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A Royal Send Off To The Season

by Jennifer Styskal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With a lot of the show's attention placed on the UPHA Classics and the UPHA Challenge Cup and Medal finals, the regular program can sometimes be overlooked. However, many riders and horses made one great last hurrah for the end of the year that will stay in our memories for next season.  Old records were broken and new ones were made as the 2005 National Champions were crowned in their respective divisions.

Each division was deep in competition with many champions returning to defend their titles. Familiar faces took the spotlight as well as new names and new combinations. The Missouri/ Kansas classes displayed the area's strong support of the breed with many nice entries. After Saturday night, many looked forward to a few months of rest, but the show left everyone on a high note that will last long into the winter months.


Despite the freezing temperatures outside, the heat inside was turned up for the Saturday night performances. It had been a good night of showing and it finished strong as seven entries stormed through the gate for the Five-Gaited National Championship as they were introduced to the crowd one by one. There were some exciting familiar faces to go with the newcomers in this highly contested championship.

Sponsored by the Ever Glades Fund, this was a $50,000 Five-Gaited National Championship with $10,000 at stake for the grand champion. In addition, the UPHA Tom Moore Perpetual Memorial Trophy was part of the winnings. The names of the winning horse, owner, and trainer would be engraved on the trophy which is on display throughout the year at the American Saddlebred Museum.

The judging panel had a difference of opinion as to who the grand champion would be, however, the majority of the crowd went with the spicy mare champion She’s A Red Hot Chili Pepper. Peter Cowart delivered the tricolor ride and national title for Sharyn Lackey.

Merrill Murray teamed up with Out Of Reach to capture the reserve title for Allison Burgess. Melinda Moore was third with Here I Am Again and Larry Hodge rode Adelita to the fourth place ribbon. Have You Ever and Barclay De Wet, The Apprentice and Wyatt DeHart, and Colonel Hoss and Clark Clouse filled out the rest of the class.

The class scheduling was a bit unusual as all three of the open gaited qualifiers were held on the same night. Todd Graham and Louis Louw battled it out in the stallion class as the only two entries. Graham rose to the top aboard Callaway’s Guy Park for owners Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curry, with Louw taking the second place finish on Que Pasa for Reedannland.

The gelding division was full of top name entries. Merrill Murray rode Out Of Reach and did just that as he took the victory lap. Melinda Moore and Here I Am Again earned the red ribbon for Julie Garlington and Dodie Stockton.

The mare class was not to go unnoticed as it was also deep in numbers and talent. Warming up for her championship win on Saturday, She’s A Red Hot Chili Pepper claimed the blue streamers with Peter Cowart up for the ride. The refined Adelita was in top form for Larry Hodge as he directed her to the reserve placing for David Rudder.

The ladies showed at their best while the crowd cheered them on in their championship. Hometown favorite Callaway’s Born To Win continued to live up to his name as owner Gayle Lampe piloted him to the winner’s circle. Mike Roberts also coached this team to take the blue in the ladies gelding class. My Chanel gave one of her best shows to capture the Reserve National Championship with Dr. Owen Weaver in the saddle. They were also reserve in the ladies mare class. CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket and Neva VanEss were third, with The Echo Of Thunder right behind for the white ribbon.

Sarah Byers handled the ride for Amy Dix Rock on Amusing as they made their victory pass in the ladies mare class. CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket was second in the large gelding division with Neva VanEss up for Nick and Susan Neviaser.

Former World's Grand Champion Callaway’s Forecaster and current World’s Champion of Champions Boo! went head to head in the Amateur Five-Gaited National Championship. Boo! and Barbara Goodman Manilow came out on top in the highly competitive class. Nancy Leigh Fisher and Callaway’s Forecaster were the reserve champions. Callaway’s Lil Abner and Deborah Butler were close behind for the third place finish. Misdee Wrigley directed Lakeview’s Rare A Phi to the fourth place ribbon.

