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Tuesday Hosts The Most Casual Victory Pass In Louisville History

Tuesday Morning

On Tuesday in the first of 22 classes, Kool Tyme and Janene Steggeman drove to the winner’s circle with a unanimous tie of the judges to claim the Show Pleasure Driving class title for drivers 18-45 yearsold. Ro-Day-O and Rheanne Greene drove a commanding reserve. Heir’s Town and Alice Unger showed everyone they were in town by claiming the yellow ribbon for third.

In a group of seven strong riders, Emily Garten under the guidance of Kathy Boggs of Cape Cod captured the equitation title for riders 14 years old. With a strong ride, Shana Jo Brown riding Absolut-Leigh So claimed the red ribbon for reserve.

In the Amateur Gentleman’s Hackney Pony Stake, Heartland Newsmaker and Jeff McClean made headlines with an impressive drive

for the Golden Creek Farm. Classical Dancer with Ed Frickey at the whip had all the right moves to claim reserve after winning last year.

Brittany McGinnis is no stranger to the winner’s circle and she returned to Freedom Hall’s winner’s circle to collect the honors in the 10 and Under Equitation Class. This talented young rider bested the field of six under the direction of Delovely. Ellen Medley Wright also showed the Delovely tradition of winning rides by adding the reserve title to her list of wins.

In a large group of 22 entries, The Bachelor Prince and Christy Bennett of Oklahoma City, Okla., rode to the winner’s circle to be the Three-Gaited Pleasure Riders 14-15 Years Old winner. Who Needs Mama and Tate Bennett was reserve to only the champion.

After a challenging duel at Lexington, the equitation class for 13-year-old riders promised to bring two very talented riders back to faceoff. Alexandra Flynn riding under the Delovely banner, had a powerful ride to be named the champion. Kyle Gagnon under the guidance of Marsha and Gary Garone was also rewarded with a rousing round of applause for his reserve performance.

Tina Turner was the Amateur Gentlemen’s Harness Pony champion with Kevin Michael at the whip for the High Spirits Farm. Black Diamond and Dinwiddie Lampton, last year’s winner, drove a

close reserve for the Brookside Farm.

Undulata’s Jimmy Hollywood and Carenn Dubuc rode to the winner’s circle in a tough group of 16 and 17-year-old three-gaited pleasure riders for the Edith Tomasko Trust. Lookin’ Yonder and Laura Dozer were reserve to only the champion.

Jacqueline Beck earned a unanimous decision in the equitation class for 12-year-old riders under the guidance of Delovely. Jared Hill directed by Michael Craighead claimed the reserve

title and Jessica Moctezuma of North Wind Stables was third.

In the first division of the split Amateur Roadster to Bike class, Gingerbread Man and Danny Bugg returned to defend their 2002 win. One outstanding class and one year later, they returned to Louisville’s winner’s circle. Dragster and Buck Davis were also in the first division defending their 2002 win in the second split of the same class. Their efforts earned them the reserve finish.

In division 2, Spill The Ink and William Shatner made their mark claiming top honors. They left the ring with Shatner calling out in joy. Master Charles and Merle Tracy, an entry of the Get A Grip & Stuff Co., were reserve.

The split 12-13 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class saw the multi-titled Riva Diva and Ali Judah in the winner’s circle. This talented team also won one of the qualifying splits at the 2002 World’s Championship Show. CH Uncle Abe and Daryl Higdon claimed the reserve title showing under the Biggins Farm banner.

In the second split with a unanimous vote of the judges, CH Sweet Virgina and Kelley Ricker repeated their win from last year as well. CH Born To Be Blue and Thea Ervin added reserve champion to their impressive list of wins this season.

After a brief break the horn sounded to start the afternoon classes.

In the Four-Year-Old Hackney Pony class, Kingsley Acclaim and Junior Schut drove to the winner’s circle to claim top honors for Lambert and Betty Schut. Heartland Elegant Dancer and Lonnie Lavery showed their fancy footwork to drive away with the reserve title.

The equitation class for 11 year-old riders was a strong group of seven entries. Ashley Stine under the direction of Marsha and Gary Garone overpowered the rest to take home the title. Rachel Machamer under the guidance of Cloverleaf Farm, added a reserve win to her list of wins from the season.

In the ASHA Foundation Show Pleasure Driving Youth Challenge Finals the winner was no stranger to Louisville. CH Advantage Me and Aliyah Asch won this division for the fourth consecutive year for Sarah Asch, leaving the ring with the floral blanket and the

tricolor ribbon. Kalarama’s High Roller and Ali DeGray earned the reserve honors in this fine class.

