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This morning belongs to walk-and-trotters and country pleasure horses, with the mighty mites leading off with the 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Equitation class. There should be an award for the family of the winning rider as well, since it is no small feat to get an 8-year-old out of bed, dressed and made up with hair done and awake enough to show! However the winning family in this one has some experience in this department, as newly crowned World’s Champion Remi Adams just so happens to be Terri Chancellor’s niece. Teamed up with Miss Mheiry Mac, Remi was headed up by Todd Miles as her sister and head of her cheering department screamed her heart out from the front row. The Chancellors have plenty of experience with this division, as Hunter was a Reserve World’s Champion just five years ago, and Ashley Wilson (then Richardson) was a force in the division in the late 80’s with The Count and Magic Santana. Third in the 8-and-Under World’s Championship a year ago, Harriet Townsend earned a Reserve World’s Championship today under the direction of Missy Hughes. Another in a long line of riders, Harriet shows in the footsteps of big sister Marjorie, who famously showed CH An Heir About Her to the 14-17 Three-Gaited World’s Championship a year ago. Giovanna Greco was in Academy as of the Fourth of July. This is her third show in the big leagues, and she was not fazed by the green shavings, placing third for the Equitate LLC banner. Lynda Freseth guided another young lady with a strong walk-and-trot pedigree, Ashley Creekmore, to the white ribbon.

Hollow Haven was back at it in the next class, this time taking the two blue ribbons back to their aisle with CH Jessie Cole and Amanda Dellinger. Andy Freseth joined the unanimous winners for their victory pass. This first section of Country Pleasure featured a big field as always, with Amanda moving through it as she does so well with her bold-moving and cadenced gray gelding. They were winners in their qualifier here a year ago and look even better this time around. A relative newcomer to the division, Negative Image looks poised to make noise over the coming years, beginning with a Reserve World’s Championship ride with Bebe Olcott today. Champion at Rock Creek earlier this year, Negative Image is by Sir William Robert and out of Blacklisted, by Harlem Globetrotter. Blacklisted herself was a Reserve World’s Champion here in Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited. Stephanie Chatham made the ride of her life aboard It’s Ladies Night to take third place back to Knollwood Farm and a very excited Scott Matton. Jenny Hackforth-Jones was fourth with CH Bella Marietta, directed by Terri Anne Ullman and Jimmy Orphanos.

Darrel Kolkman continued a winning week with his young ponies, taking the blue in the Three-Year-Old Harness Pony class with an exquisite longtail, Heartland Demonstrator. Bay with four white socks and a slightly off-center white stripe, Demonstrator has an impeccable headset, rocking back even farther in his victory pass for new owner Hillcroft Farm. By Heartland Code Of Honor as so many of these top young ponies are, Demonstrator is out of the great Heartland Beauty, producers of such greats as Heartland Expectation, Heartland Moonglow, and Heartland Elise. Tom Lowry drove Jokake to reserve for Golden Creek Farms. Making his debut performance, Jokake is by Dun-Haven Highly Acclaimed and out of Kristina LF.

With a hug for her horse and trainer Maria Gilman, Emily Candelaria rode down to the far end to claim her first Louisville blue in 9-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot Equitation. She has yet to place lower than second this season for Judd Stables, putting on consistently brilliant shows at Gasparilla, Pro-Am, Chattanooga/Cleveland, and Blue Ridge. The granddaughter of Barbara Woods, Candelaria is the third generation in her family to show at Louisville. The Reserve World’s Championship went back to High Caliber Stables, as Audrey Kim stepped up to take that prize with Evan Orr heading her up. Showing sparingly in equitation, Audrey normally is seen in the Walk-and-Trot Pleasure ranks with her partner, CH Santana’s Night Moves. Maelee Dudan picked up third, directed by Quintus Vander Spuy, while Delaney Fitzgerald finished fourth.

The bright chestnut HV Act Again picked up his first World’s Championship, with multi-titled catch driver Mollie Kregor at the lines in Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving. Owned by Sally Duggan, Act Again is trained by Lindsay Lavery. Hannah Story picked up the Reserve World’s Championship with Tantara’s Battle Of Kings. This entry of Marion Story made one of their best shows yet to take the red ribbon.

