Eye-catching at the turn of the century was the increase in the number of women competing in championships. In the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship, Dena Tanner Lopez was triumphant with CHWild-Eyed And Wicked for New Millennium Equine Endeavor, Inc. in 2000 and again in 2001 for Sally and Joe Jackson. CHWild-Eyed And Wicked became the sixth horse to win the Five-Gaited American Saddlebred Triple Crown (Lexington Junior League, Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship and American Royal comprise the Triple Crown) and the second horse to win it more than once. In 2003, Nancy-Leigh Fisher and CHCallaway’s Forecaster became the third amateur team, and second lady/amateur team, to prevail. In between, Merrill Murray won his second World’s Grand Championship (the first in 1987 with CHOur Golden Duchess) with SS Genuine for the David C. Nierenberg Trust. CHBoucheron, a top contender for years, entered the World’s Grand Championship dimension with Rob Byers for Double G Farm in 2004 and became the sixth horse to win the Five-Gaited American Saddlebred Triple Crown.
In the fine harness division of the World’s Grand Championshsip, CHRadiant Success won for the third straight year in 2000 and claimed his second Triple Crown in three years for owners Walter and Jackie Stred and trainer Nelson Green. Setting a rare record was CHCallaway’s Copyright, Fine Harness World’s Grand Champion from 2001 through 2006 with trainer John T. Jones for Fox Grape Farms, Inc. CHCallaway’s Copyright became the first six-time winner of the Fine Harness World’s Grand Championship in the 104-year history of the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, breaking the record of five consecutive set by CHColonel Boyle (1960-’64).