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Pony Finals

September 22, 2009

Teamwork Takes Zone 4 To The Top

After they finished fourth in the Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship last year, Zone 4 riders Edie Ringger, Claudia Billups and Brittini Raflowitz have been obsessed with one thing and one thing only: team gold. 

With a year of single-minded planning and practice behind them, the team returned to Lexington, Ky., along with newcomer Leigh Anne Hartrampf, for their victory on Aug. 19. Zones 8 & 9 took the silver medal and Zone 10 earned the bronze.

August 28, 2009

Putting Pony Finals In Perspective

This trainer sees the Pony Finals as first and foremost an educational opportunity for all involved.

August 21, 2009

Managing Expectations

Succeeding at the USEF Pony Finals takes practice, planning and luck, but also tremendous mental preparation. Most young riders who traveled to Kentucky for this year’s renewal had grown comfortable picking up ribbons, but this show always shakes things up.

August 21, 2009

For The Laughter Has The Last Laugh At USEF Pony Finals

It isn’t easy being the last to go at the USEF Pony Finals.

August 21, 2009

Best Friends Top USEF Pony Medal Final

Before Ailish Cunniffe and Madelyn Keck headed to the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky., the two best friends had dreamed about being first and second in the USEF Pony Medal Final on Aug. 9.

So when the announcer called back only Cunniffe, South Salem, N.Y., and Keck, Allamuchy, N.J., to work off after two rounds over fences, they turned to each other with grins on their faces and agreed that they didn’t care who won, they were both just thrilled to be the top two.

August 21, 2009

Shulman Sails Away With The USEF Pony Jumper Championship

Sydney Shulman could feel the palpable tension in the air as she entered the indoor arena to jump off for the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Pony Jumper Individual Championship at USEF Pony Finals, Aug. 5-9, in Lexington, Ky.

August 9, 2009

Cunniffe Crowned Pony Medal Champion

Bonnie Cunniffe has a problem. When her daughter Ailish missed a lead change in the medium pony over fences class yesterday, she promised the 12-year-old that if she shaped up and won today’s USEF Pony Medal Final she would get her a new puppy.

So after Ailish put in a pair of stellar rounds to beat out 217 riders today, Sunday Aug. 9, Bonnie will have to explain to her husband, Frank, why she defied his objections and brought home a new Corgi from Lexington, Ky.

August 8, 2009

For The Laughter Has The Last Laugh At Pony Finals

It’s not easy being the last pony on course at the USEF Pony Finals. That rider has to wait around at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington all day, reevaluating her plan for the toughest pony hunter course of the season.

But the extra pressure didn’t stop Victoria Colvin from earning the highest scores of the week—a pair of 90s and a 93—aboard For The Laughter to claim the large pony hunter and grand pony hunter titles today, Aug. 8.

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