Children and ponies take center stage, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival has its three-star finale, and EquiFest concludes in the latest Weekly Wrap.
USEF Pony Finals highlights:
USEF Individual Pony Jumper Champion: Zacko Hardin received the gold medal as the USEF Individual Pony Jumper Champion. Hardin rode Patty Arnett’s The Girl Next Store to top honors. They did not touch a single rail over three rounds of jumping.
USEF Pony Medal: Tessa Downey came out on top over a field of nearly 200 child and junior riders in the USEF Pony Medal to conclude the competition at Pony Finals. The 13-year-old moved up in the second round to secure the top spot. Her winning ride was the large pony Hallelujah; it was the first time Downey had ever shown the pony.
USEF Grand Regular Pony Hunter Champion: Kat Fuqua rode her own Brighton to the USEF Grand Regular Pony Hunter Championship. The duo was named Champion of the Large Regular Pony Hunter division, and their total score of 1,063.65 set them apart from the rest of the competition across all other divisions. The win marked Fuqua’s first win at Pony Finals in her fifth appearance.
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival VI CSI3* highlights:
$35,000 CSI3* CWD Welcome Speed: Samuel Parrot won three international classes in Traverse City in 2016, and he returned to his winning ways at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in the CWD Welcome Speed Stake. He and Atlantis bested a quick field of nearly 40 riders and were more than three seconds best.
$35,000 CSI3* Great Lakes Classic: Molly Ashe Cawley dominated the Great Lakes Classic. She took home the top two placings. Last to go in the jump-off field of eight, she had only her own time to beat, and she outdid herself, winning with Louisburg Farm’s D’Arnita.
$100,000 CSI3* Grand Prix of Traverse City: Two of the leading lady riders of show jumping squared off for the win in the Grand Prix of Traverse City. Beezie Madden emerged victorious with Abigail Wexner’s Coach, just edging Margie Engle and Royce in a jump-off field of eight. It was an exciting finish to the six-week Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, which featured four weeks of international competition and two weeks of three-star action.
Equifest III highlights:
$5,000 Open Welcome: Holly Shepherd equaled the feat of Ashe Cawley at EquiFest in the Open Welcome Stake. She, too, was first and second, and she rode to two of just three double-clear rounds on the day. Her winning mount was Loretta Patterson’s Sky High.
$25,000 Grand Prix: Liz Atkins came out on top in the Grand Prix. Her winning mount was Benchmark Stables’ Rodeo VDL. The valiant gelding overcame a bout with cancer as an 8-year-old to reach the grand prix ranks. The combination put in the only double-clear performance on the day.
More great action in the next Weekly Wrap!