Ashley Creekmore has spent this season getting to know her new teammate, CH Cappuccino, under the direction of Hollow Haven Farm. Andy and Lynda Freseth both made the run down to the far end today in the 13-and-Under Road Pony class, as Ashley and Cappuccino put it all together for a blue ribbon drive. It was two years ago in this very class that Cappuccino rose to celebrity status with then little Charles Gassen at the lines. They won that day and in the championship and returned a year later to do the same again. New teammate, same pony, same results! Showing as a road pony for the first time this year, Heartland Breaking News was a Reserve World’s Champion for the second year in a row. A year ago it was in the Hackney Pleasure Driving division. Today, Kirstie Buerkley made the top drive for Kay Marschel and Majestic Oaks. Kirstie herself is no stranger to this division, having won multiple times with Dun-Haven Grandiose. Rose Marie Wheeler had another strong catch drive to take third with Regal’s Special Effort LF for SGF Winning Ways Farm, another Majestic Oaks trained pony.

Yeah boys! In a full field of 14, featuring 12 young lady riders, it was the two gentlemen in the ring who took the top two prizes. Scotty Brooks Bruggeworth is having a phenomenal season in his first year under the DeLovely banner. Teamed with Viva Flamenca, he took the unanimous victory today, his 12th win of the season. He has been undefeated with Viva Flamenca, winning both of his classes at Lexington. Proud mom Annika Bruggeworth was overwhelmed with emotion down on the rail as her young superstar took his first Louisville victory pass. Lisa Strickland directed the Reserve World’s Champion, Zachary White. Zach teamed up with Freakness this year for his third reserve win here in Freedom Hall. Zach was the Reserve National Champion a year ago in the UPHA 10-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup Finals. A Reserve World’s Champion a year ago and a World’s Champion in 2009 in the 8-and-Under division, Payton Lynn Walker earned third today with Believe Her under the DeVore Stables banner. Grace McDonnell and Keeper Of The Stars finished fourth for Judd Stables, a group that is fast becoming a big player in the walk-and-trot ranks!

There were 24 that answered the call in the second section of Adult Country Pleasure with “the broodmare,” as she is affectionately known to her rider, coming away with a World’s Championship performance. This is CH Absolutely Exquisite, producer of some absolutely exquisite babies already, this mare looks to add “World’s Champion producer” to her already incredible resume. Tara Grom once again was aboard today, as she was in her equitation days. This breathtaking chestnut mare with the perfect white stripe seemed to be in just the right spot all class long to take top honors back to DeLovely. Kristin Stivers was extremely excited with her reserve win aboard High Point Memories for Willow Wind Saddlebreds. Katie Raque is the normal teammate for this one, with Kristin taking over for reserves at Shelby County and now Louisville. By CH The King Of Highpoint, this bay gelding is out of a mare by CH The Haitian Prince. The great CH Ninety-Eight Degrees picked up the yellow ribbon with Jessica Holmes riding for George and Liz Holmes. Champions at River Ridge and reserve champions at Midwest, Jess and “George” are enjoying a great first full season together. Callaway’s Summer Solstice and Carissa Marshall were fourth for Tannehill Farms and trainer Todd Graham.

By the great Heartland Equality, Heartland Whirlwind provided a sweep of the morning’s three-year-old pony classes for Darrel Kolkman and Heartland Hackney Farm, as she took top honors in the Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony class. A talented little dynamo, Whirlwind is a bright bay mare out of Heartland Karen, by Dun-Haven Bandolier. Gib Marcucci earned reserve behind Pinkerton for Mary Campbell. This one is by the Dun-Haven Truly Awesome son, Dun-Haven Lord Of The Ring. He is out of Papagena, by Mary Campbell’s grand stallion, Nabucco.

The first ever Junior Park Pleasure World’s Championship was a 17-horse affair, with Double Black Diamond returning to Freedom Hall to earn the top spot with Melinda Moore riding for Joellen Fisher Blount. Double Black Diamond didn’t make it as difficult as his name would suggest, he made a great show to take the last pass. Sired by Castle Bravo and out of Evangelique, he was the Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity Reserve World’s Champion in 2010. Jim Stachowski came out with another top youngster here, taking reserve with Kalarama’s McSteamy. This bay gelding is by General Steel and out of Harlem’s Lady Superior, by Harlem Globetrotter. Matt Lightner made a high and light show aboard Make Mine Black, the second black horse in the top three, to finish third for Lisa DeNuzzo and Dr. and Mrs. Rinaldo DeNuzzo. Sired by CH Harlem Town, Make Mine Black is out of a half sister to Leatherwood’s Starlight.

