Melinda Moore and Sir Silver Knight. Photos by Brooke Jacobs of Jacobs Photography.
Lexington, KY – October 31, 2013 – Melinda Moore of Lawrenceburg, KY, took home top honors in the American Saddlebred classes on Thursday evening at the Alltech National Horse Show, claiming both the $3,000 Five-Gaited Grand Championship and the $3,000 Three-Gaited Grand Championship with horses owned by Annika Moriarty Bruggeworth.
The American Saddlebred and Hackney Divisions, presented by James & Misdee Miller and Elisabeth Goth & Richard Shadwick, took center stage for the second night in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Moore started off strong in the Three-Gaited division, claiming her first grand championship of the evening with Sir Silver Knight. While stallions are rare in Three-Gaited competition, Sir Silver Knight has what it takes to stand out.
“He’s very unique,” Moore said. “He’s a beautiful, beautiful animal. People wouldn’t even know that he’s a stallion. He almost looks like a mare in the face. He’s very talented and very game.”
Moore followed up that winning performance later in the evening by pairing with Attache’s Crown Royal to claim the Five-Gaited Grand Championship. An accomplished competitor, Attache’s Crown Royal was on his game and wowed the crowd with his flashy gaits.
“He’s a powerhouse!” Moore said. “I was actually Reserve World Grand Champion overall with him about three years ago. He changed hands a few times and then he came back to me. He’s just a really grand horse. He’s loads of fun. Don’t let your guard down because you might be off, but he will give you a fabulous ride.”
Moore was happy to have the opportunity to compete at the Alltech National Horse Show and experience its atmosphere and hospitality.
“I think it is so wonderful,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful show. We need to try and do things more like these people do. They definitely, literally, roll out the red carpet. They really do in so many ways.”
Moore is currently riding three horses for Bruggeworth, who owns Siren Song Stable in Mays Landing, NJ, with husband Scott Bruggeworth.
Patrice Watson O’Brien also took home a championship on the second evening of American Saddlebred and Hackney competition. She and Regal’s Special Effort LF, owned by S.G.F. Winning Ways Farm of Tomball, TX, claimed the Road Pony to Bike Championship, sponsored by Candi & Edmund Aversenti.
“This is my first time at this show, and it was great!” O’Brien said. “The ring is just beautiful and it looked like a good crowd. It was really nice to be here.”
“This is a new pony for me and this is my second drive on him,” she added. “I was very happy with him tonight. I think he loved looking at all the scenery. The ring is so pretty and well decorated.”
Lauren Pope rode Martha Pope’s Buster Jangle to the win in the Open Park Horse Stake, the first class of the evening. Other winners included Mitchell Tunstall, who took first in the Five-Gaited Junior Stake with Jack Cumber’s War Hart, and Alex Rudder, who won the Three-Gaited Junior Stake with David Rudder’s CH The Proof Is In The Heir.
The American Saddlebred and Hackney Divisions at the Alltech National Horse Show come to a close on Friday evening, when the Five-Gaited and Three-Gaited Amateur/Juvenile Championships will be decided. The Road Horse to Bike Championship, Fine Harness Amateur Stake and ASB Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Juvenile/Adult Championship are also featured on Friday.
For more information or to view the competition live, please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, HRTV, and USEF Network.
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International