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It was good times for the Jersey girls in the 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Equitation class. Ava Kimmel was the winner here with her new teammate CH Tax Man. Ava has also been the champion at Blue Ridge and Syracuse International for Kierson Farm. Molly Crim was up for the Reserve World’s Championship with Bravia. Bill and Lisa Waller train this one. They are always a good tandem with a walk-and-trotter, having won with another young lady just a few years ago. Stephanie Sanders finished third for Jamie Jankowicz, with Maggie Clark fourth from Cater Stables.

Princess Warrior remained unbeaten in Freedom Hall, winning Section One of Adult Country Pleasure with Alyssa Lopez Northcutt. The entry of Alyssa and Dena Lopez, Princess Warrior continued Alyssa’s World’s Championship resume, winning her first title as an adult. Alyssa had a successful junior exhibitor career, joining grandfather Rob Tanner and mother Dena Lopez in three generations of World’s Champions. Princess Warrior is now four times a winner here, taking the ASR Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure National Futurity in 2012 then the ASR Four-Year-Old Park Pleasure Sweepstakes and Junior Park Pleasure Championship last year. Carissa Marshall and CH Callaway’s Summer Solstice continued their great career together with a Reserve World’s Championship for Tannehill Farms. Once again sent to the ring by Todd Graham, Summer Solstice was the champion at Asheville early this year. Carissa topped this division in 2012 with the product of Callaway’s Blue Norther and Callaway’s Razzberries as the World’s Champion of Champions. Wheira Teeheira finished in third with Julia Tiller up for Jane Fickling Skinner. Perfect Sarah and Sara McDonald were fourth for Glasscock Financial Services.

The 9-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot World’s Championship went to a young lady who has been a dominant force in this division, Alayna Applegate. Teamed with Blue Over You, she is directed by Shelley Fisher. Lexington champion already this year, Alayna is now four times a World’s Champion, having swept the 8-and-under division last year. Blue Ridge champion Scarlett Brinkley rode to the Reserve World’s Championship aboard Tantara’s Magic Decision. This team is trained by the Boones Farm and Stable. This is Scarlett’s first year out of Academy, but she is a veteran of the Carolina Academy battles, so this had to have been a picnic by comparison! Courtney Kramlick finished third, followed by Samantha Swiger in fourth.

In order to follow Jim Lowry’s breakthrough path from the Morgan world to the Saddlebred world, why not go shop from Jimmy himself? That strategy worked exceptionally well for David Rand, as the first horse he ever put in the ring under the RAND banner came away as a World’s Champion. Longtime customers Dan and Leslie Kelley wanted their daughter Hannah to show in Freedom Hall, and they certainly got their wish and then some. Danny clapped loudly as Hannah made her Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving victory pass with Double Or Nuttin’, while mom Leslie covered her face with her hands, happy as could be. David himself knew exactly what to do, as winning world titles is as second nature to him as breathing. His blue ribbon count at the Morgan Grand National is almost always second to none. This big bay was the Country Pleasure Driving Reserve World’s Champion of Champions last year with Priscilla Marconi, who sat between Dan and Leslie during the class. The young gentleman Zach Meyer was up for the Reserve World’s Championship, continuing an excellent week at the lines. He drove CH First Class Heir to this prize for the Brown Anderson Farms and the Hollow Haven banner. Sister Brianna Meyer swept this division a year ago with First Class Heir. The Meyer kids come by this ability naturally, as their grandparents, Bob and Nancy Anderson, held more world titles between the two of them than most people could dream of. Harlem’s Ace Of Spades and Tabitha Zimmerman were a good third, with Birthday Kiss and Clayton Stinnett fourth.

The quack attack stomped into Freedom Hall to win the 13-and-Under Road Pony World’s Championship. Ethan DeVore has followed in brother Tyler’s footsteps, travelling with his own cheering section. A cool little kid, Ethan is always showing hard whether in the saddle or at the lines. He drove to his first World’s Championship today under the Majestic Oaks banner. Ashley Creekmore made a stellar drive with Outside The Lines, taking a second consecutive Reserve World’s Championship on this morning’s program for Hollow Haven. This was also a second consecutive Reserve World’s Championship in this very class, as they were twice reserve here in 2013. Runaway is a tremendous name for a road pony. That one was third with Sallie Mason Wheeler. My Kryptonite and cute-as-a-button  Kate Lewis finished fourth.