Dressed in black and white aboard her black horse, Suzanne Bradshaw took the Louisville blue with CH America’s Lass. They have come into their own as a Western team in 2011, finishing with anything but the blue ribbon just once so far. In from the West Coast was the reigning World’s Champion of Champions, Buttoned Down. Grace Arnold was aboard, looking lovely in turquoise for reserve under the Cherry Stables banner. O Ain’t I Somethin’ and Luanne Kilday Malone finished third, with Harlem’s Hot Prince and Mary Strohfus in fourth.

A World’s Champion and National Champion in the Equitation division, Kalu’s Can’t Stop The Magic has made his return to the performance ranks and done it in high style this season. Abby Mutrux got the call once again to make the ride, and she put on a spectacular display with the big bay. From the Shamrock Saddlebred Farms, Can’t Stop The Magic is trained by DeLovely. He was the winner of Section One of 14-17 Country Pleasure by the unanimous acclaim of the judges. Mollie Kregor rode hard as always to gain the approval of the judges. She was the Reserve World’s Champion with Red Shirt Freshman, though she is entering her senior year of high school. They were twice winners at Shelbyville earlier this month in their first trips together. Many times a World’s Champion, CH League Of Nations finished third here with Maya Manilow riding for Barbara Goodman Manilow. Lucky Curve and Emily Rhoads were fourth.

Linda Fischer debuted a new star for the Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship for owner Toni Nastali and Majestic Oaks. This is Extremely Invincible, by The Extremist and out of a Mr. Hawkeye mare. Mark Bodnar headed this one up for the round of honor. Chip Wise and Charmed Masterpiece had won each and every one of their classes on the season coming into today. They finished as Reserve World’s Champions under the direction of Brian Yount. Famously the winner of the torrential downpour class at Lexington last year, Palisades Margarita went on to win the Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship in 2010. Today it was the yellow ribbon in third, as Sandra Surber drove for the Majestic Oaks training team.

Drew Taylor Hewitt answered the call from Grey Ridge Farm to catch ride CH Reedann’s Phine By Me for Hugh and Marion Bryan. It was fortuitous that she did, as she was greeted in the winner’s circle today in the second split of 14-17 Country Pleasure by Bret Day and Kendall Blue. Formerly a UPHA Park Pleasure Classic National Champion, Phine By Me has enjoyed much success in the pleasure driving divisions. “DT” was aboard for two wins at Asheville earlier this year, while Mollie Kregor rode to a win at Midwest and Lexie Flint had her tri-color day at Blue Ridge. This horse just wins, regardless of which rider climbs aboard. Madison Enderson had a big smile in reserve with Brianna Fox. Taking the Reserve World’s Championship back to Cape Cod, Madison enjoyed the biggest prize of her young career with this daughter of The Grand Fox and Premier Moonlight. Caroline Moeller rode the curvy Midnight Starmaker to third for Katie and Caroline Moeller and trainer Shelley Fisher, with Mojito and Elizabeth Ververeli a strong fourth for Team Kierson.

Ashley Alden picked a fantastic day to have her best ride aboard Twice The Dice. She made a hard-charging show to win the Amateur Park Stallion/Gelding class for Alden Farms. Tammy DeVore directs the career of this big and brash chestnut. A celebrity of the gaited division for the past couple years, especially at the Royal, Twice The Dice took it to the field today in a huge class of good ones. Undefeated for the past two seasons, CH Perfect Vengeance was reserve here with Tara Grom up for Bob and Kim Grom. Once again showing under the DeLovely banner, the reigning World’s Champion of Champions hit the ring like a house on fire. Tara had won her previous six classes in Freedom Hall, including one last night and one earlier today. Rachel Seifert rode to the yellow ribbon with I’m A Skywatcher for Long Hollow Farm and the Premier Stables training team. The reigning Open World’s Champion of Champions was fourth here, as Doctor Zhivago and Maguire Hall took the white ribbon back to the Double D Ranch.

