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Lexington Jr. League Show Coverage – Wednesday Evening




Wednesday Evening

The clouds parted and the sun shone on
Lexington for the evening session. The rain held off as the exhibitors lit up the ring with one stunning class after another.

Looking ever so stylish in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor 15-17 class, Maguire Hall and New York Style made the unanimous ride for top honors, trained by the very capable Patti Milligan. Capturing the reserve in this competitive division was the Mike Richardson-trained team of Tara Grom and Callaway’s Torch Bearer.

The second class in on Wednesday night was the Amateur Hackney Harness Pony Stake. Taking home top honors for the Bent Tree Farm and looking every bit a champion was the 21-year-old Vindicator and Karen Waldron. Reserve honors in this particularly nice class were Karen Frickey and the high-stepping Heartland Expectation under the astute direction of Randy Harper.

In an especially entertaining class of Five-Gaited Amateur Gentlemen, an ecstatic Bill Marple made the victory pass on his talented horse Enzo. This Mike McIntosh-trained duo was a popular win with the crowd. In a post-ride interview Marple stated that it was Enzo who really won the class and he was only along for the ride. Looking absolutely de-lovely, Chris Nalley and It’s All About Me took home reserve honors under the direction of Todd Miles and the DeLovely gang.

Streaking down the rail like a beautiful black vision, Along Came A Spider and George Knight made a captivating drive for the top honors in the Fine Harness Mare class. Driving into reserve was the fine pair of Sugar Pine and Carter Cox.

Making a simply stunning ride to capture the blue ribbon in the Open Three-Gaited Park Horse class was the pair of Clark Clouse and Lime Twisted Gin. Clouse later dedicated the win to his friend Eddy Leidenheimer who is being treated for leukemia. Not just another bay, Neil Visser and Another Bay made a beautiful ride for reserve honors.

The multi-titled pony Seize The Moment and Ali DeGray captured top honors in the AHHS Road Pony Medallion class with an elegant yet powerful drive. Reserve honors in an especially competitive class went to Shannon Ella and K & J’s Aviator.

The simply dazzling Sue She and Carla Ritzie had a fabulous ride for the top ribbon in the Three-Gaited Amateur Over 15.2 class. Jerry Hutson trains this champion duo. Looking particularly elegant in reserve was CH Royal Messenger and Michelle Groomes, riding under the direction of Melissa Moore.

Speeding away with top ribbons in the Roadster Horse Under Saddle class was Melissa Moore and the fast-moving Where Are We Now. Breezing into second after a captivating win earlier with Holly Ackerman was the leg-pumping Vivacious and trainer Mary Lou Greenwell.

In a crowd-pleasing class the Ladies Phaeton Single or Pair was especially fun to watch. Complete with footman, the Joel Brown/Brookside Farm entry of Avante Guard and Diamonds Show-N Off made the winning drive. Capturing second and the crowd’s approval in this class was the bold and beautiful Friesian Ytke Fan Nijskoll with driver Cayla McKibbage.

Eddie Lewis made a return trip to the winner’s circle in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship under the direction of Jo Cornell with the lovely driving horse Hitman’s Special Delivery. Taking home reserve honors in this competitive class was the Dianna Rannells-trained entry of Theology and John Scheidt.

With 28 entries registered to show in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult class, two splits were needed. In the first split of this popular division the top honors went to the six-year-old Radio Flyer and Alice Pippin under the direction of Virgil Helm. Reserve honors went to the John Jones-trained duo Meet Mr. Big and Phyllis Brookshire. Making a great show in the second split of this large class and taking home the blue under the Premier Stables banner were Stonewall’s Stargate and Patrice Watson. The red ribbon went to the energetic The Champagne Tiger and Christy Bennett with Randy Cates coaching from the rail.

The Three-Gaited Open Under 15.2 class was one that had the crowd roaring for its favorite. Cheering the awesome and expressive A Silver Charm all the way to the winner’s circle this crowd pleaser was certainly one of the highlights of the show. Tré Lee made a fantastic show on this talented horse to claim the unanimous victory. Putting up a great fight to claim the reserve honors was Neil Visser and (SA) The Engraver.

The Five-Gaited Amateur Mare class was full of gorgeous mares competing in top form for the blue ribbon honors. Racking their way to the winner’s circle were Barclay De Wet and Have You Ever continuing their uninterrupted string of wins in 2006. A close second belonged to CH Amusing and Amy Dix Rock.

The next entries through the gate were the ladies with their Hackney ponies. Sandra Surber and her high-stepping Heartland Candidate claimed top honors in this competitive class. Second belonged to the eye-catching Brookside Farm entry of Oliver Twist and Jamie Fox.

The open roadster ponies sped around the ring entertaining the crowd on Wednesday night. Racing into the top honors were Lisa Strickland and Get Set N Go. Donna Whatley drove in to second with the speedy little pony Surprize Surprize.

The junior exhibitors were in top form on their three-gaited mounts from the 15-17 year-old age group. Blue ribbon honors out of this competitive group of youngsters went to (SA) Nelmar Tango 4 Ever and Emily Scharpf under the direction of Neva Van Ess. Bewitching the judges for reserve honors were I’m Bewitched and Rachel Singer.

Melinda Moore donned the silks as she drove PTO to the victory in the Open Roadster to Bike class for Bill Tomin. Right on their heels were William Shatner and his Belle Reve entry Spill The Ink.

An exciting finish on Wednesday night was the Five-Gaited Stallion class. After a quick change of attire, top honors went to Melinda Moore and Callaway’s Extra Extra for owner Spencer Mains. Reserve honors in this class went to Harlem’s Go To Man and Larry Hodge.

 

Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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