In the first split of the 46 and Over Show Pleasure Driving class, Harlem’s Proud Mary and an elegantly attired Misdee Wrigley claimed the title for Kaaba Inc. in a class that was filled with talented entries. River Dance and Dr. Randall Finken, who have made an impressive resume for themselves including last year’s win in a qualifying split of this class were reserve. Another well-decorated team, CH Harlem’s Strong Will and Terri Dolan drove a strong third.

In the second split, Data and Becky Taggart drove to the winner’s circle to receive top honors. Big Show and Richard Hegner turned in a strong performance to claim reserve champion.

In the 13 and Under Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited division, the bold going bay Fox De Jour and Kelsey Price outperformed the rest to claim the title. Endolane’s Top Cat and Kelley Ricker rode a commanding reserve.

In the Adult 18-35 Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class with 16 entries, Hear The Music and Jenna Vannoy of Louisville proved victorious trotting away the winner. Bongo and Corbin Smith added reserve champion to their long list of wins from this season. Highpoint’s Mahogany Prince and Abigail Reising gave a valiant

effort to receive third.

With a repeat win in the Amateur Roadster To Wagon class, The Secret’s Out and Danny Bugg continued to dominate amateur wagon competition. Meadow Demon and Lana Gilpin drove a demanding second in this class. Free Agent and a decked out Judy McNeish were third in this fast paced class.

In the 11 and Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class with 15 entries, Shiny New Penny and Faye Wuesthofen shined their way to the top to claim the title. The new team of Seismic Force and Tyler Devore had their crowd behind them receiving the reserve honors.

In the Four-Year-Old Harness Pony class, with a unanimous decision of the judges, Shake Don’t Stir and Mary Gaylord McClean were crowded the champion. Heartland Expectation and Randy Harper were reserve for Ed and Karen Frickey.

In the first split of the 36 and Over Five-Gaited Pleasure class, High In The Sky and Pamela Milligan claimed the title. A Touch Of Heir and Melissa Beck rode a commanding reserve for owner Sally Wood. Callaway’s Misha and Vicki Reed gave a great effort for the yellow third place ribbon.

In the second split of the 36 and Over Five-Gaited Pleasure class, Sprinkles and Michelle Macfarlane gave a powerful performance to receive the title for the third year in a row. Callaway’s Capital Reporter and Theresa Vonderschmitt rode a close second to Macfarlane for B & T Vonderschmitt LLC. Callaway’s

Rockaway rounded out the top with the third place tie.

In the $10,000 Weanling Breeders’ Stake, Stonecroft Ring Leader left the ring as the leader of this group of fine weanlings winning the blue with handler Joan Lurie for Stonecroft Farm. Next Big Thing proved just that claiming reserve with handler Nelson Green for Ceil and Kenneth Wheeler. The striking black filly, Mountainview’s Celestial Night, claimed the yellow third place ribbon with Fred Sarver for Jones Mountainview Saddlebreds.

Tuesday Evening

After a swift moving morning session and a short break, the evening performance was filled with excitement - The ASHA Kentucky Futurity Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class had enough entries to split the class into two sections with numbers to be posted for a Friday Night finals. The ASHA National Futurity Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Class was split into three sections, also with numbers to be posted for a Friday night finals.

freak accident, a catch ride and many other fine champions.

The ASHA National Three-Year Old Futurity started the evening with 11 fine entries. Amelia Heir Cat and Don Harris had the crowd behind them winning the title for Judy Harris. My Elegance On Parade and Dena Lopez were reserve. Sue-She and Wendy Winstead were third for Carl Holden Jr.

In the 14-15 Year-Old Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Stake, Sunken Treasure was crowned the winner with catch rider Mandy Martin for Rebecca and Janice Taggart. The new team of She’s Bedazzled and Will Harris put it all together to claim the reserve world’s title under the Infinity Stable banner.

The Three-Gaited Amateur Gentlemen’s class ranked this way: Nightly Affair and Chris Nalley trotted to the winner’s circle to claim the title with a strong performance. Just Special and Doug Lindstrom rode a strong reserve for the Revocable Trust of Diane Lindstrom. Sir Andrew and Milward Dedman rounded out

the top three.

In the Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under Amateur class, Strapless and Ceil Wheeler gave a flawless performance to claim the title. In almost thirty years of showing here at Louisville, Wheeler had yet to make it into the winner’s circle herself. Monday evening she earned her first world’s championship with Summer Sweet. This evening Strapless made her a double world’s champion.

