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UPHA/American Royal - Wednesday Matinee

Shown to a World’s Championship by Shane Mullins, Master Blue is by the up and coming stallion Master Class. Now a resident of Mercer Springs, he is owned by Richard and Anita Simpson. Smith Lilly drove him to the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness win to start today’s festivities. Master Blue is out of Blue-Eyed Girl, by CH Caramac. Sing To Me earned the red ribbon with Geof Dixon driving for Paula Schmidt and the Kathy Capsuto Trust. This filly is by Dorian Warriors Song (SA) and out of Sister Sally, a half sister to CH A Travelin Man, also bred by Kathy Capsuto Walker.

Ellyn Dorsey and Nuttin’ Doing are a new team for the second half of this season, and they have been phenomenal so far, finishing no lower than second with now five wins to their credit. Today’s edition featured an Amateur Three-Gaited Park blue ribbon heading back to Strickland Stables. Nuttin’ Doing is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of a Periaptor mare. Elizabeth Ververeli had a great ride aboard CH Fox Grape’s Forever Yours to finish reserve for Kathleen and Elizabeth Ververeli and Kierson Farm. Third in the Amateur Park Mare World’s Championship and Reserve Champions at Blue Ridge Classic, Forever Yours is by Dorian Wild Temper and out of Forever Garland, a daughter of Callaway’s Blue Norther and Garland’s Dream. Hollywood Electra and Katherine Rainbolt came third in this competitive class for Rainbow Princess Farms.

It was a unanimous win for one of the top new teams of this season, CH Redesigned and Rose Marie Wheeler. Brought out by Bret Day as a two-year-old to a Reserve World’s Championship, Redesigned has made his way home to Grey Ridge, now under the ownership of Chestnut Dream LLC. Rose Marie has now won eight times with the son of Designed and CH Harlem’s Town Scandal, including their 13-and-Under Show Pleasure qualifier World’s Championship. In their second season together, CH Be Advised and Kaitlyn Creekmore were reserve for Thomas R. Brock Jr. and Hollow Haven Farm. Be Advised was a Reserve World’s Champion in his Louisville qualifier, though these two horses were in separate sections of that one.

Another unanimous decision came in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park class, with Smith Lilly taking his second victory pass of the day, this time with Walterway’s Sing-Along. Another by Dorian Warriors Song (SA), Sing-Along is out of Callaway’s Fine As Silk, by CH Callaway’s Born To Win. Smith also won with this one at Blue Ridge for owner and breeder Larry Hartsock. Reserve World’s Champion in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park Futurity, So Swank was reserve here today with Jim Lowry riding for Redwing Saddlebreds. So Swank is by Redwing’s own Designed and out of Swak, by Callaway’s Blue Norther. Swak is out of the Broodmare Hall of Fame mare One Parting Kiss.

Rocketing to fame as one of the superstars of the 2008 World’s Championship Horse Show, Call Me Regal has been a star of the show ring ever since. Barbara Goodman Manilow rode the reigning Amateur Three-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions to a second straight win of this Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 qualifier. The unanimous victor is by CH Call Me Ringo and out of New York’s Crown Jewel. He is trained by Kenny and Donna Smith at Skyline Stables. Catherine McMichael and Prom Dress have been teamed up since after Lexington. The Cascade Stables team has been great since the very beginning, taking reserves at Blue Ridge, St. Louis, and now the Royal as well.

The tall, fine pony with a neck like a periscope, Heartland Accolade was the winner of the first section of Adult Hackney Pleasure Driving. Amanda Dellinger was the winning driver for Hollow Haven Farm. Reserve World’s Champion of Champions this year, they were World’s Champions in their qualifier. This win makes a cool dozen for this excellent team on the season, their first together. Sandra Surber got a nice round of applause as the reserve winner at the lines of Catch Me If You Can. This was the exact same order of finish as in Section One of the Louisville qualifier, where Catch Me If You Can was the Reserve World’s Champion for the Majestic Oaks team. Extremely Supreme and Faydelle Schott finished third in this first split, directed by Bob Phillips.

Brenda Rappaport was the excited winner of the second split of Adult Hackney Pleasure Driving, scoring her biggest prize and first win with Regal’s Auctioneer LF. Trained by Sunrise Stables, Auctioneer was the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic National Champion here a year ago with Kent Swalla. Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving World’s Champion a year ago, Extremely Invincible was the reserve winner in this one, as Stacey Swalla was lovely as always at the lines. Champion at St. Louis, this one is by The Extremist and out of Prophecy, by Mr. Hawkeye.

