Skip to content

Show Horse Industry Loses Three World’s Champions

The deaths of three current show ring greats have just been reported, ironically, a Hackney, a Saddlebred and a Morgan.

Last week, Golden Creek Farms lost the current three-time World’s Grand Champion Road Pony Beaulah Jean. Teamed with Jeff McClean, Beaulah Jean has also been named the UPHA Open Road Pony Of The Year for the past few seasons in addition to winning titles at Lexington Junior League, Rock Creek, Shelbyville and others. A mare with a personality all her own, Beaulah was a favorite of McClean, wife Mary and Jeff McClean Stables trainer, Tom Lowry.

Just this weekend, news came from Lynn and Kathy Peeples’ Waterford Farm of the sudden loss of World Champion Uppercase Innovation, owned by Cindy Fawcett. Kathy rode Uppercase Innovation to the Ladies English Pleasure World Championship in 2009 and then shared the spotlight in 2010, winning the Grand National Champion Ladies English Pleasure title, while Cindy brought home the Amateur Masters Grand National blue. Another of their highlights came in 2009, winning the highly competitive New England Regional English Pleasure Amateur Championship.

Also unexpected, the death of one of the most celebrated harness horses in recent years, It’s Dan The Man, hit the industry hard, especially owner Anna Marie Knipp and trainer Nicole Harrison. The 2010 Amateur Ladies Fine Harness World’s Champion, Amateur Reserve World’s Champion Of Champions and Amateur Fine Harness National Champion was also named the UPHA Overall Fine Harness Horse Of The Year. Just the year before he was debuted by Dr. Alan Raun and purchased by Knipp’s High Spirits Farm before going on to win the Junior Fine Harness World’s Champion Of Champions title with Dr. Raun.

Tributes to these stars will be featured in an upcoming issue of Saddle Horse Report. Our thoughts are with all those who were close to these great individuals.

More Stories

  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 10

    While horse shows are stacked one on top of another, the 2023 foal crop is also blossoming across the country. Submitted by owner/breeder Kristen Wells, this week’s winning photo is of her May 20th colt by Noble Braveheart out of Hannah Starlight, a daughter of reserve world’s champion Leatherwood’s Starlight. Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 29 23

    Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 9

    The babies keep growing, the weather keeps improving and the #foalsNfocus submissions keep rolling in. We are pleased to bring you another nice group this week with the following making the top nine. Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 8

    As foaling season continues the babies are in full bloom. This week’s champion is a beautiful shot of a spotted American Saddlebred colt by Arrowhead’s Moscato out of SH Card On File by Arrowhead’s Bateleur. The photo was submitted by owner/breeder Jeff Stone. Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 22 23 Ashe

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 22 23 BB

    Read More
  • Address Change Announced to Honor WC Wing Commander

    In 2012, a new road was built at the Kentucky Horse Park leading from Iron Works Parkway past the sculpture of Supreme Sultan by Patricia Crane. That road was named Wing Commander Way in honor of the iconic American Saddlebred, CH Wing Commander.  Read More
  • Only Three Nominations Remain for Purchase to Standardbred Roadster 100

    Only three nominations remain for purchase to the 2023 $100,000 Standardbred Roadster 100 to be contested at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show, says Robertson Equine Sales CEO Jimmy Robertson. Read More
  • Nominations for the UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame Now Being Accepted

    The United Professional Horsemen's Association is accepting nominations for its annual Jesus Gonzales Gomez UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame. UPHA is proud to offer two UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame Awards; one presented at Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show, Lexington, Kentucky in July and the other at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in October. Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 7

    The submissions for our #foalsNfocus photo contest continue to pour in with a wide variety of photos received for this week. Selected as the Champion was a Janelle Schroeder photo of a beautiful Morgan filly named Atwood Kantara.  Read More