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UPHA/American Royal - Tuesday Evening



Cool Cat Daddy has certainly earned his feed this year. He scored the win and $3,087 in prize money in the Missouri Breeders Challenge Weanling Stake. John Wallen was on the lead as the owner and trainer as well as breeder. He also owns the sire of this pretty flaxen colt, Absolute Evolution, getting himself another $1,000 in prize money for that fact. Cool Cat Daddy has now won over $26,000 in prize money this year, including his Reserve Championship in the All American Cup Weanling Stake. Cool Cat Daddy is out of My Flashy Flaxen. A pretty bay by Gypsy Santana, Santana’s Beau Gypsy was the Reserve Champion here. Anthony Mead made the lead for Jim Stewart, also the owner of Gypsy Santana, claiming 100% of the payout that is split 75% for the weanling owner and 25% for the stallion owner.

Talkin To You continued a great season for the High Caliber banner, now in his second show with new owner Vickie Byrd, he was tops in the Adult Country Pleasure qualifier here. Mary Marcum Orr headed up the round of honor. They are now three for three together, sweeping the division at the North Carolina State Fair. Another team in their second show together, Leatherwood’s Zenergy and Betsy Thomas took the reserve prize back to Carriage Lane Farm. These two debuted to two blues at the Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale last month. Zenergy was twice a World’s Champion this year in the 14-17 division.

The reigning World’s Grand Champion scored a unanimous win in the Five-Gaited Mare Stake, as CH Callaway’s Annabel Allison and Debbie Foley took that trip to the blue for Silver Brook Stables. This was the second year in a row for Debbie and her mare to win this class. Scott Wendt brought Designed To Be Treasured out for the first time this year, scoring a red ribbon for second for Reedannland. This one is by Designed and out of Contessa’s Treasure.

The Mo/Kan domination continued for High Spirits Farm, with Odeon scoring the Mo/Kan Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure win with Abby Mutrux up. Robert Gardiner headed up this victory pass. These two were champions at Lexington Junior League and earned a Reserve World’s Championship in Freedom Hall. Madison Hope rode Trust Company to a reserve prize for mom Lisa Hillmer. These two were the Mo/Kan Champions of this division in 2012. Trust Company is by Trust Fund and out of a CH Caramac mare.

It was a third year in a row for CH With Style And Grace and Tara Grom to win the Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under qualifier. The unanimous winner is owned by Bob and Kim Grom. She is no stranger to this winner’s circle clearly. She scored her first big win of her career in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic National Championship back in 2008 right here in Kemper Arena. From Texas, Attache’s Popeye was the reserve winner with Danny Cummins up for the Jack Magill Stables banner. By Attache’s Royal Assets, he is out of a Radiant Sultan mare.

Another reigning World’s Grand Champion scored a big win tonight, as Dr. Alan Raun drove to the blue with Twin Willow’s McDreamy. Also the three-time defending National Champion, McDreamy is owned by Deborah Jahn. He rocked way back and climbed that hill tonight to win the blue. The Open 50-52” World’s Champion, CH Stat was second tonight with Maureen Campbell driving for Dr. Chip Pugh. Stat is one of the most highly decorated road ponies in recent memory, scoring a plethora of World’s and Reserve World’s Championships.

Another former UPHA Classic National Champion scored a win tonight, as the 2010 UPHA Five-Gaited Classic National Champion was the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare winner. Cavalia was up for this good win with Misdee Wrigley Miller riding for Hillcroft Farm. Trained by Kalarama, Cavalia is by CF First Night Out and out of the beautiful black pleasure mare, Viola Madden. These two were Amateur Five-Gaited Mare World’s Champions just last year. Jacqueline Beck made just her second show with Walterway’s What About Me, claiming the reserve win for Golden Lantern Farms. This mare has been reserve the last five times out, including the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare Reserve World’s Championship just last year. She is by Star Material and out of the Broodmare Hall of Famer, Yorktown’s Forget Me Not, the “Golden Cross” that produced Walterway’s Remember Me.

There was a break in the action, as Raymond and Lillian Shively were presented as the American Royal Horsepersons of the Year. A proclamation was read, and a great tribute video ran through pictures of some of their great champions from their over half century together. It was declared Raymond and Lillian Shively Day in Kansas City by the mayor of the city.

It was three years in a row for Talladega Red to win a qualifier here at the Royal. Showing for the first time in the Adult division, he was twice winner of the Junior Exhibitor Mo/Kan Show Pleasure class with Sara Baker. Today he took another blue ribbon round of honor, winning the Adult version of this Mo/Kan class, besting a field of 11 in a split class of 22 total entries. This time it was sister Samantha Baker making the winning ride with Rachalle Stezovsky heading up the entry of Ron and Lori Baker for R & R Stables. Today was Sara Baker’s birthday. Friday is Samantha Baker’s birthday. Each sister is showing their shared horse on the other’s birthday! CH Nothin’ But Spice was a good reserve here for owners Kent and Stacey Swalla and rider Betsy Krutek. Teamed together since 2011, Betsy and Nothin’ But Spice graduated to the adult ranks last year.