Callaway’s Forecaster beat a large field in the amateur stallion/gelding class with another classic Forecaster performance with owner Nancy Leigh Fisher in the saddle. Todd Miles coached Deborah Butler as she gave a nice ride on Callaway’s Lil Abner for the reserve win.

The amateur mare class was small but full of quality. Boo! and Barbara Goodman Manilow continued their winning streak by capturing this class with Dick Obenauf heading them in the winner’s circle. Barclay De Wet made the reserve ride on the spunky mare Have You Ever.

The quality of the horses at this show continued to shine in Saturday night's Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship. By a unanimous decision, Callaway’s Independence Day was called out of the group of 15 to receive the tricolor. Laura Skinner rode this big trotting chestnut with John and Renee Biggins as the trainers. Ali Judah catch-rode It’s More Than Likely for Debbie Foley and put in a good ride for the reserve champion ribbon. Maguire Hall was up for the third place ride on Shame On You. These results were the same for the 15-17 age group.

In the 14 and under division, Brittany McGinnis  rode the winning entry. In only their second show together, she expertly put Carolina Cat through his gaits to earn an American Royal blue. Calee Dillon took the red ribbon back to Dallas, Tex., on Suki Snowlet for Merrimac Dillon.

The Missouri/ Kansas owners and trainers brought out their best for the prestigious Tom Bass Memorial Stake. Mike Roberts topped this class of four on Champagne’s Red Gold for owner Glenda Pugh. Max Ciampoli and the elegant Lady Truffle racked up for the reserve vote for Nancy Ingracia and Teresa Montgomery.

In the Missouri/ Kansas stallion/ gelding class, Sonny Sutton brought out the top horse. He guided Memorize to the blue for Linda Hollett. Mike Robert’s entry Champagne Red Gold was second.

Max Ciampoli and Lady Truffle went against Alfredo Chavez and Gillette in the two horse Missouri/ Kansas mare class. Lady Truffle was named the winner with Linda Hollett owning the second place winner.

In the Missouri/ Kansas amateur/junior exhibitor championship Joni Underwood Friesen topped the six horse field with Speak Of The Devil. Janet Wise was up for the reserve on Magic Style. In the qualifier, William Woods student Amanda Wright displayed the upcoming talent of the school’s equestrian program by taking the blue with Summer Rendezvous. Kirk Osburg claimed the red ribbon aboard Magic Again.

Twelve fine horses trotted through the gate for the Junior Five-Gaited class. The best of the best was awarded to Enchanting Memories with Tré Lee up for Carson Kressley. Bret Day put on a good show with Walterway’s Headline Material coming up for the second place vote for J.C. Pierce Equine LLC. Debbie Foley rode Undulata’s Prophet to the yellow ribbon.

The three-year-old class also had no shortage of quality stock. Elizabeth McLemore directed the flashy gelding Callaway’s Confidential to the winner’s circle. This Caramac son is owned by Edward Bennett. Martin Cockriel put his crutches down long enough to show his Roseridge Posted Note to the reserve ribbon. Just James made the final pass to earn the third place vote with Tom Scott in the irons.

Only two entries showed up for the two-year-old section. Clark Clouse put his young Royal Return filly, Late Nite Fun through her gaits and won the approval of the judging panel and the audience. Redd Crabtree showed Crabtree Farms-owned Miss Hellcat to the second place finish.

Four ponies came in for their championship and it became a tough class. Cyndi Simmons glided along on the multi-titled world's champion CH Sammyshine as they went around the ring and up to the winner’s circle. Tammy DeVore was there to meet her rider. Alexa McWilliams put in a hard ride on Callaway’s Exception To The Rule for the reserve streamers. These placings were the same in the qualifier.

