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Louisville – Wednesday Morning and Evening


Wednesday Morning

Tuesday morning started off with an exciting class full of three year-old roadster ponies exhibiting the future generations to come. In a green spray of shavings, Randy Harper and Extremely Rare pulled away for the win for Frickey Farms. Right behind for the red ribbon was Heartland In A Minute with Darrel Kolkman at the whip. Chris Gantley showed Donald and Jerry Peach’s pony, D.J.’s High Fashion to the third place.

The first of three splits in the well- filled Adult Three-Gaited Country Pleasure class was next on the class list. Fifteen well-mannered horses strutted their stuff, and in the end, CH Bi Mi Add Lib and Kendra Lee Fisher were the ones to trot down victory lane with the blue under the guidance of Shelley Fisher. Last year’s winner, CH The Shadow Knows and new owner, Sherry Frankel-Deal, came up to take the reserve. Owner and rider Deborah Richardson was ecstatic to take home the yellow on CF Star at First Sight.

The next generation of equitation riders also displayed the fresh talent that we will see in years to come. The eight year-olds walked and trotted on their high-stepping mounts, and it was Taylor Rhea Haas of Lafayette, Colo., who was named the best out of the 12 entries. Jamie Bridgewater instructs this gifted rider. From Winston Salem, N.C., Sarah Martin rose to the occasion for the reserve, instructed by Cash Lovell Stables. Courtney McGinnis of Fishers, Ind., rode under the direction of DeLovely Stables for the third place.

After winning at Lexington Junior League with his partner Man On The Town, Nabucco went solo to capture the Hackney Pony Stallion/Gelding Stake with Mary Campbell at the lines. This team has had an exciting year with wins at Madison Classic and Midwest Charity. Last year’s winner, On The Mark, came up for the red ribbon, guided by Karen Waldron for her Bent Tree Farm.

The second section of the Adult Three-Gaited Country Pleasure entered the ring to the crowd’s applause. The show veteran, CH Midtown Man, and Christine Broder were thrilled to be called up for the blue ribbon. Ed “Hoppy” Bennett met them at the end to congratulate as trainer. CF Not Tonight Chief and Cecelia Hagan were in fine form to capture the reserve win. Winner in this class from the previous year, Callaway’s Scoop the News and Kristen Pettry took home the yellow ribbon.

Another class of young equitation stars showed the crowd just what they could do. Ten nine-year-olds showed their horses at the walk and trot only. Following her mother’s example of blue ribbon wins, Maya Manilow from
Chicago, Ill., proudly accepted the champion title with Dick Obenauf as instructor. Alexia Stumler of Louisville, Ky., and trained by Bonnie Zubrod bested the rest of the group for the reserve placing. Caroline Moeller came all the way from Clayton, Mo., to finish a great ride in third with Max Ciampoli instructing from the side lines.

More young ones came down the ramp as the Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony class was called in. And it was a unanimous decision as Regal’s Trademark and Tom Lowry displayed the epitome of a Hackney pony as they wore the blue ribbons for Golden Creek Farms. Winning this class last year, Darrel Kolkman directed Seamair Simply Awesome for the red ribbon on behalf of Mary Dell Pritzlaff.

Sixteen amateurs competed for the Park Three-Gaited Mare class. Rising to the top, it was Nancy Leigh Fisher and her four-year-old, Princess Ruby Begonia, who added one more victory to their string of wins this year. Andy and Lynda Freseth directed this team down victory lane. Carol Hillenbrand and In My Heart claimed the reserve after their wins this year at Kentucky Spring Premier, Rock Creek, and Shelbyville. Ya-Ya and Elizabeth Shatner made a great picture as they trotted up for the third place ribbon.

The Junior Exhibitors took over the ring as they brought in their show pleasure driving horses. Another unanimous decision was made as Highpoint’s The King’s Son made his way to the winner’s circle with Kayla Mears at the whip and adding another blue ribbon to Zubrod Stables. The Society Gentleman and driver Rebecca Elcock were reserve with Worthy’s Just Once and Alex Foster behind for third.

Fifteen walk-trot 10 year-olds rode hard in the next class. After the dust settled and all had shown their brightest, all three judges asked Taylor Newton of Lizton, Ind. to the winner’s circle with Shelley Fisher running in as trainer. Ashley Judd rode under the direction of her trainer-mother, Marjorie Judd, for the red ribbon. Christina Collis took home the third place to Prospect,
, with Lillian Shively as instructor.

