By Larri Jo Starkey
When Lauren Boisvert of Pilesgrove, New Jersey, was invited to take her victory lap, she did so – at a trot.
Lauren is just one of the exhibitors at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships who is competing in walk-trot classes this year.
Lauren’s win came in amateur walk-trot hunter under saddle with Suddenly Punk.
“We’ve been working for it all year, with my trainer, and we were ready to come,” Lauren said. “We’re just starting out, and this is a good place to start.”
AQHA added show managers to offer walk-trot classes for youth and amateurs beginning in 2016. In 2018, the classes were added to the Level 1 Championships.
Lauren wasn’t ready to canter yet, she said. She exactly fit the group the walk-trot classes were designed to appeal to.
Suddenly Punk is a 2013 brown gelding by RL Best Of Sudden and out of Ant Punk 06 (TB) by Storm Day. He was bred by Kara Baggett and Val Murrell of Folsom, Louisiana. Lauren calls him “Punk.”
“I just got him about 10 months ago, and he’s just the best,” she said. “I was scared and nervous, but he takes care of me – he’s a good boy.”
Lauren was still excited as she lined up for photos after her win.
“I can’t wait to call everyone,” she said.