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

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 21 20

    Read More
  • From the Desk of Marty Schaffel: Change Is Not Easy

    Robert Samuelson is a well-respected columnist on topics of economics and human behavior. He has been writing since the early ’70s.  He wrote his farewell column this week, and I excerpted the above quotation from him... Read More
  • CH Fiasco Succumbs to Heart Failure

    CH Fiasco, the first ever Western Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions died of heart failure September 13th at Michael Craghead Stables in Fresno, California. The big, beautiful bay gelding set the standard for the Western country pleasure division with Doug Glick. Read More
  • UPHA Update

    COVID-19 has caused many changes in our world and has had a significant impact on our sport. We have all learned to wear our face coverings, practice social distancing and elbow bump instead of shaking hands or giving hugs. It has been a steep learning curve, but our equine industry has risen to the challenge and prevailed when many other sports have faltered. Read More
  • UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show Update

    With concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our guests, community members, volunteers, and our employees is our top priority. We are working to make sure our operations will run smoothly and safely for all our attendees at the 2020 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show in November.  Read More
  • Osteen Captures the All American Action

    Rick Osteen, official photographer at the All American Horse Classic, has proofs available online at and despite not being able to set up his viewing table he and wife Joni are fulfilling orders as quickly as possible. Read More
  • Rock Creek Cancelled

    The Board of Directors of the Rock Creek Riding Club regret to announce that they have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.  We had high hopes that rescheduling the traditional June show for October would allow us to do justice to the Rock Creek tradition even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More
  • American Saddlebred Museum Accepting Consignments

    The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to accept consignments for the next Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction taking place in July 2021. To prepare for this much loved event, the Museum is accepting consignments until February 1, 2021. Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 14 20 Insert

    Read More