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Louisville – Tuesday Morning



A torrential downpour greeted the crowd on its way into Freedom Hall on Tuesday morning, but the action picked up straight away indoors with a repeat victory for The Last Straw and John Scheidt. Owned and bred by Stonecroft Farm, The Last Straw is by CF First Night Out and out of Mahvalous Day, by Sultan’s Great Day out of a New Yorker mare. Last Straw makes a striking picture in harness, as his pedigree might point to. Nelson Green trains this Division One winner, who was also tops in this qualifier in 2006. Reserve in this first class of the 9 AM session was the aptly named I’m An Early Riser. Mary Lynn McMains handles the driving duties for the eight-year-old chestnut gelding. They were also reserve in their qualifier in 2006. CH Shot With Glory and Elizabeth James-Lipscomb were third, while Periaptus Infinitus and Charlotte Goodman picked up the white ribbon.


Division Two brought another great group to the ring. Tops in this one was a very high-headed bay gelding, Tamarack’s Lights Out, with Anna Marie Knipp. Brought out as a two-year-old in 2003 by Peter Palmer, this big son of Adriatic had been shown lightly prior to this year. He topped both classes at UPHA Chapter 5 this spring as well as the qualifier and Championship at Illinois State Fair a few weeks prior to his big win this morning. Jimmy Miller headed to the winner’s circle to join Knipp and Lights Out. Unclaimed and Janet Beardsley-Blanco were in from the Northeast to take reserve under the direction of Gary Garone. This team is new in 2007 and is coming together nicely.


Tamarack's Lights Out and Anna Marie Knipp


Only three entries were on hand for the 10-and-Under Equitation class. Courtney McGinnis followed in sister Brittany’s footsteps, winning her age group as well under the DeLovely banner. Gavin Gagnon was reserve for Fairfield South.


The first division of Adult Five-Gaited Pleasure was loaded with talent. The one who separated herself from the pack was the 10-year-old Forty-Second Street ERB mare, Miss Genevieve, with Chris Nalley aboard. Miss Genevieve started her career in the Pacific Northwest, showing mostly with owner Ginger Failor or trainer Dick Boettcher. Under the direction of Steve Wheeler, Genevieve showed in the Midwest last season, including a reserve in the Kentucky County Fair Five-Gaited Championship. Now in the Pleasure ranks, the dark chestnut has found her home. Chris Nalley was able to rate her well and put her where he wanted her, maneuvering well through the traffic to take the top honors. Steve and Tiffany Wheeler greeted him at the far end of the ring. Another product of the Northwest, Doubletrees Quixotic was reserve with catch-rider Kurt Antonacci up for Vicki Reed. Quixotic is a product of the Deardorff breeding program. He is by Quiver and out of Doubletrees Wildrose. Antonacci put on a masterful performance to pick up the red ribbon. Gotta Be Gold and Jo Ann Griffin were third, while Lexington Champion Callaway’s Jack Frost was fourth with new owner Sherry Frankel-Deal.


The 12-year-olds were the next equitation division to the ring. Taylor Newton and A Sweet Sensation continued their stellar season together under the direction of Shelley Fisher, picking up the blue in this one. Second went to Christina Collis and Show Baby Show. This cute duo was reserve in the 13-and-Under Three-Gaited qualifier yesterday as well.


Last year’s Park World’s Champion of Champions was back this year with a new rider in a new division. Bobby Kegley was aboard The Majestic this time around in the first section of Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14-17. A total of three divisions of this class were seen today, and this one had 19 entries. The Majestic is a big, bold chestnut with lots of white trim. Bobby Kegley put him through his paces well for Bonnie Kegley, taking the blue ribbon in his first Louisville performance. Sarah Lawson had new teammate He’s A Royal Pepper working well for James Williams to take reserve. Royal Pepper was reserve this year in the 18-horse Amateur Park qualifier at Midwest with former owner Nancy Leigh Fisher. Mo Rhythm and Christine Freeman were third, while Lexington Champions The Grand Master and Thea Ervin were fourth.


The second split of the 14-17 Pleasure class saw Gary Garone head to the winner’s circle to meet CH New York Entertainer and Jessica MacLeod. It was a repeat of last year’s qualifier win for this team. New York Entertainer is out of Bonheur’s Entertainer, the dam of CH Holy Fruit Salad. Shelby Reimer took home another red ribbon on the week, this time with Undulata’s Lost And Found. This was a great performance for this relatively new team. Lost And Found is a five-year-old by Supreme Heir and out of a Callaway’s Ghost Writer mare. CH A Magic Spell was working hard in third with Katie Jarve, while My Dakota and Jessica Moctezuma were fourth in another talent-laden class.