Making for another great stake night battle, eight fine walk-trot horses park-trotted into the ring Saturday night for their $25,000 National Championship. Each one made some great passes, but in the end it was the three-time world's grand champion CH An Heir About Her and hometown girl Sarah Rowland who topped the judges cards. Rowland beat out a field of professionals with Edward Bennett assisting from the rail. John Field rode the petite CH Rejoice to another popular reserve title for Dr. and Mrs. Donald Petit after winning the 15.2 and under stake.

Deborah Visser handled the third place ride on the big doing reserve world's champion The Engraver for James Orr. Melissa Moore and High Heat were fourth for owners Henry and Nancy Bryan.  Other ribbon winners were I’m Sky High and Gary Garone, After Eight and Todd Graham, Harmony At Last and Cindy Maloney, and Supernatural Charm and AJ Bruwer.

The winner of the over 15.2 stake came all the way from New Hampshire as Gary Garone piloted the lofty going I'm Sky High to center ring for Rick Daigle. Bob Phillips turned in a strong ride on Louis Novak’s entry Albelarm Radiant Lady to take the second place ribbon. Peter Cowart captured the red ribbon in the 15.2 and under class on Longshadow Sovereign Spirit for Richard Hartsog.

The ladies were as refined and elegant as always. Sarah Byers took over the reins for Rosemarie Fernandez on CH Pas De Deux to win the championship and the 15.2 and over ladies qualifier. Melissa Shields and Matinee Starlet were in top form to take the reserve tricolor for Richard Pence.

In the 15.2 and over qualifier Tracy Garcia and her flashy That’s Chicago caught the judges’ eye for the second place vote in both the ladies and amateur division. Deborah Visser guided Ostentatiously around the ring for the victory lap in the ladies 15.2 and under class. Melissa Moore was not far behind as she rode All Rise to the red ribbon for Rebecca Davis.

The amateur championship was a list of World's Champions present and past. Continuing their undefeated record, Barbara Goodman Manilow and Callaway’s Sugarplum looked better than ever for the championship title, having already captured the over 15.2 qualifier earlier in the week. Dick Obenauf was again the winning trainer. Sightline and Holli Esposito also put in an excellent ride for the reserve place. Under the direction of Rob Turner, Sightline has been a popular star in both the amateur and open ranks this year.

Earlier in the week Sarah Rowland swept up the amateur under 15.2 stake on CH An Heir About Her. Deborah Visser mounted up on Ostentatiously for the reserve ribbon.

Defending World's Champion CH Blackberry Delight added yet another championship to his repertoire as Rachel Machamer gave two strong rides to win both the Junior Exhibitor National Championship and the 14 and under year-old stake. Lynda and Andy Freseth are the trainers of this fine team. After winning the older age group, Shadow Run's Kristen Koenig and Heir To A Star turned in another flawless ride to capture the reserve streamers in the championship.

Rick Wallen directed the reserve winners in the 15-17 year-old stake with Meredithe Steinhauer up on To Die For. Local Missouri resident, Scott Pisarik was second in the 14 and under age group on the dainty CH Steel In Love with Mark Hulse as the trainer.

The Missouri/ Kansas teams returned for their time in the spotlight. Gayle Lampe is the owner of the three-gaited stake winner Our Charming Lady LLC with Kent Swalla in the irons. Brenda Benner was up on My Sweet E Motion for the reserve ribbon.

Kelly Hulse created a nice picture on Up Close & Personal WRF to win the over 15.2 class as another James Orr entry. Jan Burden showed her Absolute Proof to the red ribbon. Mark Hulse was not to be outdone by his wife as he took the 15.2 and under qualifier on Sheba’s Charm. Brenda Benner was second in the outstanding class on My Sweet E Motion.

Five entries came in the gate for the Missouri/ Kansas amateur/ junior exhibitor stake. Jackie Ware made her way to the winner’s circle on Callaway’s Sunday Edit after winning the qualifying class. Sunday Edit had won the class the past two years with owner and mother to be, Dawn Fire. Ware made the winning catch rides. Reserve to her in both classes was William Woods student Kirsten Lorence on Callaway’s Abigail Adams.

