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UPHA/American Royal - Wednesday Matinee



The Escalade banner has continued to be decorated in blue since the arrival of young horseman T.J. Santaferra. Kathy Capsuto Walker drove Nut Too Sweet to another blue today for Kathy Capsuto Walker and Paula Schmidt. Twice a Reserve World’s Champion this year, Nut Too Sweet is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Tremendously Charming, Kathy’s World’s Champion Country Pleasure mare. Second in this Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class went to another Nutcracker baby, The Code Cracker. Smith Lilly was at the lines for Anita Simpson here in this one. Oddly enough these two horses were one-two in the ASR Amateur Kentucky Two-Year-Old In Hand Futurity this year, with Code Cracker taking that class with Kenny Wheeler on the lead.

With a field of 15 entries scheduled to show, it was Front Row Frankie moving to the head of the class with Tayler Walters up. The Amateur Three-Gaited Park blue headed back to DeLovely for owner Debra Hurst. Here is another one by Undulata’s Nutcracker. Front Row Frankie is out of Heir Spray, a grand producer for owner Hallston Manor, they of Supreme Heir fame. Second in this big class went to Nuttin To Lose and Lisa Holt for Holt Oaks Farm. Hey guess what! Another Nutcracker baby! The top three in this class are all products of the prolific stallion. Nuttin’ To Lose was the Open Park Champion at Shelbyville this year and the Amateur Reserve Champion at the Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale. Steve and Tiffany Wheeler train this one. Nuttin’ Doing and Ellyn Dorsey rounded out the Nutcracker trifecta in third from Strickland Stables.

While a field of 15 amateur riders showed together, a group of 14 riders was split in the 13-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class. There are those who would say that the 13-and-under riders are better suited to handle a big class than some of the amateur riders, but the call was made here to err on the side of safety. Perilous claimed the blue in Section One, with Savannah Nickey making the winning ride for owners and trainers Scott and Carol Matton. By Periaptor and out of A Little Commotion, Perilous is a homebred Knollwood product. This was a second time showing with a junior exhibitor for Perilous, having been shown by Scott Matton and assistant Kelsey Nicole Smith before that. Savannah was recently crowned the 13-and-Under National Pleasure Equitation Olympics Gold Medalist. Girl On Fire and Raegan Morrison were reserve for Morgan Saddlebreds LLC and trainer Tammy DeVore.  A year ago, Raegan was showing to a Top 10 finish in the UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup National Finals here. It has been a great year for this team, complete with a 13-and-Under Show Pleasure World’s Championship.

In Section Two, it was Callaway’s Eight Below taking the last pass with Jozee Johnson. This horse’s name was better suited for last night than today’s more temperate weather. Clark Clouse and Drew Taylor Hewitt headed up the round of honor. Jozee just started showing this horse at ASHAV for owner Harold Denton Jr. She made her first victory pass with the Callaway’s Blue Norther gelding today on a big stage. The Lone Star Heiress and Kinslie Dougherty delighted the Jack Magill Stables team with a reserve prize. An entry of Kay Marschel, they were top three in their debut together earlier  this year, which happened to come in Freedom Hall.

It was a unanimous win in a debut performance for Undulata’s Just Perfect and Jacqueline Beck. Showing for the Golden Lantern Farms under the Visser Stables banner, Just Perfect comes by it honestly. Another one by Undulata’s Nutcracker, Just Perfect is a pure product of the Undulata breeding program. She is out of the World’s Champion walk-trot mare, CH Undulata’s Perfect Gift ERB. A late baby, she was one of the final crop of foals from the grand mare. In 2010, three embryos were flushed from Perfect Gift, one by I’m A New Yorker (making another full sibling to New York’s Perfect Gift), one by Undulata’s Heir Apparent, and this one by Nutcracker. There are horses that are not by Undulata’s Nutcracker, however the reserve winner is. Miraculous Chorus was up for the red prize for Destiny Farm. Steve Chadick made the good ride in this Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park class. Miraculous Chorus is out of World’s Champion Hallelujah Chorus, another grand walk-trot mare.

Barbara Goodman Manilow took another unanimous round of honor with Call Me Regal, winning the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 class for the third year in a row. The two-time defending Amateur Three-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions was in high style again for Skyline Stables and trainer Kenny Smith. Call Me Regal is by CH Call Me Ringo and out of New York’s Crown Jewel. Reserve honors went to the Blue Ridge Champion Callaway’s Thrills & Chills. By Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of a full sister to World’s Grand Champion Manila Thrilla, he is shown by Rose Hochner for Carroll Robertson Ray.

