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!