by Lynn Raciti-Shost

HARRODSBURG, Ky - The home town of the 26th Annual Kentucky Ladies Auxiliary Spring Jubilee is also a town with a lot of history behind it. Fort Harrod, built by Captain James Harrod and 32 brave men, was a temporary fortification intended to protect pioneers from attack. The fort also housed the first schoolhouse built in Kentucky. Ground was broken for what was then called Harrodstown on June 16, 1774. It was the first permanent settlement of the West. Today, there is a state park that includes a reconstruction of the fort on the site of the original plus there is quite a bit of the Daniel Boone legend present in the area. It's an interesting place to visit if you have a chance while you are in town.

Back at the Mercer County fairgrounds, the show was held on Friday and Saturday, April 15 -16, 2005. The show benefited the Central Kentucky Riding for the Hope, an organization that through horses and riding lessons, helps people with disabilities to develop self-esteem, coordination, confidence, and have fun at the same time. This year's show was a 54-class, 405-entry event which also included six classes for racking horses. It was judged by Mr. Gary Oliver of Lancaster, Ky.

One of the high points of this year's show was an exhibition ride Saturday night between classes. Whitey Whitehead presented Gossip, the Owner/Amateur 15.2 and Under World Grand Champion with Candy Green in 2004, to an appreciative audience. Whitey and Gossip reversed to go in the second direction and picked up the pace. As relaxed as can be, Whitey dropped the reins on Gossip's neck, put his hands on his hips and rocked side to side in the saddle, bringing cheers from the crowd.

Beautiful weather greeted the first class of the show Friday night, the family favorite stick horse class. Four outstanding entries all flat walked their way out of the ring with blue ribbons and big smiles.

Brandye Mills Stables of Richmond, Ky., was the top blue ribbon winning barn at this year's show. They picked up four blues, doubling last year's tally. Three trainers had three blues apiece, Harvey Hernandez, Doug Stephens, and Scot Beaty.

The second class of the night was Amateur Lite Shod Plantation Specialty. Rebecca Taylor and Wicked's MG took the blue ribbon honors for owner and trainer Jack Thompson. Reserve in the class went to Master General and Joe Renfro for trainer Matt Beech and owner Curtis Sizemore.

Doug Stephens picked up his first of three blues in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class aboard Black Attack, owned by Gary Doss of Ohio. Sweet Honey in the Rock and David Smith picked up the red ribbon for Howard Estridge.

As he had in 2004, Charger's Back in Black received the blue ribbon in the KSOA Open class, this year with owner John Cox in the irons. This was the first blue of the show for Brandye Mills Stables. Beautiful Mind, trained by Harvey Hernandez and shown by Danny Hughes, was the reserve champion in the class. Beautiful Mind is owned by Dr. Andrew Sisk of Columbia, Tenn.

Santana at the Ritz and Ray Burton, rider, owner and trainer, walked away with the victory in the Park Performance Specialty Three and Under class. Bill Shannon and Pushing the Sundrops claimed the reserve ribbon for Shannon Stables of Xenia, Ohio.

It came down to dollars and sense in the Four-Year-Old Amateur class. Sweet Revenge Stables picked up their first of three blues with Sabrina Young and The Top Dollar. Jennifer Brooks and Dollar Conscience reserved for Allen and Becky May of Georgia.

The Bold Stroke and Todd Smith were the judge's choice for the blue in the Aged Mare or Gelding class. Richard and Anita Thomas of Hartsville, Tenn., are the proud owners. Reserve went to the Spencer Benedict Stables entry, The Broken Sky, shown by Drew Graves.

She Pushes Command and Ella Kline took command of the Halter Class for Walking Yearlings. The beautiful, well-mannered filly is trained by Mike Janeway and owned by CL Kline Farms of Robbins, Tenn. Owner and handler Denise Calhoun and her yearling Wicked Moon took the red ribbon.

The blue ribbon in the Ladies Amateur Walking Horse class belonged to Kim Butler and Clutch's Custom Cut and was the first of the three blue ribbons earned by Beaty Stables of Byrdstown, Tenn. The Travis Wiley Stables of Danville had the reserve entry with Bo-Mar's Classic Edition ridden by Jamie Tucker and owned by Robert and Gloria Wiley of Florida.