The morning session finished with the Roadster Pony 50 and Under Stake. Twelve entries flew around the ring at speed, but once again Georgia Blevins dominated the field and drove off with the blue ribbon. It was another unanimous decision as Blevins maneuvered her pony, Dun-Haven Awesome Image around the corners for the championship. Trainer Maureen Lydon directed both the first and second place winners as Old Memories and Elise Johnson jogged in for the reserve. Nightheir and Rick Wallen accepted the yellow ribbon for Mike and Jane Schallock of
Delafield, Wis.

The last split of the Adult Three-Gaited Country Pleasure class flooded down the ramp after the break to start the afternoon session. Jennifer Karnes was all smiles when her name was called as the winner aboard the Phi Slama Jama daughter, Chere Peridot. Lisa Strickland trains this combination. The Petite Princess and Kate Harvey Codeanne took the red ribbon for Cedarledge Farm after a season of top ribbons at Chapter 14, Bonnie Blue, and Connecticut Summer Classic. The striking gray mare, A Supreme Surprise, and Abigail Rising were right behind for the third place.

The Amateur Park Three-Gaited Stallion/ Gelding class was so popular that it had to be split into two sections. Town Cat and Brenda Paauwe-Navori were selected from the first class of 13 for the winning ribbon, bringing yet another blue to the Cash Lovell Stables. The beautiful Another Bay and Betsy Thomas left with the reserve placing and Lindsey Greenwald with The Paper Boy ERB followed close behind.
In the second cut, the big-striding gelding, CH A Step Of Time, stepped up to the call and won for the second year in a row with Luanne Kilday as owner and rider. Debbie Foley was proud to present this team. A crowd-pleasing performance was given by CH Justa Rascal and Megan McClure as they rallied for the reserve. CH The Foxy Prince with Bambi Childress in the irons were there for the third.

Fourteen junior exhibitors were more than ready to compete in the Hackney/Harness Pony Pleasure Driving. Razzle Dazzle Me did just that as they made the last lap around the ring with the blue streamers. Lauren Mathewson is the owner and driver with Randy Harper instructing from the sidelines. Winners from last year, Heartland Parade Time and Kelsey Herbert, showed under the guidance of her father, Chuck Herbert, for the reserve win. Ali DeGray showed the Pixie Dust and Steel entry, Wait and See’s Postmaster for the yellow.

Two sections for the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Rider 13 and Under were made as each class was filled with 10 horses. Never a stranger to the winner’s circle in Freedom Hall, Ricochet Memories SF returned once again in a unanimous decision by the judging panel having already won the 14-17 and Adult classes in past years. Shelby Reimer catch-rode this white-legged gelding for Soquili Stables. CH Java Sea with Jennifer Roberts put in a good ride for the second place with Gold Commission and Elisabeth Reimer following up for a valued yellow ribbon.

Big Show lived up to his name as he carried Deanna Lanigan to the winner’s circle in the second split, continuing his winning season from the
Midwest circuit. Scott Matton ran in to greet the winners as trainer. Coming fresh off wins at Blue Ridge, Mia Wilson piloted Prodigy’s Pride to the reserve for trainer Debbie Foley and owner Harold McCalla. Sing My Song and Kristen Smith came in for a close third.

The Three-Year-Old Harness Pony was another large class with 11 filling the ring. Darrel Kolkman displayed another one of his fine homebred ponies as he drove Heartland Beautiful Dreamer to the win. Front Page News and Mike Dumas garnered the reserve for owner Larry Schultz. Pat Kennedy put Jay Kennedy and It’s Showtime in the ring for third.

The next class of the afternoon was thrilling indeed as the ladies drove their amateur roadsters to bike. For the second year in a row, Dirt Devil came away with the championship as Deborah Butler drove with skill and confidence. All Glory and Elizabeth Shatner pushed hard for the second place with Danette Musselman as the trainer.

And yet another class was split as the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Riders 14-17 Years-Old brimmed with top name entries. Ali DeGray and I’m Good To Go were in top shape when they entered the ring and didn’t miss a beat as they were named Section One champions for Pixie Dust and Steel. Showtime’s Desert Storm, trained by Chris Reiser and shown by Kerri Jamison, was marked down on the cards for second. Christy Bennett rode the seasoned gelding, The Bachelor Prince, out the ring with the yellow ribbon in hand.

