With a big pot of gold up for grabs just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, about a dozen horses took to the Coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center on Saturday, March 16, for the 2019 Virginia Maiden — a Western Pleasure class for horses 3 and over who have never been shown.
In a format that is familiar to many who attend the largest of stakes classes such as the World Show, the horses were introduced one by one as they jogged down the center of the arena in front of the judges before the class began.
Vying for a total purse of $33,810, the class was formerly known as the Hylton Maiden Western Pleasure Class and is designed to encourage owners and trainers from pushing their young horses too hard. The class has been the highest paying Western Pleasure futurities in the nation for the past several years.
The class is run like a slot class, with a $700 pre-entry fee due Feb. 15. After that, the entry fee increased to $1,000.
This year, it would be Extra Dirty Martini, a son of The Best Martini, that would take the win. Bred by University of Florida and out of Certain Mouseketeer, Extra Dirty Martini was ridden by Randy Wilson and is owned by Jennifer Moreau.
- Extra Dirty Martini, owned by Jennifer Moreau and shown by Randy Wilson; $9,000
- Shez Slippin Around, owned by William Hodges and shown by Bret Parrish; $6,000
- Tennessi Whiskey, owned by Rusty and Katie Green and shown by Dawn Baker; $4,200
- Moonlite Imagination, owned by Dawn Baker and shown by Brian Baker; $2,400
- (5/6 tie): Only Na Lexus, owned by William Dean Oliver and shown by Jay Starnes; $2,100
- (5/6 tie): ShezaEzRockinGoodbar, owned by Mac McGinnis and shown by Dustin Milsap; $1,680 and $1,500 for being the highest placing Intermediate Rider
- PSU Certain Hope, owned by Penny Osburn and shown by Christina Bantner; $1,560 and $1,500 for being the highest placing Limited Rider
- Invitation Bronzed, owned by Nicole Stickney and shown by Jeff Long; $1,350
- No Doubt Ima GoodOne, owned by Lori Partridge and shown by Brian Rastall; $1,320
- (10/11 tie) Jessica Rabbit, owned by Alexandra Chavez and shown by Andrew Sharp; $1,200
- (10/11 tie) Drunk On Ur Love, owned by Stephanie Windecker and shown by Jessi Irion