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Lexington Junior League - Wednesday Morning

Just a six-year-old, Bvlgari began the morning with a victory pass in the 10-entry Hackney Pleasure Driving class with Kay Marschel. Trained by Majestic Oaks, Bvlgari was the Hackney Pleasure Driving National Champion last season and earned a sweep of the division at Asheville earlier this year. He is by Mr. Hawkeye and out of Cherry’s Dream Motion. Another big winner on the season, Catch Me If You Can was reserve here with John Wrather at the lines for Charlotte Wrather. Trained by Janet Crampton, Catch Me If You Can swept this division at Southern Saddlebred Spring Fling and Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity. Reedann’s Liberace and Jacqueline Hawkes were third under the direction of Steve Demjen.

There was just one in the 12-13 Saddle Seat Equitation class, but Maisie Benfield put on a good show nonetheless aboard Size Me Up. Last year’s UPHA Junior Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion scored three victories at Rock Creek last month for Zubrod Stables.

Robert Gardiner had assistant trainer Juve Turrubiartes running to head up the victory pass in the Park Pleasure class. Anna Wintour was the top choice here for High Spirits Farm. This was the black mare’s first foray into the Park Pleasure division, having won three classes in the park division already this season. She is by A Superb Manhattan and out of CF Obscure Night. Rob Byers picked up the red prize with Mystery Magic for Ashlyn Farms. Cleverly named, she is by The Mystery Writer and out of Magic Talk. Mystery Magic was four for four on the season coming in, having swept the division at Asheville and Shelby County Fair. Chris Reiser and Nutta You Business picked up a good prize in third, with Undulata’s Spider Man and Lauren Burin in fourth.

With 18 entries, the 13-and-Under Show Pleasure class was split. The merits of splits are always a fun topic for debate, with one side looking at the gigantic ring here in Lexington and the other side looking at the safety of young riders, though a lot of times these youngsters ride better than the adults! Whatever the case, it worked out exceptionally well for Judd Stables, winners of both splits of the class. Emily Candelaria brought the first blue ribbon home, taking Rondo to the winner’s circle for Barbara Woods. By CH Harlem Town and out of She Be Jammin’, Rondo was the 13-and-Under Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions last year, following that up with now six wins already in 2014, including the championship at Asheville. Another barn with two entries in this division, Clouse Stables picked up reserve with Kalarama’s Witness and Havana Wester. Owned by the Havana Daydream Farm, Kalarama’s Witness carries a world title in country pleasure. He is by Harlem Superior and out of Lady Whitney, by The New York Times. CH Stonecroft I’m Radiant and Allie Poovey made a good ride for third for Cindy Dunham.

Section Two saw Mina Mueller take the top spot with Forever Heaven. Maria Gilman once again headed up the victory pass. This team moved up to the cantering ranks for 2014, already taking a championship win at Pro-Am and victory passes at Chattanooga and Tampa Charity as well. Forever Heaven is royally bred, by Undulata’s Heir Apparent and out of World’s Champion Heavenly Thunder. Uncommon Jewel was up for the reserve prize with Alex Halliburton. Trained by Pleasantview Farm, Uncommon Jewel is a full brother to another Lexington winner, Uncut Jewel. This team has wins at Rock Creek and Shelby County Fair on their resume as well. Breezy Nite and Charles Gassen were third for Betty Smith.

Cara DeForge and Sofia Rashid squared off in a two-horse class for the second day in a row, with Cara taking the round of honor in 11-and-Under Equitation aboard Pinnacle’s So Lovely. Cara’s first season out of walk-and-trot has featured wins at Children’s Benefit and now this awesome week at Lexington. Sofia Rashid made the Meadow Dream team proud in reserve with CF Tonight’s All About Her.

The UPHA Senior Challenge Cup win went to last year’s Senior Equitation Champion, Aleia Brown. Teamed with Madeira’s Fame under the direction Cape Cod, Aleia was Reserve World’s Champion in her age group the last two years. Now triple qualified, she is showing as just a 16 year old rider this year. Caroline Cherry is also triple qualified now, with the relaxed qualification rules in the Challenge Cup now. She picked up the red ribbon in reserve aboard CH Lemon Shake Up WRF for DeLovely Farm. Caroline is also a 16-year-old rider. She earned her USEF Medal and NHS Good Hands wins at Asheville in May.

The UPHA 9-10 Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup winner was a unanimous choice of the judges, as Alayna Applegate claimed that prize under the direction of Shelley Fisher. Blue was the theme for this entry, as Alayna wore the bluest suit possible, Shelley wore a blue polo into the ring, and the horse’s name is Blue Over You! It all added up to a blue ribbon for Alayna. A Reserve World’s Champion a year ago, Gabbie Gardiner was reserve here today aboard Harley Rally for Zubrod Stables. They swept this division at River Ridge and          Rock Creek earlier this year.

It was a good morning for The Mystery Writer, as he sired another top horse in a big class, this time the winner of the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure qualifier. In a field of 16, it was Reedann’s Rare Mystery rising to the top with Juliette Dell. Juliette wore her royal purple daycoat today to make the winning ride for 6D Ranch and the DeLovely team. Rare Mystery was a World’s Champion in this division last year, taking the tricolor at Pro-Am earlier this season. CH Jessie Cole has a confusing name since he is a gelding but spells his name like a mare, but there is no confusion about his talent. Gretchen Halloran made a great ride to take the reserve honors back to Matt Shiflet Stables for Gaited Inc. Champions at J.D. Massey these two were reserve champions at Asheville. G.V. Silver Oak and Sommer Justice picked up a strong third for Grand Vin Stables, followed by Caroline Brackenridge and Payton Lynn Walker in fourth.

Following the path of Cameron Kay, Emma von Ballmoos crossed over from the Morgan breed to win the UPHA 8-and-Under Walk-and-Trot Challenge Cup today. Emma was also a World Champion at the Morgan Grand National last year, winning the 11-and-Under Walk-and-Trot World Championship. She is teamed this year with Cuttin’ Up, the Junior Fine Harness winner here a year ago, making the transition to walk-and-trot just a year later. In her first year out of Academy, Sara Evans was six for six coming into this week. She settled for reserve today with CH Keeper Of The Stars. Directed by Mary and Evan Orr, Sara swept this division at ASAC Spring Classic, J.D. Massey Classic, and Asheville.

Bill Heizer trained the winning entry in Saddle & Bridle’s Shatner Western Pleasure class. Mountainview’s Supreme Ruler got that prize with Carlin Bumgarner riding for Laura Bumgarner. Supreme Ruler splits time between Country Pleasure and Western with Carlin, scoring good prizes in both divisions. Loaded Weapon was the reserve winner with Holly Lambdin. Holly is an owner/trainer from Versailles. She took victory passes at Bourbon County Fair and Lawrenceburg so far this year, Loaded Weapon’s first in this division.

CH I’m Something Wicked continued a stellar campaign with McGee Bosworth, riding to the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure blue this morning for Pair of Jacks Stables. Riding under the High Caliber banner, this team is the reigning National Champion in the division. They always seem to be right on top of their game, leading to now eight blue ribbons already on the season. Jessica Cloud had an outstanding ride on Stonecroft Rumor Has It to take the red ribbon back to Jack Magill Stables. These two earned a reserve prize at the Royal last year as well, taking victory passes this season at SASHA Charity and Pin Oak so far. Heirrison Ford and Olivia Schumacher were third, followed by Here To Win and Abby Kastenholz in fourth. 

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