The young horse classes were outstanding in every division and the Junior Three-Gaited was no different. A full class of 12 park-trotted around the ring as the crowd cheered on their favorite.  The judges’ favorite happened to be the nearly unbeatable Boston Legal with Renee Biggins in the saddle for Belle Reve Farm. Tré Lee gave a good ride on the talented A Silver Charm for the reserve place for the Bacon family.

Another World's Champion defended his title as being the best in the nation. New York’s Perfect Gift was a stretchier carbon copy of his dam, Undulata’s Perfect Gift, as he won the three-year-old class with John Conatser up for owner and breeder Elizabeth Thomas. Joan Lurie handled the second place ride on Heir’s Encore for Kathleen Ruwoldt.

The two-year-old class was full of promise of things to come. The most promising was the Great Day’s Came The Son colt Callaway’s Paisano with Matt Shiflet aboard for Emco LLC. Smith Lilly and his filly Lenore’s Chardonnay did not go unnoticed either as they took the red streamers for Robin Vuillermet and William Beckley.

Only three ponies were present for their classes but it was a group of world title holders. In their last show ring performance together Yasmin Wazir turned in an excellent ride on Lost Token to win the championship after placing second in the qualifier. Whitney Bennett had won the first class on current world's champion Manhattan’s Irish Cream and put in a good show for the reserve championship.

Three-Gaited Park

Tax Man continued a stellar year as he was the favorite of both the crowd and the judges’ in the park championship. Melinda Moore was up for the winning ride after capturing the blue in the open qualifier for Jeff Councilman. Scott Matton was in the irons for Susan Honkamp when he earned the reserve champion title with Daddy’s Treat.  Our Fallen Angel was third after placing second in the qualifier with Rob Byers in the saddle for Cheryl Friedman Allison. Candle Dan made a move from harness to under saddle to place fourth with Lisa Waller up for the ride. Ray Krussell and I’m Remarkable were fifth in a nice class.

Ten came back for the amateur championship after the qualifier was split into two sections. The handsome bay CH Justa Rascal and Megan McClure dominated the championship to win after receiving a second place ribbon in the second division of the qualifier. Kim and Peter Cowart ran in to greet their excited rider in center ring. Kalarama Co Ed was reserve in both the championship and in the first cut of the qualifier with Misdee Wrigley giving a strong ride. Ya Ya and Elizabeth Shatner were in good form for the third place ribbon.

The colorful and popular pinto Lotto America won the first section of the amateur park qualifier with Lindsay Ward riding for Joanne Weiner. Bob Jensen trains this talented pair. Carol Hillenbrand and In My Heart took the blue in the second division in their only appearance.
Fine Harness

Six horses marched in for the $5,000 Fine Harness National Championship and a competitive stake night event it was. After placing second in the ladies class with Mary Sally Aylward, Gone Platinum  rose above the pack to win the National Championship title with John Conatser at the helm. I’m A Lucky Charm won the stallion/ gelding class and came back to place reserve in the championship with Mike Roberts at the lines for M.W. Sorenson.

John Biggins drove the lofty going Belle Reve stallion, Call Me Ringo, to a third place finish after taking the red ribbon in the stallion/ gelding qualifier and they had lots of fans in both rounds. The Social Butterfly spread her wings with authority to capture the mare class with Bret Day in the buggy and returned to earn the fourth place vote in the championship. The other ribbon winners in the championship were Samur and Merrill Murray and Tornaado’s Tidal Wave with Jan Lukens. Jan Lukens drove Tornaado’s Tidal Wave to the second place in the mare class for owner Joellen Fisher Blount.

Three well-known names came together for the Ladies Fine Harness class. CH Kalarama’s New Sensation was a sensation as she trotted up for the blue. Mary Gise was at the lines with Andy Freseth heading them. Gone Platinum and Mary Sally Aylward took home the red streamers.