Jessica Moctezuma continued to have an excellent week by capturing the blue in the second split with Some Kind Of Magic, showing on behalf of her trainer-mother Nealia McCracken. The Gun Moll and Emily Doll swept in for the reserve with
’s Flight and Alexis Braswell behind.

The Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony Drivers 13 Years and Under was divided as well with Heartland Flurry racing off with the first win. Lauren Kelly showed this pony for the first time with Marilyn Macfarlane as trainer. Boxford’s Courageous Spirit and Max Kaplan topped the rest of the field for the red ribbon.

Cowboy Magic continued his winning streak with driver Gabriella Flynn as they added another victory to their record under the guidance of DeLovely. Sweet Impression and Marli Dabareiner of Fish N’ Fun Farms carried away the second place ribbon.

The afternoon concluded with the Yearling Breeders Open with a total purse of $10,000. Nine excellent yearlings were shown and when the judges’ cards were turned in, it was Todd Graham with the son of Sir William Robert and Memories of Anna, Sir Winston C. who would take home the prize for Jonna L. Curry. Sam Stafford showed the homebred stallion, Busting Out (CF First Night Out x Suzy’s  Lady Bug), to the reserve ribbon.

Wednesday Evening

History has shown that one of the most adrenalin-raising classes of the week is Ladies Five-Gaited Geldings, and this year was no different. Seventeen ladies showed their top of the line contenders and when they lined up, a nine horse workout was called. The crowd cheered on their favorites as they went around a second time. When the noise died down, Ceil Wheeler and Walterway’s Remember Me were named the champions with Nelson Green as trainer. Janet Crampton showed the previous year’s winner, Callaway’s Banner Headline, to the reserve for Janet Kellett. Another Callaway horse claimed a top ribbon as Gayle Lampe directed Callaway’s Born To Win in for the yellow. The forth went to Title Bound and Misdee Wrigley. Other ribbon winners were Feel The Thunder, CH Chandler, It’s More Than Likely, and Red Flame Thrower.

The Amateur Ladies Harness Pony kept up the evening’s excitement as Joan Jett and Mary Gaylord McClean drove up for her third championship in a row with this pony. Randy Harper trained Heartland Expectation was driven by Karen Frickey for the reserve title. The venerable Vindicator and Karen Waldron came in for the yellow.

The electricity stayed high as the Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding Stake entered the ring. For four years running, it was unanimously decided that CH Callaway’s Copyright should return to the winner’s circle with John T. Jones at the whip on behalf of Fox Grape Farms. Dick Obenauf brought the Charles Goodman entry, Another Asset, in for the red. This gelding who has tried his hand in the five-gaited and three-gaited divisions seemed to have found his place in harness. I’m A Lucky Charm and Mike Roberts came out of the seven horse field for third.

Fourteen junior exhibitors rode their three-gaited mounts into the ring for the 14-15 year-old rider division. Just Special added to his list of wins at Raleigh, Bonnie Blue, and Lexington Junior League by earning the blue with Allison Combs aboard and Smith Lilly as trainer. Julie DeVault and She’s My Desire BH made the long trip from
worthwhile with a well-deserved red ribbon in hand. CH Heart Of Blue and Brittany Kale were not far behind with the yellow streamers.

The Three-Gaited Over 15.2 Stake is the first step in reaching the Three-Gaited Grand Championship on Saturday night. Returning with Sam Stafford to the open division after a three-year absence, CH Yes It’s True came back to reclaim his title, having carried his owner Phillipa Sledge to three World’s Championships in the amateur division. Todd Miles piloted the elegant and exciting Manilla Thrilla to the reserve for Theresa Vonderschmitt. This gelding looked to have rekindled the expressive attitude he exhibited in Freedom Hall two years ago adding yet another contender to the list for Saturday night.

The Ladies Roadster to Bike picked up the pace with a nice class of roadsters. Debbie Koning and Scruff beat the other three entries for the blue ribbon for owner David Crockett. Rums Last Shot and Jennifer Robertson made the rounds for second place with Jimmy Robertson as trainer.

