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UPHA/American Royal - Tuesday Matinee

It was a great way to start the day and the week for Glendale Stables, as they took the top prize in the Mo/Kan Fine Harness Stake. The First Lady of Glendale was at the lines, as Stacey Swalla drove to top honors with ARC’s I Can Teach You To Tango. This team is in their first year showing together under the direction of Kent Swalla. Sarah Rowland made a debut drive with Henry The Second to claim reserve honors for Ever Glades Farm. The Reserve National Champion in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic last year with Missy Hughes Smith, Henry The Second is by Undulata’s Heir Apparent and out of Cara Clara.

The Mo/Kan Saddle Seat Equitation riders were next, with Jerrah Biggerstaff earning the top prize This was a first American Royal win for Jerrah, who was top three in the 17-Year-Old Equitation World’s Championship this year. She rides for Robert and Rachalle Stezovzky at R & R Stables. The Reserve World’s Champion in that very same 17-year-old event was reserve here as well, as Caroline Moeller took that prize back to DeLovely. She was the Silver Medalist in the National Pleasure Equitation Olympics just a few weeks ago at Mid-America Mane Event.

Craycroft Matador and Maureen Campbell made a good solo show to win the Limit Hackney Pony class, the same event they debuted in at Lexington this year, winning that one as well. Owned by Blevins Farm, Matador is by Dun-Haven Crimson Glory and out of Heartland Red Rose, by Dun Haven Bandolier.

It has been a tremendous season for Amanda Simpson and Callaway’s Here’s To Hope. Teamed back up in the show ring this year, they have taken it to the competition all over the land. They won for the 14th time on the year, taking the Park Pleasure qualifier for owner Sally Graf. Here’s To Hope is by Callaway’s The Gipper and out of Callaway’s Faithfully Yours. Reserve honors went to Lexington’s Park Pleasure Champion, Fort Chiswell’s Prince Charming. Clark Clouse was once again up for Miriam Hirshon. Prince Charming is by Attache’s Royal Assets and out of a Santana’s Charm mare. Birthday Kiss and Smith Lilly were third for Woodlea Farms, followed by CF A Rare Genius and Nikki Rae Woodworth for Daisy Beisler.

Back in the Mo/Kan ranks, the Country Pleasure winner was Radiant Joy, shown to this prize by Tara Froehlich for Tamera Froehlich. These two were Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Champions at St. Louis in September. They have been teamed together since 2008, when they were still in walk-and-trot. Ally Offerdahl and The Devil You Say were up for reserve for David and Carly Offerdahl. These two were the 13-and-Under Country Pleasure Reserve National Champions here just last year.

William Shatner made his first victory pass with Taking Care Of Business, screaming down victory lane for Belle Reve Farm in Open Roadster to Bike. Raymond Shively drove this one to the World’s Championship in the USTA Roadster to Bike Classic this year in Freedom Hall. Roadster to Bike Champions at the Alltech National Horse Show just a couple weeks ago, Live Action was reserve in this one with Misdee Wrigley Miller driving for Hillcroft Farm and the Kalarama banner. These two were Amateur Ladies World’s Champions in 2012.

Callaway’s Blaire has won here in a different division every year for the past three years now. Winner of the Open Three-Gaited Park qualifier in 2011, she was the Mo/Kan Five-Gaited Champion in 2012. Today, she showed in the walk-trot division, winning the Mo/Kan Three-Gaited qualifier with Robert Gardiner once again in the irons for High Spirits Farm. Just a four-year-old, Sir Smokey Robinson was reserve here with Mike Breeggemann up for Michael and Kelly Stewart. He is by Sir William Robert and out of Sugar Pie Honey. Sir Smokey Robinson was a Reserve World’s Champion in hand in the 2010 Yearling Breeders Open.

It was another lone pony winner in the Limit Harness Pony division, with Tom Paulsen making the drive with Romeo’s Cavalier LF. Cavalier is by Romeo LF and out of a Cherry’s Dream Boy mare.

Down from the Rockies to win a class here for the third year in a row, CH Dark Fantasia was the Western Country Pleasure qualifier winner for the second straight year. The two-time defending champion at this show, Dark Fantasia once again teamed with Michelle Beyer for a top prize. Laine Peterson and CH Monsignor were up for the reserve prize in their second full season together. They were Reserve Champions in Saddle & Bridle’s Shatner Western Pleasure Finals this year.

Teamed together for the eighth season now, CH Quidditch and Janet Thompson topped the Mo/Kan Five-Gaited Pleasure class. Owned and trained by Janet, Quidditch was the Five-Gaited Pleasure Reserve Champion at St. Louis and the champion at Central States this year. Magellan and Adrienne Markle earned the red ribbon for second from Stephens College. This was just their second show together.

Robert Gardiner’s hot hand in the Mo/Kan classes continued with a win in the Three-Gaited Park division. Hot Apple Cider is an entry of Carla and Jayne Pearman. Robert rode him to a Junior Park Pleasure World’s Championship earlier this year. He is by VHF The Licorice Drop Kid and out of a CH Sultan’s Matchmaker mare. Bob Brison was reserve in this good-sized class with Good Fellows Park. Owned by Bob and Tonya Brison, Good Fellows Park was reserve in this class a year ago as well. This one is by Callaway’s Guy Park and out of a CH Top Spool mare.

It was back to back classes and back to back victory passes for High Spirits Farm. Robert Gardiner took the last pass once again in the Open Three-Gaited Over 15.2. The Red Hot Kid is an entry of High Spirits Farm. These two were the Mo/Kan Three-Gaited Park Champions here just last year. Red Hot Kid is also by VHF The Licorice Drop Kid and out of a Sultan’s Royalty mare. Mark Hulse had Callaway’s Reality Show up for reserve honors for James Orr. Just a five-year-old, Reality Show is by Callaway’s The Gipper and out of Callaway’s I’m A Lady Too.

The Road Pony division was one that actually needed a Limit class, as they turned out in droves. Silver Oak’s Sirfistication was picked for the top prize here, as Maureen Campbell made the winning drive for Joe and Patrice O’Brien. Sirfistication was also the winner of this class at Midwest Charity and Lexington Junior League. It was one-two for Majestic Oaks, as good friend Stan Bodnar drove to the reserve prize with Dun-Haven Awesome Attraction for Toni Nastali. Debuting for the Majestic Oaks banner, Awesome Attraction is by Regal’s Rascal LF and out of Seamair’s Jasmine, by Dun-Haven Awesome Creation.

Ridgewood’s Wonderful Admiral pulled out the rackin’ boots for the first time this year, winning the Mo/Kan Five-Gaited class. Robert Gardiner won this event for the second straight year, this time for owner Glenda Pugh. A big winner in the Park division this year, Wonderful Admiral was the champion at Midwest Charity earlier in 2013. Callaway’s The Coast Is Clear debuted to a blue on these grounds earlier this year as the Novice Five-Gaited winner at UPHA Chapter 5. Zach Duffy was aboard once again today to claim reserve honors for Gayle Lampe. By Callaway’s Blue Norther, this mare is out of Broodmare Hall of Famer Callaway’s Twice The Spice, a daughter of another Hall of Fame mare, Callaway’s Zerelda, a daughter of another Hall of Fame mare, My Sweet Jeannie! 

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