The amateur championship had nothing but quality horses when the class was called to order. From Carriage Lane Farm, Metro Heirea topped the six horse field with Mary Sally Aylward handling yet another winning drive as she also won the qualifier with this mare. CH Kalarama’s New Sensation was reserve with Mary Gise at the lines. In the amateur qualifier Scott Cairns gave an excellent drive to take the second place ribbon with world's champion Simbara’s Exclamation.

Ah! What A Night was the only entry in the Missouri/ Kansas Fine Harness class. Cindy Sutherland made the drive for M.W. Sorenson.

The junior class had only three entries, but they entertained the crowd as they battled it out for the blue ribbon. Last year's UPHA Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Classic Grand Champion Coco Loco was the first to be called from the line up with John Conatser at the whip for Candace Meili. Rob Tanner drove the second place winner Brookhill's Periday for Zazen Ranch.

The three-year-old class was another one horse class. Wyatt DeHart exhibited the Attaché’s Royal Asset colt, Fort Chiswell's Magic Charmer for Charles Brown.

Kathy Capsuto brought out her I'm A New Yorker filly, Sister Sally, to win the two-year-old class. Tango Till Dawn, by Let's Tango All Night, beat out the other five entries to take the second place with Dena Lopez driving for Belle Reve.

Road Horse

Numbers in the roadster division were extremely strong this year. Some classes were pushing the "too big" limit for a ring the size of Kemper Arena. It was more manageable in the stake as six horses swept around the turns in the Road Horse to Bike Championship. Pulling away from the pack to the winner's circle was The Intimidator and Jimmy Robertson.  Robertson was in the sulky for Ann Boyd. Refusing to be left in the dust, Debbie Koning raced up for the reserve title with Scruff. Koning drove on behalf of David Crockett. Also making a big splash, Mark Greenwell and Vivacious were third for owner Dr. Holly Ackerman.

In the nine-horse open class, Danette Musselman drove Valiant at speed to pick up the blue ribbon for Alliance Stud. Vivacious and Mark Greenwell turned on the heat to take the second place vote.

The amateur championship was just as exciting as the open class. William Shatner dominated the amateur division by racing Spill The Ink to wins in both the championship and the qualifier. Flying down the turn to pick up the reserve championship was Air Force One and Jim Nottage. They had made the trip to the Royal from Oregon with the Don Deardorff group. Danny Bugg and his up and coming star TKO came in for third. Anna Marie Dempsey put in a good drive with Geronimo to take the red ribbon in the amateur qualifier.

Exhibitors exchanged their sulkies for saddles in the Road Horse Under Saddle. Elizabeth Shatner jockeyed All Glory around the ring to win the blue for Belle Reve Farm. Melissa Moore was right on her heels with Where Are We Now for the second place ribbon.

The Roadster to Wagon entries rumbled down the ramp for their championship class. Judy McNeish beamed with excitement as her number was called for the tricolor. She handled Invincible Summer to the winner's circle. Making his first drive for dad, Brad Bacon, Michael Bacon went all out for the reserve with The African Queen in the shafts. Mark Turner and Dutchmaster were third for the DeLovely Farm. The results were the same in the qualifier.


The road ponies kept the excitement going in Kemper Arena for the open championship. For the second year in a row, Calvin Hobbs was named the National Champion with Andy Freseth at the lines for Priscilla Gise. The current world's grand champion shifted gears with ease. Jane Mueller turned on the speed with her pony Triumphant to take the reserve. Mike Schallock and Heartland Picture Perfect were called out for the yellow ribbon. The order of winners was the same in the open qualifier.

Four ponies showed up for the amateur national championship, but the energy never died down. The top three had gone head to head all year long on the Midwest circuit and this time Toni Nastali came out ahead of the group to capture the win with Heartland Victory Maker. Bob Griffin was in center ring to pin the ribbon on his driver. Heartland Sundust and Mary Gise gave a good show to take the reserve tricolor back to Minnesota. Last year's champion Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock were third with a nice drive. This was a repeat of the results in the amateur qualifier.

