The pony rider notches another remarkable accomplishment.
This summer, Lillie Keenan accomplished a feat all pony riders dream of—sweeping all three divisions at the USEF Pony Finals. Little could anyone imagine that she’d do it again.
But that she did, during Pennsylvania National’s junior weekend, Oct. 18-20 in Harrisburg, Pa. Keenan rode Vanity Fair to the grand and large pony hunter tricolors, Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter championship and won the small pony hunter title on Pink Floyd.
It was déjà vu all over again. McLain Ward went last in the jump-off. Kent Farrington was leading with a seemingly unbeatable time aboard Up Chiqui. And there was a long gallop to a vertical as the last jump.
It’s not over till it’s over, and the conclusion of the ASPCA Maclay Finals tonight, Nov. 3 in Syracuse, N.Y., proved that adage more than true. But at the end of the night, Kimberly McCormack stood alone, winning the Maclay just two weeks after her victory in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. But while she led the Medal Finals from the very beginning, today she had to fight her way to the top.
The results are… 1. Kimberly McCormack 2. Elizabeth Lubrano 3. Shelby Wakeman 4. Carly Anthony 5. Emily Gardner 6. Michelle Morris
After the first round and the flat phase of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Maria Schaub sits atop the standings, and the judges—George Morris and Linda Hough—have called back 18 to ride again this afternoon.
The standby, in order of go (reverse order of standing) is… Jennifer Walters Hayden Warmington Matthew Metell Kate Salzman Melissa Barton Cathy Rolfs Stephanie Underwood Tatiana Dzavik Carly Anthony Shelby Wakeman Lucy Davis Mallory Olson Katherine Newman Kimberly McCormack Elizabeth Lubrano Emily Gardner
Make it an even dozen. That’s how many grand prix classes Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington have won in their amazing year. So far.
They added the $65,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W to their record on Oct. 27, concluding the Pennsylvania National, Oct. 22-27 in Harrisburg, Pa. And they did it in truly dramatic style.
“She just kept winning,” judge Geoff Teall said of Kimberly McCormack’s rides in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. “Her first round was fantastic, her second round was equally fantastic. And in the test, she had all the pressure in the world on her and she was great. It was hers to lose, and she won it.”
Some of the champions at the Pennsylvania National Junior Weekend, Oct. 18-20 in Harrisburg, Pa., surprised even themselves, and some were confirmed winners adding another line to their resume. In just her first year of riding horses, Taylor Ann Adams, 13, guided Don Stewart’s veteran gray gelding Lyle to the small junior hunter, 15 & under title.