Kalarama Farm does well at state fair

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By The Staff

Special to The Sun


Kalarama Farm took 11 wins plus 11 reserves at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. Saturday night at the World’s Championship Horse Show, Larry Hodge won the Fine Harness Grand Championship with Misdee Wrigley Miller’s Castledream. This is Castledream’s sixth world’s championship title and his first grand championship since his arrival at Kalarama in 2005.

Of the 240 individual competitions held during the week, only three are considered “grand championships.” These grand championships are held on the last evening of the show in three divisions: open fine harness, three gaited and five gaited.

This win of Castledream marks the fifth grand championship win for Hodge, who has won three grand championships in the fine harness division and has won the five-gaited grand championship twice.

Also on Saturday night, Kalarama’s Ultimate Choice won the Amateur 5-Gaited Championship with Deborah Visser riding. Earlier in the week, Kalarama’s Ultimate Choice won his qualifier, finihsing first in a field of 18.

This stallion was imported from South Africa into this country by Joan Hamilton in January 2008. His trainer, Neil Visser, has been training horses at Kalarama since 1997.

Horses that Visser has trained have won 17 World’s Championship titles which includes one Grand Championship in 2007 when Visser rode Grande Gil to win the 3-Gaited Division.

Other winners included Champagne Treat winning the 5-Gaited Pleasure class with rider and owner Jennie Garlington of Paris, Ky. Nuttin’ Doing won the 3-Year Old 5-Gaited Stallion and Gelding class with rider Neil Visser for owner Elisabeth Goth of Lebanon, Ky.

CH Taxman won the 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship with rider and owner Peggy Councilman of Atlanta, Ga. Heir’s Treasure won the Amateur Fine Harness Gentlemen’s class with driver David Rudder for owner James Miller of Paris, Ky.

Samantha Jones won the Amateur 3-Gaited Park Mares class with rider Deborah Visser for owner James Orr of Kansas City, Mo.

Of the 30 horses that Kalarama showed at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, three were Kalarama bred. They were:

Kalarama’s McSuper – Reserve World Champion, trained and ridden by Chantel Coetzee of Kalarama.

Kalarama’s Delightfull – third in 2 Year Old 5-Gaited, trained and ridden by Danny Lockhart of Kalarama.

Kalarama’s Blue Mac – Reserve World’s Champion trained and ridden by Neil Visser of Kalarama.

The Fine Harness Grand Champion Castledream is sired by Castle Bravo. Castle Bravo was Bred by Paul Hamilton and foaled at Kalarama Farm in Springfield.