Callaway’s Buttons and Bows and Mary Gaylord McClean trotted a strong second for the Golden Creek Farms. Callaway’s Abigail Adams and Sally Groub Gayeski accepted the yellow ribbon for third.

In the 16-17 Year-Old Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited class with 16 grand entries, CH Chandler and Lisa McClaren were met in the winner’s circle by Julie Ann Wroble. Caramac’s Big Ticket and Dakota Willimon had the reserve ticket to win after some saddle trouble that caused her to take a fall. A new combo, The Great Gazoo and Ross Berger, gave a grand effort in their first appearance here this week for third much to mom’s delight.

In the Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under class, Lime Twisted Gin and Melissa Moore claimed top honors and the title with a unanimous decision of the judges for Liberty Saddlebreds. Glider’s Star and Matt Shiftet were reserve to the champion and received a rousing round of applause for their efforts.

Jayme Zirkle was awarded the American Hackney Horse Society Foundation Scholarship in center ring by Anna Marie Knipp.

The Amateur Five-Gaited Stallion and Gelding class had 18 exciting entries. I’m A Treat and Deborah Visser under the Kalarama banner added this title to their list of wins. Time Well Spent proved that was true for rider Barbara Manilow when they received the reserve honors. The Full Monty and Liz Shatner topped out the ribbons with third for Belle Reve Farm.

In the Three-Gaited 15.2 and Over Amateur class where nine entries answered the call, Yes It’s True and Phillipa Sledge received top honors for the second year in a row for the Pidgeon Roost Farm. CH Supreme Inheritance and Michelle Hartman rode a close reserve. Firecracker Jack and Vicki Reed finished with the third place award.

In the Amateur Five-Gaited class with seven powerful entries, Such Sweet Memories and Marion “Bit” Hutchenson proved victorious for the second year in a row winning the title. CH Belleavanti and Johnny Wellington rode to the reserve finish.

One of the most exciting and crowd pleasing classes of the evening was the ASHA National Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Futurity. One of the many outstanding horses entering the ring was last year’s Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Champion I’m First, by CF First Night Out, owned by the Stonecroft Farm.

Steve Wheeler entered the ring on the standout star but after only a few rounds it became obvious that Wheeler was unable to ride. Nelson Green entered the ring and Pat McConnell rode over to check on Wheeler who had been kicked in the warm up ring by another trainer’s horse. Wheeler was taken to the hospital where it was later determined that he had a seriously broken leg.

After conversation with stewards and officials in center ring, trainer Nelson Green mounted the horse in street clothes and to the crowd’s delight, quickly returned to the rail. With all the excitement, many of the entries were on edge resulting in several more near misses and small collisions, but the ultimate result was a class of incredible youngsters who were electric.

There had been a precedent in world’s championship history for such an emergency rider change. Many years ago, Earl Teater broke his leg in a class and Tom Moore lept over the rail to finish and win the five-gaited gelding class for Teater.

With much the same result, Green found the crowd on their feet with their hands in the air as his name was called and I’m First lept to the winner’s circle.

Shame On You and Virgil Helm also received a tremendous applause from the crowd when they took the reserve title. Belle Divine and Larry Hodge rounded out the top awards in this outstanding group of young horses with the third place ribbon.

In the first split of the Roadster to Bike Stallion/Gelding division, a unanimous decision of the judges panel proved that for the second year in a row Invincible Summer and Raymond Shively were champions for owner Judy McNeish. Geronimo and Danny Bugg drove a close second to the champion. Quill with Jon Walker at the whip closed out the top three.

In the second split of the Roadster to Bike Stallion/Gelding division, Wrapped In Glory and Debbie Foley topped the seven entries to claim the title. The Navigator and Lucky Wallingford had a commanding drive to finish second to Foley. Phoenix and John Nix gave a great effort to round out the ribbons in third.

In the Amateur Ladies Hackney Pony class nine entries answered the gate call. For the second year in a row, with a unanimous tie of the judges, Heartland Rain Song and Jackie Stred drove to the winner’s circle. Mr. Hackeye and Sharon Lewis returned to the ring after several years away from the green shavings in a comeback year to claim the reserve honors. Heartland Twice As Nice and Karen Frickey finished up in third for the Frickey Farm.

In another highlight of the night, the Five-Gaited Mares class, nine enter the gate for consideration. Adelita and Larry Hodge were not only the unanimous tie of the judges but the crowd favorite winning the title for David Rudder. Princess Shalimar and Kim Skipton rode a strong reserve tie under the George Knight banner. My Chanel and Lonnie Quarles closed out the top ribbons with the yellow third place and another strong round of crowd support.

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