The magical moment in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class belonged to Jose's Magical Lady and Scott Beaty, who picked up the blue ribbon for owner Heidi McWilliams. This was the second blue for Beaty Stables. Scotty Brooks and The White Mask received the red ribbon for owner Karen Bethel.

Amateur Plantation Specialty blue ribbon honors were earned by Shadow's Miss Push with Allen Turner in the irons. Miss Push is trained by Paul Esham and owned by Mikeesha Shelby. Kris Hockensmith on her first mount of the evening, Generator's Bright Star, took home the reserve ribbon for owners Terry and Anne Sams of Louisville.

Brandye Mills Stables' second blue came when Mills, teamed up with horse owner Cathy Aldridge, was rewarded with the victory in the Pro Am Specialty class with Goldwell's Delight. The Todd Smith Stables team of Beth Carol Thomas, Todd Smith, and Heart Attack's Fast Beat earned the reserve honors.

Trainer Harvey Hernandez picked up his first of three blue ribbons in the Walking Pony class for riders 18 and over when Gen All the Way picked up his first of two blue ribbons with Alie Napier for the Tim Napier Family. Black Chip took the red ribbon with Courtney Luttrell handling the reins for owner Beverly Spangler of Bowling Green.

Top honors in the Plantation Three-Year-Old and Under class went to Mike Anasis, of Anasis Stables in Union, Ky., riding Fame's All Star for Hart and Alvis of Michigan. Mario and Tony Tully, directed by trainer Paul Esham, rode home with the reserve honors. Mario is owned by Paula and Luke Hall of Indianapolis.

The blues continued Friday night for Brandye Mills Stables when Mills rode He's Extraordinary in the Two-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings to the winner's circle for owners Ronnie and Brenda Corey. A familiar place for He's Extraordinary, he picked up a blue at the Trainers' Show with Brandi Todd. Todd Smith and Ultra's Midnight Express took reserve.

There was nothing crazy about Jessica Berry and her horse Color Me Crazy's winning ride in the Juvenile Walking Horse Specialty class for riders 17 and Under. The Highland Stables entry of Josh Mosley and his mount Sunrise's Heartbeat received the red ribbon.

Handler Denise Calhoun and Sports Fanatic received the blue in the KSOA Halter Class for Yearlings. Sports Fanatic is owned by Troy and Dana Pitcock.

Wicked's What's Up, known affectionately as Shelby by owner Delynn Hawkins of Shepherdsville, Ky, broke last year's bridesmaid jinx of many red ribbons but no blues, in the Amateur Park Performance class. Shelby was shown by Kris Hockensmith for the first time Friday night. Delynn, who usually shows Shelby, is attending Elizabeth Community College and will be back in the saddle in the show ring this summer. Rebecca Taylor and Mountain Jazz took the red ribbon home to owner Jack Thompson.

Sabrina Young entered the show ring for the second time in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class. Different class, different mount, Ultra's Prime Mover, but with the same happy ending, another victory pass. Double Agent and Laura Beth Comley reserved for Robert and Gloria Wiley.

Casey Renfro and Master Gen came out of the Juvenile Plantation Specialty 17 & Under class with a big smile on Casey's face and a blue ribbon in her hand. The Matt Beech-trained horse is owned by Curtis Sizemore. Nick Combs and Echo of the Mind took the red ribbon home to Ruth Combs of Richmond, Ky.

Tony Montgomery and Navy are no longer Novice Amateurs having won the blue ribbon in the class representing Southbound Stables. Owner and rider Vance Walls and Pusher's Touch claimed reserve honors in the class.

Night Watch and Danny Luttrell were the team to watch in the Open Specialty Walking class where they walked away with the blue ribbon. Trained by Danny Luttrell of Bowling Green, Night Watch is owned by Judd and Griffith. I'm Indio and Jason Hughes were reserve for owner Al Lenardon of Sonora.

Joanna Marx and Score One for the Girls did exactly that when they took the victory pass in the Four-Year-Old Plantation Specialty class. She is trained by Buford Martin and owned by Mike Grider. Another Anasis Stables entry, Rave's Blazing Jubilee shown by Mike Anasis took home the red ribbon for Marcy Huey Gibson.

