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Lexington Junior League - Tuesday Morning

Looking to finish out her Junior League junior exhibitor career in style, Brittany McGinnis kicked off the Tuesday morning session by winning the Saddle Seat Equitation 16-17 class with Soli Deo Glori. Directed by DeLovely, McGinnis is seven for seven on the year with wins at Pro Am, Asheville, and Midwest Charity. Indianapolis Charity Champion Nick Maupin was reserve in this one with Coco Mojo under the Knollwood banner. The 15 Year Old Equitation World’s Champion was also the UPHA Senior Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion last year. Alexis Pearson rounded out the top three with Tommy Bahama, directed by Jessica Verrill.

It was a unanimous choice of the judges that sent Billy Jewel back to the Lexington winner’s circle he knows so well. Twice a winner with Caroline Rose here last year, Billy was teamed with "Rosie" once again to take the blue for Clara McCool and the Cater Stables team. A junior pony by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of a Manhattan Supreme mare, Same Time Next Year is Tyler DeVore’s latest gaited pony mount. This sporty team picked up reserve for Delores Blankenship.

Major Impact made his debut for Frickey Farms, winning the UPHA Harness Pony Classic with Randy Harper at the whip. Major Impact is by Kilbro’s Image and out of Kilbro’s Precious Moments, the dam of Oliver Twist and Boogity Boogity. Three-Year-Old Harness Pony World’s Champion and the UPHA Harness Pony Classic Reserve National Champion, Twin Willow’s Daddy’s Girl was reserve with Kathy Capsuto-Walker.

Counting down the age groups, the 14-15 Saddle Seat Equitation riders were up next. Lillian Shively headed up a second victory pass on the day, as Hunter Chancellor and Chanti’s Prayer took the top spot on all three cards. Two times a Reserve World’s Champion last year, Hunter is in her first year in the Senior ranks and making a big impact with her new teammate. A winner at Rock Creek last month, Mollie Kregor was reserve with Lemon Shake Up WRF, showing out of Premier Stables. Always smiling outside the show ring, Mollie was all business once again on The Red Mile today. Jessica Wuesthofen was third with Callaway’s Mandate for DeLovely, while Jordyn Broten and Worthy Am I were fourth for Zubrod Stables.

The Cinderella story continued for CH A Cinderella Story and Karrie Graham. All three judges agreed that this team was the best in the Show Pleasure Driving class. Directed by Lowry Stables, Graham and Cinderella Story are now nine for nine on the season, with wins coming at Midwest, Indianapolis, UPHA Chapter 5, and the Spring Warm Up for this entry of Karrie Graham and Dwaine Kinderknecht. A fashion icon as always, Elisabeth Goth was reserve with Thunder Crackin’. Trained by Visser Stables, Thunder Crackin’ has taken well to his new division, with great results already in 2010. Sweatin’ Bullets was appropriately named for this warm Lexington day. He was third with Sally Jo Briney for Pratense Farm. Finest Material and James Rosburg were fourth for Helen and James Rosburg.

With one class in between, Hunter Chancellor returned to garner three more first place votes, this time with CH The Attache Orchid. Wearing her trademark pink coat with her sporty teammate, Hunter continued her 15-class winning streak with Attache Orchid, having not dropped a class since Louisville 2008. They were World’s Champion of Champions just last year for Steven Chancellor and Team DeLovely. Announcer Mark Farrar reminded everyone that tonight is Pink Ribbon Night while Hunter was on her victory pass. Another celebrity pony, Manhattan’s Irish Cream was reserve with Dylan Hines up for Rick and Yvonne Hines. They received a nice round of applause as they picked up their red ribbon. This team earned the 14-17 World’s Championship in 2009.

