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About the Cover Saddlebred Museum Must Haves Junior Exhibitor Profile: Sallie-Mason Wheeler World’s Championship Horse Show 2019 CH The Daily Lottery: Looking Through the Years By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer Amateur Spotlight: Anna Marie Knipp Junior Exhibitor Profile: Caroline Katko Junior Exhibitor Profile: Molly Crim 2019 Three-Gaited World’s Grand Champion: Callaway’s Ivanka By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer Hall of Fame Señor Frog and Alex Rudder: Amateur Five-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer Ribbon to Ribbon Faye Wuesthofen: Equitation Excellence By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer

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World’s Champion of Champions Junior Fine Harness Reserve World’s Champion Junior Fine Harness Lexington Junior League Junior Fine Harness Champion ~ Unanimously!

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PAPPY VAN WINKLE Presented by A.J. Bruwer

Owned by Vicki and Sam Reed Hinsdale, Illinois

Undulata’s Nutcracker x Wingnut

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In her first outing in saddle seat, Sallie-Mason (right) won the Lead Line Walk/Trot class at the 2008 Roanoke Valley Horse Show. Anna Hansil joined Sallie-Mason to show off their ribbons.

Mom, Ceil, and Sallie-Mason draped their blankets of flowers over their shoulders after wrapping up an incredible week at Louisville. Together they won three championships and five qualifiers.

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR PROFILE

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

How old are you? 17 Where do you go to school/what year are you in school? I am a Senior at St. Anne’s Belfield What would you like to be when you grow up? I’m not sure yet but maybe something in marketing. Name your family/Siblings/pets: Ceil, Kenny and Catherine Wheeler. My dog’s name is Snoopy. When did you first start riding? I started riding as a toddler because of my parents’ background and we lived on a horse/cattle farm. Where do you ride? Mercer Springs Farm… I started taking riding lessons there at the age of 5.

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How long have you been showing? I started showing in Academy at 6 years old. I was 8 the first time I showed at Louisville on Amelia Heir Cat in the Three-Gaited Pony division. How often do you ride? I ride at home several times a week and practice at Mercer Springs as frequently as I can. What is a typical practice session like for you? I typically ride a warm up horse first and then ride the show horses. What are some of your favorite horses you have shown? Callaway’s Born For This (Gracie) Bodidly and Man of Magic (Henry) What horse(s) do you currently show and in what divisions? Man of Magic – Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited;


Sallie-Mason and her newest partner, Man Of Magic, have come together quickly. They put on a show winning the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17 Championship after a win in the qualifier. THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

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Sallie-Mason’s first win of the week came unanimously aboard Blackout in the first section of the Junior Exhibitor FiveGaited Show Pleasure qualifiers.

One of Sallie-Mason’s proudest moments of the week was her win aboard CH Bodidly. Caretakers Tori Heck and Amos Williams pinned on their blue ribbons after they topped the second section of the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 14-17 qualifiers.

Aboard her heart horse, Skippy, Sallie-Mason joined the fox hunt. She was only six-years-old at the time.

Caretaker Kayla Rose Vogel stood with CH Callaway’s Brioni in the winner’s circle following his World’s Champion of Champions Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure title with Sallie-Mason in the irons.

Bodidly – Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited; Callaway’s Brioni – Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure; Blackout – Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure. What has been your most memorable riding moment thus far? Returning to Louisville this year on Bodidly to win a split of the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited. He sustained an injury last year and rehabbed at our farm… it was a wonderful comeback that I am so grateful for. What has been your biggest challenge to overcome? My biggest challenge is probably my form, because I struggle to keep my body alignment. What are your riding goals for the future? To continue to improve my riding skills. How has riding American Saddlebreds shaped your life? Riding and showing American Saddlebreds has taught me patience, a positive work ethic, discipline, as well as the ups and downs of competition… and to always be a good sport. Of the places to which you have traveled, which is your favorite? Cayman Islands because I love the blue ocean!

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QUICK FACTS What is one place you would love to go? Australia What is your trainer’s favorite phrase or words of advice? “We Train For This” What are your hobbies? Fox Hunting and trail riding What do you do in your free time for fun? Hang out with my friends Do you have any nicknames? Bulldog What is your favorite food? Any type of pasta What is your favorite music, singer or band? Country music… Midland What is your favorite movie? Forever My Girl or The Longest Ride What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My dog Snoopy (beagle) What’s one thing you wish you didn’t exist? HOMEWORK What’s something no one knows about you? I’m not very flexible at all. Use one word to sum up “You.” Energetic


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World’s Championship Horse Show Photos by Brooke and Jane Jacobs / www.JaneJacobsPhotography.com

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Class Number

Class

Exhibitor

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ASR FUTURITY OF KENTUCKY - WEANLING

ONE RIPPLE EFFECT

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KY COUNTY FAIR HARNESS PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

TWIN WILLOW’S HANDSOME DAN

MARY GAYLORD MCCLEAN

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EQUITATION - KENTUCKY RIDER 17 YEARS OLD & U

KALARAMA’S NEW MOON

ALAYNA APPLEGATE

MATT SHIFLET

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KY COUNTY FAIR FINE HARNESS CHAMPIONSHIP

ROCKET MAN

BRET C. DAY

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ASR FUTURITY OF KENTUCKY - YEARLING

HE’S IRRESISTIBLE

DARRELL CASE

ALAYNAAPPLEGATE

TWIN WILLOW’S HANDSOME DAN

ROCKET MAN

HE’S IRRESISTIBLE

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Class Number

Horse

Class

Exhibitor

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KENTUCKY COUNTY FAIR THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

JUST SURPRIZE ME

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KENTUCKY COUNTY FAIR ROADSTER PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND INSPIRED

MAUREEN CAMPBELL

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KY COUNTY FAIR ROADSTER CHAMPIONSHIP

PICK YOUR POISON

HOLLI HAYES

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KY COUNTY FAIR HACKNEY PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND MAJESTIC

KATHLEEN VERVERELI

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KENTUCKY COUNTY FAIR FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONS

I’MA BLUES MAN

LISA HOLT

HEARTLAND INSPIRED

STEVEN WHEELER

PICK YOUR POISON

HEARTLAND MAJESTIC

JUST SURPRIZE ME

I’M A BLUES MAN

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Class Number

Class

Exhibitor

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EQUITATION - OPEN RIDER 16 YEARS OLD

CH EQ MOOI MOOI

MICHAEL ARQUILLA

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AMATEUR GENTLEMAN’S HARNESS PONY

MISSISSIPPI QUEEN

JOHN WRATHER

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ADULT THREE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE

RO & ME’S HEIR EXPRESS

BARBARA GOODMAN MANILOW

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EQUITATION - OPEN RIDER 14 YEARS OLD

KALARAMA’S NEW MOON

ALAYNA APPLEGATE

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ADULT AMATEUR JR HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL

HALSTON

KAY MARSCHEL

MISSISSIPPI QUEEN

RO & ME’S HEIR EXPRESS

ALAYNAAPPLEGATE

HALSTON

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Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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ADULT THREE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE DIVISION I

MY CHROME PRINCESS

PAULA PERCOCO

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EQUITATION - OPEN RIDER 15 YEARS OLD

CH COMPLETELY CAVEAT

DAWSON ARCHIBALD

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AMATEUR ROADSTER PONY OVER 50 IN TO 52 IN

REGAL’S NIGHT SHADOW LF

DEBORAH JAHN

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ADULT THREE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE DIVISION II

HS I’M HOT WIRED

LAURA DOZER

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PARK THREE-GAITED MARE

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

STEVEN WHEELER

MY CHROME PRINCESS

HS I’M HOT WIRED

DAWSON ARCHIBALD

REGAL’S NIGHT SHADOW LF

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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Class

Horse

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EQUITATION OPEN CLASS- RIDER 17 YEARS OLD

REEDAN’S WHY NOT

GABRIELLA SNYDER

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AMATEUR ROADSTER PONY 50 IN & UNDER

ALEXUS TEXAS

ELIZABETH SCOGGINS

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PARK THREE-GAITED STALLION OR GELDING

CH MY ROYALE PRINCE

LISA HOLT

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COUNTRY PLEASURE HUNTER

UNDERCOVER

MARIE GWINN

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THREE-GAITED PONY - RIDER 17 YEARS OLD & UND

REVERE

AVA GREER

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED PARK HORSE

SUGAR FUND

DAWSON ARCHIBALD

CH MY ROYALE PRINCE

GABRIELLA SNYDER

ALEXUS TEXAS

UNDERCOVER

SUGAR FUND

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SHINE BRIGHT

CH BOOKHILL’S EXPRESS

PRINCE VALIANT

CH ULTIMATE SPITFIRE

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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ASR SWEEPSTAKES 4-YR OLD FINE HARNESS

SHE’S EPIC

NEIL VISSER

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THREE-GAITED PONY RIDER 17 YEARS OLD & UND

SHINE BRIGHT

CAROLINE KATKO

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JUNIOR EXH SHOW PLEASURE DRVING 17 YEARS & UND

CH BOOKHILL’S EXPRESS

BRIANNA TOLKACZ

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ASR SWEEPSTAKES 4YR THREE-GAITED PARK PLEASURE

PRINCE VALIANT

HELEN ROY

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FIVE-GAITED PONY RIDER 17 YEARS OLD & UNDER

CH ULTIMATE SPITFIRE

SAMANTHA SWIGER

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Horse

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AMATEUR GENTLEMAN’S HACKNEY PONY

HEARTLAND SECRET WEAPON

DARREL KOLKMAN

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YEARS OLD

NUTORIOUS

NISSA SULTAN

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ROADSTER TO BIKE MARE STAKE

CONDOLEEZA

MICHAEL FELTY

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ASR SWEEPSTAKES 4-YR THREE-GAITED

HS BRILLIANT HEIRESS

JAMES STACHOWSKI

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JUNIOR EXH THREE-GAITED PARK HORSE

CH IT’S AEROSMITH

REAGAN CAMPBELL

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OPEN ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE

ZENYATTA

GERHARDT ROOS

HEARTLAND SECRET WEAPON

HS BRILLIANT HEIRESS

NUTORIOUS

CH IT’S AEROSMITH

CONDOLEEZA

ZENYATTA

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Horse

Exhibitor

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YEARS OLD

CH SHE’S BORN TO SPARKLE

GRACE WEISNER

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4-YEAR OLD ROADSTER PONY TO BIKE

HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN

UNKNOWN

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ASR SWEEPSTAKES 4-YR FIVE-GAITED

DRINKS AFTER WORK

MICHAEL TUNSTALL

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR COUNTRY PLEASURE - RIDER 1

ABSOLUTELY ALISON

ALICIA CHAVEZ

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EQUITATION OPEN RIDER 11 YEARS OLD & UNDER

CH-EQ LEMON SHAKE-UP

AVA KIMMEL

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CH EXTREMELY FORTUNUT

BELLA JETTE

CH SHE’S BORN TO SPARKLE

DRINKS AFTER WORK

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AVA KIMMEL

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Horse

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THE IVY LEAGUE

NICK SCHUBERT

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CH MOONLIGHT MEMORIES

KATHERINE BOSWORTH

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EQUITATION OPEN RIDER 12 & 13 YEARS OLD

CH-EQ MADEIRA’S FAME

ISABELLE FISCHER

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JUNIOR EXH ROADSTER PONY 13 YEARS OLD & UND

GILCREST’S BILLY DOUX

ELLA REAGAN

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ADULT FIVE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE DIV II

CH BILLY DELUXE

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

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AMATEUR ROADSTER TO BIKE

IAMNOTACOW

MARTIN SCHAFFEL

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ADULT AMA HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL DRIVING

CHARMED MASTERPIECE

CARISSA MARSHALL

THE IVY LEAGUE

CH EXTREMELY FORTUNUT

CH MOONLIGHT MEMORIES

CH-EQ MADEIRA’S FAME

IAMNOTACOW

CHARMED MASTERPIECE

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Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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JR EXH THREE-GAITEDAITED SHOW PL RIDER 13 & UNDER

CH HIS SUPREME REFLECTION

ISABELLE FISCHER

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JUNIOR PARK THREE-GAITED

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

EMILY WEST

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4-YR HARNESS PONY

CRYSTAL CREEK’S KNIGHT

EDUARDO LOPEZ

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JR EXH FIVE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE 17 YEARS OLD & UND

BLACKOUT

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

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JR EXH THREE-GAITEDAITED SHOW PL RIDER 13 & UNDER

EXPENSIVELY DESIGNED

ROBERTA HIRSHON

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ADULT AMATEUR HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL DRIVING

HEARTLAND RICH AND FAMOUS

STEPHANIE DAVIDSON

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JR EXH FIVE-GAITED SHOW PL 17 YEARS OLD & UNDER DIV I

CALLAWAY’S BRIONI

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

CH HIS SUPREME REFLECTION

CRYSTAL CREEK’S KNIGHT

BLACKOUT

CALLAWAY’S BRIONI EXPENSIVELY DESIGNED

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Horse

Exhibitor

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AMATEUR THREE-GAITED OVER 15.2

NORTHERN ASSET

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

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LADIES AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED GELDINGS

HONEY BADGER

ANDREA ATHANASULEAS

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AMATEUR THREE-GAITED 15.2 & UNDER

GOING STEADY

KELLY MOUNT

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AMATEUR LADIES FINE HARNESS

FIRST IN LINE

AMIE ROWE

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JUNIOR THREE-GAITED OVER 15.2

SPECIAL GENTLEMAN

STEVEN WHEELER

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HARNESS PONY MARE STAKE

GISELLE

LARRY ELLA

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JUNIOR FIVE-GAITED - MARE

WITH LUCK

AUSTIN HAZELWOOD

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AMATEUR LADIES FINE HARNESS

BEST SHOW IN VEGAS

ANNA MARIE KNIPP

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JUNIOR THREE-GAITED 15.2 AND UNDER

BEAUTY MARC

NEIL VISSER

SPECIAL GENTLEMAN

GISELLE

WITH LUCK

BEST SHOW IN VEGAS

NORTHERN ASSET

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BEAUTY MARC


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DON’T MENTION IT

PSYCHEDELLIC MEMORIES

HS I’MA DREAMER

SAFECRACKER

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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ROADSTER PONY OVER 50 INCHES TO 52 INCHES

PRIME TIME’S CHOICE LF

JEFF MC CLEAN

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LADIES AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED MARE

CH UNDALATA’S SWEET SISTER

PIPER BORDEGON

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JUNIOR FINE HARNESS STALLION OR GELDING

SOUL DESIRE

EDUARDO CASTILLO

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AMATEUR THREE-GAITED 15.2 AND UNDER

DON’T MENTION IT

CEIL WHEELER

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JUNIOR FIVE-GAITED STALLION OR GELDING

PSYCHEDELLIC MEMORIES

TAMMY DEVORE

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AMATEUR GENTLEMAN’S FINE HARNESS

SAFECRACKER

CRAIG WILLETT

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LADIES AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED GELDINGS

