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Louisville - Tuesday Matinee

It got awful misty in Freedom Hall this morning. Or maybe it was some dust in the air, but everyone’s eyes started watering as Sarah Rowland made a tearful round of honor as the Show Pleasure Driving Section One World’s Champion with Henry The Second. Tears of joy, tears of remembrance, tears of every emotion on the spectrum were flowing from Sarah and trainer Missy Hughes Smith of Ever Glades Farm. Having lost their patriarch, Landon Rowland, last fall, the Ever Glades team has carried on with heavy hearts. This one was absolutely and unequivocally for Landon, and it is a certainty that he is incredibly proud of his girls and this grand chestnut gelding. Sarah’s first world’s championship comes with a homebred product, Missy’s first world’s champion that she has foaled, broke and trained. Henry The Second is by the Rowlands’ stallion, Undulata’s Heir Apparent and out of Cara Clara. His name comes from the fact that he is the spitting image of his sire, whose barn name is “Henry.” Somehow CH Who ends up in this first split every year. He drove to a third consecutive reserve world’s championship in this class with Cathy Rogers-Holmes. Headed up by David Cater, Who went on to be the reserve world’s champion of champions last year and finished as the Show Pleasure Driving National Champion. Who is by Designed and out of the grand mare, CH Kiss For Luck. Tina Griesseier and My Time To Dream were third for Walter and Bettina Griessier, with CH Front Row Frankie and Julie Greenbank in fourth.

All of a sudden, Craycroft Matador has rocketed to fame. Last year it was as the Hackney Pony World’s Grand Champion, and now as a sire of star young ponies. He had the top two in the Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony World’s Championship, with Lola taking the blue prize with Maureen Campbell. From the Thunder Ridge Ranch, Lola is by Matador and out of Shirley Shirley EF. Abel Salazar drove this one to a blue at Blue Ridge for Majestic Oaks. Craycroft Hallelujah and Jeff McClean were the reserve world’s champions for Golden Creek Farms. This one is out of Seamair’s Dancer, a Dun-Haven Awesome Creation mare. They were winners at Midwest Charity back in June.

With three reserve world titles in the last two years, Undulata’s Just Perfect and Dr. Nancy Chauvin finally reached the pinnacle, winning the first split of Amateur Three-Gaited Park this morning. The exceptionally gifted horse is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of CH Undulata’s Perfect Gift ERB. Mark Turner directs the entry of Drs. Jeff and Nancy Chauvin. Theresa Vonderschmitt was a good reserve with Forever A Mystery. Owned by B & T Vonderschmitt LLC and directed by A.J. Bruwer, Forever A Mystery is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Callaway’s Unsolved Mystery, a daughter of CH Callaway’s Born To Win. This one was twice a reserve world’s champion in 2014 as well. A Breath Away had Nancy Leigh Fisher smiling in third for WoodLeigh Farm, while Copper And Kings had Leslie LaForce matching that smile with the white ribbon in fourth.

Romeo LF is the sire of the top two in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Section One World’s Championship. Romeo’s Highlander LF was the top call in this one with superstar catch driver Linda Fischer at the lines for Jayne Romano. The Majestic Oaks trained entry is out of Regal’s Maryann LF. This was the third win in a row for Highlander and the first with Linda at the lines. It’s been Linda’s daughter, Rose Marie Wheeler, making the winning drives previously. Randy Bowen and Romeo’s Contender LF made header Chris Bowen proud as the reserve world’s champions. Contender is out of Regal’s Vanessa LF. Randy drove to the reserve championship at Lexington Junior League this year as well. Bvlgari and John Wrather made a good drive for third for Charlotte Wrather, while Craycroft Bandit and Kelsey Morgan finished fourth for Terry and Teresa Morgan.

The first time Double Dog Dare hit the ring, he came away with the big check in the Bluegrass Weanling Futurity in 2011. Now a five-year-old, he took a second straight Louisville victory pass, this time as the Open Three-Gaited Park Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion. Last year’s Junior Three-Gaited Park World’s Champion of Champions is by Dellview Dare Time and out of Lilly’s Night Out. He has a ton of chrome and flash for owner Nancy Lassiter and trainer Jannie Giles, the winning combination behind the 2012 winner of this class, Hollywood Agent. With a head and neck like a chesspiece, A New View is always a crowd pleaser with his exceptional beauty. Jon Walker had him right on point today for a red ribbon ride. Owned by Georgette “Cookie” Palassis, A New View is by I’m A New Yorker and out of Dual Purpose EM, a Talent Town mare. These two are always a factor, taking the tricolor at Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity earlier this season. Designed By Fancy SS and Chuck Herbert were up next in third for Jennifer Katko, while Fox Grape’s Trinity Road and Jason Molback were fourth for Dr. Geraldine Meanor.

