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Watch Why They Won: Somareddy And Goldrush Cash In At $10,000 USHJA Pony Derby In Tryon



It’s not often that you’ll find ponies in the main stadium at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, in Mill Spring, North Carolina, but on July 10 there was a pony invasion as 36 pairs turned out for the $10,000 USHJA Pony Derby.

At the end of two rounds, Evana Somareddy and Goldrush, a 13-year-old Welsh Pony cross, emerged victorious with a score of 170. Elle Boyd locked up the rest of the top 3 with Sugarbrook Pink-N-Blue and Baby Blue.

“I kind of was just going around saying, ‘OK! We’re doing this! First line is done. I love this!’ ”  Somareddy said. “And before I knew it, it was at the end, and we were jumping through the two-stride! And I was just like, ‘Good boy!’ ”

Somareddy walked in the ring with a mix of jitters and confidence.


“I was kind of nervous because I’ve never shown in a big stadium before,” she said. “But ‘Monty’ just came in for me, and he was amazing. Also, I just want to give my thanks to Schuler Dayner for helping me prep Monty and making him perfect. It was really so much fun! I couldn’t have done it better.”

Watch Somareddy’s winning rounds, courtesy of TIEC:

Classic Round

Handy Round



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