HS I’MA DREAMER

MADELEINE OLIVER

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Class

Horse

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JUNIOR FINE HARNESS MARE

NAVY BLUE RWF

TODD GRAHAM

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HACKNEY PONY MARE STAKE

CRAYCROFT HALLELUJAH

JEFF MC CLEAN

82

AMATEUR THREE-GAITED OVER 15.2

THE GREAT OZ

PIPER BORDEGON

83

LADIES FINE HARNESS

CH OUR BRILLANT BELLE

LYNDA FRESETH

84

FIVE-GAITED STALLION STAKE

RIVERDREAMS’ SPITFIRE

SARAH MACKENNA

86

JUNIOR PARK PLEASURE

UNDULATA’S JOHNNY REBEL

RHIANNON WHITE

NAVY BLUE RWF

CH OUR BRILLANT BELLE

CRAYCROFT HALLELUJAH

UNDULATA’S JOHNNY REBEL THE GREAT OZ

RIVERDREAMS’ SPITFIRE

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CH KENTUCKY PROUD

CH GET CRACKIN’

CH FUTURETTE

CH MY WONDER

UNDULATA’S SUSAN MCGEE

RAVENSCROFT VOODOO MAGIC

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 13 & UND

CH LULU GUINNESS

CAROLINE KATKO

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JR EXH THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PL 14-17 YEAR OLD- DIV 1

CH KENTUCKY PROUD

GRACIE LEDET

89

AMATEUR PARK THREE-GAITED-DIV 1

CH FUTURETTE

ALEX RUDDER

90

4-YR HACKNEY PONY

RAVENSCROFT VOODOO MAGIC

RAVENCROFT EQUINE LLC & DAVID

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FIVE-GAITED RIDER 13 YEARS OLD & UND

CH MY WONDER

MY MY SINGH

92

ADULTTHREE-GAITED COUNTRY PLEASURE- DIV 1

CH GET CRACKIN’

AUBREY LAMBERT

93

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 13 YEARS OLD & UND

UNDULATA’S SUSAN MCGEE

MOLLY CRIM

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Class

Horse

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THREE YEAR OLD HACKNEY PONY

HEARTLAND KAREENA

ABEL SALAZAR

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JR EXH THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PL 14-17 YEARS OLD- DIV II

GINGER MAGNOLIA

DIANE SEMBLER-KAMINS

96

AMATEUR PARK THREE-GAITED DIV II

ARROWHEAD’S MOET

CHRIS DORRESTEIN

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED SHOW PL RIDER 14-17 YRS

RANGO TANGO

KATHERINE SMITH

98

ADULT THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PLEASURE-DIV II

RO & ME’S KISS ME NOT

KELLY WILLIAMSON

99

JUNIOR PARK PLEASURE

SEAMUS HEANEY

RAYMOND KRUSSELL

RANGO TANGO

HEARTLAND KAREENA

ARROWHEAD’S MOET

GINGER MAGNOLIA

SEAMUS HEANEY

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CH GRACEFUL SURPRISE

CONDOLEEZA

GENESIS

HEARTLAND OVER THE MO

TOMAHAWK’S WAR DANCE

SPRING IN THE CITY

Class Number 100

Class YOUTH ROADSTER TO BIKE RIDER 15-21 YRS OLD

Horse

Exhibitor

CONDOLEEZA

DANIEL HICKS

101

THREE YEAR OLD ROADSTER PONY

HEARTLAND SHESAKNOCK

ABEL SALAZAR

102

WEANLING BREEDERS OPEN

TOMAHAWK’S WAR DANCE

ANDRE VAN SCHALKWYK

103

JUNIOR EXH THREE-GAITEDAITED SHOW PL RIDER 14-17 YRS

CH GRACEFUL SURPRISE

CHLOE HAUVILLE

104

LADIES ROADSTER TO BIKE

GENESIS

KIM COWART

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THREE YEAR OLD HARNESS PONY

HEARTLAND OVER THE MO

MAUREEN CAMPBELL

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YEARLING BREEDERS OPEN

SPRING IN THE CITY

JAN LUKENS

108

LADIES FIVE-GAITED GELDINGS

NOBLE CHARM

SENA BOWLING

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Class

Exhibitor

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ASR TWO YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS

NUTCRACKER PRINCESS

112

AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED MARE

THE BRIGHTEST BLUE

MISDEE MILLER

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JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FIVE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YEARS OLD

MAN OF MAGIC

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

BRET C. DAY

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LADIES AMATEUR THREE-GAITED 15.2 & UNDER

HI-FLING

THERESA VONDERSCHMITT

115

ASR NATIONAL THREE YEAR OLD FIVE-GAITED FUTURITY

ONLY ON TOP

TRE LEE

NUTCRACKER PRINCESS

MAN OF MAGIC

HI-FLING

ONLY ON TOP

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Class

Horse

Exhibitor

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AMATEUR GENTLEMAN’S THREE-GAITED

JUST SURPRIZE ME

117

AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED STALLION OR GELDING

SENOR FROG

JONATHAN RETZLAFF ALEX RUDDER

118

ASR NATIONAL THREE YEAR OLD FUTURITY - FINE HARNESS

KATHARINE’S PROPHECY

LARRY HODGE

119

AMA LADIES HARNESS PONY

STEELY DAN

KAREN WALDRON

120

LADIES AMATEUR THREE-GAITED OVER 15.2

UNDULATA’S CHERRY GARCIA

MARY GLASSCOCK KIRKPATRICK

JUST SURPRIZE ME

SENOR FROG

STEELY DAN

KATHARINE’S PROPHECY UNDULATA’S CHERRY GARCIA

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Class Number

Class

Horse

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NATIONAL THREE YEAR OLD THREE-GAITED FUTURITY

THE CROWD WENT NUTS

122

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FIVE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YEARS OLD

CH BODIDLY

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

123

ROADSTER TO WAGON STAKE

PENELOPE PITSTOP

DANNY BUGG

124

AMA LADIES HACKNEY PONY

HEARTLAND HIGH TECH

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

125

FIVE-GAITED MARE STAKE

I AM WHAT I AM

SUZY SHIFLET

CH BODIDLY

THE CROWD WENT NUTS

PENELOPE PITSTOP

HEARTLAND HIGH TECH

68

Exhibitor

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

I AM WHAT I AM

NEIL VISSER


ONE RIPPLE EFFECT

KALEE ANN SMILEY

OUR PERFECT DAY

SAVANNA GRAHAM

NASHVEGAS

RAVENSCROFT VOODOO M

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

126

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR ROADSTER PONY DRIVER 14-17

HEARTLAND MAGIC MOME

OLIVIA TURNER & DESMAR STABLES

127

ASR AMATEUR FUTURITY OF KY WEANLINGS

ONE RIPPLE EFFECT

CHRIS BISHOP KALEE ANN SMILEY

128

EQUITATION OPEN WALK TROT RIDER 8 YEARS OLD

RIDGEFIELD’S HIGH SOCIETY

129

COUNTRY PLEASURE DRIVING- DIV I

OUR PERFECT DAY

LESLIE BENNETT

130

EQUITATION OPEN WALK TROT RIDER 9 YEAR OLD

JAY GATSBY

SAVANNA GRAHAM

131

ASR 3- YR OLD THREE-GAITED PARK FUTURITY

NASHVEGAS

EMILY LEE

132

JR EXH ROADSTER PONY 14-17 YEARS OLD

REGAL’S PRIME RATE LF

OLIVIA TURNER

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

69


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

133

EQUITATION OPEN WALK TROT RIDER 10 YEARS OLD

HEIR’S HALO

134

ADULT SHOW PLEASURE DRVING- DIV 1

KATHARINE THE GREAT

ANNA MARIE KNIPP

135

ASR AMATEUR FUTURITY OF KY YEARLINGS

WALTERWAY’S FIRST RESPONDER

KENNETH WHEELER

136

WESTERN COUNTRY PLEASURE

CH YOUR LUCKY STARS

GEN HESS

137

ADULT AMATEUR JR HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL DRIVING

HALSTON

KAY MARSCHEL

138

LADIES AMATEUR ROADSTER TO BIKE

GAME CHANGER

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

LANA KIMMEL

LANA KIMMEL

KATHARINE THE GREAT

WALTERWAY’S FIRST RESPONDER

CH YOUR LUCKY STARS

GAME CHANGER HALSTON

70

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CHATTACHE’S CHOCOLATE

HOPKINS

SEEK YOUR FORTUNE

LA LE SOLEIL

CH HARLEM’S SWEET SUCCESS

Class Number 139

Class COUNTRY PLEASURE DRIVING DIV II

Horse

Exhibitor

CHATTACHE’S CHOCOLATE

LYNDA ST ANDRE

140

JR EXH ROADSTER PONY UNDER SADDLE RIDER 1

HOPKINS

LILLIA SHOPE

141

ADULT SHOW PLEASURE DRVING DIV II

LA LE SOLEIL

KAY MARSCHEL

143

ASR AMATEUR FUTURITY OF KY 2-YR OLD IN HAND

SEEK YOUR FORTUNE

KENNETH WHEELER

144

COUNTRY PLEASURE HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP

CH HARLEM’S SWEET SUCCESS

CAITLIN BRANNON

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

71


Class Number

Class

Exhibitor

145

FINE HARNESS MARE STAKE

SAMURI LADY

146

LADIES THREE-GAITED OVER 15.2

HS BABY STEPS

MISDEE MILLER

147

ROADSTER PONY 50 INCHES & UNDER STAKE

TWIN WILLOW’S MCDREAMY

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

148

FINE HARNESS STALLION OR GELDING STAKE

MADEIRA’S CODE RED

JAMES LOWRY

149

LADIES FIVE-GAITED GELDING

MAN ON THE MOVE

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

SAMURI LADY

HS BABY STEPS

MADEIRA’S CODE RED

MAN ON THE MOVE

72

Horse

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

TWIN WILLOW’S MCDREAMY

CANDIDA AVERSENTI


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

150

HACKNEY PONY STALLION OR GELDING STAKE

CRAYCROFT MATADOR

151

THREE GATED OVER 15.2 STAKE

HS DAYDREAM’S HEADS UP

SCOTT HAGAN

152

AMATEUR ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE

STREET LEGAL GRS

SUSAN SWOPE

153

LADIES FIVE-GAITED MARE

EETA SACHON

JULIETTE DELL

154

THREE-GAITED 15.2 & UNDER STAKE

CALLAWAY’S IVANKA

JAMES STACHOWSKI

CRAYCROFT MATADOR

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

EETA SACHON

HS DAYDREAM’S HEADS UP

CALLAWAY’S IVANKA

STREET LEGAL GRS

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

73


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

155

AMATEUR GENTLEMEN’S FIVE-GAITED

THE HATHAWAY MAN

156

ROADSTER TO BIKE STALLION OR GELDNIG STAKE

LIVEACTION

LARRY HODGE

157

LADIES THREE-GAITED 15.2 AND UNDER

CALLAWAY’S HOW ABOUT IT

CAMILLE COWART

158

PARK THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

STEVEN WHEELER

159

HARNESS PONY STALLION OR GELDING STAKE

HEARTLAND BEJEWELED

MAUREEN CAMPBELL

160

FIVE-GAITED GELDING STAKE

CH THE DAILY LOTTERY

DANIEL LOCKHART

THE HATHAWAY MAN

DANNY CUMMINS

CALLAWAY’S HOW ABOUT IT

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

LIVE ACTION

HEARTLAND BEJEWELED CH THE DAILY LOTTERY

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ALAYNAAPPLEGATE

CH OUR BRILLANT BELLE

MOSSBERG MARY

HS BRILLIANT HEIRESS

CH MOONLIGHT MEMORIES

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

161

KY STATE FAIR SENIOR EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP

KALARAMA’S NEW MOON

ALAYNA APPLEGATE

162

JUNIOR THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

HS BRILLIANT HEIRESS

JAMES STACHOWSKI MARY GISE

163

LADIES FINE HARNESS CHAMPIONSHIP

CH OUR BRILLANT BELLE

164

THREE YEAR OLD FIVE-GAITED MARE

MOSSBERG MARY

MARIA GILMAN

165

ROADSTER TO WAGON CHAMPIONSHIP

PENELOPE PITSTOP

STEPHANIE BRANNAN

166

ADULT FIVE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE CHAMPIONS

CH MOONLIGHT MEMORIES

KATHERINE BOSWORTH

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75


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

167

THREE YEAR OLD THREE-GAITED

ARROWHEAD’S PRICELESS

168

AMATEUR FINE HARNESS CHAMPIONSHIP

BEST SHOW IN VEGAS

ANNA MARIE KNIPP

169

THREE YEAR OLD FIVE-GAITED STALLION OR GELDING

TUA

MATT SHIFLET

170

JUNIOR FINE HARNESS CHAMPIONSHIP

PAPPY VAN WINKLE

A. J. BRUWER

171

USTA ROADSTER TO BIKE CLASSIC

DIVIDE N CONQUER

JIMMY ROBERTSON

172

JUNIOR FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

BOURBON SELECT

ROBERT GARDINER

BEST SHOW IN VEGAS

ROBERT GARDINER

DIVIDE N CONQUER

PAPPY VAN WINKLE

ARROWHEAD’S PRICELESS

76

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TUA

BOURBON SELECT


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

173

TWO YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS STALLION OR GELDING

ARROWHEAD’S SEALED WITH A KISS

174

EQUITATION OPEN WALK TROT 8 YR & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

SEA SIDE

STELLA KEITH

175

JR EXH HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

THE IVY LEAGUE

NICK SCHUBERT

176

ADULT THREE-GAITED SHOW PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP

MY CHROME PRINCESS

PAULA PERCOCO

177

EQUITATION WALK TROT RIDER 9-10 YRS OLD CHAMPIONSHIP

HEIR’S HALO

LANA KIMMEL

178

JUNIOR HARNESS PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND HI-HO-SILVER

MAUREEN CAMPBELL

STELLA KEITH

LIONEL FERREIRA

THE IVY LEAGUE

MY CHROME PRINCESS

HEARTLAND HI-HO-SILVER LANA KIMMEL

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77


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

179

TWO YEAR OLD THREE-GAITED- DIV 1

TOO HOT TO TANGO

180

JUNIOR EXH SHOW PLEASURE DRVING CHAMPION

CH BOOKHILL’S EXPRESS

BRIANNA TOLKACZ

181

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP RIDER 13 & UNDER

CH KING’S CARMA

MAGGIE BURNETT

182

TWO YEAR OLD THREE-GAITED DIV II

SH ONLY GRACE

NICOLA BURGER

183

ADULT AMATEUR HACKNEY/HARNESS PONY PL DRIVING

CHARMED MASTERPIECE

CARISSA MARSHALL

184

KY STATE FAIR JUNIOR EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP

CH-EQ MADEIRA’S FAME

ISABELLE FISCHER

185

TWO YEAR OLD FIVE-GAITED

LEATHERWOOD’S WAY TO GO

ANDREA HARRY

CH BOOKHILL’S EXPRESS

MATT SHIFLET

ISABELLE FISCHER

CH KING’S CARMA

SH ONLY GRACE

TOO HOT TO TANGO

CHARMED MASTERPIECE

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LEATHERWOOD’S WAY TO GO


THERE’S NO DENYING

GILCREST’S BILLY DOUX

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

BUZZIN’

TOPASSET

CH EXTREMELY FORTUNUT

HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

186

JR EXH ROADSTER PONY DRIVER 13 & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

GILCREST’S BILLY DOUX

ELLA REAGAN

187

JUNIOR PARK THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

NEIL VISSER PEDRO MARTINEZ

188

TWO YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS MARE

BUZZIN’

