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June 26, 2011

Lucky Too Brought Good Fortune To A Generation Of Young Riders

From orphan foal to four-time Devon champion, this medium pony molded countless careers.

The champion medium pony hunter who walks into Devon’s Gold Ring to accept the Lucky Too Perpetual Trophy follows in extraordinary footsteps. The trophy’s namesake dominated the pony ring at that show, retiring the previous award in 1999 and then returning to win her own trophy in 2002.

June 2, 2011

Devon Pony Hunt Teams

For most pony riders at Devon, the real fun starts after all the serious pony hunter competition wraps up.

At a show marked by tradition, the pony hunt team classes may be the most popular institution on the showgrounds. Teams of three small, medium or large pony riders pick a theme, decorate themselves and their ponies head to toe, queue up their favorite music and negotiate a course concurrently, culminating in jumping the final fence in tandem.

May 28, 2011

Maddy Darst Makes A Big Impression At Devon

May 28—Devon, Pa.

The last weekend in May isn’t usually a good one for Maddy Darst. She’s been coming to Devon for years, but she’s always felt a little cursed.

“I always have bad luck here,” said Darst, 13. “I’ll have one good trip, then something will go wrong.”

But Darst, Lebanon, Ohio, put that all in the past this time around. She rode Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter to the grand pony and large pony hunter championships, Pegasus Show Stables’ Swingtown to the medium pony hunter title and Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter reserve title.

November 24, 2010

Marguerite Taylor-Jones Changed The Face Of Pony Breeding

She’s devoted decades to producing pretty ponies and raising the standards.

Sometimes, on a soft summer evening, Marguerite Taylor-Jones will place a chair in the shade of a tree and gaze at the weathered red barn and paddocks where hundreds of ponies cavorted.

She replays in her mind walking down the aisle, with pretty pony heads hanging over the stall doors, nickering for their breakfast. And she reminisces about quiet nights spent rubbing a soft gleam into young ponies’ coats, getting them looking their best.

October 16, 2010

Press Proves The Best At Penn National

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 16

Victoria Press enjoyed the horse show of her young career at this year’s Pennsylvania National. She and Olivia Jack’s Love And Laughter claimed the large pony hunter and grand pony hunter titles, as well as topping the pony hunter classic. She also picked up two red ribbons aboard her other mounts, large pony Midnight Hour and medium pony Hillcrest Kilkenny. The judges rewarded her great riding with best child rider on a pony honors. Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter finished as the reserve large pony, with Victoria Colvin up.

October 14, 2010

Oliver Twist Takes The NAL Pony Jumper Finals

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 14

The course for the $5,000 NAL Pony Jumper Finals may not have been to her mount’s liking, but Jessica Karsin Landis wouldn’t let that get in the way of her mount claiming blue. Oliver Twist has a notoriously short stride, so when Steve Stephens set three in-and-outs at the Pennsylvania National, Landis knew she’d have a challenge.

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