Fourteen-year-old Cooper Dean and bright-eyed American Hero won Pony Nation’s heart at the USEF Pony Jumper Championships. “Hero” wowed with his fast pace and form over fences, while Dean delighted spectators with his fist-pumping and waving after each clear round on their way to the individual national title at USEF Pony Finals.
With all the yelling, whistling and urging coming from an orange-clad contingent in the Alltech Arena stands, one might have thought the USEF Pony Finals jumper team championship was a tight race. But no, Zone 4’s fan club was simply cheering on its four first-timers to eight clear rounds.
Fifteen-year-old Sydney Shulman made her last year in the pony jumper ring count, picking up her second consecutiveUSEF Pony Finals individual jumper championship gold medal. The seasoned pair let not a single rail drop throughout the three rounds of competition, and “Sailor” never skipped a beat.
She has made a study of dressage sport horse breeding, but her involvement in the equestrian community reaches far beyond reproduction.
Barbara Funk falls into an enviable group of individuals lucky enough to do what they love for a living. Her résumé reads more like a book, with job titles ranging from dressage sport horse breeding judge to tax practitioner, but somehow the Battle Ground, Wash., resident has managed to tie everything she does back to horses.
The win with Gold Raven comes in one of the toughest contests of her career.
Danielle McGunigal admitted that after 30 years of endurance competition the Kentucky Cup endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was the most difficult ride she had ever completed.
They make careful jumping work for them over a challenging derby course.
Just when the Bluegrass state thought Derby mania was over, Croquet and Caroline Weeden put in a sensational performance to win the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in Lexington, on May 9.
Plank verticals and natural fences with no groundlines plagued horses and riders all evening. The sun was setting and the rails were falling.
Henselwood and Special Ed win their second consecutive USGPL Invitational Grand Prix.
If traveling around the world took its toll on some Olympic horses, Special Ed was not one of them. He blazed around the $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper, posting two clear rounds for a repeat win with Jill Henselwood.