From the Kalarama crop that was almost exclusively sired by Calif First Night Out (SA), Kalarama’s Studious Girl placed another World’s Championship on the Kalarama banner for Joan Hamilton in the ASR Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park National Futurity. Kelly Self rode this one to a first World’s Championship for both girls. Kelly was joined in the winner’s circle by Kalarama head man Larry Hodge and her co-worker/beau Daniel Lockhart. They are certainly a power couple in the making it seems, as both have talent to burn. Also, they would have the tallest children ever! Studious Girl is out of Kalarama Co-Ed, by the beloved Kalrama stud, Harlem Globetrotter. She herself was a Reserve World’s Champion. Second dam on this pedigree is the Broodmare Hall of Fame mare Co-Ed’s Leading Lady, a five-time World’s Champion herself! Champions beget champions once again. Speaking of incredible pedigrees, Drosselmeyer has all of that going for him as well. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, he is out of none other than World’s Grand Champion Hollywood Excellence. She too is a Broodmare Hall of Famer, having produced wonderfully for Elisabeth Goth, who rode her to all three of her Three-Gaited World’s Grand Championships. This was a debut performance for Drosselmeyer, showing under the Visser Stables banner for Golden Lantern Farms. Jacqueline Beck made the ride in reserve. It’s Aerosmith and Lionel Ferreira were a celebrated and applauded third for Wade Fairey. Smith Lilly had a good one in fourth with The Code Cracker for William Phelps.

Lily Goodman carried the Cape Cod banner forward, winning a second equitation World’s Championship for them on the week. Lily’s win came as the 10-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Champion in a big group of tough young riders. While the 9-year-old winner showed Blue Over You, Lily was on Tangled In Blues to be wrapped in two blue ribbons herself. Erin Richey led the winning team down to the winner’s circle. Lily was fresh off a championship ride at Dayton, setting her up nicely to put it all together today on the green shavings. Gabbie Gardiner was the Reserve World’s Champion, following on her reserve championship win at Lexington Junior League and her tricolor go at Rock Creek. Gabbie burst into tears, leaning over Harley Rally’s neck as Cindy Boel led her up to receive her red ribbon for Zubrod Stables. Carmen Gonzalez finished in third, with Thea Merlo in fourth.

The grand gelding CH Teuschers reprised his role as the winner of Section Two of Adult Country Pleasure. The LaFleur Stables killer catch rider Gretchen Bentz once again got the call to ride, taking what was a once in a lifetime moment from a year ago and doubling down on it. She put on another great show for owner Teresa Atkin, never putting a foot out of place and keeping the extraordinarily long necked son of CF First Night Out and Saucy Samantha in that bridle spot that few but him can attain. Vickie Byrd is as game as they come. She followed up her lauded ride with the locomotive Iconic last night with a pleasure perfect yet go-forward Reserve World’s Championship with CH Talkin’ To You. Vickie loves her trainers Mary and Evan Orr, and why shouldn’t she? They continuously put her in the ring on well prepared, successful horses. This was a fifth straight reserve finish for Vickie and Talkin’ To You, and they have done it against the very best of the best, showing at Lexington and Midwest. Betsy Thomas and Leatherwood’s Zenergy made their Louisville debut with a good third, followed by Leslie LaForce and First Class Day TS in fourth for Tillman Stables.

Heartland Infinity was a sensational winner in the Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony class. Patrice Watson O’Brien drove to the winner’s circle for Ashlyn Farms and the Majestic Oaks banner. Infinity is by Heartland Fire And Rain and out of Heartland Laureate. Darrel Kolkman drove her to a debut win at Midwest Charity earlier this year. Follow the dam line back here, and you will find a full sister to Dun-Haven Bandolier lurking a few lines back. The top line couldn’t be any more decorated, as Fire And Rain is by World’s Grand Champion Heartland Equality and out of World’s Grand Champion Heartland Rain Song. Crystal Creek’s Dr. Hill was the reserve winner here with Eduardo Lopez at the lines for Carl and Kathryn Nichols. Bred by their Crystal Creek Farms, Dr. Hill is by their World’s Grand Champion Dun-Haven Phenomenal. The bay colt is out of Twin Oak Rufiann, by Canterbury Comet.

