Isabelle Caccamise snagged a wire-to-wire victory during the Equisport Insurance USEF Pony Medal Final during the last day of USEF Pony Finals. She claimed the title over Victoria Colvin after judges Scott Hoffstetter and Ralph Caristo asked the top two riders to hack off for the ribbon. Hannah Patten moved up from sixth after a great second round to take third.
Maddie Darst found the perfect way to follow up her small pony title at USEF Pony Finals: another championship.
Darst, 13, rode Elizabeth’s Wenner's Highland’s Make Believe to the top of the medium pony division today, after topping the medium pony over fences class. The reserve rosette went to Isabelle Caccamise and Better Than Good.
Maddie Darst and Elation finished out the day at USEF Pony Finals the way they started it: at the head of the small pony division.
Betsee Parker’s gray clinched victory with a winning over fences trip when the pressure was on. Last to go, Darst kept her cool to win the small pony championship over Lands End Eros, ridden by Pony Finals first-timer Isabel Ryan.
“I was really, really nervous!” said Darst, 13. “I’m not sure why—I never really get nervous.”
Last year’s trip to the USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) felt bittersweet to Parker Wright. He piloted Sir Dragon to fourth place in the small green pony division, then watched as his mount—whom he’d trained from the ground up—went home on someone else’s trailer after the American Hunter Pony Classic Auction.
But his partnership with the Welsh will come full circle at this year’s competition, as his owner, Hailey Livingston, has asked Wright to take over the reins for the weekend.