It was time for the three-year-olds to make their show in the three-gaited division and the crowd watched them twice as the class was split. John Conatser tipped his hat at the unanimous vote that sent him and
New York
’s Perfect Gift to the winner’s circle. The most sensational young horse of Louisville '04,  this son of I’m A New Yorker is out of CH Undulata’s Perfect Gift ERB who was reserve in the Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under class last night. Clark Clouse guided the always cocky Simbara’s Rising Son prodigy, Son Moon and Stars to the reserve finish for owner Elmo Lee Greer.

Hallelujah Chorus takes right after her daddy as she waved her legs for the first place votes in the Section Two split. This daughter of Castle Bravo and I Believe, I Believe was ridden by Mike Breeggemann for Destiny Farm. The Star Material son, Finest Material was reserve with Chris Reiser riding for Larry Hartsock.

The last split class of the night was the Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony Driver 14-17 Years-Old. With wins all over the
, Thunderation and Meredithe Steinhauer added one more this evening as they sped away with the unanimous blue with Rick Wallen providing encouragement. Steve Hanks directed Heartland Painted Creation to the reserve with Jeb Boyd at the whip for his mother, Luanne Kilday.

Ali DeGray won this class last year with Free Willy. This year she was taken to the winner’s circle by Seize The Moment with Ruth Gimpel again as trainer. Albert Kaponey and Tyler Volz were a close second for Shirley Trimble and Ray Sperl as owners.

The Fine Harness Mare Stake finished out the open harness classes that will meet on Saturday night. The great black mare, Along Came A Spider, sat back and waved her legs for a second year in a row as she was named champion with George Knight at the lines. A unanimous decision was made to send Georgia Herpin Baker’s mare to the winner’s circle. Bret Day showed another crowd favorite, The Social Butterfly, to a red ribbon for MyHorse Farm. Joellen Fisher Blount’s Tornaado’s Tidal Wave came out of the 11 horse crowd for third with trainer Jan Lukens on the lines.

The Ladies Five-Gaited Mare class was just as thrilling as its counterpart in the stallion/gelding section. My Chanel and a tearful Dr. Owen Weaver glided down the rail as the first number called for a prize. Weaver’s trainer, Patty Milligan was as excited as her rider as she ran into the ring. Take Me Away and Mary Gaylord McClean won this class last year, and tonight were named reserve champions. Third place went to Debbie Foley and Twice Charmed.

Only two filled the class for the Hackney Pony Mare Stake. Making it five years in a row, Fancy Ribbons and Randi Stuart Wightman reclaimed their title with Marilyn Macfarlane as trainer. Heartland Ooh! La La and Karen Waldron were reserve after a good drive.

The Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Rider 16-17 Years-Old had 20 champion horses, and the judges had such a hard time making a final decision that 10 were called back out to the rail. The crowd cheered as if it was stake night on Saturday. The favorite of both the crowd and judges was Devote and Ashley Moore. Jay Wood led this ecstatic team down to the winner’s circle and it was a first time visit to
for both trainer and rider. South African-bred Nelmar Tango 4 Ever was ridden by Nicola Van Der Walt for her father and trainer, Gene Van Der Walt as they picked up the reserve in this highly competitive class. The beautiful gray dappled gelding, Day’s Grecian Gray and Michelle Krentz commanded the judges’ attention for the third place. Heir To A Star and Kristen Koenig took the fourth place ribbon home to Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Other ribbon winners were Aurora Borealis, CH Sportster, To Die For, and Time For Glory.

The last class of the evening, and perhaps the most anticipated, was the Five-Gaited Gelding Stake. New faces and old ones were shown in this class much to the crowd’s delight. A collective sigh was heard throughout Freedom Hall as defending champion CH Boucheron stumbled coming through the in-gate and never regained his composure. Nearly the entire crowd was riding with trainer Rob Byers just as they were last year when they were lighting up the ring. It was not meant to be on this night as the reigning world's grand champion was left out of the money.

The winning team on this evening had an international flavor. With English owners, the reigning South African National Champion made his first time in Freedom Hall a successful one. (SA) Carlswald Prince¹s Dominoe and Lionel Ferreira came off the championship win at Junior League to capture the blue tonight for John F. Bulmer. The Select Stock son, Five O’Clock and Todd Miles were also quite impressive to beat out the other 11 entries for the reserve prize for owners Chris Nalley and Jean Nalley. Nelson Green showed Ceil Wheeler’s Memories Paragon for the yellow.

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