It was yet another unanimous decision that sent Chantilly Lily and Paige Bundy to the winner’s circle of the 13-17 Show Pleasure Driving class for Kristina and Gilbery Bundy. Reese Richey made the run to head up the victory pass for this junior mare by Only Man In Town. She was all prim and proper and pleasure perfect today for the blue. Another young mare, She’s Gone is just a five-year-old. She was reserve here with Alexa McWilliams driving for Tri-Color Saddlebreds. They have been teamed all throughout the year under the Clouse Stables banner. Last year’s winner, Alicia Silverstone, rounded out the top three with Ashley Baird for Margo Baird.

The three-judge panel was feeling quite agreeable today, as it was another unanimous decision in the UPHA Junior Challenge Cup. It was Gavin Gagnon riding to the blue with Callaway’s Born A Star in this one, directed by Fairfield South. He qualified for the National Finals in this very same class a year ago before going on to earn the Junior Equitation Reserve Championship. All business most of the time, Gavin let a smile creep through on his Lexington round of honor. Teamed up with Callaway’s Born With Style for 2010, Molly Codeanne has been showing mostly in the three-gaited division. Showing their future as a top Equitation team, they earned reserve, also under the Fairfield South banner.

The traditional in-gate never opened in the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic, as both entries came from the backside of the track. It was Le Marc as the judges’ choice in this one, with Larry Ella driving for Ella Stables and Kathryn Boyd. Le Marc is by the great Mark Of Excellence and out of Haven-West Marvelous Me, by Vivid Brass. Heartland Seal The Deal and Connie Smith were reserve for Beth Jones. This son of Heartland Code Of Honor was a winner at Indianapolis last month. He is out of a Sky King mare.

With a boatload of entries, the Adult Country Pleasure class came to the ring two by two to vie for the Lexington blue in a field of 16. Winner of a World’s Championship just last season, Tremendously Charming earned the number one spot with Kathy Capsuto-Walker for Paula Schmidt and the Kathy Capsuto Trust. Wearing her forest green suit, Kathy made another great ride to earn the blue ribbon and round of honor. Ali DeGray used a great second way to earn reserve with Careless Fortune in their Junior League debut together. Careless Fortune was third in this class last year with Joan Cantrell. He was working way up high in the bridle for the red ribbon. A Midnight Kiss and Erin Obenauf were third for Cheryl Friedman, while 2009 winners CH Sir Winston C and Allyson Ehle rounded out the top four placings.

From the Pleasure Equitation 14-17 ranks came the blue ribbon winner, Taylor Newton. Riding CH Recoup, owned by Brent and Jane Jacobs, Taylor was directed to the blue by Shelley Fisher. With six blue ribbon rides already in 2010, Taylor was the 14-Year-Old Equitation World’s Champion and the Senior Reserve World’s Champion of Champions in 2009. The Junior Pleasure Medallion Reserve National Champion from a year ago, Alexia Stumler was reserve in this one with Who Needs Mama, under the Zubrod Stables banner. Alexandra Lawson and Feng Shui were third for DeLovely in this nice class of 10.

The first-ever Western class on The Red Mile sported a field of seven, with Jessica Moctezuma taking the first blue ribbon with I’m Goin’ Out Tonight for Margory Brown and Nealia McCracken. Nealia was on hand to head up her daughter and her entry in the victory pass. Jessie was a vision as always in copper, brown and beige tones. CH Monsignor was reserve with Marie Gwinn up. Marie owns and trains this entry. They were the Asheville Champions earlier this year, one of their seven blue ribbons on the year. Samuel Charles and Chelsea Ruxer were third under the direction of Rob and Jackie Tanner.

Making a nice performance to cap off the morning session with a blue ribbon, Brett Self was the unanimous choice of the judges in Pleasure Equitation 13-and-Under, directed by Stephanie Lilly. Aboard Paradoc’s Korygami, she made a lovely picture here this morning. Anna Leigh Amrein and Callaway’s Fox Jackson were reserve under the direction of Zubrod Stables. This is just Anna Leigh’s first season out of the Academy division.

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