Skip to content

Stars Shine Bright on Thursday Night

            Don’t you just love when a bright new young face in the show ring makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck? Thursday night at Lexington Junior League was the perfect outdoor horse show venue to let these bright new stars shine. The finale of the evening performance was the perfect example with six exciting contenders in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic. Matt Shiflet headlined the final performance of the evening with Texas Pete (Master Class x Miss Outta My Way) for Don and Phyllis Brookshire and the crowd was equally appreciative of First Encore and Jim Lowry much to the delight of owner Faydelle Schott. Faydelle had been equally thrilled with her Awesome At This that Lowry guided to the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness win to start the evening.

            Trainers were following Wyatt DeHart out of the ring after he won the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic with a unanimous decision aboard Christine Daae for Horizon Saddlebreds LLC. This was their third UPHA Three-Gaited Classic win of the year after earlier wins at River Ridge and Rock Creek. Always a standout with a young fine harness horse, George Knight topped the eight-entry UPHA Fine Harness Classic with I’m Lookin’ Supreme (I’m Lookin’ For You x Hayland’s Celestial Star) for Kaye Bowles Durnell. Midwest Champion Lady Biscotti and Kathy Capsuto Walker earned the reserve honors. Nelson Green guided Magic City to a unanimous decision in the Junior Three-Gaited Park Class for Jacqueline Manzo.

            The pony classics were small but still had lots of talent thanks to Chris Gantley and Darrel Kolkman. Gantley drove all three Classis Champions. Heartland LaBelle won the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic. Heartland American Idol topped the UPHA Road Pony Classic. And Heartland Hayday was the UPHA Harness Pony Classic Champion.

            The championships began today with Anna Marie Knipp sweeping the show pleasure driving division and winning the championship unanimously with The Red Hot Kid. The Three-Gaited Pony Championship featured a unanimous decision amid seven entries with Kylie Jankowicz riding CH Manhattan’s Irish Cream to the Lexington winner’s circle for the second time in a row this week. The Five-Gaited Pony Championship highlighted Hannah Herbst and Ultimate Spitfire who also claimed the honors in both of their classes.

            Emma Sanchez and CH He’s In Style unanimously won the Junior Exhibitor 14-17 Five-Gaited Championship to sweep the division. King’s Carma and Nissa Sultan moved up one spot from the qualifier to claim the Five-Gaited 13 & Under Championship. Sallie Mason Wheeler and Undulata’s Secret Rendezvous unanimously won the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited 13 & Under Championship.

            All in all, it was another beautiful night of horse show. Check out for complete searchable results and judges’ cards.



More Stories

  • Freedman's Announces Release of New Saddle Pad

    Freedman’s is proud to launch their newest product, The Freedman Acavallo Memory Foam Gel Pad. The Freedman Acavallo Memory Foam Gel Pad is a full compression, non-slip pad, specifically designed to fit discreetly under Freedman’s cut back saddles... Read More
  • Far West Morgan Regional Joins Country Classic

    The Far West Morgan Regional Championship Horse Show has big changes in store for participants in 2018. Last year Far West was held in conjunction with the Oregon Morgan Classic at the Oregon Horse Center in June. Read More
  • River Ridge Charity Selects Judging Panel

    River Ridge Charity is fast approaching and is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, April 25-28, 2018 at the Ohio Exposition Center in Columbus, Ohio... Read More
  • ASHA Welcomes New Directors For 2018

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the election of seven (7) new members to its Board of Directors, who will join the Board at the UPHA & ASHA Conference, which will host the ASHA annual meeting on February 1, 2018. Read More
  • David L. Howard to be Honored for Lifetime Achievement

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced its annual award recipients, based on ballots tabulated by the ASHA Board of Directors. Nominees for each award are received from the general membership and committee volunteers, screened by the ASHA Executive Committee, and voted on by the full Board from the candidates selected. Read More
  • Iowa Horse Shows Associations Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

    The Iowa Horse Shows Association will hold their annual meeting and awards banquet on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Prairie Meadows Event Center, Altoona, IA. Events begin at 3:30 PM with the annual membership meeting of the Iowa Horse Shows Association followed by the Iowa American Saddlebred Association meeting. At 5:30 PM the American Saddlebred Futurity of Iowa will hold their Stallion Service Auction. The Banquet and Awards ceremony will begin at 7 PM. Read More
  • 2018 AMHA Convention Schedule

    Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite breed and those who share the same passion as you at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2018 AMHA Annual Convention and Awards Gala... Read More
  • Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show Takes Hiatus for 2018

    Due to continued uncertainty at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the committee for the Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show has voted to take a one-year hiatus from hosting the show traditionally held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield at the end of August... Read More
  • ASHA Breed Ambassador Program

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the third annual ASHA Breed Ambassador Award winners. Read More
  • Iowa Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction Scheduled for February 10th, 2018 Draws Several Top Stallions

    The American Saddlebred Horse Futurity of Iowa is pleased to announce that its 2018 Limited Breeders’ Auction will feature a service to Sir William Robert, donated by Castle Hills Farm and C... Read More