2011 Youth World
Virtues and Abigail Pait of Sparta, New Jersey, won the 2-year-old mares class at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
by Becky Newell, Editor-In-ChiefThe American Quarter Horse Journal
This is a big year for Abigail Pait. In June, she was elected AQHYA president and Saturday, August 6, she and her homebred mare, Virtues, won the 2-year-old mares class at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The pair won the yearling mares class at the 2010 Ford Youth World.Bred by the father of AQHA President Peter J. Cofrancesco III, Virtues is by A Radiant Image and out of Sheza Virtuous Lady by Statutory. The victory was even sweeter for the Pait and Cofrancesco families, both of New Jersey, in that Abigail's dad, Jeffery, and Peter J. Cofrancesco III had both shown Virtues' sire and dam to world and reserve world championships.
"Virtues is a big baby doll. She's very sweet," Abigail said of Virtues. "She has a lot of names ... her registered name is Virtues, but when she was a foal, we called her 'Puddin,' and that stuck. She just goes out there and stands for you – you have to ask her nicely because she doesn't like to be bossed around."
While Virtues is done for the week, Abigail still has horsemanship preliminaries today and showmanship prelims on Monday. On top of her showing schedule, Abigail will also be busy presenting awards and meeting the AQHYA members who are at the Ford Youth World.