The young horse parade continued with a Junior Park Pleasure win for Steve Wheeler and Ginger Magnolia. These two have had a good season, winning at Kentucky Spring Premier, Bonnie Blue, and Blue Ridge. Bobese, a son of Sir William Robert and Belle’s Bewitched, is the sire of this one. She is out of Ginger Blossom a Reserve World’s Champion herself. Another top hand with a youngster, Tre Lee was the Reserve World’s Champion with I’m A Holiday. Winner at Lexington, I’m A Holiday is by Callaway’s Home For The Holidays. The entry of Pinekrest Farm is out of Taming Ingrid, by Glider Spirit. Reedann’s What’s My Line finished third with Robert Gardiner for Mary Madison, with Boxford Nut N To It and Dakota Willimon in fourth.

The gorgeous, curvy Blushing Bull took his first World’s Championship round of honor, winning the Western Country Pleasure class with Lindsay Sowell for Suzanne Bradshaw. Trainer Fay Lowry is doing her part to revolutionize the Saddlebred western division, adding that curve and tip at the pole that makes the Morgan western horse so beautiful. Blushing Bull set the table for this win last fall, taking Saddle & Bridle’s Shatner Western Pleasure Finals in St. Louis. Megan Novak and Bright Britches were the pride of Country Meadow today with a Reserve World’s Championship ride. These two have come on strong in the last two months, coming in on a four-class winning streak. Dave Lopez and Hallelujah New York finished in third for Dr. Chip Pugh, while CH The Evangelist and Liz Schultz took a fourth place finish in their final Louisville together. The Morgan invasion continued with two top western trainers, Rick Gervasio and Kelly Kraegel training the fifth and sixth place winners. Arrowhead’s Captain Morgan was fifth with Marti Lockwood, while Reedann’s Phancy Phootwork was sixth with Karen Cooley.

Highland Ridge hung its first ever World’s Championship ribbon in the 14-17 Country Pleasure class. The Section One blue went to Paragonian Fury and Anna Amineva, an entry of Equirise Inc. Sarah McClintock hung out her shingle as Highland Ridge just last fall, taking a blue ribbon home in her first year out on her own. Riley Sockett, one of the biggest Highland Ridge cheerleaders, led their section in cheering for their World’s Champion. The longtime champion League Of Nations was the Reserve World’s Champion here, all hinged up in the bridle as always. Rhiannon White took a second straight reserve win in this ring, having been named the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in 2013. Carriage Lane directs this second year team for Stacey Himmelstein White. Undulata’s Blue Light Special finished in third with Madeleine Hale, followed by Reedann’s Rare Mystery and Juliette Dell were fourth for 6D Ranch.

The bright red Heartland Copper Illusion won the Three-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Championship, going two for two in the three-year-old pony classes so far today. Maureen Campbell made the drive for good customer Toni Nastali. He is by Heartland Head Of The Class and out of Heartland Dixie, by Heartland Equality. He was all sorts of hinged up and marching for the blue. Josh Greer debuted Granny Smith to a Reserve World’s Championship from his East Bernstadt home base. This was a second Reserve World’s Championship on the day for the Greer family. Owned and bred by their Pinekrest Farm, Granny Smith is by CH Crystal Creek’s Commander and out of Heartland Take The Cake, by Seamair’s Headliner. Crystal Creek’s Powerstroke was third in this well-filled class with Eduardo Lopez, followed by Radiant Doll and Junior Schut in fourth.

From a field of 20, the ASR National Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity win went to the unanimous choice of the judges, Stonecroft Royal Reflection. It was park pleasure domination in this one for Autumn Hills. Not only did Steve Wheeler win the junior class early today, he was up on the winner here as well, putting in a tremendous performance in such a large group, knifing through the traffic to get that spot just inside the rail pack but not too far to the middle. Owned and bred by Stonecroft Farm, Royal Reflection is by their World’s Champion I’m First and out of Majestic Jane, a mare eligible for the Broodmare Hall of Fame with yet another World’s Champion to her resume, joining CH Lady Periana and CH Royal Messenger. It got better in this big money class, as Tiffany Wheeler was aboard reserve winner It’s Sam I Am. Owned by Mary Jane Meanor and Lara Palermo, Sam I Am is by the 3-T bred Samur and out of Simply Thunderful, by Attache’s Thunderbolt. This was a second top entry out of Simply Thunderful this week, as Sirtainly Stylish earned a Reserve World’s Championship earlier. “I hope everything’s ok back at the barn since you beat Tiffany,” quipped announcer Peter Fenton. It’s pretty certain that everything is ok back at Autumn Hills, as they train the third place finisher You’ve Been Thunderstruck as well! Chuck Herbert made a great catch ride for Stockings N Stripes LLC. Saks On Fifth and Bob Brison were fourth for Karen Coup.