189

JR EXH THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PL 13 & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

CH EXTREMELY FORTUNUT

BELLA JETTE

190

JUNIOR ROADSTER PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN

. UNKNOWN

191

TWO YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS STALLION OR GELDING

THERE’S NO DENYING

MATT SHIFLET

192

ASR NATIONAL FUTURITY - PARK PLEASURE

TOP ASSET

KELLY SELF LOCKHART

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79


Class Number

Class

Horse

194

FIVE-GAITED PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

LEATHERWOOD’S EVEREADY

195

AMATEUR HARNESS PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

STEELY DAN

KAREN WALDRON

196

LADIES AMATEUR THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

HI-FLING

THERESA VONDERSCHMITT

197

WESTERN COUNTRY PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP

CH YOUR LUCKY STARS

GEN HESS

CH YOUR LUCKY STARS

STEELY DAN

80

Exhibitor

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

RAEGAN MORRISON

LEATHERWOOD’S EVEREADY

HI-FLING


ALEXUS TEXAS

CH LADY MANDOLIN

UNDULATA’S SUSAN MCGEE

MAN OF MAGIC

HEARTLAND HIGH TECH

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

199

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YRS CHAMPIONSHIP

CH LADY MANDOLIN

200

AMATEUR ROADSTER PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

ALEXUS TEXAS

MAELEE DUDAN ELIZABETH SCOGGINS

201

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR THREE-GAITED RIDER 13 & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

UNDULATA’S SUSAN MCGEE

MOLLY CRIM

203

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FIVE-GAITED RIDER 14-17 YRS CHAMPIONSHIP

MAN OF MAGIC

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

204

AMATEUR HACKNEY PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND HIGH TECH

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

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81


Class Number

Class

Exhibitor

205

THREE-GAITED PONY CHAMPSIONSHIP

SHINE BRIGHT

206

AMATEUR PARK THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

ENCHANTED KISS

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

207

AMATEUR ROADSTER TO BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

TRACK STAR

WILLIAM SHATNER

209

LADIES AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

TWO SWEET TO KISS

MISDEE MILLER

SHINE BRIGHT

TRACK STAR

82

Horse

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

ENCHANTED KISS

TWO SWEET TO KISS

CAROLINE KATKO


CHATTACHE’S CHOCOLATE

THE CROWN

UNDULATA’S JOHNNY REBEL

CH GRACEFUL SURPRISE

KATHARINE THE GREAT

CH UNDULATAS SATCHMO

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

210

COUNTRY PLEASURE DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

CHATTACHE’S CHOCOLATE

211

JUNIOR HACKNEY PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

THE CROWN

LYNDA ST ANDRE KAY MARSCHEL

212

JR EXH THREE-GAITED SHOW PL RIDER 14-17 YR CHAMPIONSHIP

CH GRACEFUL SURPRISE

CHLOE HAUVILLE

213

JUNIOR PARK PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP

UNDULATA’S JOHNNY REBEL

JOHN CONATSER

214

JR EXH THREE-GAITEDAITED SHOW PL RIDER 13 & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

CH UNDULATAS SATCHMO

ALEXA DAHL

215

ADULT SHOW PLEASURE DRVING CHAMPIONSHIP

KATHARINE THE GREAT

ANNA MARIE KNIPP

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Class Number 216

Class JR EXH ROADSTER PONY 14-17 YRS CHAMPIONSHIP

Horse HEARTLAND VELVET TOUCH

Exhibitor GRIFFIN DAY

217

JR EXH THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PL 14-17 YRS CHAMPIONSHIP

REALLY REALLY RED

OLIVIA HORAN

218

ADULT THREE-GAITED COUNTRY PL CHAMPIONSHIP

CH TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

MADELEINE OLIVER

219

JUNIOR EXH THREE-GAITED PARK HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP

CH IT’SAEROSMITH

REAGAN CAMPBELL

220

JR EXH ROADSTER PONY UNDER SADDLE 17&UND

HOPKINS

LILLIA SHOPE

CH IT’SAEROSMITH

REALLY REALLY RED

CH TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

HEARTLAND VELVET TOUCH

HOPKINS

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Class Number 221

Class THREE YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS MARE

Horse

Exhibitor

ARROWHEAD’S WALK N THE PARK

JACK NOBLE

222

ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP

STREET LEGAL GRS

SUSAN SWOPE

223

JR EXH FIVE-GAITED SHOW PL 17 YEARS OLD & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

CALLAWAY’S BRIONI

SALLIE-MASON WHEELER

224

THREE YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS STALLION OR GELDING

WINGSWEPTFABULOUSOPPORTUNITY

LARRY HODGE

225

THREE YEAR OLD FINE HARNESS MARES

STACCATO

NEIL VISSER

STREET LEGAL GRS

ARROWHEAD’S WALK N THE PARK

WINGSWEPT FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY

CALLAWAY’S BRIONI

STACCATO

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85


Class Number

Class

Exhibitor

226

LADIES THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

TANGO’S TOKEN KISS

ALEXANDRA LILLY

227

HARNESS PONY WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

HEARTLAND BEJEWELED

MAUREEN CAMPBELL

228

ROADSTER TO BIKE WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONS

LIVE ACTION

LARRY HODGE

TANGO’S TOKEN KISS

86

Horse

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE


HEARTLAND BEJEWELED

LIVE ACTION

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

87


DON’T MENTION IT

MADEIRA’S CODE RED

88

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EETA SACHON

Class Number 229

Class AMATEUR THREE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

Horse DON’T MENTION IT

Exhibitor CEIL WHEELER

230

FINE HARNESS WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

MADEIRA’S CODE RED

JAMES LOWRY

231

LADIES FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

EETA SACHON

JULIETTE DELL

THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

89


CALLAWAY’S IVANKA

90

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SENOR FROG

PRIME TIME’S CHOICE LF

Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

232

THREE-GAITED WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

CALLAWAY’S IVANKA

233

ROADSTER PONY WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

PRIME TIME’S CHOICE LF

JAMES STACHOWSKI JEFF MC CLEAN

234

AMATEUR FIVE-GAITED CHAMPIONSHIP

SENOR FROG

ALEX RUDDER

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91


Class Number

Class

Horse

Exhibitor

235

HACKNEY PONY WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

CRAYCROFT MATADOR

ALEXANDRA DE GRAY

236

WORLDS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP FIVE-GAITED

CH THE DAILY LOTTERY

DANIEL LOCKHART

CRAYCROFT MATADOR

CH THE DAILY LOTTERY

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CH THE DAILY LOTTERY

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By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer

CH THE DAILY LOTTERY LOOKING THROUGH THE YEARS

He’s graced the winner’s circle more than 75 times in his career. Worn the roses at Louisville nine times, and in four different divisions. With 22 appearances on the green shavings, he’s garnered an incredible 17 World’s Championship titles, only being beat in a championship class at Louisville a single time in his twelve years showing there. At 15-years-old, CH The Daily Lottery is one of the most decorated horses the Saddlebred world has ever seen. He recently took home his third World’s Grand Championship title in one of the most exciting five-gaited stake classes of this era.

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2004

On May 2nd, 2004, The Daily Lottery took his first wobbly steps on bluegrass soil. Bred by Penny Lane Farm in Boaz, Kentucky, Amy Hanson recalled his first days of life. He was nondescript, a gangly chestnut colt with knobby knees and no markings, by Sultan’s Great Day and out of a CH Will Shriver mare named Callaway’s Lady Lottery. While any breeder hopes for success from every horse they raise, Hanson admits that The Daily Lottery was, “mostly a fluke. Isn’t that the way it usually works?” she asked rhetorically, while laughing. The Hanson’s previously had a half-brother to him, named Harlem’s Power Ball, that was by Harlem’s Globetrotter. James Nichols, their trainer at the time, had that horse’s full brother,WCC CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket, whom Nichols was quite fond of. Hanson saw the that the mare, Callaway’s Lady Lottery, by CH Will Shriver and out of a broodmare hall of fame mare, Lady Gambler, was entered in the Tattersall’s sales catalog, and felt like she was winning the lottery herself.“We called Joan Hamilton, and they had decided to pull her [from the sale], but we bought her anyways. She was a little tiny red chestnut mare with a low-back, and we were sure when she showed up that it was the wrong horse. She had been dropping these huge bay horses.” But sure enough, the tiny but mighty mare was made to produce greatness.“We had the breeding to Sultan’s Great Day from another mare that we couldn’t get in foal, so we tried it with her.”The result was The Daily Lottery.

2007

“Until we put him to work, we didn’t really know he was going to be anything special,” Hanson recalled. “We normally bring them in the fall of their two-year-old year. He was only in training for probably six-to-eight months before we showed him the first time. Jon Wallace was the trainer. Anything he asked him to do he did. It was really easy, really quick for him. His debut was at Mid-South Spring Premier in Decatur, Alabama. He won that class, it was pouring down rain, they warmed up in the little side barn alongside a class of juveniles. Then they decided to put the show on hold, but they were all three-year-old’s and so the trainers decided to go in anyway. We cooled him out in the ring, because the show was on hold after the class.” The Hanson’s knew they had something pretty special once they had seen him show. “We showed him one more time at the Paducah Charity show, because Jon wanted to get him in the ring again. Then Raymond [Shively] came to look at him and basically said, ‘I’m taking him for someone’.” “James Nichols and Jon Wallace had both called Raymond [Shively] about The Daily Lottery,” recalled trainer, Mark Turner. Raymond went and looked at him and came home and told me he saw a three-year-old that he thought would be a really good one. He went back one more time and when he got home, he told me he was buying him and was going to let me work him and that he

Calllaway’s Lady Lottery, the dam of CH The Daily Lottery.

The Daily Lottery as a foal in 2004 with his dam, Callaway’s Lady Lottery.

Jon Wallace and The Daily Lottery in his show ring debut as a three-year-old in 2007.

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Mandy Martin winning the junior five-gaited stake at Louisville in 2008. Carol Hillenbrand showing him at Blue Ridge Classic in 2009.

would help me anywhere I needed him to because he thought he remember watching Mark work him, he was just so special. So much charisma. He had knotty knees, which he still has to this day, would make a really great horse.” and he looked like he had rubbed his mane and tail hair when he The Martin Family purchased him with hopes that their daughter, was bored. Some people didn’t think much of him, but I thought Mandy [now Robinett] would show him in the future. She had he was very cool.” enjoyed much success in the equitation division as a juvenile, and was game to partner with a young, unproven horse.The DeLovely Dan, named after Mandy’s father, showed in just four classes that team set out to work. “Raymond saw something special in him three-year-old year, taking home one blue ribbon, but still flying and my parents and I just put our trust in Raymond and Mark”, under the radar for the most part, as they worked to put all the pieces together. He continued to get stronger, separating his gaits, recalled Robinett. and every day of work he became more and more consistent. “When I first started, he was still green. He was really slick racking, but needed to get stronger trotting, and just stronger overall,” said Mark, Mandy and the team spent the winter in preparation for his Turner.“Jon Wallace did a great job starting him. He was still a stud, debut in the junior five-gaited division with Robinett. and so there were days I thought he was special and then there were days he worked like an ornery stud colt. We showed at Louisville that year, but he really wasn’t ready. When I showed him 2008 at St. Louis that fall, I could tell he was special. Inconsistency was his “We gelded him early in his four-year-old year. By the spring of that biggest flaw at the Royal. After he showed there, he was dropped year I knew he was going to be a great one. I actually predicted off at Dr. Foss’s to collect and then he came home.” that if he got the opportunity, he would win the stake at Louisville. Mandy was moving into college the week of Louisville and asked “It did seem to take a while for him to grow into himself and me if I thought she would get to show back. My answer was ‘yes become more coordinated,” added Robinett. “The more time he and we are going to win it’. Cocky, I know, but I just thought that spent with Mark, the more focused and workman-like he became. much of him,” said Turner matter-of-factly. Mark was so patient with him and really had the foresight to go slowly and do things the right way. He was definitely a different “Putting Mandy on him was really not that hard. She is a great horse by the time he turned four and I started showing him.” rider with a great feel for a horse. And they all understood that it wasn’t going to be easy. The first show you could see what it Caitlin Cooper, one of his previous caretakers, and now assistant would eventually be. He was third or fourth at Indy in a large junior trainer at Desmar Stables, recalls vividly when he first arrived at gaited class. The next show was Midwest. He was great and the DeLovely that year. “He was a gangly three-year-old stud colt. I crowd favorite, but a young amateur in a class full of trainers was

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going to have a hard time getting tied,” Mark remembered. That was the last time they would get beat. “Harrodsburg was the break through. Robert Gardiner was judging, and he tied them. I knew if we got into a workout at Louisville, he would win. He has the heart for it. I always said until he starting blowing through his nose and sweating, he wasn’t turning it on yet. That was a very special win for a lot of reasons.” “As scary as it was to be showing against professionals while I was a 20-year-old amateur, it also kind of lowered my expectations, which helped my nerves. My only job was to survive the class and make a good representation of how great of a horse Dan was, so I was more focused on that than the other competitors. I still can’t believe that I was lucky enough to be the one to get to ride him, and I have my parents and Mark and Raymond to thank for that.” 2008 was a dream season for Mandy, winning the 20-horse junior stallion and gelding world’s championship, and then coming back to win the five-gaited junior world’s champion of champions title. “My favorite memory was waiting to go in the gate on that Friday night in Louisville,” recalled Robinett. “Gary Allan was playing ‘A Feelin’ Like That’ at the concert in the stadium and it was so loud you could feel the music in your bones! I think Dan and I were both shaking.That feeling is indescribable.”

and work, but at a show he really took the excitement to a whole new level.There were times when I didn’t think I could hold him – although it would backfire if you tried to hold him in the bridle, so I learned how to control him with timing. I think the foundation that I had in equitation really helped me be able to keep up with him. His canter was actually the easiest, Mark really made sure he would calm down and listen during that gait, but then we could let it rip at the other gaits. Dan always makes his explosiveness apparent when he is on the green shavings,” said Robinett.

2009

In early 2009, Carol Hillenbrand purchased The Daily Lottery to campaign in the amateur gaited division.They made a blue-ribbon debut at Bonnie Blue and also had wins at Midwest Charity, and Blue Ridge before trainer John Conatser showed him to a big win in the five-gaited stake at Indianapolis Charity in September. “I bought him that winter after Mandy won, and I knew he was going to be a challenge from the day I first rode him,” said Hillenbrand.“He was the gamest horse I’ve ever ridden. He taught me a lot and I’m very grateful for that opportunity. I took him to three shows and we won at every show, but I could tell he was just a lot of show horse for me. It was an honor to show him.”

“He was just a four-year-old, the horse was already famous, he had just come off winning the Junior World’s Grand Championship,” They continued the season with blue ribbons at Indy in the ASR added Conatser. “Mark [Turner] had done a great job with him, four-year-old sweepstakes and the five-gaited junior stake at the the horse was just tremendously game and robust, and from the UPHA American Royal National Championship. minute I got him, he established the fact that he was a thinking man’s horse.You weren’t going to make him do what you wanted “He is a much different horse when he hits the gate, he really feeds him to do; you had to get him to enjoy what you wanted him to off of the atmosphere of the crowd. At home he liked to eat, sleep do.”