The last class Friday night was Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions and Geldings. and Danny Hughes were triumphant, giving Harvey Hernandez his second blue of the show. Evil is owned by Al Lenardon. Doug Stephens and Dollar Up received the red ribbon in the class for owner Gary Doss.

Saturday night's show started promptly at 5:30 pm with the Lead Line class. Again, the competition was so well matched that the judge was obliged to award six blue ribbons.

New comer to the show ring, Michael Hart, proved that he's got the right stuff by winning the Amateur Specialty 15.2 and Under class aboard Design's Checkmate. Trained by Bob Burton, the winning horse is owned by Ty Hart of Corbin. Owner and rider, Charles Brummett, and his horse Just Call Me Hightimes were the red ribbon team in the class.

The Kentucky Horse Council Trail Pleasure class went to Lady Starburst and owner and rider, Gary Chesser of Taylorsville. Raeanne Ratliff and I'm in the Works earned reserve honors for Don and Debbie Ratliff of Lancaster.

The second blue ribbon for Doug Stephens came in the KSOA Three-Year-Old class with Maxwell, owned by Bob Bayes of Grayson. Sweet Revenge Stables' entry Centennial's Copycat with Mike Oney in command earned the red ribbon for owner Linda Patton.

The first rate team of Tilly Jones and Third Rate Romance walked their way to the winner's circle in the Juvenile 11 & Under Walking Specialty class. Claire Ottman and She's High Fallutin', representing Spencer Benedict Stables, reserved.

The first racking horse class of the show was Junior Racking and the winners were Loser Bar Buster and owner/rider Roger Byrd of Campbellsville. Virginia Cook and The Jazzman received the red ribbon for owner Ruth Mead of Hi Hat.

Gail Brown's talented youngster, Pactolus, earned Doug Stephens his third blue ribbon of the show. Pronounced PAK-toh-lus, he is named after the mythically river containing vast deposits of gold and the source of the wealth of King Croesus. Patty's Prescription and Terry Doyle of Triple D Stables were reserve.

Taking Care of Cash and Greta Potter took care of the competition in the Amateur Country Pleasure class by winning the blue ribbon. Dana McGrew and Chance for Sun claimed reserve honors for owner Walter Stillwell of Eastview.

Carrie Benedict, representing Spencer Benedict, and her horse Confederate took the blue ribbon home to Glasgow. Danny Luttrell Stables' entry Cuttin' Class with Courtney Luttrell up picked up the red ribbon for Delores Griffith.

Speed Racking, always an exciting class, came next with Shannon Slemp and One Rank Stranger taking the speedy victory pass for Windy Cove Stables. Randall Dobson and Evil's Oversight were reserve representing Dobson Farms in Summersille.

Gen All the Way went all the way to the winner's circle with Mandie Napier in the saddle in the Walking Pony Specialty 15.0 and Under, Rider 17 & under. This would be the third blue for a Harvey Hernandez-trained horse. Senator's Silver ad John Mosley earned the reserve ribbon for Highland Stables and owner George Delaney of Olmstead.

The Park Performance class belonged to Jack Thompson of Richmond and his horse, Mountain Jazz. Spencer Benedict and Spirit's Gem received the red ribbon in the class for Spencer Benedict Stables.

It wasn't a lucky charm that brought Denise Calhoun and Labels Lucky Charm a victory in the Open Ladies Specialty class but a really good ride. Beth Carol Thomas and Keep's Memories will keep the reserve ribbon for owners, the Butch Thomas Family.

The Riverside Stables entry, Watch Me Push and Glendon Farmer pushed past the competition to win the blue ribbon in the Amateur Owned and Trained Walking Specialty class. Ricky McCammon of McKinney and his horse Mister Charge It, were reserve in the class.

Style Racking was the next class and Bo Grugin and The Royal Flash's flashy style earned the victory. Missy Harris is the owner. Tommy Smith and Smith Stables took the red ribbon home to Science Hill for Tommy's ride on Don't Talk About My Baby.

