Keely Laughlin might have been anxious before the first round of tonight’s USEF Pony Finals individual jumper championship, but Laughlin was all business when she went back for the jump-off. Guaranteed at least silver, she’d already accomplished her main goal.
Maddie Schaefer has been a Pony Finals regular for as long as she can remember. Even though she’s only 11, this marked her fifth year competing at the event. This year, found the perfect way to commemorate the occasion: by winning the medium pony hunter championship aboard Hi Lite. Model winner Rafael, shown by Lili Hymowitz, earned the reserve title.
Schaefer rode Hi Lite to the top of the over fences class today to beat out 104 other ponies and earn the championship.
Holland Nievergelt can’t stop smiling. It started last week when she had her nose pressed against the truck window as she and her mother pulled into the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time. And as her mom, Julie, dodges zig zagging children while driving us in her golf cart from the Walnut Ring back to the barns, Holland is still grinning ear to ear.
Someone else might have thought that Yasmin Rizvi drew the short end of the straw. Her mother, P.J. Rizvi, and sisters, Zayna and Farah Rizvi, travelled to London to watch P.J.’s dressage horse, Breaking Dawn, compete in the Olympic Games with Canadian Ashley Holtzer. But Yasmin made the most of staying stateside, riding Roxbury to the medium pony hunter championship at USEF Pony Finals.