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UPHA/American Royal - Tuesday Afternoon

Class number one featured just one at the 2010 UPHA/American Royal National Championship, as Uncle Charlie made a solo performance in the Missouri/Kansas Fine Harness Stake. Gregory Haston drove this relative newcomer to the harness ranks for Diana Ennis. Uncle Charlie was formerly the Mo-Kan Three-Gaited Champion here as well.

Two highly decorated young riders took the top two spots in the Missouri-Kansas Saddle Seat Equitation class, with Abby Mutrux coming out on top, under the direction of DeLovely. The Pleasure Equitation Triple Crown winner was also the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation Champion at Lexington. She was Reserve World’s Champion in the 14-Year-Old Equitation age group. Kelsey Robinson, fresh off her Classic Equitation World Championship at the Morgan Grand National, was reserve. She is directed by Brenda Benner.

Alice Rowland continued her stellar year with Callaway’s Winning Number, earning the blue in the Missouri-Kansas Country Pleasure class. Winning Number is the two-time defending 13-and-Under Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions and was the 14-and-Under winner here just last year. Missy Hughes trains this talented team. Alice herself was the UPHA Junior Pleasure Challenge Cup National Champion at the All American Horse Classic in September. Winners of this class a year ago and reserve the year before that, Santana’s Star Status and Rochele Cochrane were reserve again today. Since 2003, Rochele has been the only person to show this son of Sultan’s Santana.

Nabucco made a fantastic return to the show ring in a competitive field of five, winning the Hackney Pony class with Gib Marcucci driving for Mary Campbell. Last shown in 2007, the spectacular son of Mr. Hawkeye was the 2005 and 2006 Hackney Pony World’s Grand Champion. Junior Harness Pony winner here a year ago, Be My Cover Girl is now in the cobtail ranks, picking up reserve with Larry Bacon at the helm. An entry of Mr. and Mrs. Art Birtcher, she is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of a Heartland Triple Crown mare.

Gypsy’s Bragging Rights and Zach Duffy topped the field in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited class for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Inc. Brought out as a three-year-old by Liz Kinney, Bragging Rights is by Gypsy Santana and out of a Lunar Fire G.S. mare. Design In Motion was reserve with Mark Hulse up for Mark Hulse and Saddlebred Horses. Bred by the Hulse family, she is obviously by Designed. She is out of Babylon, a mare by Foxfire’s Prophet and out of World’s Grand Champion Sultan’s Starina.

The only horse to ever win a Western class at Lexington Junior League was back at it again, as I’m Goin Out Tonight was the Western Country Pleasure winner with Jessica Moctezuma riding. An entry of Margory Brown and Nealia McCracken, I’m Goin Out Tonight has enjoyed an incredible campaign in 2010, winning for the 23rd time! They were the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in Freedom Hall. Reserve World’s Champions in their Louisville qualifier, Toreador and Dr. Catherine Gallo were reserve in this one, directed by Arcuri Stables. They swept the division at Louisville in 2009.

Just a few days removed from the opening of the seventh Harry Potter movie, CH Quidditch was the winner in the Missouri-Kansas Five-Gaited Pleasure ranks. Owner/trainer Janet Thompson was once again aboard this talented gelding by CH The Talk Of The Town. They have been teamed together since the end of 2005, racking up a storm and racking up win after win. Karen Shelton Rader earned reserve here with Memories Star Seeker. Sired by Missouri favorite Desert’s Supreme Memories, Star Seeker is out of a Phi Slama Jama mare.

Reserve in this class last year, Seamair Sensation was the Harness Pony winner today in a group of four. John Wrather was again the driver for Charlotte Wrather. Lexington’s Harness Pony Champion went on to Louisville, where he was crowned Amateur Gentlemen’s World’s Champion. Directed by Janet Crampton, this Dun-Haven Awesome Creation product always turns in a strong show. From Reedannland, Conqueror’s Colleen LF was reserve with Dr. Alan Raun driving for Kathleen Zimpleman. Kathleen was at the lines of her mare for two wins at Wisconsin Futurity in September.

Shown for the second half of the year by daughter Morgan, Bob Brison hopped aboard Dream Castle to take the Missouri-Kansas Five-Gaited class. A full sister to World’s Grand Champion Castledream, Dream Castle is by Castle Bravo and out of the great A Daydream Believer. Zach Duffy was back again, this time finishing reserve with Americana’s Standing Ovation. An entry of Kirk and Cathy Osburg, Standing Ovation is by Reedann’s Eclipse and out of Ovation’s Princess, by Sultan’s Americana.

Sara Baker and Talladega Red continued a strong season together, winning for the fifth time this season. Today it was the Missouri-Kansas Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure blue that went home with them. Talladega Red is by Supreme Heir and out of Summer Starlet, by Sultan’s Starmaker. Alice Rowland was reserve this time out, showing Clara’s Prince for Ever Glades Farm and trainer Missy Hughes. Clara’s Prince is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of a Champagne Fizz mare.

The afternoon session concluded with a great group of four in the Three-Gaited Over 15.2 qualifier. Matt Shiflet got the call this time out aboard Juliette’s Deja Blue, his first show with the incredibly gifted mare since she shot to national prominence at Lexington 2008 with Andrea Athansuleas. It has been a blue ribbon parade since then for Deja Blue, including this class. The current Amateur Ladies Reserve World’s Champion of Champions, Deja Blue was the Amateur Ladies Over 2 World’s Champion in 2009. A.J. Bruwer was reserve today with Liberty’s Magic for Vicki Reed. Amateur Gentlemen’s World’s Champion with David Rudder a year ago, Liberty’s Magic has an air about him that always gets noticed.

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