Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11
If the myth, “Lightening never strikes in the same place twice” needed further disproof, look no farther than Libbie Gordon this 2017 USEF Pony Finals.
Gordon had already sealed a memorable USEF Pony Finals. After five years of traveling to Lexington, Ky., the 14-year-old secured her first Pony Finals championship earlier this week with Childs Play Hot Topic in the large pony hunters.
With this tricolor already under her belt, Gordon entered the large green pony hunter over fences on Small Wonder sitting in 11th place. After a silky smooth trip aboard the 8-year-old chestnut warmblood (Cyria—Diva H), the three judging panels rewarded the pair with scores in the upper 80s. With a total total score of 1028.05, Gordon and “Cooper” slid right up to first place over fences while simultaneously grabbing Gordon’s second tricolor championship of the week.
“I love doing it,” said Gordon. “It’s really exciting when you’ve worked so hard for something for so long and it pays off.”
“Whew! Beautiful. Awesome,” said trainer Bibby Farmer of her week with the young equestrian. “It’s fantastic. Libbie’s lovely to work with. She listens. She follows directions. We get along.”
But the double tricolor wasn’t the only thing bringing a smile to Gordon’s face. The success of her good friends Augusta Iwasaki and Adam Edgar put the cherry on top. Iwasaki took reserve champion on Butterscotch and Edgar grabbed the yellow ribbon with D’Artagnan. With laughter filling the Walnut Ring, the trio entered the final ribbon ceremony side by side and ended the victory gallop just the same.
“That was the most exciting part about it,” said Gordon. “It’s always exciting when you share something with people you really like a lot.”
Click here for full results and make sure to read the Sept. 4 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine for more about all the Pony Finals winners.
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