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August 11, 2012

For The Laughter Earns His Fourth Title

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Maddie Darst found the perfect way to wrap up her USEF Pony Finals career: winning the large pony hunter title on Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter.

This marks the fourth year in a row that For The Laughter earned the championship, and the second time that Darst has had the ride.

August 10, 2012

Hi Lite Stands Out At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 10

Maddie Schaefer has been a Pony Finals regular for as long as she can remember. Even though she’s only 11, this marked her fifth year competing at the event. This year, found the perfect way to commemorate the occasion: by winning the medium pony hunter championship aboard Hi Lite. Model winner Rafael, shown by Lili Hymowitz, earned the reserve title.

Schaefer rode Hi Lite to the top of the over fences class today to beat out 104 other ponies and earn the championship.

August 10, 2012

From The Backyard To The Walnut Ring

Holland Nievergelt can’t stop smiling. It started last week when she had her nose pressed against the truck window as she and her mother pulled into the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time. And as her mom, Julie, dodges zig zagging children while driving us in her golf cart from the Walnut Ring back to the barns, Holland is still grinning ear to ear.

August 9, 2012

Roxbury Reels In A Win In Kentucky

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 9

Someone else might have thought that Yasmin Rizvi drew the short end of the straw. Her mother, P.J. Rizvi, and sisters, Zayna and Farah Rizvi, travelled to London to watch P.J.’s dressage horse, Breaking Dawn, compete in the Olympic Games with Canadian Ashley Holtzer. But Yasmin made the most of staying stateside, riding Roxbury to the medium pony hunter championship at USEF Pony Finals.

May 29, 2012

Winds Of Magic Blows Away The Pony Jumper Competition

Devon, Pa.—May 29

Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race—even in the jumpers.

Halfway through the jump-off for the $2,500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic at the Devon Horse Show on May 27, no rider had found a clear go around the track. Riders were going for broke, finding snug turns and turning on the gas—but hitting rails in the process.

May 27, 2012

Updated: Pony Dies At Devon

Small pony Humble died May 26 at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. Humble was in a barn on the show grounds when he died.

Humble, a 9-year-old Welsh pony by Blue Rain, was owned by Amber Hill Farm. He'd competed the day before in the small pony hunter division.

Humble had been a regular competitor on the A circuit, finishing overall eighth at USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) in that division last year.

May 27, 2012

Déjà Vu In The Devon Pony Ring

May 26—Devon, Pa.

Winning a championship at Devon is tough to top the next year, so Meredith “Maddy” Darst went ahead and did the same thing a second time. She rode For The Laughter to his second consecutive grand pony championship at Devon for Betsee Parker. It’s that pony’s third large pony hunter title in a row at Devon, Pa., winning the 2010 edition with Tori Colvin up.

The judges awarded the Lebanon, Ohio, rider third place in the Best Child Rider on a Pony competition for her efforts.

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