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Grand Pony Hunter Championship Title Goes to Madeline Schaefer and Hi Lite at 2012 US Pony Finals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:49
GrandIt was the crowning of the champions today at the Kentucky Horse Park as the 2012 US Pony Finals and US National Pony Hunter Champions completed their fifth day of competition. It was the Large Pony Hunter Over Fences that dawned on the Walnut Arena early this morning, and Meredith Darst aboard For The Laughter stole the show with their fantastic round, capturing the Overall Large Pony Hunter Championship for the second consecutive year. As the US National Hunter Pony Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans came to a conclusion, the Grand Pony Championship title was presented to Madeline Schaefer and Hi Lite for their efforts in the Small Pony Hunter division. 

Earlier in the week, Madeline Schaefer of Westminster, MD, and Hi Lite had an incredible performance in the Small Pony Hunter division. They were third in the rankings heading into the over fences phase, but with a beautiful trip, they scored the blue ribbon and were eventually presented with the Overall Small Pony Hunter Championship. Their phenomenal scores of 88, 90 and 88 gave them overall total of 1047.20 points. The pair was also awarded the International Jumping Derby Perpetual Trophy as Overall Grand Hunter Pony Champion.
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Keely Laughlin and Larger Than Life Win Individual National Pony Jumper Championship at 2012 US Pony Finals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley N. Williams   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 11:30
Keely

There was a sense of electricity as the wrap up of the US National Pony Jumper Championship got underway at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with the Individual Competition Finals. Riders from around the country spent the year training and qualifying for today, but the intensity surrounded two young girls as they went head to head in the jump off. It was Keely Laughlin and Larger Than Life who emerged as 2012 Individual Jumper Champion.

The original course design, constructed by Marc Donovan, consisted of 13 strategically placed obstacles and combinations to challenge the determined pony riders. The course commenced on the near the in gate with a standalone vertical. The rider then continued diagonally, heading across the course to an oxer where they landed into an immediate right turn to an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. Upon coming out of the triple, riders jumped a liverpool near the corner of the ring, rode left to a brick oxer and then continued forward to a grey stone vertical. With a slight bend to an oxer, the line curved around the far end to a red brick vertical and an oxer along the wall. A tight right loop and red offset vertical sent riders back tracking the line with a left turn at the far end to take the oxer leading into a vertical-vertical combination to the closing fence, a standalone to trip the timer.

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Madeline Schaefer Picks Up Second Overall Pony Hunter Championship With Hi Lite in the Small Pony Hunters at 2012 US Pony Finals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 11:29
SchaeferThe rain had dissipated, and a cool brisk day greeted young riders and their ponies for the fourth day of the 2012 US Pony Finals and US National Pony Hunter Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans. The Large Pony Hunters took center stage in the Walnut ring early in the morning, completing their model and under saddle phases. It was a demanding day of competition for the Small Pony Hunters as they completed the final phase, the over fences. At the end of the day it was Madeline Schaefer and Hi Lite who claimed the Overall Small Pony Hunter Championship for their outstanding consistency throughout the division, and astounding round over fences.
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Zone Four Rides Clear for Gold Medal and the Team Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley N. Williams   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 11:27
Zone 4

Tonight the determined mounted their ponies to take on the indoor jump course at the Alltech Arena for the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. Riders from all over the nation participated in the USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship and also competing at the individual level in phase II, a continuation of yesterday. By the end of the night, team four united over an outstanding unit score to win the USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship. In the second phase of the individual jumper with a score of 63.511, Caroline Zaunbrecher and Fire Van Battenbroek, were ranked in first place.

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Leaving Nothing to Chance, Yasmin Rizvi and Roxbury Emerge 2012 Overall Medium Pony Hunter Grand Champions at US National Pony Hunter Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Friday, 10 August 2012 11:37
RizviThe young riders and their miniature mounts lined the ramp leading to the Walnut Ring this morning at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was the third day of the 2012 US National Pony Hunter Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans commenced with the Small Hunter Pony Models and the Under Saddle phases. The final day of competition had arrived for the Medium Pony Hunters, with riders full of anticipation as they walked the course with trepidation. The Overall Medium Pony Hunter Grand Championship was awarded to Yasmin Rizvi for her stunning efforts throughout the three days of competition aboard Roxbury. 

A cool breeze greeted riders this morning for the third day of the prestigious championships, and clouds awaited in the distance with the threat of afternoon storms; however, the riders were not deterred as they gathered their reins and showcased their mounts. It was Lili Hymowitz and Rafael, owned by David Gochman of New York, NY, who earned the judges’ compliments with the blue ribbon in the Small Pony Hunter Model, with Madeline Schaefer of Westminster, MD, and Hi Lite taking the second place. Hana Bieling and Bluetiful, owned by Aleece Jarman of Pace, FL, took the third place honors. 
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