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2003 Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Double Java

Perhaps his name should have given us a clue, but how could one expect any horse to have the heart and the stamina to win two hard fought World Grand Championship titles after making three winning performances already that week. Double Java had all that and a double shot of adrenaline to carry both trainer Scott Benham and his son Mac to World Grand Championship titles in the lite shod pleasure division of the 2003 Celebration.

It was the father/son team of Scott and Mac Benham and their Golden West team that prepared Double Java to achieve five trips to the Celebration winner’s circle at this year's Celebration. On Thursday night, Scott Benham directed Double Java to the World Grand Championship title in the Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod division. Benham had earlier won the open world championship title as well. Like father, like son - on Saturday night, Mac Benham returned to the ring to capture the Amateur Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod World Grand Championship. Mac had also directed Double Java to both the Juvenile Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure Mares and Geldings title and to the Four-Year-Old Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure title.

The talented youngster is owned by Mark and Marcy Drummond of Norco, California. The Drummonds have enjoyed seeing Double Java win all across the West Coast as well. With blue ribbons at the Carousel Horse Show, Desert Classic, the California Celebration and the West Coast Trainers Show, Double Java was well-prepared for the Celebration competition.

Only a four-year-old, Double Java began his career in 2001 as a two-year-old with wins at the West Coast Trainers Show, Western States Celebration, Carousel and the California Celebration. He returned in 2002 in both open and amateur ranks to win at Carousel, the Desert Classic, Pomona All Amateur, West Coast Trainers, Western States Celebration and California Celebration.

Expect many more great things to come from this talented lite-shod entry. But we doubt the Drummond and Benham families will never forget the first year a father/son team both won World Grand Championships at the Celebration on the same horse.

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