Thunderation and Meredithe Steinhauer came off their win in the AHHS Youth Medallion National Championship to take the Junior Exhibitor Road Pony class by storm. Albert Kaponey and Tyler Volz followed Steinhauer to capture the reserve for Shirley Trimble and Ray Sperl.

The Missouri/ Kansas ponies came out to show their stuff. Jeff Vogel made the winning drive for the second year in a row with Boxford's Courageous Spirit for Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Chuck Browning came out of the line up for the red ribbon handling Heartland Sweet Lady.

Another World's Champion came in the gate to earn a national title to his record. Steve Old directed Heartland Carolee for James Dellinger for the blue in the junior pony class. Sonny Sutton put on his silks to take the second place with Lady Cat for owner Linda Harding.

Chris Gantley drove the high-stepping harness pony Seamair Sensation to win the open championship after Gene Gallmeier directed his pony to the winner's circle in the amateur qualifier. Heartland King of Kings made a good show for the reserve title with John Conatser at the lines for Mary Sally Aylward. Conatser won the open qualifier earlier in the week with this pony. Darrel Kolkman handled his pony Heartland Breaking News for the third place after taking the red ribbon in the qualifier.

Christy Gantley was not to be outdone by her husband and won both the Amateur Harness Pony Championship and the Ladies Harness Pony with Nacho Mama. Cindy Ireland handled the reserve drive in the ladies class with Todd Gordon's Seamair Spectacular. Gordon showed his pony in the amateur qualifier for the second place ribbon.

Dr. Bing Crosby catch-drove Boxford Bobbi Socks for Tom Caisse and took the reserve in the amateur championship. Debbie Foley is the trainer of this flashy pony.

Wind In The Willows has been hard to beat all year and had no trouble adding the Junior Harness Pony class to his list of wins. Maureen Lydon handled the winning drive for Carl and Kathryn Nichols. Darrel Kolkman brought out his Heartland Most Wanted to earn the reserve vote.

The oh-so-cocky World's Grand Champion Nabucco park-trotted into the ring for the Hackney Pony Championship much to the delight of the crowd. Gib Marcucci was at the lines for the winning presentation for Mary Campbell. Marcucci and Nabucco had won the open qualifier earlier in the week. Coming off a fresh win in the ladies class, Debbie Koning returned in the open championship to earn the reserve title with David Crockett's Black Merlin. Jimmy Miller was in the buggy for the High Spirits Farm to place second in the open qualifier with Mariachi.

Muffy Ernster paired up with her champion Hackney Royal Canadian to win the amateur national championship for the second consecutive year after earning the reserve spot on the cards in the ladies class. Austin Powers was reserve in the amateur championship with Stacey Swalla at the lines.

Doc Sullivan was the only entry in the junior class with Larry Bacon handling the drive for Art and Gaye Birtcher. This young pony made his impressive debut at Lexington this year.

The Pleasure Pony Driving Championship was full with a nice class of eight. For the fourth year in a row Pacifico's Standing Ovation was named the National Champion with owner Bob Anderson at the whip. Andy and Lynda Freseth train this champion duo. Anna Marie Knipp made a great show for the reserve title with world's champion One More Time. She also earned the red ribbon the qualifier earlier in the week with Jimmy Miller heading them. Jane Mueller came in for the yellow ribbon with Early Edition after winning the adult pleasure pony class.

Christjon Sannes Mielke gave a flawless drive with his pony Heartland Spectacular to win the junior exhibitor pleasure driving class. Meredithe Steinhauer took the second place vote behind Dun Haven Majestic Motion with Rick Wallen as the trainer.

Show Pleasure

A nice large class trotted through the gate for the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure National Championship. Finishing out a great year was Stonewall's Stargate and Patrice Watson who captured both the championship and the 38 and under age group. Coming in behind this World Champion pair was the always exciting team of The Champagne Tiger and Christy Bennett who also earned the reserve in the 38 and under class. Picking up the yellow in this nice class was Amanda Dellinger on the veteran MmmBop.

