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Lexington Junior League - Wednesday Morning

Wednesday morning opened with the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal qualifier for the Finals to be held in two days. Winner of this class a year ago and the Reserve National Champion last year as well, Katie Moeller was the winner with He’s My Beau. Directed by DeLovely Farm, she was headed up for the victory pass by Mark Turner and Sarah Lawson. Emily Chapman is looking to follow in the footsteps of barnmate Kristin Smith, who was reserve in this qualifier last year then went on to claim the National Championship. Emily was the reserve winner today with CH-EQ My One Night Stand in their first year out of junior exhibitor. They are trained by Zubrod Stables. Kristin Smith finished up in third with Callaway’s Another Winner.

Ponies can have an affinity for this track as well, and CH Mastercraft’s Namesake LF is definitely among that group. It also helps that this entry of Stephany Monteleone is tremendously gifted. A winner here in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and now this year, Namesake was the Hackney Pleasure Driving qualifier winner today under the direction of Abel Vega. This class seemed to take forever to get in the ring, as pony after pony continued to come to the ring, totaling 10 entries. Night Voyager and Meredithe Steinhauer have certainly made an impression this year, winning the championship at Bonnie Blue and the competitive limit class at Midwest Charity. The Majestic Oaks team earned reserve in this one for Denise Steinhauer. Extremely Invincible and Stacey Swalla were third, followed by Brenda Rappaport and Regal’s Auctioneer LF in fourth.

Winner of this class for the second year in a row, Macey Joan Miles was the 12-13 Saddle Seat Equitation victor. She piloted CH-EQ Coco Mojo down victory lane for DeLovely. She would go on to win the Junior Equitation Championship here a year ago and the Junior Equitation World’s Championship as well. Madison Stringer had a busy stretch, beginning with a reserve win here aboard Schuller. Showing from her home base of Scottsdale, Arizona, she is trained by Reese and Erin Richey at Cape Cod.

Park Pleasure was a 14-horse, go-for-broke event as always. Clark Clouse had the unanimous winner in Fort Chiswell’s Prince Charming for Miriam Hirshon. Drew Taylor Hewitt assisted with the round of honor for this sporty son of Attache’s Royal Assets and Just Charming. Clark was also the Park Pleasure Champion with this one at Asheville and Roanoke. This horse was the 2011 Three-Gaited Park Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion. Undulata’s Hullabaloo, a fun name to say, was the reserve winner with Melissa Moore up for Shawn Stachowski. As bred to the hilt as any horse can be, she is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of An Heir About Her. A Rift In Time and Kevin Tomasko were third for Phoenix Prophecies LLC, with Anderson Cooper and Jan Lukens fourth for Catherine Kunkel.

Madison Stringer was back again in the 13-and-Under Show Pleasure class, this time making a winning catch ride aboard Aussie for Lisa Ulliman. Trainer Erin Richey called to her after the horses had retired to the in gate, “Arizona!” and gave her a big thumbs up. She was right, as the judges gave her a thumbs up as well, sending her to the winner’s circle. Usually this horse’s rider, Cecelia Bolka also ran to the winner’s circle with Reese and Erin Richey. Cecelia is in just her first year out of Academy and so the more experienced Madison handled the riding duties this week. Cecelia was the champion at Heartland Classic and earned a good reserve at Indianapolis Charity. The grand CH Keeper Of The Stars was reserve with Grace McDonell up. Also twice reserve at Chattanooga last month, this team earned top honors in this class last year on their way to a 13-and-Under Show Pleasure Reserve World’s Championship.

In her equitation cantering debut, Emily Candelaria nailed all three gaits to win the 11-and-Under Saddle Seat Equitation class aboard Callaway’s Gentlemen’s Agreement. A 10-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot Equitation World’s Champion a year ago, Emily is directed by Judd Stables. Madison Kobylski finished in reserve for Kierson Farm, a product of their riding program that seems to ceaselessly churn out new customers for the industry.

In the UPHA 14-17 Challenge Cup, Cassie Bystrack made the winning ride aboard Callaway’s Born A Star. Directed by Fairfield South, Cassie was the unanimous winner. Morgan Gocke and The Ballroom Blitz earned the red ribbon under the direction of Stephanie Lilly.

Remi Adams carried the DeLovely banner forth in the UPHA 9-10 Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup, winning that one aboard Miss Mheiry Mac. The 8-and-Under winner here last year and the 10-and-Under Champion, Remi would go on to claim two World’s Championships in the 8-and-Under division at Louisville. Sofia Rashid, the 9-Year-Old Walk-and-Trot World’s Champion a year ago, continued her great final walk-and-trot season with a reserve in this one for Meadow Dream Farm.

Leatherwood’s Zenergy has been a winner at every show he has been to this season, taking victory passes at Bridlespur MHSA Kick Off, Midwest Charity, Calvary Episcopal Charity, and UPHA Chapter 5. Add Lexington Junior League to that list, as Abby Mutrux rode the chestnut gelding to the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure blue for Deborah Nathanson and High Spirits Farm. With double reserves at both River Ridge and Indianapolis Charity, Maison Boyle and Certain Style were reserve in this one as well, battling the field of 11 for this good prize. Certain Style is owned by Rufus and Phyllis Brown and trained by Cape Cod, who had a busy morning indeed.

Another good young rider from the Wingswept program, Haily Miller was the UPHA 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup winner with Miner’s Blessing. Haily is in her first year out of Academy and obviously making her Red Mile debut today. UPHA Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion a year ago, Emily Vicari was reserve in this one with Imagination Station. Emily is a product of the Kierson Farm Riding Program.

CH What’s The Whoopla has been a star this season with Camille Cowart riding for Caitlin Leith. With six wins and a reserve in their seven classes so far this year, they were Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure winners this morning for the West Wind banner. They have three championship wins to their credit against some of the best competition at J.D. Massey, Asheville, and Midwest. Top Recruit and Kitty Dorwart made one of their best shows to take the red ribbon back to the Cross Creek banner. This was their first time showing in this pleasure division together, though the bay gelding had had previous success with former owner Linda Beltz in the Adult Five-Gaited Pleasure ranks. Count The Money and Drew Taylor Hewitt were third in this big group of 13 for Barbara Gaynor. CH Callaway’s Ball Of Fire and Austin Hazelwood racked a hole in the ground for fourth. 

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