USEF Pony Finals
By Margo Meyer
Riders from Spring Mill Farm in Fisherville, Tenn., coached by Dave Pellegrini, who attended were:
Kali Wright Ryan on Jack in the Box; she finished 14th overall out of 158 ponies in the Medium Pony Hunters (they were 5th over fences). Isabella Griffin on Heavens Dance finished 23rd out of 91 Large Green Pony Hunters (they were 5th under saddle).
By Ashley Swift & Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department
Aug 10, 2019, Lexington, Ky. – On Saturday August 10, 2019 at the 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, the hunter sections concluded with EMC Entourage and Alexa Lignelli winning the Medium Hunter Pony National Championship. Maddie Tosh and Bit of Love were named Overall Regular Hunter Pony Grand Champions and Kat Fuqua and Prestige won Overall Regular Hunter Pony Reserve Grand Champion.
Hallie Rush and Sky Miles won the USEF Pony Jumper Individual National Championship on Saturday evening in the Alltech Arena as the only combination with a final score of zero faults after all four rounds.
Results, Medium Regular Hunter Pony:
1. Alexa Lignelli and EMC Entourage
2. Parker Peacock and C.E. Remarkable
3. JJ Torano and Finesse RF
Results, Overall Regular Hunter Pony Grand Champion:
Maddie Tosh (Milton, Ga.) and Bit of Love, Betsee Parker’s 13-year-old Welsh Pony cross gelding, were awarded the title of Overall Regular Hunter Pony Grand Champion for their performance throughout the week at the 2019 Pony Finals. Kat Fuqua (Atlanta, Ga.) and Prestige, her eight-year-old Belgian Riding Pony gelding, were the Overall Regular Hunter Pony Reserve Grand Champions.
Tosh and Bit of Love won the Small Regular Hunter Pony National Championship presented by PonyTail Bows earlier in the week on a score of 1063.06, while Fuqua and Prestige won the Large Regular Hunter Pony National Championship presented by Charles Ancona on a score of 1051.42.
Results, Pony Jumper Individual National Championship:
1. Hallie Rush and Sky Miles
2. Devi Ferreira and Silver Charm
3. Tabitha Okitsu and Spoot de la Jourlais
Emerson Burr Horsemanship Test: Michaela Munson (Rogers, Ariz.), Alpine Griffin (Fort Collins, Colo.), Lainie Rubin (Columbia, S.C.), and Hannah Williams (Monroe, N.C.)
Buttons N’ Bows Sportsmanship Trophy: Danielle Rollins (Woodstock, Ga.)
Outstanding Parent Award: Mark Drosos (Buda, Texas)
Betsy Fishback Memorial Trophy: Donchaneau, Paloma Primavera’s (Aptos, Calif.) nine-year-old Welsh pony cross gelding, and groom Adrian Rodriguez
Edna Lytle Trophy: Robin Greenwood (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Mindy Darst Perpetual Trophy: Taylor Cawley (Wellington, Fla.)
Emerson Burr Trophy: Hunt Tosh (Milton, Ga.)
The 2019 USEF Pony Finals concluded on Sunday August 11 with the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals in Alltech Arena with 204 small, medium, and large ponies entered. Kat Fuqua (Atlanta, GA), aboard Prestige (aka Prince) bested a field of 197 to win the 2019 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Equisport/USEF Pony Medal Finals National Championship.
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