2021 Morgan Grand National & World Championship Horse Show - Highlights
We are extremely proud of the Ledyard bred horses presented to world titles in 2021!
Ledyard Solitary Man made his mark and was named WC 3 yr old futurity park saddle who is owned by Dale/Jeanne Fuelling and ridden by Jenny Taylor of Memory Lane Stables.
The 2 yr old pleasure driving division was dominated by Ledyard Farm owned horses. Ledyard That's the Truth, driven by Lynn Peeples, was WC 2 yr old pleasure driving and RWC futurity 2 yr old pleasure driving . Ledyard Hot Tamale, driven by Nancy Flower, was GN winner 2yr old pleasure driving winner and came back to be the RWC 2 yr old pleasure driving horse.
Ledyard There You Go was named RWC Gelding and WC junior gelding in-hand along with GN 2 yr old gelding and WC 2 yr old gelding in hand for Ledyard Co. LLC
Ledyard Rare Soul was on fire to capture the RWC English Pleasure Masters owned and ridden by Jerri Monroe, trained by Cottonwood Creek.
Ledyard All the Rage made another spectacular show with owner/rider Maria Tartaglione in the English Pleasure youth division and bringing back the RWC title to Broadmoor Stables.
Ledyard the Rebel, "Raven", was named reserve GN in both the 4 yr old park harness mare & gelding with Kathy Peeples and also in the amateur park harness with his owner, Robert Severino. He was a top contender with tough competition in his first year in the amateur ranks!
Ledyard Serenity debuted in her first saddle class to date. She was RWC futurity English pleasure 3yr old ridden by Jim Stachowski for owner Kim Jarvis.
Ledyard Perfect Manhattan brought back to Taylor River Farm the WC ladies hunter pleasure title with owner Michelle Quinlisk riding. Sarah Gove won the qualifier with this multi-titled gelding.
Ledyard Oberon is a perennial farm favorite here and seems to be getting better every year! He is trained by Maggi Stables and is owned and driven by Jacqueline Mahoney. This year he added the prestigious title of WC Classic Pleasure Driving along with RWC Classic Pleasure Driving Ladies and GN winner in classic pleasure driving ladies gelding sec. 1.
Ledyard One More Time did it one more time, bringing back another world title in 2021. This year he guided owner/driver, Frances Pugh, to the RWC classic pleasure driving masters after being RGN in sec. 2 qualifier. "Noah" just keeps getting better and he has the perfect home at Tara Farm!
Despite the craziness of 2020, Ledyard Farms’ horses had a great showing at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse show in Oklahoma City this year. With a total of nine Ledyard horses attending the show, a combined total of four World Champion, four Reserve World Champions, three Grand National Champions, and one Reserve Grand National Champion was earned. The scoring is based off of a three-judge system. Each judge scores the horses separately and the totals are then combined to determine the winners. Whether a horse earns the World Champion or the Reserve World Champion (2nd place), that horse gets to forever have a world title to their name. There are several classes and disciplines to compete in. Disciplines such as Hunter Pleasure, English Pleasure, Classic Pleasure, and Park. In the Hunter class, the horses head is lower and more relaxed with a smooth gait. Both the English Pleasure and the Classic Pleasure disciplines can be under saddle or in harness, meaning a cart is pulled behind. In either of these circumstances, the horse must be mild-mannered, relatively high-headed with a smooth gait. The Park classes can also be under saddle or in harness. This discipline is supposed to emulate the quintessential Morgan. It illustrates the true beauty a Morgan Horse possesses by being very up-headed with a precise and fluid gait. The Park horse should be just a magnificent in motion as it would be standing still.
Of the nine horses that attended, seven of them brought home titles. First off, continuing his already amazing showing career and adding some more world titles to his name is Ledyard Oberon. With a first-place finish in the Grand National Classic Pleasure Driving Ladies Gelding class he moved on to become the World Champion of the Classic Pleasure Driving Ladies class, and Reserve World Champion in the Classic Pleasure Driving class.
Adding to his outstanding career, Ledyard Perfect Manhattan earned 1st in the Grand National Hunter Pleasure Youth Stallion and Gelding class as well as becoming Reserve Champion in Hunter Pleasure Youth. This is his seventh world title!
After coming close in 3rd, the past two years, Ledyard All the Rage earns her first world title by earning Reserve World Champion in the English Pleasure Youth class.
The next horse is a stunning 3-year-old who has a great show career ahead of her. Ledyard Repunzel is the World Champion Futurity Park Harness Horse 3-Year-Old following her win in 2019 as the World Champion Park Harness 2-Year-Old.
After pausing her showing career in 2014, Ledyard’s Tiger Lily jumped back on the showing circuit this year. She came in 2nd in the Grand National Classic Pleasure Saddle Junior Exhibitor 16 & 17 class proving she still has it after a six-year break.
With his first win at the Grand National World Championship, Ledyard’s Rare Soul picks up not one but two wins. After winning 1st in the Grand National English Pleasure Amateur Masters 61 & Up, he moved on to be named World Champion of the English Pleasure Amateur Masters.
Last but certainly not least, we have a young horse making her debut in the show ring. As a fan-favorite, Ledyard Serenity became the UNANIMOUS World Champion in the Futurity Pleasure Driving 2-Year-Old class. With her outstanding performance we are very excited to see her show career take off. Her unanimous win means all three judges picked her as the best horse in this very competitive class!