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UPHA American Royal – Wednesday Show Coverage


Wednesday Morning


The morning session opened with the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14 Years and Under class.  Six teams stormed the gate. By unanimous decision, and for the second year in a row, Carolina Cat was announced as the winner. Brittany McGinnis was poised on her gelding for the victory pass. CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket with his jockey Nick Neviaser made the trip from Wisconsin for the reserve ribbon.


The adults hit the ring next with their show pleasure horses for the 18 through 38 division. CH Ninety-Eight Degrees high-stepped his way into the winner’s circle with Alice Unger in the saddle for Nancy Leigh Fisher to make it two years in a row. Lightnin Lil captured the red silks with Nicolle Beltz Tolliver up from Biggins Stables. Kim Langdon was thrilled when The Muffin Man was called out of this world class group of horses for the third award.


Thirteen of the nation’s best amateur three-gaited horses paraded around the ring for the 15.2 and over division. Continuing a stellar career, CH Callaway’s Sugarplum took the top prize with Barbara Goodman Manilow in the irons.  Richard Obenauf greeted his team in the winner’s circle for the third year in a row. The eye-catching bay CH Callaway’s Merry Go Round and Christy Bennett were in good form for the second place. Rounding out the top three were That’s Chicago and Tracy Garcia under the Carriage Lane banner.


The five-gaited pleasure horses made an appearance in the 18-38 division with eight teams showing up. Christy Bennett made a quick change of mounts to win the class with The Champagne Tiger. Autumn Hunt guided her owned and trained Meet Your Match to the reserve ribbon.


The older junior exhibitor age group took center stage next with their five-gaited steeds. Colonel Hoss and Justin Cowley got the crowd wound up and cheering behind them every step of the way to take the blue ribbon back to Clark Clouse’s tack room. Last year’s winner, Callaway’s Independence Day, and jockey Laura Skinner racked their way over for the red prize with Melissa Moore directing.


A small, but quality-filled class of fine harness junior horses park-trotted around the green shavings. With a unanimous vote from the judges, it was Hillcroft’s entry, Castledream, and Larry Hodge who captured the blue. Redd Crabtree put in a nice drive behind Headhunter for the second place vote.


Continuing to earn world and national championship, CH Blackberry Delight once again trotted down victory lane with Rachel Machamer on board. With all three judges in agreement, Lynda Freseth greeted her team in the winner’s circle for the third year. Keeper Of The Stars and Jackie De La Parte took the red ribbon back to Judd Stables with a beautiful ride.


A powerhouse group of mares displayed all five gaits with the amateurs aboard in the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class. The small, yet bright-eyed Boo! made it three years in a row to bring the unanimous blue ribbon back to Obenauf Stables. Barbara Goodman Manilow piloted her powerful black mare to the win. All the way from California, The Light O’ Love and Andrea Nelson made it worth the trip by picking up the second place award.


The junior exhibitors returned to the ring to show off their five-gaited show pleasure mounts. Sarah Sessoms and CH Assets And Attitudes made a smooth and pleasurable ride for the blue with Nelson Green meeting them in the winner’s circle. CH LA Boca Raton made a good show for the reserve with Kelsey Olson in the saddle.


Dominating a quality-filled group of adult Hackney pleasure ponies, Anna Marie Knipp and One More Time earned the drive down victory lane. A former world’s champion, Jimmy Miller trains this duo. From the West Coast, Heartland King Of Kings and Joanne Weiner took home the red ribbon with Bill Tomin instructing them. Nancy Lassiter drove her pony Once Upon A Time to the yellow ribbon.


A nice group of junior park pleasure horse entertained the crowd. With a unanimous decision, Darrell Case directed Riders On The Storm to the winner’s circle for Willowbank and Russell. Tango Blues earned the reserve out of the large class for owner Sarah Taylor with Erin Boggs Richey in the saddle.


A talented young group of junior exhibitors showed off their skill and showmanship with their three-gaited show pleasure horses in the 14 and under division. CH A Magic Spell and Katie Jarve cast a spell on the on the crowd and the judges to take the first place prize back to California. Bruce and Jennifer Dixon greeted their team in the winner’s circle. The long-legged Erich Aschenbrenner rode last year’s winner, Callaway’s Queen Of Crimson, to the red ribbon for his mother, Susan Aschenbrenner.


A full house of fourteen entries came through the gate for the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure 39 Years and Over class. Judy Werner brought another blue back to the DeLovely curtains with the veteran CH Executive Dunk. Janet Thompson was all smiles when her number was called for the reserve. She was up on Quidditch for the ride.


The elegant three-gaited horses park-trotted around the ring with their 15-17 year-old riders in a talent-filled class. The striking bay CH Steel In Love and Scott Pisarik earned the unanimous blue. Mark and Kelly Hulse directed this team to the winner’s circle. Michelle Krentz guided her beautiful Day’s Grecian Gray to the reserve with Scott and Carol Matton instructing.


