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Lexington Junior League - Wednesday Morning

The threat of rain held off but left clouds covering the sky providing a cool morning for what was primarily a group of junior exhibitor classes. Starting off the morning season once again was the equitation division with the 12 and 13 year-old riders making the first gate call. Belle Owen was in top form earning all three votes for the win aboard Chanti’s Prayer. Under the direction of Sugar Knoll, Taylor Newton captured the reserve title.

Next in was the well-filled Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony qualifier. The sporty Mastercraft’s Namesake LF with Stephany Monteleone bested the competition. Garnering the red streamers along with a first place vote was Early Edition with Jane Mueller. Rounding out the top three was Heartland Triple Crown with Heidi Bowie.

The junior exhibitors were back to the ring for their 14-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure qualifier. The flashy CF Chief’s Moody Man was victorious with Kathryn Combs effortlessly maneuvering through the traffic. Evil Cat and Hannah Houske were called for the reserve with CH Harlem’s Moving Man and Taylor Lafargue rounding out the top three along with a first place vote.

Two young riders marched through the gate for the 11-and-Under Saddle Seat Equation. With confidence Gavin Gagnon had a solid performance for the win under the direction of the Fairfield South team. Courtney McGinnis graciously accepted the reserve ribbon aboard Amandari.

Equitation continued to hold the spotlight with six polished riders making the gate call for the UPHA Senior Challenge Cup. After assertive rail work and a solid pattern, Faye Wuesthofen secured the top spot under the DeLovely banner. From Fairfield South, Kimberlee Meserve carried the red ribbon out with Nicole Ferszt from Cape Cod earning a strong third.

The walk-and-trot riders made their first appearance on the Red Mile for their UPHA 9-and-10 Year-Old Challenge Cup. After rail work and lineup evaluation was completed, a thrilled Aleia Brown was called to the winner’s circle. Brown captured all three judges’ vote with her poised performance, all the while enjoying every pass, under the direction of Cape Cod. Fresh off wins at Midwest and Lawrenceburg, Madison Peyton Miller garnered the red streamers for the Reiser Stables banner. From Cash Lovell Stables, Ellie Kangur accepted the yellow streamers.

Seventeen teams made the call fro the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure. Continuing their successful season, Ooh La Latte and Sarah Lawson were pleasure perfect topping the competitive class for James Lawson. From Reiser Stables, Simply Striking and Lindsay Hensler worked the ring well for the red streamers. The bright and talented Crimson Blue with Brittany Baird earned a strong third with a first place vote.

The youngest group of the show hit the ring next with five 8-and-under riders competing for their UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup. Directed by team DeLovely, Macey Joan Miles unanimously won the blue ribbon aboard CH Callaway’s Coraleen. Molly Codeanne with her new partner, Platinum Asset, captured the reserve title with Allie Poovey rounding out the top three.

The Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure closed out the schedule with hard riding group bursting through the gate. When all the work was completed, it was the athletic CH Sunken Treasure with Drew Taylor Hewitt called to the winner’s circle. Brittany Baird presented the eye-catching My Pepper Ann to the reserve for Toni Nastali with Future and Kelsey Nelson earning third for Doug Nelson and Carol Graham.

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