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Lexington Jr. League - Tuesday Morning


Tuesday Morning

Round two for Lexington ‘05 began with the first of the senior equitation age groups, all of which had low single digit entries. Continuing her blue ribbon season, Mandy Martin took the first victory pass of the morning as the 17-Year-Old Saddle Seat Equitation Champion. The DeLovely Farm star was followed by the always competitive Kaitlyn Grom who rode under the direction of Michael Richardson at Revelation Farm.

There seems to be no end to the multi-titled world’s champion CH Sammyshine.    Adding to his legacy as one of the top gaited ponies ever, Sammyshine earned another Lexington title with Cydni Simmons at the controls. The DeVore Stables trained team had plenty of all-star competition with CH The Champagne Lady and Rachel North taking the red streamers.

A young lady who is emerging as a consistent star on the national scene, Michelle Krentz displayed her horsemanship as the 16-Year-Old Equitation Champion. Representing Knollwood Farm, Krentz was followed by another rider who has been in the spotlight for a number of years now, Memory Lane Farm’s Shana Jo Brown.

Darrel and Sandy Kolkman continue to reap the rewards of their breeding program. In the UPHA Harness Pony Classic Darrel drove Heartland Breaking News to the winner’s circle, while Ed Murray presented reserve champion Heartland Special Star to the reserve pay check for Cayla Kibbage.

Moving along to the next equitation age group, Alexandra Flynn rode with great confidence to take the 15-year-old title giving DeLovely Farm yet another win on this morning. Forever Farm’s Emma Nichols enjoyed the Lexington experience with a reserve ride.

Everyone held their breath as 18 show pleasure driving horses came through the gate, many with world class records to their credit. To the credit of the drivers and trainers the class finished without incident and when it was all sorted out John Scheidt and The Last Straw made their way to the winner’s circle for owner/breeder Stonecroft Farm. A relative newcomer to the division, New York Entertainer was the sporty reserve champion with Jan Beardsley-Blanco at the helm for Fairfield South. Dr. Morgan Wolin and Ms. Greta Garbo also turned in a good show to pick up the yellow streamers ahead of Tara Duff and CH Tamarack’s Lightning Strikes.

Junior exhibitors and their pleasure driving horses had a much easier task maneuvering around the Red Mile with four entries showing up. World and national champion CH Advantage Me was on top of his game again to take the title for Aliyah Asch. Kayla Mears and Highpoint’s The Kings Sun went home with reserve.

In the next event Chris Reiser had Cloudsplitter and Olivia Weber marching a big trot to turn back all challengers in the Three-Gaited Pony qualifier. This has been a great year for this team. Always riding hard, Yasmin Wazir and Lost Token commanded reserve honors.

Speaking of having a great year, there’s not a division Jessica Moctezuma hasn’t won in. Under the direction of her mother Nealia McCracken, Moctezuma was the 14-Year-Old Saddle Seat Equitation Champion. Cape Cod Farm's Casey Morgan Tibolet stepped up for reserve.

The morning session continued with another win for Heartland Hackney. Darrel Kolkman drove Heartland Designed to take the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic. Again it was a Heartland-bred pony taking reserve for another owner/trainer combination. Joy Lazarus was at the whip behind Heartland Center Attraction.

It was another ringful of entries for the Adult Country Pleasure class with many veteran teams working for the Lexington title. Over the past few years the Fisher sisters from Ohio have had great success on the Red Mile and Bi Mi Add Lib kept the streak alive for Kendra Fisher. Reserve honors in the large class belonged to the expressive team of Chere Peridot and Jennifer Karnes.

Knollwood Farm’s Kelsey Nicole Smith keeps on winning as she was the star of the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation class. This national champion was challenged by another national champion as Blair Barrett was reserve.

Cryst-A-Kell Farm celebrated as Elena Breeden took a victory pass down the famed Red Mile straightaway as the 13 & Under Pleasure Equitation Champion. James Nichols and Brooke Hovey greeted the champion. Eleanor Watkins had another good ride as the reserve champion to close out the morning session.


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