* Favorite Treats: Grapes – Gabe Deknatel. Peppermints – Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes. Everything – Misdee Miller. Animal Crackers – Caitlin Cooper. “He will take anything. Carrots, apples, mints, bananas, grapes. You name it, and he will try it,” said Caitlin Cooper. “He really likes frosted animal crackers, but Mark didn’t like me giving him those very often,” she recalled laughing. * Nicknames: Gambler, Dan, Dudley, Studley * Logo Inspiration: The Desmar horse in the farm logo is actually Dan. It’s taken from a picture from the Jackpot class at Mane Event three weeks after they got him back in 2014.

Gabe Deknatel won the amateur five-gaited world’s grand championship three times from 2010-2013.

* Raymond Shively rode The Daily Lottery to christen the new arena at Desmar Stables’ historic Oak Hill Farm in 2017.

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“I spoke to Mandy at great length, and she had so much faith in this horse, and you had to trust him and understand that you had to let him do it all,” added Hillenbrand. “He’s just so correct, and you just had to let him go. The one thing that I can say about him, he was always so consistent in his gameness. He was just so incredibly game,” she reiterated. “His mentality was just right up my alley,” said Conatser. “I’ve made my living working really game horses.” In October of 2009, barn mate, Gabe Deknatel took over the reins, as his family’s High Hickory Farm purchased the gelding. As trainer John Conatser said, Deknatel was made to ride The Daily Lottery.The pair were a match made in heaven. In their debut, Deknatel won the huge 14-horse amateur fivegaited stallion/gelding class at the UPHA American Royal National Championship, and Conatser showed him back to a spectacular win in the five-gaited grand championship, edging out the reigning World’s Grand Champion, Courageous Lord, bringing the crowd to their feet.

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The 2010 season started what proved to be a fairytale of a show career. Deknatel and The Daily Lottery amassed over 34 blue ribbons, and just one reserve in their more than four years together. “We showed for four full seasons, winning three out of four Amateur World’s Championships.The year we were second, there was a workout with Courageous Lord and Owen Weaver, which was a lot of fun.” “Gabe is very calm on a horse’s back,” said Conatser. He’s a flatliner, he really pulled us across the hump.The horse would get

extremely built up and Gabe’s calmness got him through a lot of classes that with a timid rider wouldn’t have been possible.” “That first ride was pretty wild. We went fast, and, at times, were out of control. I had to make a couple of apologies for fast fly-bys and near collisions at the canter,” laughed Deknatel. “Lottery later developed an extremely slow, relaxed canter, which made showing much easier.” Their partnership was, according to Deknatel, wonderful. “It was a constantly thrilling learning experience. We were frequently on the edge of making a mistake, which contributed to him being so exciting to ride.” “He was the same at a horse show as he was at home. The only place he was really different was in the chute at Louisville,” explained Conatser.“You couldn’t work him in there or warm him up in there. He would just get so amped up when he saw that long straightaway in front of him, it was too much. It’s part of what makes a horse like that who they are.” Conatser recounted how they came up with the routine to canter before the class at the World’s Championships. They would warm up in the back ring where it was quiet, and then walk calmly and quietly down the chute. A flat walk, about halfway down.There they would take the blinkers off and canter the rest of the chute until they hit the ramp where they would hit the trot before entering the ring. A routine that still works well for the horse to this day. “My favorite memory was probably the first year we won the amateur stake with Gabe,” said Conatser.“It was the most exciting show the horse ever made for me. He was so dynamic, he was right on the edge, and was really unbeatable that night. We had so many great moments with that horse.”

Gabe Deknatel won the amateur five-gaited world’s grand championship three times from 2010-2013.

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Peter Cowart won CH The Daily Lottery’s first World’s Grand Championship in 2014.

Mark Turner was back in the saddle with CH The Daily Lottery at Mane Event in 2014. This picture is the image used for the horse in the Desmar Stables logo.

“To be honest, I don’t think the horse has ever made a show that wasn’t exciting,” he said after a moment. “He was really a robust, rambunctious horse when he went through the gate early in his career. That’s what made Gabe so suited for this horse, because we didn’t have to grind that horse down to make it work. It was a match made in heaven.” “He’s an honest and self-motivated horse,” added Deknatel. “He’s relaxed in the barn.You would overlook him as a lesson horse in the stall or jog cart. It’s hard to fault him because he overcomes his shortcomings so well. The moment you’re inclined to say he’s small or plain looking, all you have to do is take a look at him in the show ring and he’s inexplicably huge and flashy. It all comes from his huge heart and raw power. He’s like an electric car with regenerative breaking. Just when you think he should be wearing out; he’s created a new store of energy to unleash.” “I’m not sure one memory stands out above the others. There were many thrilling classes. The overall cumulative experience and memories of having him in my life will last forever. When I was a junior exhibitor, I had a great gaited horse, Range Rover. He was also extremely game. There was an exercise we did to get comfortable with each other and for him to relax--not quite trail riding, but walking around the farm in the saddle, working through the scary moments. I did the same with The Daily Lottery. Studley knew the route and enjoyed the walks. He knew he was allowed to eat the leaves he liked from a couple of the trees and would aggressively chomp at them as we walked by. When you asked him to continue on, he would hold onto the branch and walk off,

bending it like a hooked fishing rod, knowing some of it would eventually be his. He didn’t seem to mind having twigs and little branches hanging off him,” recounted Deknatel. “Also, the feeling of riding him if you call on him just a little bit. I spent most of my time just trying to keep it together, but when the occasion presented itself and you wanted to hit a huge trot, you’d just press a little bit with your legs and hang on, or you’d be sitting in the dirt and he’d be busting down the rail without you.”

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In early 2014, at the UPHA Convention, Tammie Conatser was talking with Kim and Peter Cowart.They had mentioned they were looking for a good horse for one of their riders, Chris Hawley, to show in the juvenile gaited division. When Conatser mentioned Dudley, they knew immediately they had to try him. “Of course, I had been a fan for years,” said Kim. “We went and tried him. We didn’t know if we could make it work, but we were sure going to try.” “About a month before Louisville we didn’t think we were ready with Chris. We really didn’t plan on the open and actually were considering the ladies division. Nancy Hawley told us to do what we thought best and the Sunday before the show we entered him in the Open division. He was great in the gelding stake. He had huge motion and speed. He was thrilling. And he was even more electric in the gaited stake.”

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“When I showed in the gelding stake it felt very surreal, like everyone else was in slow motion and we were just cruising,” added Peter Cowart.“I really had to pay attention that I didn’t come up on anybody too fast and get tangled up with them because I had him hooked but he was turned loose at the same time-one of the best feelings you can ever have riding a game horse. I rode my ride. I remember thinking this is what a real gaited horse is all about.The biggest thing was to stay out of his way and let him do his thing. He’s that good, you just have to keep up with him, and keep it under control.” Peter’s win with him in the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship gave The Daily Lottery his first WGC title. “He was a privilege to have in the barn.You knew you were in the presence of greatness. He is one of the best gaited horses in history,” proclaimed Cowart. “In the stall you would look at him and think, ‘how does he do what he does?’ We had a small foot and shoe on him. He had so much motion and speed. He liked his own space. He kind of wanted you to get in his stall, take care of him, and get out. Juan Polito, his caretaker while he was with us, said his favorite thing about him was watching him. He was amazing, he could go for thirty minutes and each step was the same. An amazing athlete.”

It was just before Christmas, and Eleanor received the present she could have only dreamed of, and set out for a hard winter’s work with her new partner.

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“When I got him back it was like working the exact same version of what he was as a four-year-old,” recalled Turner. “Just a stronger, more mature, and finished version. He was with two great horsemen in John and Peter, and you could feel it. He was as game then as he was at four. One thing that has never changed about him is the fact that he demands your respect. If you do not treat him with respect, he will not respect you and work for you. John Conatser put it best, ‘he will expose an imposter’.” When he returned to Turner, Caitlin Cooper took over as his caretaker. “I was one of the only caretakers left from back when he was there at the beginning, and that was really special to see him coming back after he had accomplished so much. He had not changed. He loves attention, but only when he wants it, and as long as you respect him, you get along with him fine. I’ve always said when working with Dan you ASK him; you don’t ever TELL him.”

At just 16-years-old, Eleanor was the youngest rider to step onto his back, and by far the smallest. They were dynamite “I’ve always said in the show ring, not always pulling out a flawless ride; but their energy, and the when working excitement never wavered. Neither did with Dan you ASK her love for the horse, or the obvious joy during the classes. They started out him; you don’t the 2015 season with a pair of blues in the juvenile five-gaited division from ever TELL him.” Indianapolis Charity, and a reserve in the – Caitlin Cooper championship at Midwest, before a blue at Harrodsburg in their last appearance before the green shavings. In their 14-17 qualifier at Louisville, they took home a respectable third, but knew they needed When it was decided that The Daily Lottery was probably not going to be the perfect fit for Chris to make some changes before heading into the championship. Hawley, they decided to go ahead and sell him. He was, after all, still at the top of his career, adding on the win in the Gaited The pair were unbeatable that day, and took home their first Stake to his already long list of accolades. Raymond and Lillian blanket of roses as a team. A feat they repeated in 2016. Shively were the horse’s next owners, buying him with hopes of having one of their customers to take the reins. Mark “Showing Dan was always eventful and fun,” added Forbes.“It Turner took over the training once again, and the pair was was never easy, but once I was able to catch my breath after back in the show ring together at Mane Event, winning the the class, I would laugh because of how much fun I had.” five-gaited Jackpot Stake there. “I have many favorite memories of Dan, but the one that “Mrs. Rainbolt wanted to buy her daughter, Eleanor, the best stands out the most to me was our first year at Desmar in five-gaited horse available. It was narrowed down to three 2015,” recalled Cooper. “Eleanor was riding him in the junior horses,” recalled Mark Turner. “When she asked my opinion, exhibitor class for the first time that year. Mark and I were I told her that the other two were both great horses, but if at the grounds at 2:30 each morning to work him when it the three of them were in the ring together, and those two was quiet. In the qualifier, he was a lot of horse. He didn’t do performed at 100-percent and Dan was at 85-percent, he anything wrong; he was just stout. Eleanor rode him great; he would still beat them every time. She believed me, and took was just on the muscle a little too much for a junior exhibitor my word for it. Dan actually wasn’t available but Raymond and class, and they got third. So, Mark went back to the drawing Lillian made an offer and bought him back themselves, and board. He changed a couple things because we only had a few days to try and get back to do better in the then he was re-sold to the Rainbolt family.” “There were days working him that he would make you wonder if you were doing the right thing and then days, he was just so perfect. About every seven to ten days I would just let him play and buck in the bullpen. He loved that time and I think it helped him stay fresh and focused. He only needed just so much racking and trotting. He had a great work ethic. He knew his job and it was truly a privilege to have been a part of his career. He gave me an incredible thrill.”

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Caitlin Cooper riding him in 2014

* Caitlin Cooper got a chance to ride The Daily Lottery for the Christmas party for DeLovely in 2008 after he won the Junior WCC with Mandy Martin, and again when he returned to them in 2014. “He is the most powerful horse I have ever swung my leg over. It was the biggest adrenaline rush in the world!”

Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes won the 14-17 five-gaited world’s champion of champions title with him in 2015 and 2016.

* “It was an honor to be a part of this great horse’s life,” said his first trainer, Jon Wallace. “Not a day goes by that I do not think of him.” * The Daily Lottery sired one horse before he was gelded. The Daily Prophet is an 8-year-old stallion out of a Catalyst mare named Cataprophet, bred by Penny Lane Farm. He is now owned by Desmar Stables LLC and Johnny Bowen, and has limited horses on the ground. They include a 2019 foal out of MBA’s Cary’s Girl named Daily Gratitude, owned by Mandy Martin Robinett, as well as a three-year-old and two two-year-olds. * “One quirk that I do love about him, is that if his caretaker, Maestro, is hand walking him, we have sawdust in our aisleways and he loves to roll. Every time he will find a spot, check where he wants to lay down and roll. He goes down and does one side, and then stands up, looks around and then does the other side. You can pretty much count if you take him out, he’s going to roll.” – Danny Lockhart * Courageous Lord and Owen Weaver in 2012 were the only combination to ever beat CH The Daily Lottery in a Championship class at the World’s Championship Horse Show.

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championship. Championship night rolled around, and again time. Regardless of where they tied, she rode the hair off him, we had a system to our warm-up routine. Mark warmed him and no ribbon could change that. I cried like a baby later that up and we went in the bullpen, put Eleanor on and cantered. night when it sunk in what we had accomplished.” Then we snapped a shank on his caveson and walked him to the chute and unclipped him. Elle would have to trot “It would be hard to say there is one favorite thing about from the start of the chute until you got to the holding area, him,” said Turner. “He taught me so much because he made then we had to try and time it where we went straight in. I’ll me think.The bond I have with him to this day is as strong as never forget running beside him down that ramp. Watching any bond you can have with a living being. I cry when I watch Danny [Lockhart] make his victory that class, I was running with him up and passes. I have to say, I have never, down the left-side rail. When he started and will never, ride another one cantering the second way, I just started that feels like him under you when crying because she rode the hair off him, “I think people it’s all in the right place.” and no matter how they tied her, I saw would have all the hard work and early hours pay off “I think people would have known right there on the green shavings. When known the Daily the Daily Lottery even if I was they called out Eleanor’s number as the Lottery even if I never a part of his journey, but I’m unanimous winner, the emotions were so not sure they would have known high. I had so much pride in Eleanor for was never a part Mark Turner if he wasn’t part of being able to do something that no junior of his journey, mine.” exhibitor had ever done before.The love I had for Dan was unlike anything I had but I’m not sure When Eleanor went off to college, ever felt before, being able to lay those the hard decision was made to roses on his back.” they would have sell him. She needed to focus on known Mark her studies, and he took a lot of “I think my favorite memory of Dan was practice, she didn’t want to not the 2016 championship class with him,” Turner if he wasn’t be able to give him the time he recalled Forbes. “I left the qualifier with a part of mine.” needed and deserved. lot to work on, but after spending a long time thinking of how to overcome some - Mark Turner “He had a lot left in the tank, as of my challenges with Caitlin and Mark, we have all seen,” said Cooper. It I went into the championship feeling was hard on all of us at Desmar. confident and had a great ride.” It was rough for Mark and myself “Having him for Eleanor was at times very nerve-wracking especially, because of the time we had spent bonding with because of his shear power, but when it was good, it was him. But to know that he was going to the best owner at amazing,” added Turner. “That girl has ice water in her the best barn with amazing caretakers and trainers made it veins and never once let him intimidate her. Their success much easier. Danny and Mark are very best friends, and I have is as much a testament to her ability as anything else in his become very close to Danny and Kelly [Lockhart] since Dan’s career. I remember standing on the rail at Louisville in the move as well. It’s just awesome to watch their success with championship their first year and I was just laughing the whole Dan.

Eleanor and Dan in 2016.

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Owners, James and Misdee Miller, celebrate CH The Daily Lottery’s 2018 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship win.

Danny Lockhart’s first show on The Daily Lottery was in 2017 at the American Royal.

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fact, still have it.The pair won the five-gaited stake and grand championship, before settling in for a winter to prepare for the upcoming show season.They started out the 2018 show season at Asheville in May, winning the open stallion and gelding stake and championship and made one more winning appearance the following month at Shenandoah Classic Horse Show before heading into the World’s Championships where he won the gelding stake before heading in to the big dance.The victory gave Lockhart his first Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship title.