Enough About You topped a talented group of ladies three-gaited entries with Lynda Norman up for the ride under the direction of DeLovely. The eye-catching roan Strawberry Pie made a lap to capture the red ribbon with Danette Musselman in the irons for owner Christy Weaver Gantley.


The junior exhibitors 15-17 closed out the morning session with their three-gaited pleasure horses. Twelve pairs made the gate and coming away with the top prize was The Grand Master.  Thea Ervin rode her mount to the blue with Chuck Herbert greeting them in center ring. The Patty Milligan team of Maguire Hall and CH New York Style came up for the second place award.


Wednesday Evening


The ladies started the night off with three elegant fine harness horses. With the first unanimous decision, CH Kalarama’s New Sensation graced the winner’s circle for the third year in a row with Mary Gise on the lines.  The bold black Gone Platinum and owner Mary Sally Aylward captured the reserve ribbon.


Amateur drivers brought in their speed demons in the road horse to bike class. Leading the pack in the red and black silks was All Glory with Judy McNeish on the lines for the unanimous win. Danette Musselman put this team in the ring.  Right on their heels were Cosmical and Danny Bugg, bringing the red ribbon back to the Diamond View tack room.


Twelve park pleasure horses took their turn around the ring in the open division. The long-necked bay Knock Knock Who’s Heir picked up a unanimous blue with Melissa Moore riding for proud owner Judy Skinner. Pat McConnell took the red ribbon back to MBA Equestrians with Star Spangled Steel.


It was another class of speed as the amateur road ponies took to the track. For the second year in a row, Heartland Victory Maker captured the blue. Toni Nastali made the winning drive with Bob Griffin instructing. Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock picked up the second place prize. Rick Wallen directed this team to the red.


Only two made the gate call for the Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under class. CH Rejoice returned to make the trip down victory lane after capturing this class last year. Bill Field was in the irons for the unanimous decision for owners Dr. and Mrs. Donald Petit. Escriva and Ray Krussell picked the reserve for the Salvi family.


One of the largest classes of the show, the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 39 Years and Over, had seventeen quality horses on display. Making their way to the top of the group was CH A Sweet Virginia. Barbara Woods directed her horse to the blue with Don Judd greeting them in center ring. Barbara Goodman Manilow earned the reserve in the large class on Teuschers. CH Just Special and Carol Hillenbrand rode out of the group for the third award. The big bay Pistolero captured the fourth place ribbon with Mary Jane Peebles in the saddle.


Three stallions and geldings entertained the crowd in the fine harness division. Six-time World’s Grand Champion CH Callaway’s Copyright made the victory lap with the unanimous support of the judges. John T. Jones was in the buggy for Fox Grape Farms. Last year’s winner, I’m A Lucky Charm, and Mike Roberts claimed the second place prize.


A group of Missouri-Kansas owned horses hit the ring next for their amateur five-gaited class. What’s The Whoopla and Karen Coup carried the blue ribbon back to Mike Roberts’s barn. Heir’s Sugar N’ Spice WRF picked up the red silk with Rachel Kufeldt in the saddle.


Five ponies came in for the Amateur Hackney Pony class. Classical Dancer and Edward Frickey danced their way to the winner’s circle under the direction of Randy Harper. Mia Blevins Morris drove Oliver Twist to the reserve with Maureen Lydon coaching from the rail. 


An elegant group of ladies walk-trot horses park-trotted into the ring with twelve entries making the gate call. From this competitive group, Sue-She was called out with Lynda Freseth in the irons for Robert and Marilyn Gaiswinkler. Jackie Tanner and Our Charming Lady earned the crowd’s approval for the reserve award. Bill and Debra Tomin own this entry. CH Pas De Deux made a good show for the yellow ribbon with owner Rosemarie Fernandez in the irons.


The Open Roadster to Wagon class gave the crowd something to cheer for. It was three years in a row for Judy McNeish and Invincible Summer to wear the blue. DeLovely Farms made it two for two with Mark Turner guiding Power Ranger to the reserve. Aching afterward while nursing a healing broken leg, McNeish said showing twice in one night was all worth it.


Eleven explosive stallions and geldings came through the gate for the amateur five-gaited class. All three judges agreed that Swish should make the victory pass. Carol Hillenbrand rode her horse under the direction of John Conatser to the blue. Callaway’s Banner Headline and Janet Kellett beat out the rest of a nice group to take the reserve back to the DeLovely tack room. The bold-moving Lakeview’s Rare A Phi and Misdee Wrigley racked up for the third place. Luanne Kilday directed her Already Famous to the white ribbon.


Only one entered for the Amateur Hackney Pony class. Christy Weaver Gantley exhibited Minute Maide to the blue.


The last class of the night brought in the open five-gaited geldings. Six talented entries answered the bugle call and when it was all said and done, Memorize and Melinda Moore took the blue for Hollett Farm. Beringer Red and Jenny Taylor received the crowd’s support for the second place award. Zara Spook, with Melissa Moore up, captured the yellow ribbon in the strong class.


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