Lisa Patton Evans and This JFK's a Pushover followed up a blue at the Trainer's Show in Amateur Stallion Specialty with a victory in the Amateur Specialty Walking class. This was the third blue ribbon for Sweet Revenge Stables of Mt Sterling. Linda Patton is the horse's owner. Jason Myatt, under the guidance of John Gaddis, earned the red ribbon for the Jerry Myatt family of Bowling Green.

Cassie Judd and Gen's Matchmaker were the perfect match for a victory in the Country Pleasure class for riders 17 and under. It was the second blue ribbon for owner Curtis Sizemore. Chance for the Sun, this time with Randy Stillwell in the irons, picked up his second reserve ribbon of the show.

John Norman and Bordertown topped the Three-Year-Old Amateur Walking Horse class with a win in fine style. Bordertown is trained by J & H Stables and owned by John and his father William. Carrie Benedict rode her to the reserve honors on her horse, Unmarked Dollar.

Eric Howard earned the fourth and final blue of the show for Brandye Mills Stables atop Pusher's Copyright for Coy and Marilyn Hamblin of Lexington. Scotty Brooks and Olympic's Iceman took the red ribbon for Becky and Allen May of Georgia.

Push Power's Cold Chills and Julia George of Greensburg were the victors in the Trail Pleasure Racking class. Reserve went to Red Man Gold and Tommy Smith of Science Hill.

The KWHA Ladies Auxiliary Plantation Pleasure Specialty class belonged to Kris Hockensmith and White on White's JFK, known affectionately as WOW. It was Hockensmith's second blue of the night, this time for owners Terry and Anne Sams of Louisville. Fame's All Star and Sheila Alvia picked up Fame's second ribbon of the show, this one red.

Juvenile 12-17 Walking Horse Specialty was won by Justin Mosely and Pegasus' Magna Man, representing Highland Stables. Laura Beth Comley and Socks on a Rooster reserved for Robert and Gloria Wiley of Florida.

Virginia Cook and The Cyclone took the first place honors in the Amateur Racking class for Earl Cook of Hi Hat, while Earl Reynolds of East Bernstadt and Watch Me Push N Pull earned second place.

Abby Fox and Command Wild Card walked and shook their way to the winner's circle in the Open Amateur Walking class. This would be the third victory of the show for Beaty Stables and something to celebrate for the Quintin Fox family of Cookeville, Tenn. Jamie Tucker and Fudpucker took home the reserve for trainer Travis Wiley and owners Robert and Gloria Wiley.

As the show wound down to the end, Elizabeth Ottman and Double Your Money were victorious in the Open Plantation Pleasure Specialty class, the second for Spencer Benedict Stables. The Triple D Stables entry, Power's Medicine Man, and Terry Doyle took the red ribbon for John Thornton of Germantown.

Jason Hughes and LAPD proved crime doesn't pay by winning the Four-Year-Old Open Walking Horse class. They represented J & H Stables and owner The Bud McCoy Family of Grayson. Spencer Benedict and Prime's Jump Jiver were reserve.

The Racking Horse Championship honors went to Aleisha Grubb and The Jazzy Lady for Windy Cove Stables. The Lady is owned by Neal and Tina Wright of Regan, Tenn.

The Ladies Auxiliary Specialty Championship was chock full of talented horses but since only one can win the blue, the judge's choice for the roses was Copy's Colors and Courtney Luttrell for Delores Griffith of Paris, Ky. Carrie Benedict and The Duck were the reserve champions.

The call for the Walking Horse Stake class brought 10 top horses to the ring. No matter how late it is in the evening, the stake class always brings the crowd back to life and this show was no exception. The roar of the crowd when Judge Oliver called for the running walk in the second direction was probably heard as far away as Louisville. When the dust settled and the tired horses were standing in the lineup, Coin's LTD and Bobby Burton emerged victorious for the second year in a row. Keep an eye on this two time championship team; they are headed to the Celebration this year. Mike Oney rode Johnny Orlando to the reserve championship for Sweet Revenge Stables and Linda Patton of Mount Sterling.

This concludes our coverage of the 2005 Kentucky Ldies Auxiliary Spring Jubilee. Compete results follow and can be viewed interactively at www.