“I got a call from Larry [Hodge] one day three summers ago now. He said, ‘would you be interested in buying the Daily Lottery?’ And I was like, really? Wow! He hadn’t been shown, and we thought he might be retiring. Mark is best friends with Danny [Lockhart] and asked if he thought I may be interested. James [Miller] and I, and Danny and Kelly and the whole gang went out and I tried to ride him.To be honest with you, I was like, I’m not sure I can get this done. But they reassured me that they knew this horse so well, and said that if you are even interested in going there, that they could make it work. Who would not jump at the chance to own a piece of Saddlebred history,” exclaimed Miller rhetorically.

“I feel like every time we showed this season, he was a little better, and I feel like he peaked at Louisville,” said Lockhart after his win last year.

The Saddlebred world was waiting for Dan to show up in the show ring in 2017. But when the World’s Championship Horse Show came and went, fans questioned whether he would ever see the green shavings again. Had he retired? Was he injured? The unknown sparked speculation throughout the industry. But Dan was still at the top of his game, and when Rainbow Princess Farms decided to sell him, it didn’t take long for him to find a new owner. It had to be the right person. And that person was Misdee Wrigley Miller.

But timing is everything, and Miller had committed to competing in the four-in-hand driving competition for the F.E.I World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018, and was spending much of her time in Europe training. She knew that in order to do Dan justice she would need lots of saddle time, and also knew that it just wouldn’t happen that summer. Instead, she turned the reins over to Kalarama trainer, Daniel Lockhart. Lockhart first showed The Daily Lottery in November 2017 at The American Royal, proving to everyone that Dan did, in

“He’s a nice horse,” reiterated his caretaker at Kalarama, José “Maestro” Mejia. “If you treat him good, he acts good. If you treat him bad, he’s a pain in the butt. He knows me, so he is very well-behaved in the stall with me. When he knows it’s close to show time, he is a little more wound up. He knows the difference.” Dan’s wins in the World’s Grand Championship were memorable for him as well.“As much as a trainer wants to win the World’s Grand Championship, so do I. I wanted Dan and Danny to win that class very badly. I felt like I accomplished a life goal.” “I knew because of my schedule; I wasn’t going to be able to put in the saddle time to campaign him last year.The plan was always for me to show him this year, but then the U.S. driving team received an invitation to compete in Aachen, Germany.” Miller couldn’t turn down the opportunity, as it is a very prestigious event. She tried to figure out a way she could still get in plenty of saddle time with Dan and her other Saddlebreds, but she knew it just wasn’t going to be possible. “I just told Danny he was going to have to show him again.

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Never have I looked back or regretted that choice. He gives me chills every time I watch him, and Danny does such an amazing job with him. I love watching him as much as I love riding him.” Lockhart and Dan finished the season winning the gaited stake at the UPHA American Royal, and continued the 2019 season in winning style with wins at both Asheville and Shenandoah Classic before setting his sights once again on the green shavings.

shipped to Louisville, but he felt ready to go. Even at Louisville we weren’t sure we would show him. Misdee was great and said if he doesn’t feel right, we wouldn’t show. There was no pressure from her, she wanted what was best for the horse like we all did. We didn’t want to take any chances, showing wasn’t the priority,” reiterated Lockhart. “It really speaks volumes for the horse. He has the hugest heart and is so game. He loves his job and he loves to show, and to hear people say that they thought this was one of the best gaited stakes they have ever seen; especially when you think what he went through and to bounce back like he did. It says a lot about the horse he is.”

But the road to this year’s World’s Championships was undoubtedly the hardest ever for The Daily Lottery. One hot summer day, in mid-July, Dan’s caretaker noticed that Dan wasn’t himself. He wasn’t eating, and Mejia immediately knew This year’s gaited stake at Louisville was certainly one for that something was wrong. “Maestro is the best caretaker in the history books. In the largest class in recent history, the world, and he was on it immediately,” said Miller. Dan was fourteen top performers entered sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital the ring. After an electrifying display in Lexington, with a diagnosis of Potomac on the rail, eight horses were called Horse Fever. Having nearly lost a driving back to battle it out. CH The Daily horse to the same illness the year before, “He has the hugest Lottery turned in an unforgettable Miller knew the diagnosis was serious. “I performance to take home his was in Europe training when Larry called heart and is so second consecutive Five-Gaited me.“I almost lost a horse this exact same game. He loves his World’s Grand Championship, and time last year with that, and that horse third lifetime title. was in the clinic for six weeks. My first job and he loves to concern was doing everything we can show” “I’ll never forget the feeling of riding for him and I didn’t believe there was any that class,” said Lockhart when way he would ever be able to compete – Danny Lockhart asked about the win. “It was an at Louisville.” indescribable feeling; thrilling really. I think having that many horses in Miller credits Maestro and everyone at the class didn’t faze him at all. He Kalarama for getting him to the clinic thrives on the competition of the other horses and the quickly, where he spent ten long days. But Dan wasn’t ready atmosphere of the crowd; he rose to the occasion for to give up. sure. It was really incredible and electrifying.” “As soon as he was out of the clinic, after I got back from “He is the oldest horse to ever win the gaited stake. He Europe, the first thing I did was go in the stall and hugged doesn’t know his age. I’ve never seen a horse with a heart him. He was very responsive. Kelly [Lockhart] commented like his, and probably never will. His passion, power and that it was really funny. He normally doesn’t really like people competitiveness are unlike any other horse,” said Cooper. – he’s pretty standoffish. I’ve probably spent the least amount “This year, I was standing on the rail when they called for of time with him, but I love him with all of my heart,” added the workout, I heard someone say, do you think the old Miller. horse has it in him. I thought to myself, you all have no idea…and boy did he look amazing. Danny put a ride on “He lost overall about three weeks of work,” added Dan and Dan gave it his all, just like he always does, and Lockhart. “We really weren’t sure if he was going to be by the end of it, Dan proved he wasn’t too little, too plain, able to go to the show. Dr. Behling and Dr. Barr at Rood or too old. No matter the barn, the division, the jockey, or and Riddle were great. We were very cautious bringing the owner, I will always be cheering for my best friend on him back and took it one day at a time. We decided to four legs, Dan.” let him tell us when he was ready and if he wanted to go back to the show.” Miller has enjoyed her rides on The Daily Lottery, and hopes she will be able to ride him again soon. “I rode him Dan not only started to make a full recovery, but by August for the last time in March. Hopefully, once he’s rested up he was showing his trainers that he was ready to compete and I get back, I’ll have a chance to swing a leg back over again. “That’s what that horse is made of. He adds another him.” chapter to his legend. How much heart he has, and how much he loves the show ring,” said Miller. When asked if retirement is in his future, she responded, “He will tell us – with him we just let him tell us. Right “Once he got back into work and his routine, he really now, he’s probably stronger and healthier, and he loves perked back up. He loves his routine so much and he the show ring. There’s nothing he loves doing more than thrives on work and just loves his job. His body bounced showing, as long as he wants to do it, we will let him do it.” right back. I think I rode him a couple times before we

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Lockhart won the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship in 2018 and 2019.

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AMATEUR SPOTLIGHT

ANNA MARIE KNIPP Where did you go to school? I went to Jefferson City Public Schools and then college at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with accounting classes at the University of Missouri. What was your first exposure to horses? My mother was raised in Springfield, Missouri where her father ran a lot of cattle and owned the Springfield Stockyards. She grew up counting cattle on horses that were Saddlebreds but never showed.They bought and sold horses as well and attended the local horse shows in Springfield. I grew up riding and going to those shows to watch. It was the old Good Samaritan Horse Show which had great horses attending. She wanted me to learn to ride properly so I started with lessons when I was around 8, promptly got hurt so she called Shirley Hardwicke who, with her husband, were car customers of my father’s. She recommended I come to the summer lesson program at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri to get over my fear. It is her farm where I live now. How did you get involved with Saddlebreds/ Hackneys in particular? I had shown American Saddlebreds since about age 12 and my college graduation gift was a very nice three gaited mare from Carter Cox named Romantic Event. She foundered at the beginning of our third season together and for something

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to show immediately we bought 13 head of Hackney ponies. I was the worst to ever show at the American Royal as a kid. There are no photos and went from a favorite gait class of all ages and breeds to the Royal in the Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Show Pleasure class with a brown suit, yellow browband, green feather boutonniere, red lining and Dolly Parton hair. After that, things improved horse wise! My first year out of junior exhibitor, it was a thrill winning the Amateur Class at Lexington with Oakhill’s Desert Rose. The very first pony I drove was a catch drive for the Bennett’s from Kansas City at Tulsa having never touched one much less practiced. My dress flew up and it was pretty memorable but a lot of fun. How (and when) did you meet your significant other? Thru the horses and some mutual friends, I met Jimmy Miller when I was about 19 at a horse show. We were together 28 years until he died almost eleven years ago. That is where I learned my appreciation for the hard work trainers do to fit the rider/driver for the horses/ponies that they show. It gave me very good experience in all sides of the horse business as I was always and will be an amateur/owner but got to learn a lot watching. Please tell us a bit about your family. My father was the youngest Cadillac/Oldsmobile dealer when he was 21 and moved to Jefferson City from a


nearby farming community (Tipton, Missouri.) He sold the dealership when I was 15 (so no new car for me!) and began developing real estate which my mother encouraged. After he died at age 47, she continued what I still do today. I know nothing else as grew up watching and learning first hand. What are some of the favorite horses/ponies you have shown? There have been so many. My favorite pony will always be Tijuana Jubilee my first pony and world’s champion. Probably the most successful were WCC Heartland Supremacy, WC Rave On and WCC One More Time (who still oversees the pony field.) WCC It’s Dan The Man was very, very special and a thrill to own. Each one is/ was special, in their own way, and taught me so much. I’m a retiree hoarder and enjoy my very favorites living out their lives here on the farm. You can’t keep them all but their memory is always with me. The Trust Account was a wonderful ASB three gaited mare who started me back riding after five years in the 1990s. What horse(s)/ponies do you currently show and in what divisions? Right now I’m so lucky to have such a great group of horses. Katharine The Great has won at least one class at Louisville every year I’ve owned her and is so beautiful, Madeira’s Code Red has won the open Fine Harness stake there

the last two years with Jim Lowry driving and Best Show In Vegas won the amateur and amateur stake at Louisville this year.There are also some colts that I’ve raised who debuted this year and are doing very well with Jim and Abby Mutrux. What has been your most memorable show ring moment thus far? There are all sorts of memorable show ring moments...the first year I showed after Jimmy died was emotional, going to the shows without my mother (who never missed a class) was a challenge. I learned to run the farm myself which made me understand that nothing could not be attained with enough hard work and it’s the people who work day in and day out with you are what make your accomplishments special. Learning to drive Katharine as a pleasure horse successfully meant a lot as I bought her as a coming three year old, the applause when Dan The Man showed the first time with me at Midwest, the year One More Time won both his pleasure pony classes at Louisville with workouts in both classes, Tijuana Jubilee winning the first blue ribbon ever for us at Louisville, Ali, the pleasure pony who was home raised, winning the futurity at the Kentucky State Fair, Jim winning the harness stake twice with Code Red, Play-Mor’s I’m A Star Too winning at the Morgan Grand National for two years....the horses and ponies have been very good to me.

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QUICK FACTS Favorite food: Junk food of any kind. If it’s sold at a quick shop or fair I’m in! Favorite band/music/singer: Variety of anything but opera. The Eagles for sure Favorite movie: Gone With The Wind One thing you couldn’t live without: Dogs One thing you wish didn’t exist: Dandelions Favorite horse show: Lexington (Red Mile or Horse Park) it doesn’t matter but all are great Favorite destination: Southern California or island What’s one thing no one knows about you? I’m very shy. My chosen lifestyle causes me to be more outgoing One word to sum up “you”: Dedicated (be it people, responsibilities, passions, work, animals, farm, memories... anything)

What are your horsemanship goals? My goals are to try to stay focused on the job at hand. I’m terrible about practicing so I make myself concentrate very hard on what I’ve been told and trained to do. You want to do right by the trainer’s hard work and preparation as well as not getting in the way of the horses who know exactly what to do.

What is one place you would love to go? I love a beach anywhere particularly if there’s sun shining!

How has showing horses shaped your life and made you who you are today? Showing and owning horses have been so much of my life. I live on the same farm with them which is a pleasure. I’m not involved in the day to day but in charge of the farm overall maintenance. Who knew that knowing about farming, mowing and crops would be a part of my life. After Jimmy died, I learned a lot...quickly! I’m an only child and was not competitive at all which is the reason my mother wanted me to show. The horse show world has taught me about life, people, work ethic, etc. Lessons you can’t learn from a book. You learn that winning isn’t the most important thing; it’s the amazing people with whom you cross paths. So many characters in the horse business; brilliant people in business, dealing with people, so many fun times over the years.

What do you do in your free time for fun? Fun is sometimes the process of finding it! Sometimes it’s the solitude of just enjoying peace and quiet, music is great and relaxing, and piddling around doing things around the farm. Spending time with friends is great.

When I was around 18, Art Simmons was a great influence in so many things about life; he had so many wisdoms and one has always stuck...”Just remember when things go wrong, it was your choice so enjoy the decisions you make.”

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What are your hobbies? Hobbies I enjoy are reading, shopping for anything anywhere, maintaining the farm which should seem like work but I love to mow and make the farms look nice.

What’s a “typical day” for you from start to finish? One thing I love about the life I have is the variety it involves. I’m an early bird. Handling business responsibilities takes up a lot of time so usually I start off in the morning with phone calls, most every day I go to Jefferson City to pick up mail and handle necessary things there, at least one trip to Columbia (each is about 14 miles away), must mostly try to keep all the irons in the fire going. The management of the farm is always a priority as it is a working farm with crops, etc. so there are a lot of decisions to be made. Jim Lowry runs the show barn so my interaction there is limited usually to phone calls except on Saturday when I try to stop by and Allison Cantrell oversees the breeding farm where I live so there’s always something regarding the horses there with


decisions to be made about fence, crops, maintenance. My days are very busy. The day ends around 4 in the afternoon but like any horse farm there the days rarely end early. How frequently do you spend time at the barn? Time at the show barn is not near what someone would think. I go over to practice when Jim sets it up, try to stop by when customers are there to practice just to say hi, drop in maybe once a week to drop off or pick up something as the farm I live on receives all the mail and package delivery. We have a very good system going. I’m rarely at the breeding/ colt barn but Allison keeps me in the loop daily. Sometimes after hours I just drop in either place to see the horses when things are quiet. What was the name of your first horse/pony? My first pony was a Shetland pony named Angel at the family farm in Springfield at about age 5. She would follow along with the horses and adults when they went to count cattle which was great fun. There was a small shallow river the horses and cattle would cross so she had to swim along behind. When she got tired, she would just lay down and I would get her saddle and bridle off and carry to back to the barn. She was no “angel” and had me completely buffaloed. Do you remember, your first horse show experience? Please share! My first show ring experience was at the Moniteau County

Fair in California, Missouri which was then one of the leading places for walking horses. I showed in the Favorite Gait Class as I could only canter one way of the ring. I was second against a bunch of adult men and ecstatic. My trainer worked for the National Guard and had a turquoise camper turned into a horse van with a matching truck, show horses were tied to the trailer and everyone sat around in web folding chairs. Completely grass roots and wonderful. What advice would you offer to others starting out on the “horse show adventure?” My advice would be to enjoy the entire experience as it’s far more than a class or a ribbon. The people you meet, the life lessons learned, the places you go and the sense of accomplishment whether it’s a good ribbon or a just meeting the goal of a ride. Many of the people I know today were first met as a child and each have come a long way with lots of experiences. It’s kind of a bond and very addictive. My mother was very supportive and enjoyed all phases of the horse business and that time spent together was irreplaceable. My dad who was not a “horsey” person enjoyed the people. I’m kind of a combination of the two. For me it has not been a hobby but a lifelong passion. The end advice is to not treat the horse business as a passing fancy but live every moment of it.

