Adam Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn Claim Grand Pony Hunter Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annan Hepner   
Monday, 07 August 2017 11:06

Small, medium and large ponies took over the hunter rings to compete for the sought-after Grand Pony Hunter Championship on Sunday at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Adam Edgar saved the best for last, winning the final pony hunter class of the day, the Large Pony B Hunters, aboard Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn, a 13-year-old owned by Dianna Orona. The pair also earned the Grand Pony Hunter Championship title in the Stonelea Ring.

The 18-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia, dabbled in a handful of different sports throughout his childhood but was inspired to try riding because his mother grew up with horses. Ever since, he was hooked and has been finding success in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Edgar trains with Bill Schaub as well as Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms.

During the Large Pony B Hunter division, Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn won the handy, undersaddle and one over fences class, and the pair placed second in the other over fences.

The reserve champion of the Large Pony B Hunter division and also the Reserve Grand Pony Hunter Championship was Jenna Drago on Rivers Edge’s Rivaldo, a 7-year-old Welsh Pony palomino gelding.

The Kentucky Summer Classic will wrap-up on Sunday to make way for the 2017 USEF Pony Finals. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows series will resume on Aug. 15 with the start of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, which will feature both the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship. Other highlight events include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington.


Adam Edgar

On Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn:
“The thing I love most about Antony are his big strides. He moves like a horse, which is really nice for me to get on and show him. He canters around with such a big stride and is super fun to ride.”

On aging out of the juniors:
“This is my last junior year and my last year competing in the ponies. I would definitely say there are pros and cons to aging up but I am a little scared and nervous. I do a little bit ofjumpers but mainly in the past two years I’ve been focusing a lot on the equitation. I’ve made so many good friends from my experiences in the hunter and equitation rings. When you go to horse shows every weekend, and this is what you do year round, they become a family.”

“On the other hand, I am really excited to go to college. I’m looking forward to new things but sad because this has been such a routine and big part of my life for so long. In the fall, I will be going to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, and I’m going to major in advertising. I’ll keep doing the equitation finals and junior hunters, and will ride on the team at SCAD. Next year, I’ll hopefully do the adults and maybe a bit of the amateurs.”

On the Kentucky Horse Shows:
“Kentucky has to be one of my favorite horse shows! You don’t get the opportunity to hack in a field at most places. I think it’s really good for the horses’ minds to get out of the ring and go on trail rides every day. Overall, I think the horses present themselves much more relaxed here than at other horse shows. Plus, the weather has been great.”


Small Green Pony Hunters
Champion: Alexa Lignelli and Quicksilver Bells
Reserve: Libbie Gordon and Nickelodeon

Medium Green Pony Hunters
Champion: Alexa Lignelli and IApprove
Champion: Madeline Rubin and Exuberance

Large Green Pony Hunters
Champion: Adam Edgar and D’Artagnan
Reserve: Augusta Iwasaki and Persephone

Small Pony Hunters
Champion: Alexa Lignelli and IParty
Reserve: Jessie Spade and With Applause

Small Pony B Hunters
Champion: Alexa Lignelli and Rollingwoods Knee Deep
Reserve: Abigail Gordon and Farmore State of the Art

Medium Pony Hunters
Champion: Libbie Gordon and Astro Boy
Reserve: Grace Debney and Sterling

Medium Pony B Hunters
Champion: Tessa Downey and News Flash
Reserve: Libbie Gordon and Cleverist

Large Pony Hunters
Champion: Gabrielle Sokolow and Kingston
Reserve: Augusta Iwasaki and Persephone


Large Pony B Hunters
Champion: Adam Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn
Reserve: Jenna Drago and Rivaldo

Kentucky Horse Park