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Louisville - Tuesday Morning and Afternoon

Tuesday Morning and Afternoon
Tuesday morning began with a terrific lineup from the show pleasure driving division ready to compete for the first
Louisville blue of the day.

John Scheidt put his talented mare The Last Straw right where she needed to be to add another world’s championship title to her list for Stonecroft Farm. I’m An Early Riser was the reserve world’s champion in the first split for this division. Mary Lynn
McMains showed her entry for the reserve under the direction of Marjorie Judd.

Seven riders made the gate call for the first equitation class of the day, and they put on a display of horsemanship that was impressive by any standards. The 10-year-olds walked, trotted and cantered their way to the lineup and when the results were announced, it was Belle Owen, riding under the direction of Cryst-A-Kell Farm, named to take the victory pass. Maya Manilow kept the Manilow family momentum going with her reserve tie in the competitive class.

The amateur gentlemen brought their cobtail ponies to entertain the crowd next and this time Frickey Farm was represented in the winner’s circle by Ed Frickey. Classical Dancer and Ed Frickey upped the Frickey win count in unanimous fashion to go with Karen Frickey’s win from Monday night. Heartland Center Attraction and catch-driver Kevin Michael teamed up to represent California well with their reserve finish for owner Gail Asch.

The 14-17 junior exhibitors had three separate splits to showcase their three-gaited pleasure horses; each and every section featured a big, talented field of entries. Maguire Hall and New York Style got things started with their unanimous winning performance under the direction of Patty Milligan. Last year’s 13 and under champion CH May Issue and Allison Rohloff have been consistently at the top of the list and they were right there to finish with the red ribbon from Timber Hills. With 16 entries, this was a class not to be missed as the junior exhibitors rode hard and didn’t let the first thrown shoe of the day break their concentration.

From show pleasure to five-gaited pleasure, the big numbers just kept on coming and the first section for the adult riders on their gaited horses was yet another impressive class. Patrice Watson and Stonewall’s Stargate, with a bounty of wins to their credit, made it look easy on their way to the winner’s circle. Rob and Sarah Byers directed the winning team. CH Sprinkles exuded power as she turned it on to claim the reserve title and lots of applause from the crowd with Michele Macfarlane on board from Scripps Miramar Ranch.

A trio of harness ponies and their amateur gentlemen drivers had plenty of room to maneuver and find a good spot to show off for the panel. When they lined up,
it was Joan Jett named to make it two years in a row for Jeff McClean and Golden Creek Farm and add another world’s championship to her long list of wins. Twin
Willow’s Wild Thing had won this class last year for Golden Creek Farm. Seamair Sensation and Gene Gallmeier turned in a strong effort to claim reserve under the
direction of Majestic Oaks.

Sections two and three for the 14-17 riders and their three-gaited pleasure horses were held back to back and like the first split, just getting a ribbon amongst the decorated group was an accomplishment, not to mention placing high enough to have the opportunity to show back in the championship.

Section two winner New York Entertainer carried Jessica MacLeod to the winner’s circle where she was met by Gary and Marsha Garone to pin the winning ribbon. CH Trapp Mountain and Angela Darrow were able to claim the reserve with their team effort from Knollwood Farm to add to their accomplishments this season.

The Grand Master and Thea Ervin were met by Chuck Herbert and Lisa Uhde, from Cedarwood Farm, as they prepared to take their victory pass in section three.
He Walks On Water and Sarah Werry turned in a strong effort to finish in second place for Glenmore Farm, The third split, like the first two, was a testament to the incredible depth and talent in the division today.

The 12-year-old equitation riders, like their younger counterparts, put on a terrific class to keep the morning’s momentum going and an elated Randy Cates headed to center ring when it was over to greet newly crowned world’s champion Katie Cunningham to prepare for her victory pass. Olivia Prentiss, directed by David and Kristen Cater of Cricket Hill, was the reserve world’s champion.

The second section for the adult five-gaited pleasure riders had barely begun when a thrown shoe stopped the action for a short time. When riders returned to the rail however, they made quick work of getting back in stride and Deborah Visser’s dream week continued as she was called out for her third Louisville win in three appearances. Champagne Treat followed up wins at Harrodsburg with the win on the green shavings amongst a very deep group. Christy Bennett and the Champagne Tiger gave Kalarama the top two slots when they were named the reserve champions to continue their great season.