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Halloween fiesta!

Life with Rupp Katko

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR PROFILE

CAROLINE KATKO How old are you? 14 Where do you go to school/what year are you in school? I’m in 9th grade at Sayre School What would you like to be when you grow up? I want to cure cancer! Name your family/Siblings/pets: Mom, JP/ Max, Ruby, Jade (dogs) and Rupp (hafliinger horse) When did you first start riding? How did you get involved with horses? My mom introduced me when I was 4. Where do you ride? My horses are at Kalarama and this was my first show season with them!

What is a typical practice session like for you? It depends! I like to do no stirrups on a lesson horse. What are some of your favorite horses you have shown? I love them all! Lulu and Rooster are probably my favorites! What horse(s) do you currently show and in what divisions? WC CH Lulu Guinness (Lulu) in three-gaited 13 and under and WCC WC Shine Bright in three-gaited pony. What has been your most memorable riding moment thus far? Wearing the roses on Rooster this past Louisville. What has been your biggest challenge to overcome? Letting go of the past, What are your riding goals for the future? I would love to show a gaited horse!

How long have you been showing? I started when I was 4, but left academy roughly 5 years ago.

How has riding American Saddlebreds shaped your life? It taught me that hard work pays off.

How often do you ride? As much as I can! Roughly 3 days a week!

Of the places to which you have traveled, which is your favorite? Florida.

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Caroline Katko and Shine Bright

Meeting Sadie for the first time (Nutcracker x WC CH Lulu Guinness)

Caroline Katko and CH Lulu Guinness

What is one place you would love to go? Greece! What is your trainer’s favorite phrase or words of advice? “Trust the process.” What are your hobbies? I like to read, write, walk, and go to the gym. What do you do in your free time for fun? I like to go to the gym.

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Do you have any nicknames? CGK.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My family and horses.

What is your favorite food? A chicken Gyro from Athenian Grill

What’s one thing you wish you didn’t exist? Cancer.

What is your favorite music, singer or band? Taylor Swift.

What’s something no one knows about you? I’ve never had a soda in my life.

What is your favorite movie? The Martian

Use one word to sum up “You.” Fierce!

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Molly and Ranger

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR PROFILE

MOLLY CRIM How old are you? 13

moved to performance when I was 7.

Where do you go to school/what year are you in school? I go to Wesleyan Christian Academy and I’m in 8th grade

How often do you ride? I just got a practice horse for home so I try to ride him every day for a short period of time. I usually practice with Julia Joyce once or twice a week and I try to get to Tammy’s as often as I can to practice on my show horses but we live 8 hours away from her.

What would you like to be when you grow up? Since I was a very young age, I’ve always said an anesthesiologist Name your family/siblings/pets: Dad – Penn, Mom – Ashley, Brother – Blake, Pets – Jackson (horse) and two dogs, Annie and Ranger When did you first start riding? Since I could sit up. I am the 4th generation to show in my family. Becky Teater and Randy Cole rented my grandparents barn and Becky started giving me lessons very early on. Where do you ride now? Have you always ridden there? I currently ride at DeVore Stables in Sonora, KY. I practice ride at home with Steve & Julia Joyce. I started with Becky Teater, Kathryn Rodosky, and Bill & Lisa Waller during my equitation days. How long have you been showing? I started in Academy when I was 4 years old and then

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What is a typical practice session for you? With Julia we work a lot on transitions and patterns and when I go to Tammy’s we work on learning my horses and how to ride them to the best of my ability. What are some of your favorite horses you have shown? WCC CH High Heat, WCC Bravia, WCC CH Undulata’s Susan McGee, and RWC Absolutely Sassy What horse(s) do you currently show and in what division? CH Undulata’s Susan McGee in Jr. Exhibitor Three-Gaited and Absolutely Sassy in Jr. Exhibitor Five-Gaited. What has been your most memorable riding moment thus far? Winning the roses with Susie. She has been reserve at Louisville multiple times with other owners so it was great for her to finally wear them this year!


Molly Crim and CH Undulata’s Susan McGee

Molly Crim and Absolutely Sassy

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome? Getting it all together with Sassy, my five-gaited horse. You have to think three steps ahead of her at all times.

What do you do in your free time for fun? Hang out with my friends, go swimming, and ride my horse bareback at home.

What are your riding goals for the future? To continue to show and do my best each time I enter the gate no matter what horse I’m on.

Do you have any nicknames? Everyone calls me Molly Moo

How has riding American Saddlebreds shaped your life? It has taught me how to be disciplined and to be a leader. Also, how to love animals and how they love us back. Of the places to which you have traveled, which is your favorite? Atlantis, Bahamas is my favorite place to visit because there is something for everyone and just an overall beautiful place.

What is your favorite food? Fried Chicken Salad from Country BBQ What is your favorite music, singer, or band? I love all types of music but my favorite singer is Lauren Daigle What is your favorite movie? Mama Mia

What is one place you would love to go? Turks and Caicos

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Horses

What is your trainer’s favorite phrase or words of advice? “Go in and do what you did the last time, because that worked” ~ Derrick Westbrook & “Ride smart, and go in and get it!” ~ Tammy DeVore

What’s one thing you wish didn’t exist? Mean people!

What are your hobbies? I play travel soccer as well as playing soccer for my school. I also love to watch my dad race cars.

What’s something no one knows about you? I can drive a tractor or anything that has wheels Use one word to sum up “You.” Spunky

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2019 THREE-GAITED WORLD’S GRAND CHAMPION:

CALLAWAY’S IVANKA

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t just five-years-old, Callaway’s Ivanka is already marking her page in Saddlebred history. The striking young chestnut mare with a wide white blaze has been undefeated in her show career thus far. Each victory has come on the green shavings, and she is now already a five-time world’s champion, with a bright future ahead of her. She was purchased as an unshown three-year-old from breeder, Callaway Hills Stable. When Shawn Stachowski first saw her, it was January of 2017. “The guy that worked there at the time, Samone Wilson, called me to tell me he had some nice prospects. I had bought a weanling from them, and so he would keep in touch, and he told me I should come out to see a few of them. I saw them working, she was only in the long-lines, and just starting.” A little more than a month later, Stachowski purchased two three-year-olds. Callaway’s Mayfest and Callaway’s Gelato. Mayfest soon became Ivanka, a name truly fitting for the elegant and regal mare. The other horse she saw that day was Callaways’s Gelato, whom Shawn showed to a reserve world’s championship in the amateur fine harness division this year. Callaway’s Ivanka is by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of the Supreme Heir mare, Callaway’s Carnival Queen. Stachowki was thrilled with her breeding. “I love her second dam (broodmare

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hall of fame mare Callaway’s Carousel) too. The Blue Norther’s are so nice and they just make wonderful show horses, and they are good thinking too and when you cross that with Supreme Heir they are pretty, and athletic, and the whole package.” In fact, Stachowki went as far to say that her favorite cross is the Will Shriver and the Supreme Heir, which not only Ivanka carries, but the harness horse, Gelato, does as well in the 4th and 5th generation of her pedigree. While she loved the breeding, Shawn noted that she knew she wanted the mare from the moment she laid eyes on her. Callaway’s Ivanka first turned heads in the show ring just a few months later, in August of 2017, when she made her first-ever show ring appearance in the three-year-old three-gaited class at Louisville. She won the class and became the talk of the show, her fans eager to see her grace the show ring again. However, they were left on the edge of their seat an entire year, as Jim Stachowki did not show her again until the World Championships in 2018. “We are just not really into showing young horses a lot,” Shawn explained. “She wasn’t even broke to ride until later in her threeyear-old year. I feel as though they are better horses if you don’t ask too much at a young age; they are going to be better later on and more mature thinking. I think they can develop bad habits when they are young, that’s how I feel.” Shawn said she knew the moment she first saw her that she


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would have a forever home with them, and since they had no She has gained a fan club far and wide throughout the industry, intentions of ever selling her, there was no reason to rush the as she not only epitomizes the beauty and elegance of the process.“I really liked her, and she fits into something that I want.” American Saddlebred, but she also has an approachable and calm demeanor that many have taken notice of. “She doesn’t need to go to a lot of shows to get ready. She’s ready because she’s a good thinking horse. It’s a different story if She has a great temperament both in and out of the stall. it’s a horse that responds to going to a show more often. She’s “Everyone can’t believe how sweet she is. She’s very calm and not a problem in any way, and it just fits her. She didn’t really need gentle. She really likes the love and attention. She’s not a prima donna at all,” said Shawn. to go to other shows.” It’s also helpful because Jim primarily trains Arabians, and they “Anyone could walk her around,” she added, saying that even only attend a few Saddlebred shows each year, of course the a kid could handle her. “You can go in there when she’s laying World’s Championship Horse Show is always on their schedule. down and sleep with her. She’s just so sweet.” She loves treats and even loves her stablemates, which is quite unheard of for Ivanka showed up at Louisville her junior year stronger and more a mare. “She always likes her neighbors. She’s in love with my mature. She took home the title in the junior three-gaited under daughter’s five-gaited pleasure horse (Reflecktor),” Shawn 15.2 world’s championship, and also came back to win the junior laughed. three-gaited world’s champion of champions. The Stachowski’s aren’t in any hurry to breed Callaway’s Ivanka “Last year, prior to her junior year, Jim worked the mare all the however, hoping that she can continue on in her wonderful time, and it was very uncomplicated,” explained Shawn.“He would show career for years to come. just ride her in a snaffle with a straight rein, just basic stuff to get her in shape.This past year, we hired Brian Chappell, and she didn’t “I am not big into pulling embryos,” said Shawn. “I feel as though know how to drive yet, so he broke her to drive, and he jogged it depletes them, when she is ready to be a broodmare and be her almost all winter. All her life she’s had very slow and easy work. retired, that’s what her job is going to be. I firmly believe if you take embryos, they aren’t as fertile in the future.” Around the first of August Jim started riding her again.” When she showed up on the green shavings this year, she was once again prepared and ready for the competition. She handily won the three-gaited 15.2 and under open stake, and came back victorious as the Three-Gaited World’s Grand Champion as well. She was the talk of the show, everyone asking if they had seen Jim’s mare show. The crowd on Saturday night was electrifying, and they filled every step the grand horse took with cheers and whistles. “She’s just a fabulous horse,” said Jim. “She’s as easy as anything to ride. She is a wonderfully good thinking horse, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her. She wants to work, and when you ask her to work, she does the job.” 116 THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE

In the meantime, she has plans to show Ivanka herself, in the ladies three-gaited division at Kansas City this year. “I think the mare is a kind horse, she will do very well for Shawn,” said Jim. “I rode her for the first time the other day. My daughter was the first one trying to get me to ride her, and we had a little tug of war about who is going to get to show her at the American Royal,” laughed Shawn. “Jim says she’s going back in the open next year.” Her fans will all have to wait and see. But it is certain that they will be eager to see her back in the show ring, no matter the division.


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H A L L O F FA M E EDWA RD C. “ED D I E ” C A S E

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ddie Case was a lover of Road Horses and Road Ponies, his family, his church, and doing good for his fellowman. “A consummate gentleman outside of the show ring, and a fierce competitor in the show ring”. “A man with a big voice and a kind hear t” Eddie’s Dad, Charlie Case, inspired a love of horses and ponies in both Eddie and younger sister, Ann, as they grew up in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. A lifetime of showing for Eddie began with a Shetland Pony named “Sonny Boy” with Eddie proudly riding in his Roy Rogers Saddle. As he matured Eddie’s love of showing grew to include the American Saddlebred, Hackney Ponies, Road Ponies, and Road Horses throughout the Southeast, plus Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. There were the years of Eddie, his late friend, Andy Gault, and Dan Shirley - i.e. The Back Yard Gang going on the road with Dude’s Phantom for Eddie to drive in Road Pony classes, and Erica Shirley to ride. Years later it was Eddie showing his road pony Sugar Daddy and daughter, Crystal Case, riding the speedy pony under saddle. Plus, one of Eddie’s favorite photos was of his wife, Kathy, winning with the family’s Harness pony, Pony Vista’s Jzazz.

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The road horse years began with Eddie and Dan Shirley training and showing a road horse named Command Driven both to the road bike, and the road wagon. Notable road horses with which he achieved success include: Matt-T-Up, Sue’s Bad Moon, Cookie Monster, and Grand Fun, under the training of long time friend, Steve Hanks at his stable in Statesville, Nor th Carolina. It is ironic that Kathy Henderson, daughter of successful trainer and road horse showman, Dewey Henderson, and inductee into this same Hall of Fame in 2009, later became Mrs. Eddie Case. Eddie, like Dewey, always wanted to have a “nice road horse” to show. The Case family and Sister, Ann, want all to know that “the thing that made Eddie most happy was putting others in the ring and teaching them love for a pony, and to learn to ride and drive”, plus “what he brought to the spor t of horse showing ~ good spor tsmanship, showmanship, and friendly competitiveness, not to mention his good natured teasing and fun”. For his many contributions to the road horse and pony world, we celebrate Mr. Eddie Case.


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he names of women who have been presented with the Audrey Gutridge Award at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show is awe-inspiring and this year’s recipient is just as fitting as the peers who have come before her. This year’s recipient was a late bloomer if you will. She didn’t grow up a barn rat or even a dedicated equestrian. At William Woods University our recipient spent as much time in the Music Department as she did in the barn, graduating with honors in three and half years. “I was no superstar at William Woods,” she modestly said. While she might not have been a superstar at the time she still made a strong impression on Gayle Lampe who recommended her to Frank and Nancy McConnell. In 1977, armed with majors in equine science and business and a minor in music, she moved to Kentucky and started as an instructor with the McConnells at the famed Rock Creek Riding Club. Not only did this move launch her career, it connected her with her future husband and business partner and together they would forge a path that produced countless world’s champions, molded the lives of numerous children and gave many adults the opportunity to enjoy their equine passions at the highest level. Kelly Gilligan was among the first of her students at Rock Creek who would go on to great notoriety. A few years later our recipient and her husband purchased the famous Don Harris Stables in Simpsonville, Kentucky, and the equitation and performance stars just kept coming. World’s champion and national finals riders like Matthew Williams, Dakota Willimon, Adolph Zell, Jill Brainard, Nancy Orschlen, Ali Judah, Alison Beard, Barrett Clifton and Triple Crown winner Kate Harvey (Codeanne) established the trainer/instructor and World Cup coach as one of the best. While husband Rob has had a great group of world class performance horses, this year’s honoree also got her opportunity to show the world she was far more than an instructor. The likes of multi-titled world’s champion of champions CH My Front Page Lady and CH Mr. Center Stage gave a glimpse of just what a talented horsewoman she was as well. The many longtime clients have great appreciation for

this horsewoman, both professionally and personally. Some of the comments from those clients include: “She can tell you how to ride anything even if she’s never been on it. We’ve had some great times, great wins and great trips together.” “I liked her attitude because in equitation classes she would clap for every rider that came out of the ring even if they weren’t hers.” “1 learned something new every time I rode.” “She is so wholesome, hardworking and in tune with the kiddos.” “She has great knowledge of teaching and of the business end.” These are just a small sampling of the feelings shared by those who have been associated with tonight’s honoree who has given back to the industry many times over, in addition to her teaching and training. Hosting camps and youth groups, in addition to being a clinician and panelist for industry discussions are just a few of the things she’s done outside the show ring and training barn. For her professionalism and contributions to all things American Saddlebred, the 2019 Audrey Gutridge Award is presented to SARAH LEDFORD BYERS.