Tom Fiedler and Game Changer kept their undefeated campaign going by making the last pass in the Amateur Roadster to Bike World’s Championship. The first Dutch Harness Horse to win a class here in Freedom Hall, Game Changer lived up to his name for Lowry Stables. Jim Lowry gave assistant and caretaker Addie Miller a pat on the back and a big smile on their way out of the ring. Tom made an exceptionally smart drive in a ring that got a little too full of testosterone and road rage for a Tuesday morning. Martin Schaffel tried his best to stay out of the fray as well. His entry, IAmNotACow, may have the best 0-to-60 time of any horse going right now. His rate of acceleration is insane, making him very handy in the ring. The Youth Roadster to Bike World’s Champion just yesterday with Zoe Schaffel, he is trained by David Chretien. Track Star and William Shatner sprinted off with third, with Mr. Bones and Charlie Jones in fourth.

Just a year ago, there was a class for mares and a class for stallions and geldings in the amateur park division. This year, the classes were combined and split numerically, which was probably the right move. Belle Reve’s Lady Madonna didn’t care about being put in with the boys. She maintained her status of reigning world’s champion by taking it to section two of the Amateur Three-Gaited Park World’s Championship for a blue ribbon trip. Shawn Stachowski did the riding this year for Stachowski Farms, while last year’s winning rider, Jacque Nance, looked close to tears of happiness for the mare she shared such a special moment with. It makes sense for Shawn to have selected this mare, as she is not only a sensation in the show ring, but she is also by CH Call Me Ringo and out of New York’s Crown Jewel, making her an insanely great addition to their impressive broodmare band. CH Let’s Talk and McGee Bosworth have been teamed up since 2012, and they just continue to impress. An entry of Pair of Jacks Stables, Let’s Talk is by Sir William Robert and out of Soft Spoken. They have seven winning trips on the season, adding this reserve world’s championship today for the High Caliber Stables banner. Completely Caveat and Alexandra Lawson always factor into the prizes. They were third for JM Williams Farms. Thomas McCleod and Andrea Athanasuleas finished fourth for Matt Shiflet Stables.

The Craycroft Matador show continued in the Four-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Championship, as his product, Kinky Boots, was the winner here with Maureen Campbell. New owner Jayne Romano was tickled to death with her ponies going two for two on Tuesday morning. Kinky Boots is out of Extremely Exquisite, by The Extremist. Rich Campbell yelled, “Come on, Moe!” and Maureen turned it up one more notch to take the blue. Alicia Schuckert and Heartland Dixie Dancer were the red ribbon winners for Faydelle Schott. By Heartland Head Of The Class and out of Heartland Dixie, Dixie Dancer was the Three-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Champion here last year with breeder Darrel Kolkman. Mayhem Like Me and Chris Gantley were third here for Chris and Christy Gantley.

Drew Taylor Hewitt has quickly immersed herself into the Visser Stables string. It’s no surprise, as she is a luxury to have as a catch rider. She took over the rides on Groundhog at Shelby County Fair and is now four for four, winning the Adult Country Pleasure Section One World’s Championship today for Diane Sembler Kamins. Groundhog is by Callaway’s Northern Kiss and out of Callaway’s Can’t Wait. With a little bit of reassurance over the rail from trainer Lionel Ferreira during another horse’s timeout, Nicole Percoco finished strong with Miss Can’t Be Wrong to be named reserve world’s champion for owner/grandmother Jayne Romano. It’s a good day to be part of the Romano family for sure! Miss Can’t Be Wrong is an athletic black daughter of Sir William Robert and Mountainview’s Truly Amazing. Nicole rode to the tricolor at Harrodsburg in her last outing. Princess Warrior and Alyssa Lopez Northcutt were happy campers in third, with CH Nuttin’ To Lose and Carissa Marshall finishing fourth for Tannehill Farms.

