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Lexington Jr. League - Wednesday Morning




Wednesday Morning

Most of Wednesday morning's schedule is occupied by classes from the equitation division.  The 13-year-olds kicked off the session.  Fresh off a championship win of seven riders at Roanoke, Amber Lynn Lowry was polished and poised to win the class under the direction of Nancy and Bill Becker. Reserve went to the multi-titled Ashley Stine, instructed by Fairfield South. 

With a change of pace, the Hackney Pleasure Driving entered the ring next with 18 competitive entries. Early Edition and Jane Mueller topped this field.  This talented team is on a roll as they've earned five blues in five classes over the course of the season under the direction of Gib Marcucci. The young pony Once Upon A Time, winner of the UPHA Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Classic Grand Championship at last year's American Royal, was a star for Anna Marie Knipp to garner the red streamers.

In the 12-year-old equitation class it was a Delovely sweep as Ellen Medley Wright, aboard CH Timeless Drifter, earned the blue ribbon while stable mate Brittany McGinnis, aboard Amandari, graciously accepted the red ribbon.

With a large number of 14-and-under teams competing in the three-gaited show pleasure, management decided to split the class into two sections.  In the first section, Jessica Moctezuma continued her streak from Tuesday morning with a win aboard My Dakota, besting 17 competitive teams.  An excited Holly Wilson aboard Sports Night took the red ribbon back to the Mercer Springs banner after a fantastic ride.  In section two of the large division the blue ribbon went to the high-headed May Issue and Allison Rohloff.  The well-matched Wind Cruzer and Callie Smith turned in a strong ride to accept the reserve ribbon.

Being together just a little over a year Nathan Stein and Aces And Eights have become quite a team under the guidance of Sarah and Rob Byers.  They were the standout team in this group to win the 11-year-old equitation class.  Reserve went to the busy and versatile Callie Smith aboard Who Needs Mama. 

Delovely continued their dominance in the equitation division with another one-two finish in the 10 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation.  Winning the class for two years in a row now, Lindsey Landrum turned in a beautiful ride aboard Imagination Station.  Abby Mutrux, having made the move from walk and trot, garnered the red ribbon with Worth The Trip.

Following in the footsteps of walk and trot stars Kelsey McDonald and CH Preferred Prince, Taylor Newton and A Sweet Sensation are now the ones in the spotlight of the division. Instructed by Shelly Fisher at Sugar Knoll, this confident team won the UPHA Walk and Trot 9-10 Challenge Cup.  Reserve honors went to the Tom Sworm-instructed Cassidy Dolby aboard Cedar Creek Mr. Money Man. 

In the UPHA challenge cup for the senior riders Emily Garten, aboard Highpoint's Syncopated Rhythm, earned the judge's nod under the direction of Cape Cod.  Reserve honors went to Jacqueline Beck aboard Pinstripe Dancer under the direction of Zubrod Stables.

It continued to be quite a show for Jessica Moctezuma as she added another blue ribbon and title to her list this week.  In the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure, Moctezuma masterfully piloted Some Kind Of Magic through the 19-entry class to the winner's circle where her mom and trainer Nealia McCracken greeted her.  Reserve in this competitive class went to The Bachelor Prince and Christy Bennett.

In the UPHA Walk and Trot class, Courtney McGinnis, aboard Callaway's Coraleen, carried the blue to the DeLovely tack room. Reserve honors went to the Fairfield South-trained Gavin Gagnon aboard Desert's Indian Country. 

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