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H A L L O F FA M E

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oan Lurie’s career began as a teenager with the famous Brusally Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Then it was off to Kentucky where she spent one and a half years working for Bob and Judy Whitney. After that she opened a successful training stable in Scottsdale with saddle horses, Arabians, Quarter horses and Appaloosas. Marriage then took Joan to Maryland where she began training and showing American Saddlebreds and Morgans. As well as being a talented trainer and exhibitor, ultimately her move to Kentucky in 1981 launched Joan’s career as both owner and breeding manager at Willowbank Farm. For more than 38 years, along with her business partner, Jim Ruwoldt who sadly passed away a few years ago, she has owned and operated what has become one of the premier Saddlebred stallion stations in the country. Joan guided the breeding career of the legendary Supreme Heir who topped the general sire ratings and was the leading sire of world’s champions for seven years. He is still influential in the Saddlebred world and is the leading sire among deceased stallions. In addition to Supreme Heir, Willowbank has been home to many of the great stallions of our breed including Attache, Spring Valley’s Deliverence, Preferred Property, Attache’s Thunderbolt, Heir to Champagne, Sir William Robert, Sedgefields Legacy, Call Me Ringo, Samur, Deep Blue, Simbaras Rio Bravo, A Rare Temper and of course the incomparable Undulata’s Nutcracker. For 10 years

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Nutcracker has been the #1 sire of World’s Champions, siring 142 World’s Champions, 34 World’s Champions of Champions and four World’s Grand Champions. Among the World’s Champions and show ring stars who began their careers at Willowbank are. the exquisite three times WGC An Heir About Her, Unattached, Heavenly Thunder, Heir Style, Sultry Heiress,The Bess Yet, She’s the Bess, Thunder Cloud Nine, Hank Heiron, Vintage Lace, Moet, The Shadow Knows, Attache’s Three of A Kind, Go Baby Go, Show Baby Show, Lady Lenaire, Atlantache, Lightniri Lil, Undulata’s Heir Apparent, I Am What I Am, It’s Sam I Am, Hello Bombshell, Eeta Sachon, Mossberg Mary, Safecracker and Rocket Man. Joan has bred and shown more than 40World’s Champions in breeding classes at the Kentucky State Fair where she was the first woman to win one of these classes. She retired the Jim Aikman Challenge Trophy by winning the Kentucky Weanling Futurity for three consecutive years. She has been the recipient of the National Horsemen’s Castleman Award, presented to individuals who devote their efforts to the advancement and promotion of the breed. She is a member of the ASHA Breeder’s Hall of Fame and Willowbank has been a recipient of the ASHA Breeder of the Year award. Other honors include the USEE Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeder’s Award and the USEF Equestrian of Honor Norman Dunn Award. Joan is the only breeder to have raised a World’s Grand Champion on two continents.


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onight’s Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Brannon was born in Coshocton, Ohio, where his roots with the Standardbred breed began. At a very young age Mike would spend his days and nights at the racetrack across the street from his home. With just an easy bicycle trip, it was hard to keep him away. It was here that he developed a strong admiration for the Standardbred, infatuated with their intelligence and endurance. It just so happened that the lady Mike started working for at the Coshocton Fairgrounds also had American Saddlebreds. He became involved with both breeds which quickly lead to a lifestyle. At the age of thirteen, Mike began showing American Saddlebreds throughout the Ohio circuit. Taking any opportunity he could, mainly showing in three gaited and parade. Once graduated from Coshocton High School, college was not his priority, as the horse industry was calling his name. As he became more involved in the industry, Mike was offered a position at the historic Lakeview Farm. In 1973, Mike made the move to Washington, Pennsylvania to work for Mr. and Mrs. Chapman. This was only the beginning of Mike’s outstanding career. During his time in Washington, he had the opportunity to work for and learn from Dick Kearney. During this time he also worked for and gained valuable knowledge from Don Reinhart. Each one helped make Mike into an outstanding horseman and contributed to his success with both Standardbreds and American Saddlebreds.

speed, and look of this special horse, calling him the road horse of the future. The future was indeed bright for WCC Show Me The Money. He guided Show Me The Money and Dr. Brian Garrett to a total of four World’s Championship titles and six Reserve World’s Championship titles. In the fall of 2016, Mike found another potential Road Horse star, Here We Go Again that Dr. Brian Garrett purchased off the track. Mike began preparing her for the Mares to Bike class and the USTA class at the World’s Championship. She was set to compete at the WCHS in 2018, but due to health issues Mike was unable to show her. Longtime friend and road horse enthusiast Raymond Shively stepped in to guide WC Here We Go Again to a World’s Championship and a Reserve World’s Championship title. Mike also took on the challenge of guiding the great road horse WCC Mr.’s Bones to show in his first ever Road Horse Under Saddle class, earning a Reserve World’s Championship. With a long list of World’s Champion Road Horses, Mike also trained and showed many great American Saddlebreds to World’s And Reserve World’s titles like, RWCC Rare Treasure, Prime Candidate, Something’s Brewing, Foxfire Treasure and just Elegant. Mike truly has a record that speaks for itself in this industry with both Standardbreds and American Saddlebreds

In 2008, Mike moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina to work at the Garrett Family’s Windsor Farm. Little did he know, this would bring Mike back to his roots of the Standardbred with great success. The Garrett family fell in love with the Standardbred and developed a great need for speed. After helping the great Standardbred Where Are We Now, recover from serious injuries, he prepared him for the 2009 show season. Mike combined his knowledge of racing Standardbreds with his vast experience training Saddlebreds to prepare Where Are We Now for his historic run in the Roadster Under Saddle Division. Mike guided this team to nine World’s Championship and three Reserved World’s Championships. In 2010, Mike found another road horse that he believed would continue in the footsteps of their current road horse. Show Me The Money was purchased by the Garrett Family under Mike’s advice and direction. Mike made the statement when he first saw Show Me the Money, “if you don’t buy him, you are going to have to beat him.” Mike admired the form,

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nyone that has ever had an interaction with our next inductee knows that conventional is the fur thest you can get from describing him. Whether he’s there as the first one to celebrate your show ring win, cleaning out the drains for the ring at his own horse show, or roaming around a show grounds at 3AM in boxers and a t-shirt looking for the best b-roll to bring to his viewers, it can be guaranteed that RH Bennett has cornered the market on unconventional. Tonight we celebrate the fact that RH has taken these traits and focused them on our industry. Foreign to the concept of settling or status quo, RHis known for his ever constant mantra: What can we do that’s new and exciting? The answer to this question has been varied and colorful, bringing us many of the institutions of our industry that exist as commonplace today. What can we do that’s new and exciting? “We can create a horse show that not only encourages those within our breed, but draws out crowds of the public in a city wide, week long party. We can build a video production company from the ground up, with a sole focus on the Saddlebred industry; glorifying the breed and archiving it’s history. We can find new ways to celebrate successes in our industry, making

a television star out of every blue ribbon winner no matter the size of the class or caliber of the show. We can develop a horse show service that digitizes and revolutionizes the horse show office, easing the path of show secretaries and and exhibitors alike. We can travel the country covering all of the latest developments in our breed and educating a worldwide audience on the intricacies of Saddlebred culture. “ To RH Bennett, nothing is impossible, and “enough” does not exist. Whether he’s focusing on the Shelbyville Horse Show, running alongside horses at the exit gate with Richfield Video, or telling the nearest person standing still of his dreams for our equine world, RH’s brain seems to never stop pushing for the next best thing. He sees a potential in our industry, far beyond that which we have actualized or even begun to anticipate, and he has decided to make every day’s mission to reach out and grasp for that, out of the true spirit of innovation. With of course, the ever-present, ever-ready suppor t of his behind the scenes team that does everything from remind him to eat to type out his induction writeups. For this, and for the countless other accomplishments of his lifelong career, we induct RH Bennett into World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame.

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fter serving in the army, Hoppy assembled some top-notched professionals: Joe Briggs, J.R. Stone and Jane Lederer. Then hung a sign out that said: “Horse Training Right Here” In 1972 his team trained their first World Champion“Gay Autumn Decision”. Since then he has shown, trained, bought or sold over one hundred World Champions with the help of friend and client of forty years, Christine Broder. Some of her World Champions are: Wall Street Week, Gypsy Supreme, Callaway’s Halley’s Comet, and many more. Some of the World Champions include: Yankee Robinson, Secret Fashion, First Look, Gammon, Star Scene, Cynthia’s Party Punch, City Kitty, Bartlett’s Victory Lady, Vanity Sparkling Coin, Missy’s Flying

Genius, Callaway’s Powerful Magic, Wing Victory, Ricochet Memories, Callaway’s Coraleen, Callaway’s Merry-Go-Round, Callaway’s Sugar Plum, Uncork The Magic, Crystal Pistol, Happy Landing, Commander’s Wing, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Fire Engine Red and all World Champions named Undulata! Undulata’s Nutcracker is possibly his most significant contribution to our industry. The breeding and raising of him as well as his dam, Christmas In New York ERB, and owning his second Dam, Nativity. Obviously my most significant life accomplishment would have to be my daughter Tate, and my Grandson, Johnny! “The highest compliment a professional can receive is one from his peers and I thank you!”

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Danny Lockhart gives Alex Rudder and Señor Frog some tips before their first class.

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red by Vicky and Mitch Clark of Danville, Kentucky, Señor Frog is by (SA) CCV Casey’s Final Countdown and out of a Castle Bravo mare named It’s So Easy. He was formerly named Ridgefield’s Countdown.

The mare previously had one other foal, that one by Mountain Highland Society, named Ridgefield’s High Society.The seven-year-old gelding, a half-brother to Señor Frog, also won at Louisville this year, taking the title in the eight-and-under walk-and-trot equitation division with Kalee Ann Smiley. Don and Phyllis Brookshire first purchased Señor Frog as a two-year-old and then he was sold to Elisabeth Goth for his three-year-old year in 2016, where he made his show ring debut in the UPHA five-gaited classic at Blue Ridge Charity with Neil Visser up. He then went on to show in the five-gaited three-year-old stallion and gelding class at Louisville that year.The following summer he made a couple shows under Visser Stables banner before the Brookshire’s bought him back, and under Matt Shiflet’s direction, his next appearance was again at the World Championships. This time in the five-gaited junior stallion and gelding class. He didn’t receive a ribbon, but his quality

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was obvious. A big gangly colt, he took a while to grow into himself. And at over 17-hands tall, he was starting to put the pieces together. He was powerful and dynamic when he could keep it all together. The pieces started to fall into place when Shiflet showed him that next month, winning the five-gaited junior/ limit class at the North Carolina State Championships. After a winter’s work he had continued to develop and mature, and when he entered the show ring in 2018 for his season debut at Pro-Am in the five-gaited open class, everyone noticed. People couldn’t miss the big horse, and he was starting to stir conversations. After two reserves at Asheville, and a win at Shenandoah Classic, he was once again showing on the green shavings.This time, as just a fiveyear-old, he took home a reserve world’s championship in the five-gaited gelding stake. By that point, everyone that had seen him show knew he had something special. Taking it slow, they decided not to show him back in the big dance Saturday night, and instead closed out the season winning the five-gaited open championship at ASHAV the following month. Señor Frog continued to fill out and mature that winter


Rudder and Señor Frog make the victory pass under the spotlight in the Amateur Five-Gaited World’s Championship.

and he made his 2019 season debut in March at Gasparilla. Winning the gaited stake, he was the talk of the show, and by now, everyone knew “The Frog”. Mid-summer the horse’s path changed a bit; while he was looking forward once again to the green shavings, it seemed it wasn’t going to be in the open division. Instead he was purchased by Marie and David Rudder, for their daughter Alex to show. “It was actually Donnie Brookshire’s idea,” said Alex Rudder. “He said something to Larry [Hodge] about it, and Larry talked to my dad. He said,‘do you like this horse?’, and I said absolutely. I tried him out at Shenandoah Classic and I knew the second I got on him that he was the horse for me.The first step he took, I said it was the coolest feeling I’ve ever had.” The Rudder’s had been looking for a new mount for Alex to make her debut in the amateur division. “We all knew that he was the one,” she said. “We wanted something to start my amateur career off with, and we thought he would be the perfect fit.” With only about six weeks until the green shavings, they

knew it was going to be tough to put it all together in such a short amount of time. Shiflet worked with Danny and Kelly Lockhart and Larry Hodge, giving them pointers, helping them with his training routine, and keeping in touch with them. It was obvious he wanted the horse to succeed just as much under his new tutelage. “We didn’t have a whole lot of time to get to know him and so we just tried to stick to his routine,” said Kalarama trainer, Daniel Lockhart. “When Alex tried him down there at Shenandoah and she just clicked with him right away. She fits him to a T; I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone fit a horse better.” “Matt [Shiflet] helped us so much,” added Rudder. “We stuck with his routine to keep him ready for the show, whatever they did worked great; and Matt talked with me before I showed and gave me tips.” “I can’t say enough how great Matt was in the whole process,” Lockhart reiterated. “He gave us every key to him – he wanted it to work just as bad as we did.” And worked it did. The pair lit up Freedom Hall in their debut and made history winning the amateur five-gaited stallion and gelding world’s championship and then coming

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L-R: Kelly Lockhart, David, Marie and Alex Rudder, along with Matt and Whitney Shiflet, Larry Hodge, Phyllis and Don Brookshire, and Danny Lockhart at Shenandoah Classic Horse Show this past June. Sarah Bennett photo

Rudder and Señor Frog make the victory pass under the spotlight in the Amateur Five-Gaited World’s Championship.

back to win the five-gaited amateur world’s champion of champions title. At just eighteen-years-old, Rudder is believed to be the youngest to win the class, and at just six-years-old, Señor Frog got his first wins on the green shavings as well. “She only rode him three times at Kalarama between when she tried him at Shenandoah at the end of June, and Louisville. Louisville was her fifth ride total on him, which is pretty amazing. We felt confident with Alex and the rides she had at home were so good, we thought they were ready,” said Lockhart. “I was the first non-trainer to show him and he had never won a class at Louisville, so that was really cool. I never imagined having that great of a show my first year as an amateur, it was a great class and it was lot of fun. I don’t know if anyone has won the amateur stake at my age. It was a special first year,” she said. “As a rider, she’s fantastic to work with,” Lockhart said about Alex. “She’s so naturally talented and has a great feel for a horse. She handles pressure great and doesn’t let it phase her. Any nerves are turned into positive energy and she just goes for it.”

