she picked up with Heartland Accolade in the first split of Hackney Pleasure Driving. Driving for the Hollow Haven banner, Mandy earned her sixth straight win of the year, having swept the division at Midwest and Blue Ridge and won the Championship at Asheville. The impossibly upright and long-necked bay gelding is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of Heartland Extra Elegant. A year ago, Accolade to World’s Champion of Champions honors. The ever-resilient Sandra Surber was up for the Reserve World’s Championship with Catch Me If You Can. This was a repeat of their qualifier finish a year ago for Team Majestic Oaks. Catch Me If You Can was the 2010 World’s Champion of Champions, putting the past two titleholders in this first split. Majestic Oaks also had the third place finisher, Boxford Moment To Remember. Linda Fischer drove this one for Thomas Caisse. Romeo’s Expectation LF and Anna Marie Knipp were fourth for High Spirits Farm.

The second section was equally deep, with CH Mastercraft’s Namesake LF showing to a unanimous win with Stephany Monteleone. They are undefeated since Louisville last year, having finished up as last year’s Reserve World’s Champion of Champions, their second straight year in that position. This was their third straight year to win their split of the qualifier under the direction of Abel Vega. Majestic Oaks was reserve in this one as well, with Early Edition claiming the red prize with Georgia Blevins driving for T.J. and Georgia Blevins. The parade of top ponies continued, as Early Edition is another highly decorated former World’s Champion of Champions in this division. The reigning National Champion in this division earned Reserve Championship honors at both Blue Ridge and Asheville this year.

Last night’s star team of Marilyn Macfarlane and Beth Harris were back in the winner’s circle today, this time to head up 14-17 Show Pleasure Section One World’s Champion Haley Tolliver with CH Music Of The Heir. This was actually the second year in a row for a Walnut Way winner in a split of this class, as Ben Ferreby was a winner in 2011 with CH New York Style. By Supreme Heir, Music Of The Heir is out of Miss String Music, by Slam Dunk H.G. Owen Binnie got a huge ovation from the Cater Crew and the breeders of his mount, Joe and Bette Russell. He scored this reserve honor aboard I’m Impressive for Pamela Binnie. Champions at Connecticut Summer Classic and Roanoke, they have been a strong team all season in the chestnut gelding’s four-year-old campaign. CH Sea Blue and Loewe Kasprenski finished in third, with Maya Manilow making a good catch ride in fourth aboard CH Sapphire On Ice.

Maisie Benfield and Highpoint’s Syncopated Rhythm swept to a unanimous World’s Championship in the 11-and-Under Equitation division, with Cindy Boel and Renee Zubrod Philpott heading up the victory pass. Maisie has been a Louisville winner every year she has shown here, including two four victory passes in her walk-and-trot days. Hallie Ricci and the great CH-EQ Amandari were reserve here in Hallie’s cantering debut on the green shavings. She was the UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion a year ago for Kierson.

The second of three sections of 14-17 Show Pleasure went back to Skyline Stables with Maya Manilow and The Majestic. An entry of Barbara Goodman Manilow, The Majestic has now earned four wins and three reserves on these green shavings with Maya. They are the reigning National Champions as well. Emma Metz had the ride of her young life to claim reserve honors with Cody Banks. Trained by Sheri Brandl at Equitate LLC, Emma made her first ride in Freedom Hall count! Nicole Percoco and CH Intriguing Masterpiece earned the yellow ribbon for third for Jayne Romano and Lukens Stables, while CH The Last Straw was fourth for rider Hailley Stantz and owner Kaitlin Whatley.

Champions at every horse show they have shown at this year, Odeon and Abby Mutrux won the third split of 14-17 Show Pleasure for High Spirits Farm. Robert Gardiner headed up another victory pass for this team, just as he did at Lexington, Midwest, and UPHA Chapter 5. The big bay has been a new star for the division this season, with dynamite catch rider Abby Mutrux in the saddle. Lexington qualifier winner CH Brookhill’s King Of Kool was reserve in this deep split with Jessica Wuesthofen riding for Glenn A. Werry Jr. The DeLovely entry has five World’s Championships and now three Reserve World’s Championships on his incredible resume with Jessie. Jessica Cloud and CH Tax Man were third under the Jack Magill Stables banner, while CH The Grand Master and Mary McWilliams took fourth back to Grey Ridge.