The exceptional producer Annie Up has done it again. A world’s champion herself, she continues to produce world’s champions no matter who she is bred to. Designed sure seems to be the ticket though, as Altar Of The Sun was the unanimous winner of the Junior Three-Gaited Park World’s Championship with Daniel Lockhart. This full brother to Seven Spanish Angels is a stunner, with all sorts of motor to go with a ton of bridle. This one was bred by James Orr and is still owned by his estate. Altar Of The Sun is a line straight out of the lyrics to “Seven Spanish Angels.” One that would have been the standout winner in many a class, Nirvana’s Nevermind had to settle for the reserve prize here with Jim Stachowski riding for Rhyann Stables. By the Stachowskis’ Nutcracker’s Nirvana, Nevermind is out of Aurora’s Annie. This one was second a year ago as well, that time in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Championship. There were certainly some excellent musical references in the naming of the top two in this one. Derrick Westbrook and Completely Fancy were third in this one, with Act One and Steve Wheeler fourth for Glasscock Financial Services.

Heartland Sugar Plum has certainly found a niche as a pleasure pony. Today marked a ninth win in nine tries with owner Helen Rich at the lines. They brought the Hackney Pleasure Driving Section Two World’s Championship back to Majestic Oaks this morning. They’ve swept up double wins at Tampa Charity, Pro-Am, Asheville, and Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity already this year. Tina Fisseler had one that came out of nowhere to be crowned the reserve world’s champion. Heartland Golden Eye had never before been seen in the extensive database of horse show results compiled by Saddle Horse Report. Just a five-year-old by Heartland Moonshadow and out of Heartland Piece Of Cake, Golden Eye made about as great a debut as one could hope for, thrilling Tina with a red ribbon trip. Crystal Creek’s New Generation and Sherry Frankel were a good third, with Beautiful Lady and Linda Fischer in fourth for Sandra Surber.

Sally Grieme had the standout, unanimous winner of the second split of Show Pleasure Driving. She drove Honey I’m Good to the winner’s circle under the direction of Kim and Fran Crumpler. A reserve winner here in 2014 in the Kentucky County Fair Three-Gaited Championship, Honey I’m Good is by Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man and out of Wind Fantasy. This certainly seems to be a great fit for the bay horse with two white fronts. Sally has always been a great hand with a driving horse, and she used all of that veteran savvy today for a world’s championship drive. Double Or Nuttin’ knows his way to the winner’s circle. He made it a one-two punch for the bay horses, taking the reserve world’s championship with Angela Utecht. This was a fourth straight reserve win in Freedom Hall for the son of Undulata’s Nutcracker and Beat The Odds. This team took the reserve tricolor at Shelbyville in their final Louisville tuneup. Leatherwood’s Lift Off and Linda Fischer were up next in third for Judah Saddlebreds, with the Red Hot Kid and Anna Marie Knipp rounding out the top four.

Kelly Kraegel has a blue and a red to show for her efforts this week, adding her first Louisville winner, fittingly enough in the Western Country Pleasure World’s Championship. CH Reedann’s Phancy Phootwork was the best of a field of 23 with Kiley Bush riding. By Phi Slama Jama and out of CH Longview’s Ravishing Ruby, Phancy Phootwork is undefeated on the season, really coming into his own this year for the Cottonwood Creek team. He was the first Saddlebred ever entrusted into Kelly’s care, and that trust has paid off on the green shavings. It was a great day for the Southwest, as Texas was the reserve world’s champion with My Night Traveler and Denise Baker. Trained by Ashley Walker, Night Traveler is by VHF The Licorice Drop Kid and out of Paradise’s Katrinka. These two horses have been duking it out all year long, continuing their battles even with 21 other horses in the ring. CH O Ain’t I Somethin’ and Luanne Kilday Malone were up for third, with CH I’m Goin’ Out Tonight and Camryn McHugh fourth for Nealia McCracken.

Judy McNeish made her second winning drive of the week with Nothing Else Matters. She put the other ladies away at speed to win the Ladies Roadster to Bike World’s Championship. The speed demon rocketed into the far corner at a rate that seemed like it would be impossible to carry through the corner, but there they came, sliding right through to power down victory lane. Tiffany Wheeler had it going on with Chanteur P.V. for Melrose LLC. These two made a debut drive today for the reserve world’s championship. Steve Wheeler has made winning drives at both Blue Ridge and Bonnie Blue already this year. Cookie Monster and Tammy Devore were a good third.