Rudder told R.H. Bennett in her video interview after the first class. Nicknamed “Froggy”, Rudder is thrilled with her new partner. “I love his personality. He is a little bit like a high school jock. He’s a little bit pushy and can also be super sweet. When you bring him out of the stall, he’s ready to go. He’s on his game all the time, he knows to step it up at a horse show, even from the warmup ring to the show ring,” she added. “He loves peppermints, they are his favorite thing. He’ll come up to the stall and stick his nose as far through the bars as he can and stay there until you stop petting him.” Now that Louisville is over, Rudder is finally getting settled into the college routine as well. In addition to showing, she was also going back and forth to the University of Kentucky where she is a freshman. “The Friday before Louisville we set my dorm up at UK. Luckily classes didn’t start until after the show.” With Kalarama Farm about one hour from campus, she will continue to spend much time in the saddle practicing with her show horses. And she is looking forward to her next show with the grand gelding.

“We are playing it by ear, but I’m hoping to show him at “That was the most amazing ride I’ve ever had on a horse,” Kansas City in the UPHA American Royal.”

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aye Wuesthofen, like many other young girls, was enamored with horses from an early age. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, she took her first lesson at just four-years-old at a local dressage barn after her mom, Michelle, found a coupon in their local newspaper for a free lesson. Her mom was deathly allergic to horses, but trying to support her daughter, she kept her in lessons. Wuesthofen’s dad, Franz, would bring her to lessons and Faye remembers having to change out of her horse clothes in the garage before going in the house to keep her mom’s allergies to a minimum. Eventually, she moved to La Fleur Stables with Neva and Marlene La Fleur in Verona, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. “I was there like every day,” she laughed. “I am pretty sure that they had to tell my mom to not have me be there as much.” Wuesthofen’s first show horse was named, I’m Nicodemus. She showed him a bit in the walk-and-trot division, before moving up to the 13-and-under country pleasure division. In 2001, they purchased CH Shiny New Penny for Wuesthofen to compete in the show pleasure division. In 2003, the pair won their first world’s championship, winning the show pleasure 11-and-under class at Louisville. The same year, Faye’s younger sister, Jessie, showed the same horse to a win in the singleentry 7-and-under walk-and-trot equitation class at Louisville. In 2004, Faye once again made a victory pass on the green shavings, this time winning the 13-and-under show pleasure world’s championship, and was also crowned the world’s champion of champions for the division. Equitation wasn’t originally on the radar for Wuesthofen. In fact, she didn’t enjoy it at all. “I didn’t really do equitation until I was fourteen,” she recalled. “La Fleur’s would throw me in an equitation class, every once in a while, and I honestly hated it. They more taught me to ride first, and I got used to my body, and then I thought that maybe I’ll try this equitation thing. Before that, I was all about the performance horses.” When she was ready to get her feet wet with equitation, her family purchased the seasoned equitation horse, CH Timeless Drifter. Her mom, Michelle, had married Glenn A. Werry, who had Glenmore Farms in Edwards, Illinois. “The plan was originally that Drifter was going back to Glenmore Farms, and trainer Tom Bombolis. But I rode at DeLovely one weekend, and decided I really wanted to be there. I really wanted to do it big time and I saw the family atmosphere and all the girls were dedicated, and I wanted to do it.”

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The year was 2007, and Wuesthofen spent her weekends, and all of her free time practicing at DeLovely with Lillian Shively and Missy Hughes. She also showed several horses with Glenmore Farm the next few years, including Callaway’s Lil Abner, who she won a world’s championship with in the 14-17 five-gaited division. Wuesthofen had several top ribbons with Drifter that year as a fourteen-year-old, including a win at Lexington in the USEF class, and the 17-and-under qualifier and championship at Mane Event. “After we sold Timeless Drifter, we were looking for the right horse for me to show in equitation, and I remember seeing Kiss of the Zodiac at Lexington and thinking he was the horse I wanted. I tried out so many horses, but I knew I wanted him.” At the time, Zodi was being shown by Lindsay Haupt in the 17-year-old equitation division, but barn mate, Jacqueline Beck had already committed to purchasing him at the end of the season, so he was unavailable. Wuesthofen knew he was the horse for her, and so she didn’t want to settle on an equitation partner, one that she knew would be her final horse for the division. Instead, she decided to pick up the reins with three-gaited horse, Callaway’s Mandate, owned by her step-father, Glenn. Glenn’s daughter, Sarah, and son, Glenn T. had both previously shown the horse. “He never flat-foot walked, he’d never done a pattern.This was Glenn’s favorite prized horse,”Wuesthofen explained.“He sent him to DeLovely for me and Missy Hughes to work with. I had the most fun that year, because there was no pressure. We got fourth in the senior equitation championship at Louisville, and Missy and I were both just bawling ugly crying after that. We had no expectations. It was the same thing at the Royal. He gave it everything he had, and I had a first-place vote in the UPHA class.” The pair took home champion and reserve honors that year at Madison Classic, Midwest Charity, Lexington Junior League, Mercer County Fair, and Mane Event. That season of equitation was what it was all about for the young horsewoman. She enjoyed the process, the bond she had with her horse, and the hard work behind the scenes. That feeling of success and accomplishment with an unproven partner was something that in hindsight would eventually help lead her to the career she has to this day. At the end of the 2008 season, Kiss of the Zodiac became available, and Wuesthofen was finally paired with her dream


2009 Triple Crown Equitation Champion, Faye Wuesthofen, and CH-EQ Kiss of the Zodiac.

horse. Over that past year he had become a more seasoned equitation horse as well, winning the USEF Medal Finals and taking reserve in the NHS Good Hands Equitation Finals with Beck. “I am so thankful for Glenn [Werry] for that opportunity. I wouldn’t have the equitation career I had if it weren’t for him. He provided those experiences, and I’m grateful for that.” Wuesthofen knew that she wanted to win all of the equitation finals that next year, becoming one of the industry’s elite Triple Crown winners. She was dedicated to doing everything she could to make it happen. She recalled going to her mom one morning saying she had a plan. “I told her I wanted to homeschool myself, and fully dedicate myself to this 100-percent. I was going back and forth to DeLovely to practice and it was wearing me down. I realized I couldn’t keep doing that without getting burnt out.” To Faye’s surprise, her mom agreed, and so she made the move to Indiana. At first, she tried to go to high school down there, “I ate lunch in the bathroom and cried for a week.” Knowing that it wasn’t going to be a good fit, she instead did a homeschool program and had a tutor to help with her classes, living on the property in a duplex. Wuesthofen would be at the barn from nine in the morning to three or four in the afternoon every day, and then work on her studies.

The hard work was paying off.The team came out winning their first show at Oklahoma Centennial in April, and then continued their winning streak at show after show. They won at Indianapolis Charity, then Midwest, and then both of their classes at Lexington Junior League before heading into the World’s Championships. Their only defeat came in the 16-year-old age group that year, but Wuesthofen came back to unanimously win the Senior Equitation World’s Championship. She also won at St. Louis before heading into the three equitation finals that make up the Triple Crown. The first on the agenda was the NHS Good Hands Finals at Mane Event in October. She won approval from all three judges, checking off the first leg of the triple crown. Three weeks later, she was in Kansas City for the last two finals. She also secured a unanimous win in the UPHA Senior Equitation National Championship. The last challenge was the USEF Medal Final. After a grueling two phases of competition with two strong rail works and two flawless patterns, history was made when Wuesthofen’s back number was called along with stablemate, Ellen Medley Wright’s, to perform additional rail work on each other’s horses. This had not been asked in a national final since 1986 when Kate Harvey Codeanne won. The performance on Wright’s mount, Soli Deo Glory, earned her the final leg of the elusive Triple Crown with another unanimous victory.

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Faye instructs Gabbi Snyder and CH Reedann’s Why Not for their final year of equitation.

“It was so exciting, and I put so much work into trying to win the Triple Crown this year,” said Wuesthofen told USEF in a press release that year. “I was very excited when they said that we had to switch horses because I have spent my whole life riding all sorts of different horses. I knew that it was something that I could do very well. All of the competitors had excellent rail and pattern work. This has been a dream come true for me. And it has taught me that hard work pays off.” “Winning the Triple Crown was great. I had my sights set on that, and it was awesome, but I was also working my butt off for it, and I put a lot of pressure on myself ” she recalled. “I ride every day now, and clean stalls and work hard, but if you asked me to do [equitation] now…I would be like no way. You can be the most fit person, and not be good at equitation. It’s almost like yoga or ballet, you can be very muscular and fit, but that doesn’t mean you can do those things. It is a whole different muscle group and a different mindset as well,” she explained. “For example, the senior equitation championship at Louisville, where you have 24 riders going around wearing basically the same thing. And you have to try to stand out to be the best. What shines through is that you need that hungry attitude, and that comes from putting everything you have into that.”The time commitment is something Wuesthofen said she’ll never forget. It gave her discipline and responsibility. But it also became an obsession. She said it was almost unhealthy how much pressure she put on herself to complete the triple crown.

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It’s no surprise that after the finals, she felt a little lost. “After it was over – I was honestly not in the best place,” she recalled. “That was my life. I slept, rode, and breathed equitation. I had told myself that if I didn’t win the triple crown, I didn’t know what I was going to do. It wasn’t a healthy place. After that, I was like, ‘now what?’ I was seventeen and I felt like I had peaked. I reached my life goal.” Wuesthofen found herself in California, trying different things, different schools, pursuing a degree in interior design, and experiencing life. She took a four-year break from the horses. It gave her time to find herself and remember the real reasons why she loved the horses. Eventually, she ended up back in Wisconsin working for the La Fleur’s and teaching lessons.“I wanted to train horses, that’s what makes me happy. It took some definite soul-searching. Lynda Freseth saw me at a show and said she would always have a job for me, so I called her – and asked for a job – and moved to Hollow Haven to work for her and Andy. It was a great opportunity. I am so glad they were my first job in the horse industry. It built up a lot of my backbone, and made me meticulous about how I like things done now.” Wuesthofen was 22 when she started at Hollow Haven, and was there about a year before going to Glendale Stables in Missouri to work for Kent Swalla. “There, I did have the opportunity to have a lot of responsibility. I got to do the training side and the lesson side, and the barn management side. I also got to do young horses, and I was kind of thrown


Gabbi Snyder and CH Reedann’s Why Not winning the 17-year-old equitation world’s championsip.

into that, but it gave me a taste of everything. I always thought that being an equitation rider, I should just teach lessons. And that’s not me. I was not good at starting kids in their first lessons. And I’ll get intense with my lessons, I like the advanced kids and working with them. It was really good to figure that out and be able to have that opportunity. I never thought I would be breaking colts, and that ended up being one of my favorite things to do,” she explained.

watching her grow up and evolve as a person, and an equitation rider these past few years. “We were always really close on a personal level. She in a way reminded me a lot of myself. Just very similar. She wanted to do the equitation thing, but was a little awkward and shy about it. With her it’s been more about building confidence, and teaching her to do that. Form wise, she’s more of a natural at it. She homeschooled since I met her – all of high school, so she’s able to come out to the barn all For the past year she’s been working at Anna Marie Knipp’s the time.” High Spirits Farm in Missouri. “It’s such a great team,” she said enthusiastically. “We have Jim and Fay, and Anna Marie is a The Snyder family first purchased the horse last year at great owner and boss. It’s just so many people there involved, Louisville. It had been showing in the pleasure division, and everyone works so hard, and it’s great to be a part of that and she showed him in performance at St. Louis last year team. It pushes you to want to try harder. I have my string of before ending the season on him in the equitation division horses I take care of too.” at Kansas City, winning the 17-and-under equitation stake, and finishing reserve in the championship. “It’s nice because Abby [Mutrux] is also there. When I took this job, it was just temporary, I didn’t know if they would Wuesthofen and Snyder spent this past winter working have a place for me because they did have Abby and she’s so on patterns and getting the horse more prepared talented. I committed to them through the Royal, and was so for the equitation division for Snyder’s final year of grateful they found a place for me to be able to stay.” equitation. Wuesthofen was also able to pull from her past experiences as an equitation rider to help teach She has enjoyed the family atmosphere, and how they work both Snyder and her other students. “From Lillian together and bounce ideas of each other as well. “There’s no [Shively], I learned a lot of patience, and more of a calm, competing – we all work together,” she added. but intense teaching. She really acknowledged that each rider is so different, you can’t teach them the same One of the horses in Faye’s string is CH Reedann’s Why Not, way. We would all have a lunge lesson and think it’s the ridden by Gabriella Snyder. She has been working with Gabbi same, but each person was individualized, and every for several years, starting at Glendale Stables, and has enjoyed horse as well.”

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Faye Wuesthofen pins the blue ribbon on Gabbi Snyder after she claimed the 17-year-old equitation world’s title.

“There isn’t really a book for this,” she said referring to teaching equitation.“It’s not a formula. It’s a lot of trial and error. There are days that I try what I think is right, and it’s not working, that’s when I go to my support system.” Snyder and CH Reedann’s Why Not made their season debut at Bridlespur where they took home two blue ribbons, as well as wins from UPHA Chapter 5, Rock Creek Horse Show, and Missouri State Fair before heading into Louisville. She had previously been a reserve world’s champion in 2016, and then world’s champion in her respective age groups in 2017 and 2018, so she did feel pressure to perform her best in her final year. Both Snyder and Wuesthofen were thrilled when Gabbi was called as the unanimous champion of the 17-year-old equitation division. “This year was my first world’s champion where I’ve trained the horse and the rider. It was very emotional for me,” said Wuesthofen. “He’s the first horse I’ve fully trained,” she added. “It was really exciting.” Wuesthofen reiterated that she loves the team work at High Spirits, and has asked Jim questions about working the horse, as well as working with Gabbi.“She’ll also take lessons with Allison Cantrell. Or I’ll ask Abby to teach her. If she takes a lesson with Jim on her show horse, she’s so responsive, and it’s great to change things up.”

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While Faye doesn’t primarily work with the lesson program, she does help, teaching many of the show riders, and in the winter when horse shows slow down, she will help their instructor, Allison Cantrell more with the lessons. Her favorite to teach is lunge lessons. A decade has now passed since Wuesthofen won the triple crown herself. Reflecting back on the past ten years, she is excited for what the future holds for her within the industry as well. “Right now, I like the path I’m on, I think it might be nice to have my own barn one day, but all I know that this is the place for me, and the industry for me. I want to keep doing the best I can in it, and wherever life takes me, it will. I have no expectations; I just want to keep enjoying what I do.” She also hopes to continue to teach equitation riders. “I would definitely love to incorporate more into the barn. You can’t force anyone to do equitation, you have to find riders that really want to do it and really just harvest that and work with that.” She has also been impressed that Jim and Fay and the entire High Spirits team has embraced the equitation division. “When Gabbi came, Jim said for me to just roll with it. One day, he came and took over a lesson, and I was so impressed. I remember I said, ‘Jim , why aren’t you helping all the time?’ He said it’s never been his thing, but he knows it, and has judged equitation a lot, so he’s really gotten into it. I don’t think he wants a full equitation barn,” she laughed. “But he and everyone has been very supportive of it.”


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