Just Ask is Grand Hunter Champion at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Jeff Gogul and Just Ask Photo: Al Cook
Jeff Gogul and Just Ask
Photo: Al Cook

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 18, 2018 – Just Ask, a bay 9-year-old Warmblood gelding, owned by Roberts Stables LLC, trained by Patty Rogers and ridden by Jeff Gogul, won the Grand Hunter Championship for their performance in the 3’6″ Green Conformation division at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, running October 11-20, 2018 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Just Ask, the 2017 3′ Green Hunter National Champion, kept his winning form at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show earning two Championships, a Leading Hunter Rider title for Gogul and a Grand Champion Hunter Trainer Award for Rogers. Benny Fuentes also benefited from Just Ask’s performances winning the Groom’s Award for his caretaking duties.

“We bought him two years ago and started him in the Baby Greens and last year we moved him right up to the First Years,” said Rogers of the bay gelding. “He’s just been wonderful. Every trip in the ring he learns something. JT is quiet and brave and is the same horse both indoors and outside.”

Jeff Gogul and Just Ask Photo: Al Cook
Jeff Gogul and Just Ask
Photo: Al Cook

Gogul is also impressed with the growth and maturity of the talented young horse. The pair won four of their six 3″6″ Green Conformation classes and placed second in the other two classes.

“He was really terrific and consistent,” Gogul said. “He’s a horse for the future.”

The High Performance division title went to Private Life, ridden by Scott Stewart and owned by Dr. Betsee Parker. Last year at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Private Life won the Championship in the Green Conformation division. Lucador, also owned by Parker and ridden by Stewart was Reserve Champion.

“These two horses were great,” said Stewart of his mounts. “I try not to show the two of them against each other but at indoors there is no choice. It is nice having both of them. They are both basically pretty easy. Lucador can be a bit more temperamental. You have to be really nice to him or else he will buck and play Private Life is just a really easy horse, he just goes around. It is nice to end on such a high note.”

Scott Stewart and Private Life Photo: Al Cook
Scott Stewart and Private Life
Photo: Al Cook

Private Life also received the EMO Agency High Five Award, given to the horse and rider who receive the highest score in these divisions, for his 90-point score in the High Performance Conformation Hunter Over Fences class. Private Life did, however, have to share the High Five Award with Private Practice, owned by Brad Wolf and ridden by Victoria Colvin, as they also scored a 90 in the Green 3’9″ Hunter Handy round.

Fernando Bonilla took home the Groom’s award for his care and attention to Private Life.

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