Janet Hicks made the winning drive with another red pony, Four Point O, for owner Skip Shenker and trainer/husband Rodney Hicks. This was the Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Championship, where Janet certainly scored straight A’s to drive down victory lane. Matt Schuckert had the reserve winner in Heartland Priscilla. The entry of Richard McQuown was driven by Paige McQuown. Priscilla is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of Heartland Latest Fashion, by Dun-Haven Awesome Creation. Sight Unseen and Allie Wellington Nunley were third for All-Well Farm, with Exotica and Mary Gise in fourth.

The 14-17 Country Pleasure Section Two blue went back to Nova Scotia, Canada, adding a little more international flavor to the World’s Championship Horse Show. CH Extremely Fortunut is based out of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, however, as he is trained by David and Kristen Cater. They once again joined this horse in the winner’s circle, just as they had a year ago. Last time out, it was Brianna Cloutier as the World’s Champion, while this year, Ashlee Wheaton took top honors. That’s a pretty tough thing to accomplish for a trainer, taking a World’s Champion, changing jockeys, and coming back a year later to repeat the feat with a newly forged team. These two have been rockstars together, winning today for the seventh straight time. The gray gelding CH Jessie Cole had the Matt Shiflet Stables team cheering loud and proud as the Reserve World’s Champion. Gretchen Halloran made the good ride for Gaited Inc. Champions last month at Lexington, Jessie Cole and Gretchen are also in their first season together. They have come together rapidly, with still even better things ahead of them. Highpoint’s Grandee and Vanessa Patch were third for Denese and Bransen Patch, followed by a delighted Angela Calabria in fourth with Lilly’s Castle.

The Amateur Three-Gaited Park Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship was a rollicking affair with 22 entries. Normally this class has a lot of traffic issues, but these riders kept to themselves and to the rail for the most part, making for a mostly safe trip with just one incident. Lionel Ferreira has done a masterful job with Cloverleaf Freedom Writer. He has teamed Allie Percoco with this big dark chestnut gelding. The entry of Jayne Romano has been an absolute sight of late, sweeping the division at Lexington and taking this World’s Championship round of honor as well. By The Mystery Writer, he traces his dam line back through I Did I Did all the way back down the line to Lady Trigg and Carol Trigg. This is the first year for the big-moving horse to be campaigned in this division. One that certainly knows the way to the winner’s circle, 2012 Open Park World’s Champion of Champions Seven Spanish Angels made a high style show for reserve with Deborah Orr. Owned and bred by James Orr, Seven Spanish Angels is trained by Jim Lowry, who rode him to that world title two years ago. This is yet another by Designed in the Orr program, out of Annie Up, eligible already for the Broodmare Hall of Fame as a top producer. The gorgeous bay gelding has an impossibly long neck and lofty way of going. Alexis Braswell and Simon Cowell got West Wind cheering in third for Barbara Quinn and Josh Wall. Cherished King and Lexie Pearson got cranked up for fourth for Susan Hanna.

Though Josh Greer didn’t have the right number on today, he still got the call as the Three-Year-Old Road Pony World’s Champion. Showing the recently acquired Heartland Made In The Shade, Josh was headed up by good friend Chris Gantley in this division that Josh loves so much. This was a great day for Josh and the youngsters. Made In The Shade is by Heartland Head Of The Class and out of Heartland Erin by Sky King. Erin is a half sister to New Song, dam of such greats as Heartland Rain Song. Holli Hayes scooted up for reserve with a pony named Game. Owned by Jack Tatum III, Game is by Dun-Haven Truly Awesome and out of Kilbro’s Grandemeanor, by Dun-Haven Grandeur. It was a strong debut for the Majestic Oaks team for the Reserve World’s Championship. Kayla Kring and Regal’s Decision LF finished third for Dan and Leah Light, with Heartland Sugar Plum and Darrel Kolkman in fourth.