Ashley Baird was on top of the world when the 13 and Under Three-Gaited Pleasure Section 1 results were announced. Little did she know that she would be seeing trainer Pat McConnell in center ring again just a short time later. Baird turned back all challengers for the win for MBA Equestrian. CH A Magic Spell and Katie Jarve have worked well as a team in their first season together and after a great show at Shelbyville, they displayed their skills to finish with the reserve under the direction of Dixon Stables.

The panel was in complete agreement that Regal’s Trademark was the one to beat in the Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony class with Jeff McClean driving for Golden Creek Farm. Eight sporty ponies put McClean and his pony to the test, and the panel named Heartland Designed and Mike Barlow the reserve world’s champions for owner Garland Presswood.

Taylor Newton rode to victory in the 11-Year-Old Equitation class to give her yet another world’s title under the direction of Shelly Fisher of Sugar Knoll. Newton topped not only a hard riding field of six, she did it in unanimous fashion. It was another previous world’s champion, Lindsey Landrum, named to take the reserve ribbon under the direction of DeLovely Farm.

The 13 and Under Country Pleasure class was split into two sections and both showcased incredible depth and big numbers. Both trainer Pat McConnell and rider
Ashley Baird had barely had time to catch their breath before they were reunited in center ring for a
Louisville blue ribbon presentation. Kabu’s win followed up a championship win at Illinois State Fair. Sing My Song and Kristen Smith put together the reserve effort in the talent-filled first section under the direction of Jo Cornell.

Callaway’s Blue Agate and Emily Burglass have been having quite a year under the direction of Marjorie Judd and their win streak continued when they were called out as the section two world’s champions. Salt Heir is no stranger to the green shavings of Freedom Hall and Morgan Brison piloted her mount to the reserve finish for Bob and Tonya Brison.

Candle Dan certainly made it look like a pleasurable experience for driver Carl Nichols when he went to the top of the class in the second section of the adult
show pleasure driving class. Nichols drove under the direction of Bill and Lisa Waller for the world’s championship win. 2004 and 2005 world’s champion CH Heir’s Town added the reserve world’s title to his credit after a solid effort with Alice Unger driving for Nancy Leigh Fisher.

Callaway’s Head Over Heels and Nancy Lassiter followed up their Mercer County Fair wins by turning in a strong effort to win the section three Shop Pleasure Driving class under the direction of Patty Milligan. CF Private Night Out and Janet Kellett were also in good order to finish with the section three reserve tie.

Ellen Medley Wright kept DeLovely Farm in blue ribbons when she was named the winner of the 13-year-old equitation class which featured five poised competitors. Wright had the votes of all 3 judges for the top spot on their cards. Brittany McGinnis, herself a world’s champion equitation rider, also from DeLovely, was named for second place.

A huge group of 14-17 junior exhibitors brought their five-gaited horses and what a show they put on for the crowd. Nobody let up for a minute and these young riders looked every inch like much older and much more experienced competitors as they put their horses in position, hoping for a nod from the judges. When results were announced for this first section, the nod was given to Callaway’s Independence Day and Laura Skinner who showed under the direction of Melissa Moore. Grant Shiflet and Callaway’s Cover Page were right there in the mix to exit with the red streamers
after a powerful performance. Shiflet showed under the direction of his dad Harrison Shiflet.

Freedom Hall has long been the site for exciting equine action and when it comes to excitement, the road horses always seem to be a crowd favorite. The amateurs had two different sections so the enthusiastic crowd got twice their money’s worth as
both sections put on a great show, although a spill in the first section stopped the action momentarily. Thankfully, neither the horse nor the driver was hurt and in fact, finished the class in good order.

Spill The Ink and William Shatner were on top of their game to win the first section and they did it unanimously under the direction of Danette Musselman of Alliance Stud. Westgate Villain and Michael Gordon have been a successful combination for years under the direction of Boone’s Farm and Stable and they turned in another solid effort to claim the red ribbon.