Rich and Maureen Campbell headed up the winner in the Hackney Pleasure Driving class, as Hawkeye’s Dream Boy made the last pass with Toni Nastali at the lines. A Reserve World’s Champion this year at Louisville, Dream Boy puts his head and neck in an almost surreal place. Sporty as can be, Toni and Dream Boy have now won nine times this year. Always a crowd favorite, Faydelle Schott was reserve here with Extremely Supreme. Directed by Bob Phillips, these two have won eight times on the season, including their last five classes. Also from Majestic Oaks, Meredithe Steinhauer was third with Night Voyager for Denise Steinhauer.

While it was Raymond and Lillian Shively Day in Kansas City yesterday, it was Raymond Shively joining in the winner’s circle today with 18-38 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure winner CH Perfect Vengeance. Tara Grom rode her longtime partner to the blue for the second year in a row. Undefeated at this show in the Show Pleasure ranks, they were National Champions and World’s Champion of Champions a year ago. Undulata’s Fashion Plate and Piper Bordegon earned the reserve prize for owner Maribelle Grainger and trainer Shelley Fisher. Champions in their season debut at Mid America Mane Event, they have improved with each ride, scoring a good prize in this big class.World’s Champion  CH Stocco and Amanda Murchison were top three for Cater Stables, followed by CH Kent Brockman and Bridget McNeese for Catherine Carter McNeese and Grey Ridge Farm.

Hunter Chancellor began her final show as a juvenile with a blue ribbon ride on CH Platinum’s New Look in the 14-17 Five-Gaited qualifier. Smooth and consistent, the entry of Steven E. Chancellor was the winner here for the fourth straight year, having never lost in this 14-17 qualifier. Also a World’s Champion once again this year, Hunter and “Tonto” have been a grand team since 2008. Jessica Cloud is in just her second show with Our Favorite Memory, having a great ride for reserve under the Jack Magill Stables banner. Top three in the Five-Gaited Gelding World’s Championship this year, Our Favorite Memory is by Titleist Memory and out of Hometown Favorite. He’s Full Throttle and Drew Taylor Hewitt were third, followed by Ashlyn’s Voodoo Charm and Eleanor Rainbolt Forbes.

The reigning World’s Champion of Champions got back to the winner’s circle, picking up right where he left off with a blue ribbon ride in the 18-38 Five-Gaited Pleasure class. Michelle Krentz Partridge teamed up once again with CH Take A Guess for that top honor for Mary Krentz and Grey Ridge Farm. Their undefeated campaign has included wins at River Ridge, Midwest Charity, Blue Ridge Classic, and Louisville. Christy Bennett had one of her best rides yet aboard Kenny Dawson, winning reserve for Bennett Farms and trainer Melissa Moore. They were also Reserve Champions at Midwest Charity earlier this year, as the top two from that class were the same top two in this one. CH Callaway’s Ariel and Stacey Kipper Perrelli were third here for Sondra Kipper, with CH Mojo and Jill Bosshard in fourth for Debra Hoffman.

The young riders were back once again, this time for the 13-and-Under Three-Gaited class. Alex Rudder made her American Royal debut a blue ribbon one, showing CH The Proof Is In The Heir to the top prize for David Rudder and Wingswept Farm. Reserve World’s Champion of Champions this year and twice the Champion at Lexington Junior League, Alex won the Junior Exhibitor class at the Alltech National Horse Show this year as well. She understands the benefit of showing in front of a big crowd to promote the breed. World’s Champion as a weanling and a two-year-old, I’m In Heaven made a good show here today for reserve. Madison Stringer rode the entry of Gary and Madison Stringer under the Cape Cod banner. This one is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of yet another World’s Champion walk-trot mare, Heavenly Thunder.

Trainer Debbie Foley was pleased with a good ride by Jo Ann Griffin, winning the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class with Callaway’s Karla. Amateur champions at Asheville and reserve champions at Blue Ridge and Midwest, Karla and Jo Ann have had a good season together for Silver Brook Stables. Betsey Johnson and Joni Underwood Friesen were reserve winners from Cedarwood Farm. Winners at St. Louis and Madison this year, these two are in their third season together. Betsey Johnson is by Designed and out of a Radiant Sultan mare.