Last night, Blake Crim was part of a contest with Sallie Mason Wheeler, Alex Rudder, and Ethan DeVore. They each took a wedge of lemon and put it in their mouths and tried to see who could last the longest with it in their mouths. While this might not have been the most brilliant game ever played, with the lemon wedge still firmly wedged in place, Blake said, “I’m not giving up!” That should have been a solid indicator of his competitive grit and determination, but he proved it again and then some in Section One of the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park class. Taking on the 17-and-under kids, young Blake took it right at ‘em, winning it with CH High Heat. Tammy and Tyler DeVore made the trek to the far end for a blue ribbon presentation, Blake’s first World’s Championship win of what could certainly be many more. High Heat is owned by Steven Myers, but the crowd has adopted him as their own. CH HS Dignitary and Courtney McGinnis were up for the reserve honors for Fish Creek Stables and DeLovely. A Daydream Believer (BHF) makes an appearance in the pedigree here as the dam of the curvy and beautiful Dignitary took a reserve win for the second year in a row. He is by Sir William Robert. CH Let’s Talk and McGee Bosworth made some great passes in third for Pair of Jacks Stables, with Anderson Cooper and Kimberly Earlywine fourth for Elaine Earlywine.

Alexandra Gendron made it two years in a row to win Section Two of the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park qualifier. She once again piloted Get Crackin’ to top honors for the Matt Shiflet Stables team. Matt and Whitney Shiflet joined her for the round of honor. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, Get Crackin’ is a gigantic dark chestnut son of Brocade, by CH Foxfire’s Prophet. They picked a great time to have their best go of the year, making those long, lofty strides down the rail. Just short of four digits, entry number 999 was the Reserve World’s Champion. The Invincible had trainer Jennifer Fernambucq excited as the Reserve World’s Champion with Lindsay Slemmons. The entry of Lindsay and Cynthia Slemmons is by Desert’s Supreme Memories and out of Lady Broadway. Lady Broadway, incidentally, produced the dam of another of today’s world title winners. Lindsay also put on one of her best shows to date, coming in from her home base on the Southeast circuit in Birmingham, Alabama. Zensation and Jacquelyn King finished in third, followed by Tart’s High Heels and Anna Rogers Daub in fourth.

Nothing Else Matters made it two years in a row to win the Ladies Amateur Roadster to Bike class with Judy McNeish. Trained by Raymond Shively, Nothing Else Matters was the reserve champion in the Country Fair stake on Sunday night. Longtime road horse enthusiast Judy loves this division and all the speed and flash it comes with. She always has one right up at the top of the prizes. Another Canadian entry, Ann MacMurray Cox drove Zeus to the Reserve World’s Championship. Directed by Luman Wadhams, Zeus was the Amateur Reserve World’s Champion of Champions last year.

Kharbon Steel romped down victory lane as the 14-17 Road Pony World’s Championship. Alex Ververeli broke into a big smile in his black and forest green silks, as he finally ascended to the top of this division, winning his first World’s Championship in this his final year of junior exhibitor. Majestic Oaks allowed him this opportunity, teaming him with Kharbon Steel previously in a catch driving capacity. It worked so well that the Ververeli family made the purchase, and their first time showing in Freedom Hall under this new ownership proved to be the ticket to victory lane. It was a full top four for Majestic Oaks, with the Reserve World’s Championship going to Heartland Painted Creation and Sloane Fleig. The entry of Jayne Romano is a longtime road pony contender, winning the County Fair Championship in 2004 and taking multiple reserve world titles over the next decade in this junior exhibitor division. Kentucky Hot Brown and Catherine Wheeler zipped to third, with HCH Double Vision and Cheyenne Mabey fourth for Tom Fiedler.

Bambi Childress Bollin and the quick-stepping Spoonful were tops in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Mare class Bambi and Barbour Childress. This team has come together throughout the year for Matt Shiflet Stables, peaking with the lights the brightest here in Freedom Hall. Sired by Fox Creek, Spoonful is out of Million Heir. She never dropped an ear and had that show horse look in her eye the entire way around the ring. It was a second Reserve World’s Championship on the week for Brookhill’s Passion Punch. The big, bright chestnut mare took the open reserve on Monday with trainer Scott Matton, showing here today with owner Kerry Honkamp Richter. Kerry has been a Knollwood customer for many years, scoring a slew of World’s Championship titles as a juvenile. Sarah Rainwater was strong in third with Mahvalous In Black, while Allie Wellington Nunley and Anna Wintour made their debut to the white ribbon in fourth. 

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