Radio Flyer swooped in to win the 39 and over age group with Alice Sias Pippin on board for the ride. Ann MacMurray Cox showed her CF Night So Rare for the red ribbon in this fine class.

The Missouri/ Kansas horses came out for their five-gaited pleasure class to fill a large class. Janet Danuser rose above the field and rode her Heir Do to the winner's circle. Ebony Masterpiece picked up the red ribbon with owner Jennifer Pitt in the irons.

The Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Stake was as popular as ever. Out of the 14 entries, John Field rode the winning horse Bella Belle for his father Bill Field. Cute As A Button lived up to her name as she captured the judges' attention for the reserve with Roman Marcos in the saddle. Todd Perkins took the third place ribbon for Dede Disbrow on her horse Ghost Of Gypsy.

In the open park pleasure class Mike Benn took the win on Santana's Eternal Flame for Dr. Lisa Carlson. Bella Belle came in for the reserve with John Field up.

The junior park pleasure class was full of nice prospects for the future. Jackie Tanner handled The Woodsider for Bob Facciola to capture both the stake and the qualifying class. Joy Ann Lazarus was in the irons on Aliyah Asch's Born Ideal to take the reserve in the stake. Rhoade Tripp earned the second place vote in the qualifier with Bob Phillips aboard.

Another World's Champion marched through the gates to earn a National Championship. CH Ninety-Eight Degrees and Alice Unger dominated the three-gaited show pleasure division by winning the adult championship and the 38 and under age group. Lynda and Andy Freseth train this pair for Nancy Leigh Fisher. After earning the blue in the 39 and over class, Mary Jane Fredrickson took the reserve in the 15 horse championship with CH A Magic Spell. 

The long-necked Pistolero picked up the third place ribbon with Mary Jane Peebles in the irons, having previously earned the reserve in the 39 and over section. Fourth in a class of champions went to Lightnin Lil and Nicolle Beltz Tolliver who took the red ribbon in the 38 and under class.

Sixteen top horses entered the junior exhibitor championship and despite the tough competition New York Style emerged as the unanimous winner. Maguire Hall owns and showed this champion with Patty Milligan as trainer. Topping the 14 and under division, Callaway's Queen Of Crimson and Erich Aschenbrenner were named the reserve champions. Kayla Wooters trotted out of the ring with the yellow ribbon on Finally Yours. The second place winner in the 14 and under age group, The Bess Yet and Lizzie Edgar were fourth in the large championship class.

Coming all the way from New Jersey, Tara Grom won the 15-17 age group with  Callaway's Torch Bearer. Not far behind with the reserve honors were CH Riva Diva and Ali Judah.

Repeating her win from last year, Lydian of William Woods University claimed the Missouri/ Kansas show pleasure championship with Hillary Senecal on board. After taking the blue in the adult qualifier, Courtney Lynch earned the reserve on Loaded Weapon in the championship. Amber Mitchell and Caramac's Casanova were called for the red ribbon in the adult qualifying class.

The Missouri/ Kansas junior exhibitors also had their class. Janelle O'Bannon beat the seven horse field on Talmage's Heiress for the win. Callaway's Meriwether and Allison Osburg were there to pick up the second place ribbon.

Ten horses came back for the Show Pleasure Driving Championship. Alice Unger continued her winning streak this week and defended her national title with CH Heir's Town. Just like Louisville, this gave Unger the distinction of winning the adult saddle and driving championships. This Hollow Haven pair also won the 38 and under qualifier. The beautiful flaxen mane and tail gelding Last Cat Standing made a nice show for the reserve grand champion honors with owner Candace Meili at the lines.

The winner of the second section of the 39 and over class Callaway's Head Over Heels earned the third place vote in the championship. The second place winner in the second section of the 39 and over class Xuxa and Ed Perwien were forth in the championship.