From the solid cross of Undulata’s Nutcracker and CH Crystal Illusion comes Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited winner Undulata’s Optical Illusion ERB. Smith Lilly rode to the blue here for Jeff and Janet Sterba. A Reserve World’s Champion this year, Optical Illusion carries on the tradition of full siblings like Alde-Mar’s Crystal Pistol. Lady Kate was the reserve winner with T.J. Santaferra riding for Paula Schmidt and Kathy Capsuto Walker. Also by a Willowbank resident, Sir William Robert, Lady Kate is out of Harlem’s Black Orchid, by Harlem Globetrotter.

It’s been a great day for Jack Magill Stables, and it got even better in this one. The top two prizes in this 39-and-Over Five-Gaited Pleasure class both went back to their curtains, with Callaway’s Can’t You See getting the top call with Joan Cantrell up for J and J Horse Interests Inc. This is Joan’s second season showing the gelding son of Callaway’s Ghost Writer, but it was their debut in the pleasure division together. By Callaway’s Gold Rush, CH Callaway’s Dream Big earned the reserve prize here. Ruth Abbott is the owner and rider This is also Ruth’s second year with Dream Big. They were the Reserve Champions this season at the Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale. Agent Cool Blue and Amy Stinnett were up for third, followed by CH Desert Supreme Kid and Karen Van Diest in fourth.

Winner of a big Junior Park Pleasure class was Soquili’s Cover Girl LLC with Jim Lowry up for Tom Fiedler. This one is also by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Callaway’s Bluegrass Girl, a full sister to World’s Grand Champion Callaway’s Forecaster and the dam of World’s Champion Callaway’s Clemency. Jessica Saft piloted Brightest Light to the reserve prize for Jessica and Valerie Saft. This one is not by Nutcracker. No, this one is by his son, Undulata’s Heir Apparent, and out of Sherry’s Wild Irish Rose.

Impress My Daddy has been a great pony for a long, long time. An Amateur Ladies Harness Pony World’s Champion this year at Louisville, he and Juliet McDonald won the Open Harness Pony class here today for the Majestic Oaks banner. Now 17 years old, he is by Mr. Hawkeye and out of Albelarm Distinctive Lady, making him a full brother to World’s Grand Champion Nabucco. Chip Wise made a good drive for the red ribbon with Front Page News. Trained by Brian Young, Front Page News made a sporty show today. He was the Amateur Gentlemen’s Hackney Pony Reserve World’s Champion in 2011.

With 15 entries, the older riders did not need to be split, as the 14-17 Show Pleasure entries came to the ring. This class was split a year ago, with the two winners taking the top two prizes in this year’s single event. CH Brookhill’s King Of Kool and Jessie Wuesthofen continued their storied career with yet another victory pass for Glenn A. Werry Jr. and DeLovely Farm. The defending National Champion also has three 14-17 Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions titles to his credit. Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered earned reserve honors today with Morgan Billig the owner and rider from Kierson Farm. Winners of their first six classes this year, Morgan and Signed Sealed Delivered have been a top team since joining together in 2011. Final Deklaration and Margaret Homa were third, followed by Reedann’s Rare Mystery and Juliette Dell for the 6D Ranch and DeLovely.

Kimberly Hayes put in a terrific ride aboard She’s Born To Sparkle to win the Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under qualifier. Todd Graham headed up the round of honor for Tannehill Farms. Just a four-year-old, this liver chestnut mare is by He’s Born To Royalty and out of Callaway’s Sparkle, by Supreme Heir. In just her first year in the show ring, this young mare made a noteworthy show today. A royally bred horse, Ever Glades Summer Heir was reserve here with Missy Hughes Smith up for Ever Glades Farm. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, Summer Heir is out of World’s Grand Champion An Heir About Her. This one is just a five-year-old, freshly trimmed at St. Louis for a Novice Three-Gaited win.

It was Jailtime for Clark Clouse, as he rode the chestnut gelding to a debut blue in Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited for Darell Cruse. Jailtime is by Roseridge Deputy, a full brother to World’s Champion Have You Ever. He is out of a Longview’s Paladin mare. The King’s Speech was reserve here with John Biggins riding for Janet and Marjorie Thompson. Owned and bred by the Thompsons, he is by Tornaado (SA) and out of Janian’s Ruby Slippers, a former partner of Janet’s in the five-gaited division. 

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