The debut season of CH Perfect Vengeance in the Show Pleasure division continued to impress, as Tara Grom rode him to the 18-38 Show Pleasure win for Bob and Kim Grom. World’s Champion of Champions in his first season as a pleasure horse, “Ace” is trained by DeLovely Farm. He and Tara have been teamed together since 2008, and they move like a well-oiled machine in the show ring together. Ryan’s Wish and Ally Ehle are also newcomers to the Show Pleasure division, debuting just last month at the Mid-Atlantic Fall Finale. Owned by Bob and Nancy Ehle, Ryan’s Wish shows out of Kierson Farm. He was second today. Sired by Designed, the beautiful bay is out of Miss Tainted Love. Golden Market and Elizabeth Ghareeb were third for Grey Ridge Farm, followed by Elegant Mystery and Kristen Stonecipher Wells in fourth.

The story of Hunter and Tonto continued today with yet another unanimous victory in the 14-17 Five-Gaited class, their third straight year to win this event. Their undefeated season continues, as they have won all six of their classes in 2012, including a sweep of the division at Louisville. This incomparable team has been trained for all five of their seasons together by DeLovely. Fresh off their championship win at St. Louis, Maya Manilow and Out With The Ladies made another top performance to earn reserve for Barbara Goodman Manilow and Skyline Stables. This is the third season for Maya and the flashy chestnut. This was the order of finish in this class a year ago as well.

Being engaged to Scott Perrelli seems to suit Stacey Kipper, as she has had a great start to her week at the Royal. Today, she was the winner of the 18-38 Five-Gaited Pleasure class with CH Callaway’s Ariel for Sondra Kipper. Trained by the great Carter Cox, Ariel was the champion here on these same grounds at UPHA Chapter 5 back in May. She was reserve in this same class last year. They were top three in their Louisville qualifier, with yet another strong go. Melissa Marcovis made a good ride in reserve aboard Designed To Be Treasured for Reedannland. Just a four-year-old, this one is obviously by Designed. She is out of Contessa’s Treasure, by Rare Treasure. Blazing Sevens and Ally Ehle finished third for Bob and Nancy Ehle.

The 13-and-Under Three-Gaited class may have been the most absolutely loaded class of the day, with big name after big name on the class sheet. It’s not too often that a 13-and-under class features a World’s Grand Champion, a Reserve World’s Grand Champion, and the current Reserve World’s Champion of Champions! Best of this phenomenal group today was CH An Heir About Her, one of the greatest of the greats and a fabulous ambassador for the American Saddlebred. Since becoming part of the Rowland family in 2005, she has been shown to wins by grandma and now three different granddaughters. This year it is Harriet Townsend’s turn aboard the wonderful mare, and she has turned in a great campaign. Reserve honors in this one went to Watermark’s A Kiss For Luck and Caroline Rainbolt Forbes. The entry of the Rainbow Princess Farms is coming off four straight victories after their fantastic Reserve World’s Championship at Louisville. Another wildly talented mare, Swing An’ Singin was third today, debuting with Catherine Wheeler for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler and Mercer Springs Farm. This team looks like they could be a killer combination as they grow together. Kenny commented to Ceil following the class, “You get the Mom of the Year award for giving up that ride.”

Mystery Talk was the pick in the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class, with Danny Cummins making a good show for Danny and Kathy Cummins and Reedannland. Scott Wendt pinned the blue ribbon on this big, athletic daughter of The Mystery Writer and a Talk Of The Town mare. They were top three in this same class at Louisville this year. Betsey Johnson kept the string of good finishes for Designed-sired horses going, finishing reserve with Joni Friesen aboard. Amateur Mare winner at Mid-America Mane Event, Betsey Johnson is out of Influential, by Radiant Sultan, making her a pure product of the Redwing Saddlebreds program. This team trains with Chuck Herbert at Cedarwood Farm. Remember that pedigree as we begin the next paragraph…

The Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited class produced a new star, as Chuck Herbert had the winner in Dark Vanilla. This filly just so happens to be a full sister to Betsey Johnson. Chuck has had great success with the Designed offspring, and this one looks to be another in that line. She is fine and balanced off both ends, never dropping an ear. She was a Reserve World’s Champion in her split on the green shavings earlier this year. John Wallen had a bright and happy son of Reedann’s Phire One up for reserve. This was Ridgewood’s Phire Cracker, owned and bred by Elvin Zimmerman. Phire Cracker is out of an Undulata’s Nutcracker mare.