With half of the ponies in this six-entry class needing a timeout, the Three-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Championship never quite got rolling and required a good thinking pony to get through to the end. Maureen Campbell had one that fit the bill in Heartland Hayday. An entry bred by Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Kolkman, Hayday is now under the ownership of Sandra Surber. By Heartland Spice Of Life and out of Heartland Rosie. Hayday is a very special youngster, a winner at Lexington as well with Chris Gantley. The product of two grand show ponies, Twice As Phenomenal was the reserve world’s champion for Eduardo Lopez and Carl and Kathryn Nichols. Sired by CH Dun-Haven Phenomenal and out of CH Heartland Twice As Nice, Twice As Phenomenal was a winner in his only other trip to the ring. Honor Society and Holli Hayes were up next in third for T.J. and Juliet McDonald.

The 2014 14-17 Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions, CH Extremely Fortunut made her first victory pass in the adult ranks with Ashlee Wheaton. The entry from Cater Stables won their first six classes of the season to start this campaign. Ashlee really got cranked up second way with the daughter of Undulata’s Nutcracker and Miss Moriarity, getting out of traffic in this big group to find her way to the top of second split of Adult Country Pleasure. A reserve world’s champion here a year ago and also in just her second year of adult competition, Juliette Dell took the red ribbon with CH Reedann’s Rare Mystery. These two horses always seem to factor into the outcome no matter where they go. Juliette shows Rare Mystery in the DeLovely tradition of passes down the quarterline in go for broke style. The entry of the 6D Ranch is by The Mystery Writer and out of Rare Connection. Ginger Magnolia and Kara Hachigian finished third in this good group, while Pure Royalty and Ashley Biggins took fourth.

Second in Saturday night’s futurity class, Caramel Popcorn was a world’s champion today in the Yearling Breeders Open. Gerhardt Roos guided this one to the win for Debbie Ellis. By I’m First and out of Fox Grape’s Caramel Cream, Caramel Popcorn put on a tremendously athletic performance on the lead today, giving all the reason necessary to earn the world title. This is Debbie’s first baby that she’s ever bred and her first world’s championship. A chestnut filly by CF Rare Night Out, Turns Out was the reserve world’s champion with Ramon Gomez. Owned and bred by Blythewood Farms, Turns Out is out of Be Right Out, a CF First Night Out daughter. The Final Ascension finished third for the Joe T. Smith team and Scott Gonyaw. Way Too True and Ramon Gomez had another one for Blythewood to finish fourth.

The Heartland Hackney Farm breeding program had a good day in the Four-Year-Old Roadster Pony class. Four of the top six carried the “Heartland” prefix here. Heartland Land Rover was best of the bunch with Holli Hayes at the lines for Majestic Oaks. Owned by Carter McGlothlin, Land Rover is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of Seamair’s War Dance, by Dun-Haven Truly Awesome. Abel Salazar drove this one to win at J.D. Massey earlier this year. Maureen Campbell had last year’s Three-Year-Old Road Pony World’s Champion up for the Majestic Oaks exacta. Heartland Well Spoken is an entry of Elisabeth Goth, by Heartland Rain And Fire and out of Heartland Tiffany, an Equality daughter. Maureen had wins at both Pro-Am and Asheville this year. AG Maserati made a good impression in third for Garry Brumm. Regal’s Creation LF and Mike Tunstall were fourth for Toni Nastali and Majestic Oaks.

Directed by Mike Felty, Stanley Steamer was the Amateur Roadster Under Saddle World’s Champion with Susan Swope as the owner and rider. Just their second show under saddle together, Susan and Stanley Steamer sure made strides between ride one and ride two. The blue and green silks were a blur down victory lane. A longtime roadster under saddle aficionado, Dr. Brian Garrett was the reserve world’s champion with Show Me The Money. The patriotic silks with a big American flag on the back were right on point today. Brian rode this one to the open world’s title last year and the 2014 Roadster Under Saddle World’s Champion of Champions title. Thunderbolt and Stevie Bagdasarian scored third for Shane Mullens and Evalee Gress.

Far Away Tomahawk was the first in the order of the go and the last to leave the ring in the Weanling Breeders Open. Owned by Pieter Hugo, Tomahawk is by the South African stallion, Tomcat. He is out of the mare Lady Belle Elegant, by Sir William Robert. The third dam on this pedigree is the World’s Grand Champion Belle Elegant. In one of the best baby classes in recent memory, Tomcat (SA) had three of the top four, with Far Away Figaro capturing the reserve world’s championship. Pieter Hugo owned the top two in this one. Figaro is out of Bangles And Charms, by Santana’s Charm, and was handled by Gerhardt Roos. Matt Shiflet and Just Tango On were up next in third for Sarah Bennett, while Landmark’s Pretty Belinda came fourth with Erik Kirsch for Landmark Farm. 

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