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Stephanie Vijan and Kels Bonham Ride for Double Tricolors in Junior Hunters at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-08-04

Lexington, KY – August 4, 2007 – Junior hunters concluded this afternoon in the Stonelea Arena at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and scorching temperatures kept the hunters quiet in the ring.

Stephanie Vijan’s momentum from yesterday’s success carried forward into today. The young rider won both over fences classes yesterday in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters, and today she and her catch-ride, Ruby, jumped to second place and received the overall division championship. Vijan showcased the horse for Holly Labry of Memphis, TN. “Ruby was a catch-ride for Phoebe Sheets,” said Vijan. “He’s a really cool horse. He has a cool canter and a huge stride, but he’s a small horse.”

Reserve champion in the younger Small Juniors went to Zoom and Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH.

Vijan’s luck continued in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters, and she took another tricolor with Walk The Line. The duo won all three classes yesterday and tallied the most points, resulting in championship honors. Earlier in the week, Walk The Line championed in the First Year Green Working Hunters with Sandy Ferrell in the irons. Vijan also captured a blue ribbon today with her other mount, Sunset Strip. Added to Sunset Strip’s second and third from yesterday, today’s blue secured them the reserve championship. Vijan resides in Westonville, OH, and rides with Mindy Darst at Lochmoor Stables.

When asked about her large junior hunters, Vijan exclaimed, “I love them so much! Walk The Line is really cool. He’s still kind of a baby, but he’s grown up so much. He learns really fast and is very smart.” She continued, “Sunset Strip is like a big pony. He doesn’t care about anything. You just go in and kick him around. He likes his job.”

Kels Bonham saw double tricolors as well when she came away with the championship in both the Large and Small Junior 16 & 17 Hunters. In the older Large Juniors, Bonham guided Manhattan to two top finishes yesterday and second and third today, sealing the top tricolor ribbon. She then returned for the Small Junior 16 & 17 Hunters with Urlala and excelled for two blue ribbons and the championship.

“Manhattan is a catch-ride that I’m showing for Jen Miller,” commented Bonham. “This was my first weekend riding him. He’s really quiet and sweet and a blast to ride. He’s relaxed in the ring and does whatever you want. Yesterday he was little bit more awake, so he jumped fresher,” she revealed. “Today he was tired, but he was still really good. I’m lucky that I get to ride him.”

In the Large Junior 16 & 17 Hunters, Matador and Victoria Lee finished with the reserve championship, and the tricolor was presented to Barri Platt and Manolo in the older Small Juniors.

Hunter excitement continues on tomorrow in the Stonelea Arena with the Amateur-Owner Hunters. Large, Medium, and Small Pony Working Hunters will also vie for top honors in the Murphy and Claiborne Rings.

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