Kentucky Wild Cat and Jon Dabareiner represented Fish N Fun Farm when they went to the winner’s circle in Freedom Hall in 2005 and when the results for the section two class were announced, it was another world’s title for the pair, this time under the direction of Ronnie Graham. Milward Dedman took time out of his busy schedule in the political arena to team BJ’s Hail Storm to a reserve world’s title in Freedom Hall arena for Edward Freeman. Dedman’s nice reserve was directed by trainer Les Cunningham.

The junior exhibitors returned for their 13 and Under Three-Gaited Pleasure ‘Div. II class. Whether it was adrenaline running high or just the excitement of showing on the green shavings, by the time the first section lined up, ten competitors had become eight competitors hoping for a ribbon high enough to return in the championship.

Ellen Medley Wright joined the ranks of 2006 contenders to earn more than one world’s championship ribbon on the same day when S.S. Lies And Alibis was called out as the winner of the second section. CF First Light Of Dawn and Maya Manilow have had a great partnership together and their success continued as they claimed the reserve tie under the direction of Dick Obenauf.

The third section showcased 11 teams to start and by the lineup, 10 riders remained. Everybody worked hard for the panel but when the cards were turned in, it was the Euchee Matthews-trained team of Out Go The Lights and Mia Wilson named to take the victory pass for Cynthia Kueker. Callie Smith and CH Wind Cruzer, from Cryst-A-Kell Farm followed up their 2005 win in the class with this year’s reserve world’s
championship for Rex and Sammy Smith. (**See Editor's note at bottom of this page**)

Mike Barlow had already had a good day by the time he came through the gate in the Four-Year-Old Harness Pony class with Heartland Look At Me and after competing against a group of the country’s best junior ponies, his day got even better. Barlow headed to the winner’s circle to pick up the blue for owner Kay
Marschel. Regal’s Pride LF and Randy Harper kept the Frickey Farm ribbon count coming when they were selected as reserve champions in the competitive class.

Beautiful babies are always a popular favorite at Louisville and Tuesday afternoon saw a great group of yearlings and weanlings take center stage for their respective Breeders’ Open classes.

First up were the yearlings and nine high stepping colts and fillies paraded for those in attendance in hopes of earning a piece of the $10,000 purse. Blythewood Farms’ CF First Night Out has proven to be one of the industry’s leading sires and he proved it again when Bingo Night earned the top prize with the win in the yearling class. The win followed up Monday night’s third place finish in the ASR Kentucky Yearling Futurity. Bingo Night (out of A Night In Dixie) picked up  a check for $2,400 for Blythewood. The Knight’s Reflection (Black Knight On Broadway x Lifetime Revival) was reserve in the class for owners Michele Macfarlane and Kit Calafato and picked up $2,000 with the reserve finish.

The in-hand class was followed by fast and furious action in the Junior Exhibitor 13 and Under Five-Gaited class. Ten junior riders brought their game faces and competitive attitudes and ended the performance classes for the day on a high note. Carolina Cat has more than one world’s championship five-gaited title to his credit and he and Brittany McGinnis were unstoppable on their way to the winner’s
circle after getting the unanimous nod from the panel. Suki Snowlet and Calee Dillon displayed their teamwork skills and they finished in good order as the reserve
world’s champions for Mary Dillon. Jack Magill directed their reserve world’s championship performance.

The youngest equine stars closed out the afternoon session and nine babies put on a show for the crowd and earned lots of applause for their efforts. Last year, it was an Edward R. Bennett entry sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker that took the top prize and
world’s championship title in the $10,000 Open Breeders’ Weanling class. This year, Joan Lurie headed to the winner’s circle to make it two in a row for Bennett and this time co-owner Ever Glades Farm, Inc. Undulata’s Heir Apparent (Undulata’s Nutcracker x CH An Heir About Her) was indeed the heir apparent and wore the crown in fine fashion with a unanimous decision. Owner Don Joliff was $2,000 richer by the end of the class after his Briarhill’s Million Dollar Baby (Basquiat x Cloverhill’s Diamonds Are Forever) took the reserve tie.


This concludes the highlights of Tuesday’s day session. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

Editor's note: Due to a misunderstanding of the rules for pleasure qualifying, the first place horse in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure, Rider 13 & Under, Div. III was disqualified. According to the rules, all remaining horses were moved up one place. The final corrected results have Wind Cruzer and Callie Smith in first, and Society’s Upperkrust with Sarah Singer in reserve.

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