In the 39 and over section A, Brendan Heintz catch-drove the winning entry for Martin Cockriel. This was Caballero Memories’ only appearance. Giving a good drive for the second place were Mahvalous Guy and Jeffrey Fetzer with Bret Day heading.

In the absence of a junior exhibitor class, Lyndi Skinner and Showboat's Casino held their own with the adults to earn the red ribbon in the 38 and under class.

Country Pleasure

Defending his national title for the past three years, Hollow Haven Farm’s country pleasure standout The Shadow Knows returned with a new rider, Sherry Frankel Deal, to win the adult championship for SGF Winning Ways Farm. This combination also earned the judges' approval in the adult qualifier. CH Spike Leigh claimed the reserve title with owner Jacqueline Manzo in the saddle. Hometown Commander took home the red ribbon in the adult qualifier with Kevin Ingram showing for James Dellinger.

Fifteen of the nation's top country pleasure horses came together for the junior exhibitor championship. Ashley Alden teamed up with Tamale Wally to capture the tricolor for Marge Fergusson. Kenny Smith directs this national champion team. Ali Leitermann won the 15-17 age group with So Much To Say and came back in the championship to take the reserve honors. The third place vote in this grand class went to Undulata's Paper Doll and the skilled jockey Kayla Wooters. The Bachelor Prince and Christy Bennett were up for the fourth place ribbon in what was a deep championship round.

In the 15-17 age group Cyndi Simmons rode When Heiry Met Sally to capture the red ribbon with Tammy DeVore as trainer.

Kristen Smith impressed the judges' in the 14 and under age group to win the class with world title holder Sing My Song. Heart O' Summer and Faye Wuesthofen were second for Barb and Emily Scharpf.

William Woods University continued to have a successful show as Courtney Miller and Trefethen won the Missouri/ Kansas Country Pleasure Championship. They also captured the qualifying class earlier in the week. Behind them in both classes was Ashley Birdsong on Mischief Managed.

Nancy Anderson was not to be outdone this week by her husband Bob Anderson and matched his fourth national title in as many years by winning the Country Pleasure Driving Championship with CH Callaway's Pretty Penny for the fourth consecutive year. This driving team also captured the 39 and over qualifier. Coming in second in both classes was Corrine Tomlinson and Shadow Valley.

Kevin Ingram harnessed up his country pleasure horse Hometown Commander after showing him under saddle to win the 38 and under driving class. Steve Old trains this versatile team. Vicki Gillenwater again made the catch drive behind Callaway's Show Me State for the reserve ribbon for Soquili Stables.

Amateur owner-trainer Autumn Hunt bested a field of 12 to win the Country Western Pleasure National Championship with In Your Honor. Hunt and her classy chestnut swept the western division all week by also claiming the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure and the Western Country Pleasure class. Suzanne Bradshaw rode the multi-titled champion The American Flag to the reserve in both the championship and qualifier. Beautiful Promise earned the red ribbon in the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure class with Alice Sias Pippin in the saddle.

In Hand

breeders had a chance to show off their fine colts in the ASHB Missouri Yearling Sweepstakes. John Wallen headed the flashy white-legged filly Pinch Me to the winner's circle. Wallen is also the owner of this Sultan's Riddler filly who is out of a Golden Ruler mare. Second in this class went to My Royal Command who is by Sir York and out of a Callaway's Blue Norther mare. Max Ciampoli handled this colt for Carolyn McConkey.

The Missouri Breeders Challenge Weanling Stake was a large class that displayed some good breeding. Owner and breeder Mike Wessel picked up the blue ribbon with his A Famous Design colt, Racing Stripe. This eye-catching pinto earned over $11,700 for Wessel. Claiming the reserve and a little more than $7,000 was Sir Ritz with John Wallen directing on behalf of Stephanie O'Neal. This colt is by Sir York and out of Ritzy Babe.

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