The second section of the Mo/Kan Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure entries also featured 11 horses, with La Estrella as the unanimous winner. Rachel Kufeldt made the winning ride for Carol and Mike Carlson. Trained by Bob and Tonya Brison, La Estrella is by Kinex and out of a Star Material mare. It was one-two for Fairview, as Bob and Tonya also train the reserve winner, The Key To Success. Janelle O’Bannon was the rider here for Juliann Germinde and Janelle O’Bannon. These two ladies rotate shows, with each rider enjoying good success this season.

It was a unanimous win for Jacqueline Beck and Heir To A Kiss in the Amateur Ladies Three-Gaited class. Neil Visser greeted them in the winner’s circle for the Golden Lantern Farms. This is just the second show for Jacqueline and Heir To A Kiss, with the first being Louisville. Amateur Ladies Over 15.2 World’s Champions and  they were Amateur Ladies Reserve World’s Champion of Champions as well. Real Action was certainly ready for primetime, lighting up the ring as he hit the Kemper Arena floor with Betsy Thomas aboard. Riding for the Carriage Lane banner, Betsy put in a great show for reserve. This is the first season for Betsy to show the 2011 World’s Grand Champion.

A third reigning World’s Grand Champion showed here on opening night, as Wild Carrissima was the Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding winner with Bret Day at the lines. The three-time defending World’s Grand Champion is also the three-time defending National Champion. He and Bret have certainly been a dynamic team, winning at every show they have attended. The Delivery Boy drove to the reserve prize with Danette Musselman. An entry of Kim and Bryana Mitchell, The Delivery Boy is by CH Great Day’s Came The Son and out of The Lady Pizazz BH, by CH Harlem Town.

The display outside of Kemper Arena gave the telling number “28” as the temperature as the call went out for the Mo/Kan Amateur Three-Gaited entries. With five showing, it was a unanimous win for Alice Rowland and He’s A Jim Dandy. Trained by Missy Hughes Smith for Ever Glades Farm, Jim Dandy is by My Magical Moment and out of New York Times mare. Lime Twisted Gin earned the reserve prize here with Morgan Brison riding for Bob and Tonya Brison. A Mo/Kan veteran, Morgan is in her first year competing as an adult rider.

One of the most highly decorated road horses of all time, Mr. Bones was the winner here with Charlie Jones the delighted driver as always. He is directed by his sweetheart, Jan Lukens. This was their fourth win in this class, also winning in 2008, 2009, and 2011. The two-time defending World’s Champion of Champions was up for reserve in the Amateur Roadster to Bike class, as William Shatner drove Thunderbolt for the DeLovely banner. They were winners of this class just last year on the way to the National Championship.

With nine ladies riding hard for the blue, the Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding win went back to DeLovely Farm with New Yorker’s Special Gift and Mary Jane Glasscock Kirkpatrick. The Reserve World’s Champion in this division, Special Gift is by I’m A New Yorker and out of the World’s Champion walk-trot mare, CH Undulata’s Perfect Gift ERB. Another from Larry Hartsock’s Golden Cross of Star Material and Yorktown’s Forget Me Not, Walterway’s Pardon Me was reserve here with Maria Gilman aboard for Barbara Woods. Erstwhile the partner of Emily Candelaria, Pardon Me was the Junior Exhibitor Champion at Southeastern Charity and Gasparilla.

Yet another current World’s Grand Champion took a victory pass tonight. This time, it was Heartland Globe-Trotter doing the honors in the Hackney Pony Open class with Maureen Campbell driving for Sandra Surber. Extreme in the bridle, Globe-Trotter was the winner of this class a year ago as well. Reserve honors went to Heartland News Leader and Connie Smith for Beth Jones. Matt Schuckert headed up this entry. This was the debut performance for News Leader under the ownership of Beth Jones. He was the Champion at Midwest Charity earlier this year and has twice been a World’s Champion.

One of the best classes of the night was the Open Three-Gaited Park qualifier. Smith Lilly made the last pass in this one aboard Caraway’s New York Minute. The entry of Ceil and Kenny Wheeler was twice a Reserve World’s Champion in this division this year, his first showing under saddle. Reserve Champion at Midwest this year, Designed By You was the reserve winner here as well with Bob Brison. Designed By You is owned by Linda Stone. He is by Doubletrees Classic Design and out of CH The New You, a former Reserve World’s Champion in this very Park division.

While the Five-Gaited Stallion Stake here is named after the great Will Shriver, it has been the “It’s Hammertime Invitational” the past two iterations. For the second year in a row it was a two-horse class featuring It’s Double O Deuce and It’s Paladin. Double O Deuce was the winner once again tonight with Melissa Moore aboard for SGF Winning Ways Farm. Few people love a horse more than owner Sherry Frankel loves this pretty chestnut son of It’s Hammertime and VHF York’s Spillway. Also by Hammertime, It’s Paladin was shown by Dan Flowers. The black stallion is out of Delta’s City Star. 

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