Friday, August 25, 2017

8/25/17 World's Championship Horse Show at Louisville Kentucky

I haven't been to Louisville since 2013, and I find that lots of things have changed.  Horses that were WC in 3 Gaited classes are now showing in Walk Trot equitation.  Horses that were showing in Fine Harness are now Country Pleasure.  My mini trip was for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but there was a great variety of classes.  Sorry for the cell phone pictures, but I hate carrying around the better camera.  Here are some pictures and a few videos to get a taste of not only the WCHS, but also the Kentucky State Fair.  During the evening session I sat in the upper deck near the middle and during the day session I was right at the in gate.  Two  very different perspectives and thanks to my friends Brad and Cindy for the tickets.

The line up for the Ladies Amateur Five Gaited Mare class.  
Many of the classes were filled to overflowing!

Storm Seeker pulled both of her front shoes.  Not to worry, the 
farrier got them both on within the 5 minute time limit.  And that
qualified them for the finals of the Amateur Five Gaited Championship
where they place 8 out of 15.

A short clip of reigning WGC Top of the Mark

Top of the Mark on Monday night in the Stallion Stake.  

Lady Mandolin was one section of the Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited 
for riders 13 and under.  She is a former WGC in Fine Harness from 2015.
She also won the Championship class on Friday night.  

This was Section 2 of the American Saddlebred Junior Park Pleasure class.

Michigan had a lot of participants in the morning sessions.
This is Paddyington's Talk About Me leaving with his ribbon.  

During the break between sessions, I went to Broadbent Arena to check out the livestock.
These border collies put on a show herding ducks.  They were amazing.  

And of course I had to watch the sheep showmanship classes.  

Riverdreams' Spitfire took a good reserve in the ASB Registry National 
Three year old Futurity Five Gaited.  He reminded me of his sire WGC Marc of Charm

A well filled Roadster to Wagon class had 7 entries.  

Sadly, there was no Emerson, but it was still thrilling to watch!

The next three shots are of the victory pass in the Three Gaited 15.2 and Under Stake

Last year's winner Don O'Neill made no mistakes, but I agreed
with the judges on this one.  Roselane's Angelo was brilliant!

High stepping over Howie's head.  

8 & under equitation, Alexa and Edna

The Code Cracker repeated as the winner in the ASB country Pleasure Driving class

Ella and Timely Caper were in the Walk Trot Equitation class for 9 year olds

It was fun watching the trainers from this perspective, not just in the equitation classes, 
but in all the classes.  Some were very animated, some were elated, some were
disappointed.  Surely, there is a lot of pressure on these pros.  

The smile says it all, I got a ribbon at Louisville!

 I liked Snowpine's Pola Vortex more than the judges in the ASB Registry National 3YO Futurity 
3 Gaited Park Pleasure class.  However, they got a good 3rd place ribbon out of 14 entries.  

The Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony class
for drivers 14 to 17 had 12 in the class.  

Stat won the class.  

the 10 year old Walk Trot Equitation class. 

There were 21 entries in the ASB Western Country Pleasure class.  

This short video gives a look at 14 out of 21 entries.
The winner is on the rail.

CH Your Lucky Stars won the top ribbon.  

On the way out of town last time I visited the show, I stopped at Cherokee Park to see the statue of Carolina and John Breckinridge Castleman.  It was sad to hear that someone defaced this wonderful statue.  Our history wont be any different by the use of malicious acts.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

8/12/17 1967 A snapshot from half a century ago. Part 2

This post will finish up the year in review for 1967.  July through December issues of Saddle & Bridle magazine feature some amazing Saddlebreds from half a century ago.

July had some well known show horses.  The front cover was a Walking Horse, so I used the back cover.  Art Simmons of Mexico Missouri used the back cover of every single 1967 Saddle & Bridle magazine to advertise his stable.  The early part of the year featured his breeding stallions and later magazines featured many of his show horses and prospects.  Is there anyone like Art Simmons out there today? 

The back cover listed many of Arthur Simmons' horses. 
Holiday's Best Wishes and Jenny Dulworth.
What a powerful mare. 

Local Talent and April Denham

Starlike and Pete Shull driving
After her show days, she became a Hall of Fame Broodmare.

Technistar and Mrs. Merle Doyle
Still showing strong at age 14.

August was yet another strong show horse issue, but again the cover went to a Tennessee Walking Horse.  Art Simmons featured Tashi Ling on the back cover. 

Tashi Ling, the year before she was World's Grand Champion

Broadland's Captain Denmark with his proud owner, Jolie Richardson. 

Hayfield's Belle

James L and Cynthia Woods

Look A Here

Lovely to Look At

My-My at Lexington. 

Super Command and trainer Thad Williams

The Love Charm


September had Arthur Simmons on both the front and back covers.  

Sea Beauty

Broadland's Patrician Lady

Benedictine and Tim Swindler
She was another good broodmare after her show days were done. 

Courageous Connie

Another photo showing her great power. 

Princess Julia

October featured more show horses.  What else?

The Alley Cat and Valerie Knowlton

Bright Hour

Dream Lover   unretouched
Dream Lover,   barely recognizable as the same horse

Folorama and Marty Mueller
unfortunately, this wasn't his real name.

Ottawa's Denmark
This picture wasn't in Saddle & Bridle, but show results were.
This horse was 2nd to Local Talent at Fort Wayne. 

Scarlet Ribbons

November started getting a bit thinner as show season was winding down. 

Follow Me was on the cover

Supreme Airs and Mrs. F.D. Sinclair

Supreme O'Lee and Tim Swindler

The December issue carried many ads as Season's Greetings.  On the cover was Lee Shipman and Tamerlane.  A pretty horse, but that wasn't his registered name.   

Who was he really?

Grand View's Matinee Idol while still on the East Coast
He went to Berkey Ohio in 1968 where he sired Buddy, Best Ever Saddlebred.

Penny Stonewall and Jay Altmeyer

Suki Tu,

Supreme O'Lee

Hope you enjoyed a very brief trip through the pages of all the 1967 Saddl3e & Bridle magazines.

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