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August 9, 2015

Sophie Gochman Accomplishes Her Goals In Pony Medal

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 9

Sophie Gochman couldn’t contain her excitement.

Throughout her interview following her win the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal, it was emanating from her, and she continually bounced on her heels as she grinned widely.

“I came in here thinking that it would be great to be in the top 10, because last year we were in the top 25,” said Gochman, 12. “So my goal was to be in the top 10. I never expected to win, and I did. And I was so excited. I’m so pumped!”

August 8, 2015

Broke, Trained And Ridden To Gold: It's all Elizabeth McDougald and Knock My Sox Off

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 8

How many riders at U.S. Pony Finals can say they saddle broke their own pony? We know of one for sure—individual gold medalist Elizabeth McDougald and her Pony of The Americas gelding Knock My Sox Off.

“That was amazing,” McDougald said, still sitting on "Sox" dressed in his navy blue championship cooler and wearing his tricolor ribbon as she walked him out around the outside of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. “I was not expecting to go in there and do that well. It made my day; it was amazing.”

August 8, 2015

Woodlands Stevie Ray Tops Largest Division At US Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 8

Taking the tricolor in the last and largest hunter division at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, the regular mediums, was Woodlands Stevie Ray and Alexa Aureliano. 152 other ponies vied for the award, but it was ‘Stevie’ who took it with a win in the under saddle, a third place finish over fences, and ranked 58 in the model.

Aureliano, 13, has competed at Pony Finals three times previously, but this was her first time taking Stevie to the championship. 

August 8, 2015

Troublesome Al Capony Gets A Second Chance With McQuillen

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 8

 It’s not uncommon to hear of wealthy families paying small fortunes for their childrens’ ponies—Amanda McQuillen didn’t pay a dime for her daughter’s 2015 U.S. Pony Finals mount, Al Capony.

“The farrier asked me one day, "I've got a client who has this pony she wants to give away,” McQuillen said.

August 8, 2015

Zone 4 Pony Jumpers Cannot Be Beat

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 7

It's fitting that pony jumpers at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pony Finals are held in an arena as far away from their hunter counterparts as possible, because the two could not be more different worlds. While one set was turning in slow, rhythmical rounds in the Walnut Ring on one side of the Kentucky Horse Park, the other was battling it out in the Alltech Arena with a speedy Nations Cup-format team competition, and Zone 4 emerged victorious.

August 7, 2015

Kingston Rules The Green Ponies

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 7  

What do you do when you’re 11 years old and you’ve won a championship at U.S. Equestrian Pony Finals? You go to your favorite restaurant to celebrate. 

What do you do when you win a second championship in as many days and clinch a grand championship? Beg your parents to take you to the same restaurant again.

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