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October 26, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: El Nino

It’s definitely hard to miss El Nino competing in the medium pony hunters. With his loud brown-and-white spotted pattern, this Pony of the Americas stands out.

But its not just his unique coloring that makes El Nino special—he’s also a true veteran and professor in the ring. “Nino” has been jumping around medium pony hunter courses for more than 15 years and has won ribbons with more than a dozen riders in that time.

October 10, 2015

Meet Your Pennsylvania National Pony Hunter Winners!

What you need to know about... Glynhafan Red Kestral, the grand and large pony champion.

• Farah Rizvi, 12, rode Glynhafan Red Kestral to the two tricolors. She bought the chestnut gelding in the beginning of the year, and showed him a bit herself. But when the time came for the USEF Pony Finals, she was on vacation, so she gave the reins to Taylor St. Jacques, who rode him to the grand overall pony championship.

October 14, 2014

Pony Re-Measurement Reignites Size Debate And Ideas

A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.

Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.

May 24, 2014

Spellbound Makes Magic In The Ring

Devon, Pa.—May 24

Bernadette Chungunco came to the Devon Horse Show with exactly one goal in mind: do better than last year. Well she did that, and then some. Chungunco won the large pony hunter championship and the grand pony hunter title on her own Spellbound, and the judges selected her as the Best Child Rider on a pony to boot.

“I just wanted a better outcome than last year when we were reserve, this is as good as it gets,” said Chungunco. “I’m really proud of him.”

May 24, 2014

Spellbound Makes Magic In The Pony Ring

Devon, Pa.—May 24

Bernadette Chungunco came to the Devon Horse Show with exactly one goal in mind: to do better than last year. Well she did that, and then some. Chungunco won the large pony hunter championship and the grand pony hunter title on her own Spellbound, and the judges selected her as the Best Child Rider on a pony to boot.

“I just wanted a better outcome than last year when we were reserve, this is as good as it gets,” said Chungunco. “I’m really proud of him.”

October 12, 2013

Who's The Cutest Pony In Harrisburg?

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 11

There are so many talented and darling ponies and riders at the Pennsylvania National, it’s tough to pick just a few to feature. Which is your favorite?

August 11, 2013

Woodson Nails A Test To Win The USEF Pony Medal Final

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Quick: You’re in the work-off of a major equitation final, and the judge asks you to turn on the haunches. What do you do?

If you’re Olivia Woodson, it doesn’t matter that “turn on the haunches” isn’t exactly a command pony riders hear in equitation classes every weekend. She hears it in her lessons with Charlie Moorcroft and Geoff Teall every time out.

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