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Pony Finals

August 8, 2014

Schaefer And Leon Claim Double Tricolors In Medium Greens At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 8

Leon is one show pony of junior hunter star and popular catch-rider Madeline Schaefer's string that she calls her own and rides consistently, and that bond showed when they topped the medium green pony hunter division at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, Aug. 4-10.

In addition to the champion title, Leon also sported the tricolor awarded to the highest scoring pony owned by his rider in the division of 70 competitors after moving up from their third-placed rank after the model and under-saddle classes. 

August 8, 2014

Blueberry Hill Picks Up Small Pony Championship At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 7      

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals award ceremonies are a familiar scene for Blueberry Hill, who earned the top tricolor in the small pony hunter division with Natalie Jayne aboard. While this is only Jayne's second time competing at Pony Finals, held Aug. 4-10, this marks "Whitney's" sixth time making the trip. Last year, Hannah Bernstein rode the mare to a fifth-placed finish in the same division. 

August 6, 2014

Seek Finds Her Way To Top Of Large Ponies At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 6         

Devin Seek may have only sat on Hudson for the first time a week ago, but after a slow start in the regular pony hunter division, they fell into a groove just in time to win the over-fences class and sport the championship ribbon at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, Aug. 4-10. 

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.

August 10, 2013

Westside Makes A Big Impression At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky—Aug. 10

At USEF Pony Finals, the in-gate staff don’t let the ring sit empty for a second. So when Emma Kurtz trotted into the ring for the large pony hunter over-fences class on Westside, the previous pony’s score hadn’t been announced. As Kurtz struck a canter, the crowd erupted into hooting and hollering as the marks for Aleece Jarman and Valentino—87.2, 83.5 and 84.5—were announced.

“That made me a little nervous,” Kurtz admitted.

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