A generation of top riders took their first blue ribbons aboard this amazing small pony.
Even before his career began, Strike A Pose knew how to stand out in a crowd.
“We’d gone down to RosMel’s [Farm in Richmond, Texas] to try ponies, and they’d tied the 15 ponies that we’d picked out in a circle around the ring,” recalled Jack Towell, who made the trek with his wife, Lisa. “While we were trying another one Strike A Pose had climbed up onto the fence like a dog. Lisa said, ‘We’re taking that one, he’s so athletic!’ ”
If you wanted to win the coveted R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch equitation championship at this year’s Devon Horse Show, you had to be better than just great. Anywhere else, winning two big equitation classes would give you the edge over the competition, but not when 171 of the country’s best junior riders come to Devon, Pa.
The team from Georgia cements its stranglehold on the competition with their fifth win in six years.
Despite returning as defending champions, the riders from the Savannah College Of Art And Design (Ga.) didn’t feel any extra pressure at this year’s American National Riding Commission Intercollegiate Equitation Championship.
This jumper and equitation mount proves he’s got what it takes in the hunter ring too.
Jocelyn Neff didn’t enter Allegro in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby on April 10 during the Blenheim Spring Classic III thinking she would take home the big prize. The 16-year-old entered her USET Talent Search Medal mount just to take a break from the pressures of the equitation and jumper rings.
When Rock Star underwent colic surgery last fall, Jennifer Alfano knew it would be a challenge to find a mount ready to fill his formidable shoes while he eased back into the show routine. After all, the pair led the ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby standings almost all season after recording win after win in the series.
When Ken Berkley broke his foot a week before the end of circuit, he reluctantly planned to scratch his seasoned grand prix partner Carlos Boy from the $50,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, March 28-29.
But Berkley’s partner Scott Stewart decided to take a turn aboard the gray gelding for owner Krista Weisman, and the last-minute decision paid off with Carlos Boy finishing third, the best of Stewart’s five rides.
Plenty of teenagers can find their way around a tough equitation course with a veteran trainer on hand to decide on a schooling regime, choose how many strides to put in a line set on a half-stride and pick which inside turns will pay off and which would backfire. But for the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic on March 20 at HITS Thermal VIII, the trainers settled into the VIP Oasis Club to hit the bar and let their students tackle a tough course on their own.
He and John French pull off a second consecutive hunter derby win.
Rumba and John French faced lofty expectations walking into the ring for the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA Hunter Derby during the HITS Desert Circuit VIII. Despite partnering with two new riders, Rumba had already danced away with two series titles and tallied a win at the derby held during week 3 of HITS Thermal.