The 11-Year-Old Equitation blue went home to Paducah, Kentucky with Belle Owen, showing under the DeLovely banner. Natalie Armstrong-Grunnan was in from Rancho Santa Fe, California, to pick up the Reserve World’s Championship. Abigail Mutrux was third, with Hallie Sansbury in fourth.


Belle Owen


The third edition of Three-Gaited Pleasure 14-17 hit the ring and found itself with a clear-cut, unanimous winner. Performing at his 11th straight Kentucky State Fair, CH Blackberry Delight’s consistency may never be matched. Every class looks the same as the last one, and it has been that way for what seems like forever. He never backs an ear; he never takes a step out of line. Rachel Machamer was aboard for Shannon Sewell, under the direction of Andy and Lynda Freseth. Callaway’s Sam Baker and Beth Oseroff were reserve for Nancy Wiseman. Sam Baker is by Callaway’s Gold Rush and out of Callaway’s Hot Type, the dam of Callaway’s Hot Copy and Will’s Hotline, the dam of CH Harlem’s Strong Will.


CH Blackberry Delight with Rachel Machamer

and Lynda Freseth waited for the gate call

in the 14-17 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure

Division II in what became the 7th different
division in which "Jim" has earned World
Champion titles in his illustrious career


Somewhere in Wisconsin, Knollwood Farm riding instructor Nancy Turner is smiling. Another of her riding academy products, Nick Maupin, is now a World’s Champion. Maupin and Oh What A Feeling took on the girls in the 13-Year-Old Equitation class and emerged victorious. The Knollwood horse show moms have seemingly all taken up photography as a hobby, and Melissa Maupin is no exception. She kept taking pictures, even as she cheered her son down to the winner’s circle where he was met by Carol Matton, as Scott Matton and Eric Griedl watched from the in-gate. Second in the class went to the DeLovely team of Callie Smith and Miss Majesticness. This team was reserve in the Junior Equitation Championship at Lexington as well.


Despite a thrown shoe that led to a cut on her leg at the second-way slow gait, CH Sprinkles kept right on rolling with Michele Macfarlane to take yet another Five-Gaited Pleasure World’s Championship. Sprinkles was the World’s Champion of Champions last year in this division. Michele and her spotted mares have had great success in this division for decades, with CH Caravelle and now Sprinkles. The newest version is out of Faraway Belle, the dam of CH Thunder Country and CH Like Thunder, who will make an appearance later this week in the Western division. Intriguing Masterpiece and Nicola van der Walt were up for the reserve ribbon. The eight-year-old gelding is a Catalyst son. He is really starting to come together for Nicola and father Gene van der Walt. The Great Gazoo had some good crowd support in third for Alex Wille-Irmiter, showing for William Woods University.


The 13-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure qualifier had its first section winner in the form of Harlem’s Moving Man and Taylor LaFargue. Until last year the mount of Drew Taylor Hewitt, Harlem’s Moving Man makes a return trip down to Freedom Hall’s victory lane, as he was a 41-and-Over Pleasure winner here with Vicki Reed back in 2003. Moving Man is by Harlem Globetrotter and out of Moving Time, a Supreme Heir mare. Jack Magill trains this team. Reserve went to the Pam Langford entry of At First Sight and Tyler Miles. The six-year-old son of CF First Night Out was a Futurity star at Louisville as a young horse, winning the ASHA Kentucky Yearling Futurity in 2002. CH CF First Light Of Dawn and Maya Manilow looked strong and polished in third, while the white ribbon went to CH New York Style and Ben Ferreby. This was definitely a class that was long on talent.


A second division of Pleasure Driving took the horse show to the lunch break. A qualifier winner last year and once again this year, CH Candle Dan took the top honors with Carl Nichols driving under the direction of Bill and Lisa Waller. CH Callaway’s Head Over Heels and Nancy Lassiter made a good show to take reserve.


Maya Manilow was back in the ring right after the lunch break. She had Top This in top form under the watchful eye of Dick Obenauf. They took the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 13-and-Under qualifier. Top This won the Amateur Park Mare qualifier here back in 2002 with Stacy Arnold Englert. Sing My Song and Kristen Smith were reserve. This team won it all in the 13-and-Under two years ago and will be looking to try again later this week.


The second section of the 13-and-Under Country Pleasure class saw some excitement in the stands, as class winner Natalie Haugen’s mom, Marilyn, celebrated with some loud cheers and a double fist pump. Natalie was aboard Storm’s A Brewing for the LaFleur-VanEss banner. Marilyn was so excited, she was visibly shaking as she hustled out of the stands to greet her daughter. This was one of the best performances this team has made to date. Last year’s winner, Kabu, was reserve with Ashley Baird. Kabu was also at one time a LaFleur-VanEss entry.