Don Mace wore the Kentucky State Fair Winner cap as he headed up the Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony World’s Champion, Mastercraft’s Politician LF. Owned and bred by prolific pony people Dan and Leah Light, Poltician was shown here by Ashley Blu. Out of a half-sister to CH Stat, Politician is by the Lights’ grand stallion, Mastercraft. This is a third-generation “LF” product on his bottom line. While there are countless World’s Champions with the “LF” suffix, most of those have been selected from their phenomenal breeding program. It was nice to see the Lights name on the ownership line this time for World’s Championship honors. Last year’s Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony World’s Champion finished reserve in this one, as Heartland Whirlwind grabbed that prize with Jeff McClean at the lines for Golden Creek Farms. Whirlwind is by Heartland Equality and out of Heartland Karen.

Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes made her first Louisville victory pass today. Ok, so it was her first Louisville victory pass in the Equitation division. The highly decorated rider of multiple performance World’s Champions is in her first season in the Equitation ranks under the DeLovely banner. She was the 13-Year-Old World’s Champion today aboard The Bourne Supremacy with the support of all three judges. Ally McHugh is a product of the Kierson Farm Riding Academy. In her two trips to Louisville, she has now been twice a Reserve World’s Champion, taking that prize for the second year in a row. She was also reserve in her Lexington age group. Maison Boyle was third for Cape Cod Farm, while Alexandria Murr picked up the fourth place prize.

Billy Deluxe and CH Take A Guess made a pass side by side at the second way slow gait, pitting the last two Five-Gaited Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions against each other in this second split of the gaited pleasure riders. Billy Deluxe emerged from that scrum to take top honors with Cece Hagan aboard for DeVore Stables. The reigning World’s Champion of Champions is by CH Superior’s Successor and out of a Talk Of The Town mare. They saved their best show of the year for the green shavings, putting it all together to take top honors. The Blue Ridge Champion, Take A Guess, was back in top form with Michelle Krentz riding for Mary Krentz. A Grey Ridge entry, Take A Guess picked up the reserve ribbon in this one. Michelle made a smart ride, putting the big bay gelding in great spots all the way around the ring as sister Jessica Lau and niece Callie Lau cheered her on. Soquili’s Southern Blues and Nancy Leigh Fisher were a good third here for Hollow Haven Farm, with Caught Travelin’ and Rebecca Boorstein putting together one of their best rides for fourth for Equilateral Enterprise Inc. and Lowry Stables.

Grey Ridge moved up a spot in the post-lunch break opener, as CH Redesigned and Rose Marie Wheeler earned the blue in 13-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure. Undefeated together, they have swept their division at River Ridge, Roanoke, and Blue Ridge. Under the ownership of Chestnut Dream LLC, Redesigned was way up high in the forehand, light in the bridle and moving down the rail. This is a return to Grey Ridge for Redesigned, as Bret Day debuted him as a two-year-old as a Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Reserve World’s Champion. Grace McDonell followed up on her Lexington win with a Reserve World’s Championship aboard CH Keeper Of The Stars. Long a denizen of Judd Stables, Keeper Of The Stars teamed up with Grace last year in walk-and-trot pleasure, moving up this year to the cantering ranks. Grace looks like yet another firecracker of a rider for Don Judd and Maria Gilman. Fire It Up and Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes made some great passes for DeLovely Farm in third, while The Oracle and Sarah Muraki finished fourth.

