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Lexington Jr. League Show Coverage – Thursday Evening


Thursday Evening

The sun was shining as the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class answered the first gate call of the evening. Standing out in this striking class of two-year-olds and catching the judges’ eyes for top honors was Stonecroft Nightlight and Nelson Green. Picking up the red ribbon for second was the high-stepping Ribbons And Reins with Carter Cox at the lines.

The amateurs were out in style with their show pleasure driving horses in the second class of the night. Driving into the winner’s circle for the championship honors was Supreme Platinum and Linda Fischer. This Peter Palmer-trained team also snagged the blue ribbon in the qualifying class. Reserve championship honors belonged to Joyce Cashman and Heir’s Curtain Call, trained by Danette Musselman.

The Rob Byers-trained entry of Olivia Weber and Cloudsplitter trotted their way into the winner’s circle in the Three-Gaited Pony Stake. The red ribbon went to the high-headed Powerful Tango and Molly Trent. This pair, trained by Scott Perrelli, looked great at their first show.

The next class to answer the gate call belonged to the Hackney ponies. Regal’s Trademark LF and Jeff McClean for the Golden Creek Farm drove away with the blue in the Hackney Pony Limit class. Having an awesome drive for reserve was Seamair Simply Awesome and Darrel Kolkman.

Last year’s adult three-gaited show pleasure grand champion danced their way into qualifying victory yet again. This pair of Cathy Klasek and Square Dance is under the direction of Robert and Jonelle Gardiner. Riding into reserve were The Muffin Man and Kim Langdon, trained by Mike McIntosh.

Having a terrible cold did not stop Ali DeGray for claiming top honors in the 13 horse Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Stake with her bright mount CH Tigerlee, under the direction of Ruth Gimpel. Riding into reserve honors were the talented Ali Judah and Divine Renaissance, riding under the guidance of Larry Hodge.

Busy, as always, showing the talented ponies of Golden Creek Farm, Jeff McClean returned to the winner’s circle yet again in the Roadster Pony Limit class with Beaulah Jean. Annalize van der Walt made the drive into second with Fire Devil.

Having an absolutely fabulous ride to make it three years in a row were CH My Grande and Amanda Dellinger to win the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 35 and Under qualifier. The red ribbon for second belonged to CH Uncle Abe and Piper Granger.

Returning to the winner’s circle for a unanimous win in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 14 and Under Stake were Camille Cowart and Heathermoor’s Prince. Outside the ring Cowart’s father/trainer was overheard saying, “You’re riding more like me every day!” Front and center for the reserve in this competitive class of nine were Stonecroft Front And Center and Chelsea Patterson.

Three-Year-Old Fine Harness honors went unanimously to the bewitching black Anadon’s Ruth and Matt Shiflet for Carl Hess. Driving into reserve honors were Catherine McNeese’s Kent Brockman and Martin Teater.

Entertaining the crowd with the Coaching Four In Hand class were the lovely dual entries of Dinwiddie and Elizabeth Lampton. Top honors went to Ali, Ben, Haggin and Vicki with John Richards at the lines. Elizabeth Lampton drove Aristaco, Alegree, Refassi, and Ast into reserve honors.

Having an especially busy day with back-to-back wins Thursday morning, Casey Morgan Tibolet returned to the winner’s circle in the Five-Gaited Pony class with Heiress To Champagne. Reserve honors went to the multi-titled CH Sammyshine and Cydni Simmons under the direction of Tammy Devore.

Git-R-Done and Melinda Moore sped into victory in the Roadster To Bike Novice class. Reserve honors in this competitive class went to Matt-T-Up and Steve Hanks for Eddie Case.

Top honors in the Three-Gaited Three-Year-Old Stake went to the simply striking Lenore’s Chardonnay and Smith Lilly for owners Vuillermet and Beckley. Earning reserve honors in this nice class of young horses was the Belle Reve entry of Callaway’s Connotation with Tré Lee up.

Championship honors in the Single Hackney Horse Open class went to the high-trotting Wentworth Lucifer and owner/driver Beth Jones. Heartland Blizzard and Karen Waldron made the drive for reserve.

Mike Barlow made two exceptional drives for back-to-back wins in both the Roadster To Wagon Open class and the Harness Pony Limit class. Barlow drove Ashland to victory in the wagon class while Heartland Look At Me would take the blue in the harness pony class for Darrell Kolkman. Reserve honors in the Roadster to Wagon class went to the speedy Revel Rouser and Les Cunningham. Taking home the red in the harness pony class were Jeff McClean and Twin Willow’s Wild Thing for the Golden Creek Farm.

The last class of the night belonged to the three-year-old five-gaited horses. Top honors went to the flashy grey roan Silver And Blue and Jenny Taylor for owner Barbara Vincent. Mike Tunstall and Barbara Von Borries’ Forever Foxy took home reserve honors in this competitive class.


Complete results can be found by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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