There was a good field of nine in the Three-Year-Old Road Pony class, with Tom Lowry driving to the winner’s circle with Regal’s Monarch LF for Golden Creek Farms. Tommy wears the blue and silver silks for the Golden Creek banner. He and this son of Dun-Haven Regal Attraction made a speedy show today for the blue. Out of a High Power mare, Monarch is a big and bold-moving dark gelding. Heartland Truly Devoted capped off a stellar matinee for Heartland Hackney Farm, finishing reserve with Darrel Kolkman. Heartland Code Of Honor sired this one. She is out of a Sky King mare. Reedann’s Carte Blanche was third with Geof Dixon for Paula Schmidt and the Kathy Capsuto Trust.

There was a bay horse atop the Junior Exhibitor Park class here, but for the first time ever, it was not CH Justa Rascal to wear the Louisville blue. Under the ownership of Paige and Kim Guisfredi, Aphrodite’s Tears went to the winner’s circle, with an emotional Scott Matton and Eric Griedl racing down to the far end to celebrate with their winner. Aboard all season long has been none other than Triple Crown winner Nick Maupin. He put all of his fantastic horsemanship on display today, putting on a stellar show. Aphrodite’s Tears is by Gypsy Santana and out of an Attache’s Liquid Asset mare. Sweeping the division the only other two years of its existence, CH Justa Rascal and Camille Cowart finished in reserve today. In the past two calendar years, this team has had but one other blemish on their record. They have defined the division here in Freedom Hall and acquitted themselves nicely once again today as Reserve World’s Champions. Always right at or near the top of their class, CH Ya-Ya and Ashley Bryce finished third for Bryce Heritage Investments and Jack Magill Stables. They were Reserve World’s Champion of Champions a year ago. New York Deliverance broke up the parade of bays in fourth with Andrew Slater making the good ride for Mrs. Paul E. Rice.

Debra Clark cruised across the green shavings with her Iamnotacow. One of the most cleverly named horses out there, Iamnotacow has the chops to back up such a memorable name. His performance today was even more memorable, as he put his head in a place that so few road horses can. Jon Walker made the run to the winner’s circle to greet his winner. Debra Clark sped off in her green and white silks with the black and white Holstein cow pattern across the shoulders. Elizabeth Caldwell had her best Louisville finish with Aragorn to take the Reserve World’s Championship. Aragorn is an alumnus of the USTA Roadster Classic, finishing third in 2007.

Everyone remembers little Max Kaplan from his days winning here with Seamair Dear Sir and Boxford Courageous Spirit, the boater hat and the seersucker in his hackney pleasure driving heyday. Well “little Max” is now 6’3” and a strapping young gentleman. Finally in his final year of junior exhibitor, Max has been showing in the junior exhibitor ranks longer than a lot of people have been in the business! He got his start early with the Mike Roberts team, and he made his return to the Louisville winner’s circle today with Late Nite’s Basic Impact in the 14-17 Road Pony class. Mike Roberts and Jeff Vogel joined at the far end of the ring, while proud mom Chris Kaplan screamed with delight on the rail down by the in gate. Majestic Oaks finished second and third here, with Lindsay Jones picking up the reserve prize with Heartland Curtain Call. Champions at Blue Ridge, this was this team’s best finish together here in Freedom Hall. Trey Watson drove Mr. Lucky Man to third for Joe and Patrice Watson O’Brien. Toni Nastali was reserve in the amateur class on Monday night with this speedster.

Undefeated in the past two seasons, Lady Bravada continued her winning ways in the Amateur Park Mare class, taking the unanimous blue ribbon with Barbara Goodman Manilow aboard. Trained by Skyline Stables, they also were twice winners at Midwest Charity. High in the bridle and hingy, Lady Bravada marches and struts her way down the rail. She is by Attache’s Royal Assets and out of a Sultan’s Great Day mare. CH Princess Ruby Begonia has seen this class a time or two, winning it in both 2007 and 2008. She and Nancy Leigh Fisher finished up in reserve today for the Hollow Haven team. The chestnut mare is always a delight to watch, as Nancy Leigh is one of the best amateur riders to ever grace the green shavings. Another to enter that argument would be David Rudder. He picked up third with Phind The Treasure for Joan Hamilton. Daniel Lockhart was reserve in the Open version of this class on Monday with the daughter of Dianna’s Treasure, by Rare Treasure. 

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