Owned, bred and shown by Happy Valley Stables, With A Friend was the unanimous winner of the second section of Adult Show Pleasure Driving. Bit Hutcheson made the winning drive. By her stallion, Harlem’s Friendly Conversation, With A Friend is out of With Grace, a full sister to another of her grand stallions, I’m The Prince, the heir to the great Merchant Prince. Friendly Conversation is himself a son of CH Harlem Town and the Hall of Fame mare, Conversationalist. Winner of her qualifier here a year ago and the current Reserve World’s Champion of Champions, Irresistible Design was reserve with Elizabeth James Lipscomb at the lines for Susan and Elizabeth James LLC and the Hollow Haven banner. They have eight wins and two reserves on the season so far in a stellar campaign. Double Or Nuttin’, a Lexington qualifier winner, was third with Priscilla Marconi driving for Tri-Color Ventures and Lowry Stables. K&J’s He’s Extra Fortunate came fourth with Dr. Bing Crosby driving for Jessica Wallace.

The 13-and-Under Country Pleasure division was another split affair, with Master Wil Rowland sweeping all three first place votes aboard Callaway’s Winning Number. This gorgeous flaxen gelding is technically a hand-me-down, as sister Alice Rowland and cousin Marjorie Townsend have also campaigned him, with Alice sweeping this division the past three years here in Freedom Hall. Wil put on a great show today with Missy Hughes Smith and Mandy Martin joining him in the winner’s circle. Emily Teehan was the Reserve World’s Champion in this section with Emily Teehan riding for TT Hidden Springs Farm. Top three in their World’s Championship here a year ago, this team is trained by Ginger Schinktgen. By Sir William Robert and out of M’Lady Janis, this bay mare was bred by the inventor of the “Limited Breeders Weanling Stake” concept, Dr. Rick Luft and wife Cindy. Man Of Hour Dreams and Frankie Sue Snider were third, with Red Shirt Freshman and Laney Henley fourth for Charis Family Interests.

Zac Cutting made it a gentlemanly sweep of the top prizes in this division, winning the second section with Prime Time Player. This is their first year in the country pleasure ranks. They were joined by Sheri Brandl and Sarah McClintock of Equitate LLC in the winner’s circle. This was the first World’s Champion trained by the Equitate team. Zac and Prime Time Player have been a force all year long, winning for the eighth time on the season. Rock Creek Champions Aidan Greene and New York’s Hot Stuff were reserve in this one. Hot Stuff is by The New York Times and out of I’m A Beauty. Laura Towell finished in third with Moonstruck In Kentucky, while Sierra Comer earned fourth aboard TMF Troubadour for Taylor Made Farms.

Three-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Champion a year ago, Heartland Demonstrator came back a year later to win the Four-Year-Old World’s Championship as well. This time it was Sam Stafford at the lines for Misdee and James Miller. By Heartland Code Of Honor, Demonstrator is out of the great Heartland Beauty, dam of Heartland Moonglow, Heartland Expectation, and Heartland Elise. High Society’s Memories Illusion was reserve with Matt Schuckert driving for Shirley Sanislow. This one is by BRS Mark’s Memories and out of High Society’s Decorated Lady.

Amateur Roadster Under Saddle was the next event, with Dr. Brian Garrett and Where Are We Now winning for the fourth year in a row. Also four years in a row the winners of this class at Lexington, this dynamic duo just continues to shine. Vivacious and Dr. Holly Ackerman repeated their 2010 finish with another Reserve World’s Championship ride. Their bond stretches back to 2005, when they debuted to a blue at the Dallas Summer Classic seven years ago.

Macey Miles continued a blue ribbon day with another win, this time in 13-and-Under Show Pleasure Section Two with My Sudden Surprise. An entry of Michelle Hartman, My Sudden Surprise has been a big winner with Macey all year long, going undefeated against 13-and-Under competition. Champions at Midwest Charity and Shelby County Fair, Macey and My Sudden Surprise make a formidable combination. They had to be good to beat the Reserve World’s Champion, CH Be Advised. Champion at Asheville, Be Advised once again teamed with Kaitlyn Creekmore for Thomas R. Brock Jr. Sired by Merchant Prince and out of a Foxfire’s Prophet mare, Be Advised is trained at Hollow Haven.

