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Pony Finals

August 7, 2015

Breyanna Lucero Took Her ‘Ditch Pony’ To Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 7

Breyanna Lucero never thought she’d make the 1,380-mile trip from Albuquerque, N.M., to Lexington, Ky., for USEF Pony Finals, and she certainly never expected it to be aboard Pony Pants.

While Pony Pants might look like he’s just like any other well-bred pony to earn a spot in the finals, his story is a bit more dramatic. He didn’t come from the posh show world where he was pampered from day one. Instead he came from a ditch.

August 6, 2015

Bit Of Laughter Is Best with Augusta Iwasaki

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 6

No one could beat Augusta Iwasaki and Bit Of Laughter in the regular small pony division—the 11-year-old rider topped a field of 118 small ponies to take the championship honors.  

And nothing could distract her from discussing her win after the awards ceremony—the rain was coming down in buckets at the Kentucky Horse Park, but Iwasaki was not fazed. A question that usually elicits a humdrum two-word response was carefully studied before Iwasaki returned an answer.

August 6, 2015

From Three Ring Circus To One Ring Show

When the wind picked up and the skies darkened prior to the start of yesterday’s small green pony hunter over fences, understandably many trainers were worried about how their charges would handle the already pressure-filled atmosphere of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky.

Ali Sweetnam had the opposite concern.

“We were scared he’d be too quiet.”

So why wasn’t she worried that her 6-year-old pony would be a tad wild? Mr. Magoo was born in the circus.

August 5, 2015

St. Jacques Is All Smiles At Pony Finals

Aug. 5—Lexington, Ky.  

Before Glynhafan Red Kestral’s back feet touched down following the final oxer in the regular large pony hunter over fences round at U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, Taylor St. Jacques burst into a smile. The 16-year-old showered the pony with pats as he dropped back to a trot.

August 5, 2015

Four Pony Finals First Timers

Welcome to U.S. Pony Finals: land of the adorable, and for a week every summer, home of the top ponies in the entire United States. You may not be able to attend this cuteness overload in person, but if you’ve ever been to a horse show, just picture that, but in miniature. Teeny tiny shadbellies, on teeny tiny riders, on teeny tiny ponies. Did I mention how teeny tiny everything is?

August 3, 2015

One To Watch: Madison Gentry Is Taking A Mustang To Pony Finals

Madison Gentry is taking riding an “American-bred” pony to the next level—she’s competing a 6-year-old Mustang, Mr. Popper, in the large green division at U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals.

August 10, 2014

St. Jacques And Pielet Remember The Basics To Clinch USEF Pony Medal Final Top Spots

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 10        

"Heels down, eyes up" was the mantra of Taylor St. Jacques as she headed into the Pony Medal Final on the last day of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, held Aug. 4-10. She concentrated on the basics and was rewarded with a victory, which she celebrated with her friend, second-placed Alexandra Pielet. The two were beside themselves with excitement as they celebrated each other's success. 

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