Most Outrageous and Barbara Goodman Manilow have had a great first season together, winning the 39-and-Over Five-Gaited Pleasure class today, marking their seventh win on the season for Skyline Stables. This is a full brother to Out With The Ladies, shown a couple classes earlier by Barbara’s daughter Maya. By CF First Night Out, Most Outrageous is out of Suzy’s Lady Bug, originally bred by the Goodman family. She is out of their great mare, CH Lady Luck BG. Kathy Capsuto Walker and Rain were up for reserve in this one for the second year in a row. Sired by I’m A New Yorker, Rain is out of Kathy’s grand harness mare, CH Dancing Up A Storm LCC. They swept this division at Shelbyville back in August.

It was back-to-back years to win the Junior Park Pleasure class for Andy Freseth, with both winners being out of the wonderful Hollow Haven harness mare, CH Kalarama’s New Sensation. Last year, it was Three Point Shooter to be the winner, while this year, it was Nina Campbell’s turn in the spotlight. By Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man, Nina Campbell is owned by The Schedule Source and Susan Estes, her rider for 11 wins on this season. She was the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic Reserve National Champion just last year. Twice a winner in Junior Three-Gaited Park at Blue Ridge, My Best Asset was the reserve winner today for Debbie Foley and owner Doris Crumpler. This bay gelding is by Attache’s Royal Assets and out of a CF First Night Out mare. Callaway’s Cohort, the National Champion in that aforementioned Park Pleasure Classic last year, finished third today with Kimberly Hays for Tannehill Farms.

The veteran long-tail Impress My Daddy was the pick in the Open Harness Pony class, as Patrice Watson O’Brien made the good drive for Joe and Patrice O’Brien and the Majestic Oaks team. Long a star of this division, Impress My Daddy continues to shine for his new partner. He was the Harness Pony National Champion here a year ago. Paul Cates earned reserve honors with Beautiful Lady for Alta Dare Farm. This one was formerly a road pony, showing now for the second season in the long-tail division. She is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of a Canterbury Conqueror mare.

CH Brookhill’s King Of Kool returned to the Royal for the first time since 2009, winning his qualifier with Jessica Wuesthofen, just as he did that year as well. This time it was the 14-17 Show Pleasure class that saw King Of Kool and Jessie take the top spot, as Mark Turner pinned on the blue for DeLovely Farm and owner Glenn A. Werry Jr. King Of Kool and Jessie are the two time defending World’s Champion of Champions in this division. Reserve in this first section was CH Sapphire On Ice, with Maya Manilow riding for Barbara Goodman Manilow. Maya was the winner of this class the past two years with The Majestic. Sapphire On Ice is a beautiful bay by Titleist Memory and out of Ice Blue, by Harlem Globetrotter. Final Deklaration and Margaret Homa finished third, followed by Got No Shame and Morgan Brison fourth for Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williamson and BRK Equestrian LLC.

In the second split, it was a unanimous win for the Reserve World’s Champion of Champions, Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered. Morgan Billig was once again aboard, as the two sections went to the two best combinations in the world this year. Organist Stacy Beam always likes when this Kierson Farm entry wins, as he gets to jam out to the Stevie Wonder song. Signed Sealed Delivered is by CH Call Me Ringo and out of Carmelita Santana, by CH Caramac. While there were 10 in the first section, there were just seven in this one. Royal Valentine made a bright and up-headed performance with Drew Taylor Hewitt to claim reserve for Clouse Stables. This is just their second show together and their first in the Show Pleasure division. The chestnut mare is by Samur and out of Royal Pretty.

After the two splits of 14-17 Show Pleasure, it was time for CH A Travelin Man and Ashley Wilson to continue their remarkable career. An entry of Steven Chancellor and trained by DeLovely, Travelin Man has now won 43 times in his career against just two reserve finishes. That is 45 classes with nothing less than a second place finish, and one of those reserves came in the Fine Harness World’s Grand Championship! The two-time defending Amateur Ladies Three-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions topped the Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under class here this afternoon. Barbara Goodman Manilow and her new teammate, CH Callaway’s Born With Style, were reserve in this one for Skyline Stables. Born With Style was a Reserve Champion at Lexington this year with former rider Molly Codeanne. By CH Callaway’s Born To Win, this chestnut mare is out of a Will Shriver mare.

The Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited blue went to a good one indeed, as Lucky You Lucky Me was the winner with Clark Clouse up for Harold Denton Jr. Part of Darell Cruse’s historic sweep of both Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Championships this year, Lucky You Lucky Me is a jet black son of Worthy’s Lucky Son. He is out of Riddles And Roses, by Rifles And Roses. 

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