The 14-17 Five-Gaited division is split into a daytime and an evening section, with the daytime riders delivering a star-studded slugfest. It has been over a year since Hunter Chancellor and CH Platinum’s New Look have been beaten, and they didn’t change that today. The reigning World’s Champion of Champions held serve today to take the blue ribbon back to DeLovely for Steven Chancellor. How is this for a stat? Since 2006, the year Smith Lilly swept the Junior Five-Gaited division with him, “Tonto” has been unbeaten in Louisville qualifiers, winning now for the seventh straight year! Tammy DeVore and Co. were over the moon with Tanner Parham’s ride aboard What’s Your Daddy for Steven Myers. They made one of their best shows together, as the young man traded his ever-present Wake Forest cap for a more suitable hat for riding. McKenna Slater and Cheerful Memories finished up in third for Pamela Slater, while He’s Full Throttle made a smashing Louisville debut in fourth with Paige Schanke receiving a nice ovation for owner/dad Michael Schanke.

In breaking news, Charlie Jones and Mr’s Bones won a road horse class! They have never been beaten in this Amateur Roadster to Bike qualifier, winning now for the fifth straight year. Winning never gets old. That can certainly be seen in the way Charlie rockets down victory lane, turning it into victory speedway instead. The ramp better be clear, because he hits it at full tilt on his way out! Jon Dabareiner and Cosmical were up for the Reserve World’s Championship. Twice a winner here in Freedom Hall, Cosmical is a longtime contender in this division. Thunderbolt and William Shatner finished in third for Belle Reve Farm.

Untouchable so far as a team, Nashville Cat and Rose Marie Wheeler won for the 14th time in 14 tries, taking the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving blue for the second straight year. The current World’s Champion of Champions is also the AHHS Hackney Pleasure Driving Medallion National Champion. Owned by Charlotte Goodman and Lisa McMackin, Nashville Cat is trained by Majestic Oaks. Last year’s Reserve World’s Champion of Champions was reserve in this one, as Pacifico’s Standing Ovation and Zach Meyer drove to the red prize for Brown/Anderson Farms and Hollow Haven. This is Zach’s third Louisville, having won this class in 2010.

In the Yearling Breeder’s Open, it was Diamond Bezel winning top honors for Blythewood Farms and handler Ramon Gomez. Sired by the CF First Night Out son, Night Watch, this chestnut filly is out of Silhouette’s Easter Renaissance, by Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man. Mike McIntosh got the assist as the leader of Enter The Dragon, with owner Brian Reimer tailing. Sired by Brian and Susan Reimer’s Don’t Worry, Enter The Dragon is a bay colt out of a Merchant Prince mare. Thunderware earned third for John Field and Carl Fischer.

Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes put it all together today with Ashlyn’s Voodoo Charm to win the 13-and-Under Five-Gaited class in a field of tough competition. Champions of this division at Midwest, Eleanor and Voodoo Charm looked perfectly suited for this division, as the exquisitely beautiful gelding never dropped an ear or put a foot out of place. By Santana’s Charm, he is out of a Spring Valley’s Deliverance mare. Callaway’s Born To Win sired the next two entries, as it was CH Callaway’s Born For This and Hey Joe coming in second and third. Catherine Wheeler and Born For This are the reigning National Champions in this division. They made their Louisville debut together to a reserve win, their first time to not leave the ring with the blue prize. Trained by Mercer Springs, the gray mare is owned by Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Junior Exhibitor Champions at Blue Ridge, Hey Joe and Jessi McCurry put together a strong show for third, while Olivia Schumacher once again put Heirrison Ford to work to claim fourth.

Born on Valentine’s Day, it was a sweet victory for Nuttin’ But Chrome in the Weanling Breeder’s Open. Owned by Swanson and Jampsa LLC, he is of course by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Kris Swanson’s country pleasure driving mare, CH Heads Will Turn. Aptly named, the chestnut colt was all trimmed in white. A Slammin’ Knight is by The Knight’s Reflection and out of Worth Slammin’, by Slam Dunk H.G. Gary Altizer was on the lead of this colt with two hind whites for Sharon Price. Bret Day earned a second top three finish on the week with Shane Sellers for Bridget Parker. They were also third in the ASR Kentucky Weanling Futurity. 

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