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Winning the Biggest

A first-timer wins the largest class at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

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By Larri Jo Starkey

Out of 96 entries, Caitlynn Osting of Milroy, Indiana, came out on top.

Youth showmanship 14-18 was the largest class at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships, and Caitlynn worked out of the second cut before qualifying for the finals with Hot As The Blazes.

“Definitely my second (run was better),” she said. “I was a little nervous, but the pattern had highlights I like about him. (My trainer) told me to go in there with confidence and do what we know how to do.”

Hot As The Blazes is a 2002 chestnut gelding by Hot Impulse and out of Babes Last Blaze by Blazing Hot. He was bred by AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Andrews, Texas, and is owned by Herman A. Heinz Jr. of Vincennes, Indiana. Caitlynn is leasing the gelding, and they have been partners for about six months.

“He’s 17, and definitely our favorite thing is showmanship,” Caitlynn said. “He’s really sweet and willing, and he works hard.”

Caitlynn, a freshman, was competing for the first time at a Level 1 Championship.

“I like the environment, and it’s a really pretty place (in Wilmington, Ohio),” she said.