Skip to content

World’s Champion American Saddlebreds Featured in Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade



The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce that World’s Champion American Saddlebred horses will be featured in the 2016 Republic Bank® Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 5 at 5:00 PM on Broadway in Louisville, Ky.

Originating in 1956, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade is the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest event. Today, the Pegasus Parade is one of the largest in the country. Jansal Saddlebreds of Mocksville, North Carolina, led by Janelle Damato, is journeying to Louisville to parade 20 American Saddlebred horse and rider combinations. The Jansal Parade group will be easy to “spot” as many of the American Saddlebreds in their group are Pinto (spotted) American Saddlebreds decorated in silver saddles.

The American Saddlebred is known as “the horse America made,” whose heritage traces back to the founding of our country.  A trotting breed that is incredibly intelligent, a quick learner, and with a willing attitude that allows many of them to learn two additional gaits in addition to the three natural gaits.  Often called the ultimate show horse due to its majestic presence, they are strikingly beautiful with a long neck and animated trot and is suited for a variety of uses from the show ring to a personal pleasure horse. The American Saddlebred is uniquely suited for beginners to the most accomplished riders. The American Saddlebred capital of the world is Shelbyville, Ky., and the American Saddlebred World’s Championship Horse Show is held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

Included in their parade group will be the combination of CHDoctor Zhivago and Dena Lopez. Dena, who hails from Versailles, Ky. holds the honor of being one of just a handful of females that has won the crown jewel of American Saddlebred competition, the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship. At the Pegasus Parade, she will be aboard black and white American Saddlebred, CHDoctor Zhivago, who is an eight-time World’s Champion.

Other world title holding American Saddlebreds in their group include World’s Champion High In The Sky, World’s Champion CHMade Ya Look, World’s Champion CHNew York Entertainer, Reserve World’s Champion Last Tango In Paris, and Reserve World’s Champion Sunlight and Shadows.

The public will have the opportunity to meet all 20 of the decorated American Saddlebreds and their riders, who have too many accolades to list, from the Jansal Saddlebreds parade group on Tuesday, May 2 from 5-9 PM at the Kentucky Exposition Center’s South Wing. Here, the public may also pick up free posters, coloring pages, and information about the breed provided by the ASHA.

More Stories

  • A Memorable First Trip To Oklahoma

    Taylor Ladd arrived in Oklahoma to compete for the first time this year, but she had the success of a seasoned veteran. The walk-trot rider left the fairgrounds with two World Championships, one Reserve World Championship, and three Grand National titles under the direction of Taylor River Farm. Read More
  • Highlights from Morgan Grand National

    Enjoy the victory passes and interviews from Oklahoma City on ReporTV! Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN FINAL

    It's official! The REPORT Leaderboard for the 2017 Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show is final. Wow!  All the hard work all year really paid off! Congratulations to all the winners - blue ribbon and otherwise!

     

    Read More
  • Interview at Sterling Training Center

    In the interview that follows, trainer Katie Mair and owners Mary and Natalie Golota share their thoughts following Katie's win with As Predicted GCH at the Morgan Grand National.  Read More
  • Interview at Cater Stables

    In the interview that follows, trainer Kristen Cater and proud owner Lila Tater share their thoughts following Kristen's victory in Hunter Pleasure with Epona's Mo'O Lio GCH at Morgan Grand National.  Read More
  • Interview at Fire Stables Equestrian

    In the interview that follows, Elaine Galatz, Hannah McBain, Phil Fountain and Julianne Rafferty of Fire Stables Equestrian share their thoughts following a successful Morgan Grand National. Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN Thru Friday

    With only Saturday's finale performances to go, here's how the blue ribbon counts go in the REPORT Leaderboard through end of day Friday, October 13. Read More
  • A Family Bond

    The Youth of the Year contest tests the skills of young equestrian each year at the Morgan Grand National. Selina Cloutier had the honor of winning this prestigious competition in 1998, and this year, her daughter Clea is competing for the same title. Read More
  • Another Record Breaking Performance

    Morgan Grand National fans were treated to a history making performance on Thursday afternoon as Arcadia, Oklahoma resident Chloe Farischon became the first junior exhibitor to win the World Champion Four-Year-Old English Pleasure title. Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN Thru Thursday

    It's coming down to the wire and the competition is so close. Check out the REPORT Leaderboard standings as of Thursday, October 12. Read More