Sweetheart of Success and Rodney Root were the ones to beat in the Amateur Gentlemen Harness Pony class, showing for Bent Tree Farm. Senor and Perry Grieme were reserve under the direction of Kim Crumpler.


Perry Grieme (2nd from left) was joined by his
family and trainers Fran and Kim Crumpler


Division Two of 13-and-Under Show Pleasure had tons of talent. The longtime five-gaited mount of Barbara Woods and then a Park horse, CH Discover has found another division in which to succeed. Don Judd and Maria Gilman joined rider Jenna Palmeri in the winner’s circle. Dakota Reiser played the role of crowd favorite again with Highpoint’s Grandee. He removed his hat and rode out to the applause of the Tuesday morning crowd.


The Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony class went to Lord Ovation, who put on a springy, stately show for trainer Larry Bacon and owners Art and Gaye Birtcher. They won by a unanimous decision. Second in the class was a chestnut pony with a flaxen mane and tail, Heartland Moonglow. Mike Barlow was driving for Kay Marschel.


The first section of Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17 was the property of catch-rider Lindsey Shields and Stonecroft Rumor Has It. This Stonecroft product is by My Magical Moment and out of a Boola Boola mare. He is owned by Jennie Turner Garlington and trained by Larry Hodge. CH Tigerlee and Ali DeGray were reserve in this one. This is Ali’s last junior exhibitor year, so she will definitely be back to go for it all in the championship. That one will be a great one on Saturday night.


The Amateur Gentlemen had their Hackney ponies working well, as Jeff McClean made the last pass with Heartland Elise for Golden Creek Farms. Seamair Simply Awesome and John Wrather were reserve in this seven pony class.


The Amateur Roadster to Bike class was split, and the Section One blue went back to Glenmore Farm with Gingerbread Man and Glenn T. Werry. Last year’s winner, Spill The Ink, was reserve with William Shatner. In Section Two, it was Matt T Up and David Crockett racing off with the blue. BJ’s Hail Storm and Milward Dedman were reserve for Edwin Freeman.


Art O Matic and Chris Gantley took the top honors in the Four-Year-Old Harness Pony class. Kytha and Abel Vega were reserve for Golden Creek Farms.


The Yearling Breeders’ Open went to Pocket Aces, an entry of Blythewood Farms. He is a chestnut son of Richard Witt’s bay stallion, Major Wager. He is out of CF Chief’s Happy Days, making him another complete Blythewood product to win an in-hand class in Freedom Hall. Chief’s Happy Days is by Arrowhead Chief, the Yorktown son. She is out of Happy Twenty-First, the dam of CF First Night Out. Reserve to Pocket Aces was Nuttin’ Doing with Peter Palmer showing for Carl T. Fischer. This dark chestnut is a son of the celebrity stallion, Undulata’s Nutcracker, a cross of Caramac and a The New York Times mare. Nuttin’ Doing’s dam is by Periaptor and out of a Sultan’s Royalty mare. He is a great cross of a lot of different families. CH Will Shriver, Vanity’s Sensation of Crebilly, New Yorker, Native Promise, Wing’s Fleet Admiral, Supreme Sultan and Family Jewels all appear on his pedigree.


Pocket Aces topped the Open Yearling Breeders

marking the second year in a row a yearling from

Blythewood has captured this World's Champion title.


While a new set of in-hand babies got set to go in the paddock, the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 13-and-Under riders hit the ring. Alexa Trakalo and CH Will’s No Doubt About It emerged from this nice group as the winners. Longtime owner Helen Taylor has had a lot of success showing this 13-year-old gelding out on the West Coast in Five-Gaited Pleasure. With Alexa Trakalo riding this year, there was no doubt about it in this class for young riders. Calee Dillon and Suki Snowlet were reserve for Merrimac Dillon. Suki Snowlet is a West Coast product. She is by CH Sky Watch and out of CH Astra Music, making her a product of Michele Macfarlane’s breeding program.


The Weanling Breeders’ Open saw Alde-Mar’s Crystal Pistol take the blue ribbon with Joan Lurie showing for Janet Kellett. This is another son of Undulata’s Nutcracker. He is out of CH Crystal Illusion, the longtime fine harness great and Ladies World’s Champion for Janet Kellett and before her, Sally Parker. Crystal Illusion is by Sultan’s Santana and out of the old show mare, CH Crystal Vision. Reserve in this one was My Juanita with Joe T. Smith showing for David Mountjoy. Juanita is a black daughter of Djinn’s Lucky Spirit, a son of Symbol’s Black Arrowhead, by Arrowhead Chief. Lucky Spirit is out of a Lucky Commander mare. My Juanita is out of a Fox Creek mare.


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