Meet Your Pennsylvania National Pony Hunter Winners!

Oct 10, 2015 - 5:07 PM

What you need to know about… Glynhafan Red Kestral, the grand and large pony champion.

• Farah Rizvi, 12, rode Glynhafan Red Kestral to the two tricolors. She bought the chestnut gelding in the beginning of the year, and showed him a bit herself. But when the time came for the USEF Pony Finals, she was on vacation, so she gave the reins to Taylor St. Jacques, who rode him to the grand overall pony championship.

Farah Rizvi and Glynhafan Red Kestral. Photo by Molly Sorge

• He has humble roots. “KP” was bred by Glenda Armstrong and is half Welsh and half Morgan. He caught peoples’ eye at the 2013 USEF Pony Finals when he was third in the large green diviison there. KP was under the guidance of Holland Nievergelt, who was more familiar with local Massachusetts shows. Want to know more? read the Chronicle’s 2013 story, “From The Back Yard To The Walnut Ring.”

Farah Rizvi showed Glynhafan Red Kestral to the grand and large pony tricolors. Photo by Molly Sorge

• “He’s a super special pony; he’s been a great pony from the start,” said Christine Trigger, who trains both Farah and Zayna Rizvi. “He was a diamond in the rough. We had leased him at the beginning of the year and I had the feeling we were onto something special.”

• He’s 10 and was was bred in Slingerlands, N.Y., by Glenda Armstrong at her Glynhafan Farm (Glynhafan Red Hawk—Disco Rag Doll). 

What you need to know about… Swingtown, the medium pony champion.

• Zayna Rizvi, 10, wasn’t about to let her sister’s championships go unmatched, so she got one of her own. She says they’re not too competitive as sisters, but more supportive of each other.

Swingtown and Zayna Rizvi on their way to the medium pony championship. Photo by Molly Sorge

• Swingtown actually was ridden by Farah and Zayna’s older sister, Yasmin Rizvi, but has been off for three years recovering from a hairline fracure in his ankle. (Want to know more about Swingtown’s remarkable recovery from this possibly career-ending injury? Make sure to read the Pennsylvania National coverage in the Oct. 26 print issue of The Chronicle of the Horse.)

• He’s 12 and of unknown breeding. He started showing in 2009 in California with Mitchell Endicott riding, then was third at the 2012 USEF Pony Finals in the medium pony division with Madeline Schaefer riding. 

What you need to know about… iParty, the small pony champion.

• In her first indoor show ever, Lila Mark rode the bay mare to the tricolor. “It was really exciting because it’s my first Harrisburg and my first indoors. So I was surprised I was champion, and it was amazing. She’s the best pony ever,” Mark, 12, said.

Iparty and Lili Mark on their way to the small pony championship. Photo by Molly Sorge

• IParty’s original name was Loafers Lodge Surprise Party, and she was bred by John Almond (Dragoncroft Pintado—Loafers Lodge Isis).

• Morgan Ward, Devin Seek, Leigh Purringtonand and Mia Latran showed iParty as a green pony in 2012 before Kaitlyn Williams picked up the ride at the end of that year. Williams showed iParty through the Pennsylvania National in 2013, where they won the under saddle, then Mark bought her. 

Sophie Gochman and Storyteller won the large pony hunter stake class and were the reserve champions of the division. Photo by Molly Sorge

The 17-year-old Flashback earned the high score of the regular pony hunter trips, earning a 90 in the small pony hunter stake with Claire Campbell aboard. He then made a good bid to eat the awards decorations. Photo by Molly Sorge


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