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Pony Finals

August 7, 2009

A Special Day For Everyday Enzo

Carly Reinsel may have a new lucky number: 13.

She and her partner in the USEF Pony Finals lay that far down in the small pony hunter standings following yesterday’s model and under saddle—almost out of tricolor contention. But today, Friday, Aug. 7, Reinsel put in the trip of her young career in Lexington, Ky., to win the single small pony over fences class, which counts for 50% of the championship, and claim the overall small pony title.

August 6, 2009

Darst Dominates In The Greens

Meredith Darst knows a little something about USEF Pony Finals. After all, as the daughter of pony hunter guru Mindy Darst she’s been coming to this competition for as long as she can remember. 

But today, Thursday, Aug. 6, proved her best day yet, when she rode Kimberden’s Brownland’s Mr. Mack and All Seasons Farm’s Rock The Boat to the small green and medium green pony hunter championships in Lexington, Ky., as well as the grand green and reserve grand green titles.

July 31, 2009

2009 Pony Finals Bound

The USEF Pony Finals National Championships is considered the Mecca for ponies, and the competition is a popular goal for many riders throughout the country.

The competition attracts the best of the green pony hunters, regular pony hunters and pony jumpers from all over the country to one location. Unlike at a typical show, each competitor can only show one pony in each division, and the entered rider is the only person who may school the pony throughout the week. It’s truly a showcase of that special child and pony relationship.

August 17, 2008

Memorable First Medal Final For Moog

Morgan Moog didn’t come to the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky. expecting any ribbons. She and her parents drove her pony Goodnight Moon from Newfoundland, N.J. to contest Moog's first USEF Pony Medal Final on Aug. 17, hoping to get around the course nicely. When she remained consistent throughout two difficult courses and two tests to earn the championship, she was beyond thrilled.

August 16, 2008

Good Things Come In Small Packages For Pyfer

At the USEF Pony Finals, the youngest competitors usually spend their time in the small pony ring. But not Jessica Pyfer.  This 10-year-old traveled all the way to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from Pasadena, Calif. to compete in the jumper arena, and outrode her teenage competitors on Sat., Aug. 16, to grab the gold in the Adequan/USEF Pony Jumper Individual Championship aboard Sosha.

By focusing on riding clear rounds rather than racing the clock, Pyfer rose to the top of the leaderboard.

August 15, 2008

Repeat Sweep For Lillie Keenan

Lillie Keenan is well on her way to making history at the USEF Pony Finals…again. Last year the New York City native made headlines by sweeping all three regular pony hunter divisions. And this year the 11-year-old picked up three tricolors before the rated divisions even began, earning championships in the small, medium and large green divisions, Aug. 13 and 14, in Lexington, Ky.

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