Claire Campbell and Roll Call (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Lexington, Ky. – Claire Campbell and Roll Call took home the title in the Small Regular Hunter Pony Championship in the US Hunter Pony Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park. The pair garnered a total score of 1026.32 through two days of competition.
National titles are determined following three phases of competition, with Model and Under Saddle phases each counting towards 25% of the overall score, and the remaining 50% being determined by the Over Fences phase.
Campbell (Cochranville, Pa.) and her own Roll Call earned the Small Regular Hunter Pony Championship after a superb round in the Over Fences phase to score 254.23 for second place in the phase. On Wednesday, she and the 11-year-old German Riding Pony gelding received scores of 250.92 and 266.94 in the Model and Under Saddle phases, respectively. Campbell has been riding “Pleasure” for about six years, and the two very much enjoyed their ride.
“It was good. I think the last line was probably the hardest because they want to go home fast,” Campbell said of Roll Call. “My trainers told me they wanted me to do the outside track, get the canter in the beginning of the round, and for the last line, don’t go barreling out.”
The Reserve Champion title went to Kyla Sullivan (Wallingford, Conn.) and DK-USA Sporthorse, LLC’s A Dream Come True with a final score of 1010.58. She and the 19-year-old Welsh Pony gelding scored 256.63 in the Over Fences phase, after earning 242.62 in the Model phase and 254.70 in the Under Saddle phase.
Mimi Gochman (Wellington, Fla.) and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Love Me Tender finished third with a total score of 997.88, with their Over Fences score putting them in third place in the phase. She and the 12-year-old Welsh Pony mare finished with scores of 234.29, 263.73, and 249.93 in the Model, Under Saddle, and Over Fences phases, respectively.
Q-2, with Libbie Gordon, was the Best Presented Model Pony in the Small Regular section. Land’s End Lady Slipper, with Clara Propp, was the Best Turned Out Pony in the Small Regular section.
Medium and Large Green Hunter Pony Championship
After two phases of competition, Augusta Iwasaki and Editor’s Note have taken the lead in the Medium Green Pony Hunter Championship. Iwasaki (Calabasas, Calif.) and Quartet Farm LLC’s six-year-old Pony gelding captured first place with a score of 262.98 in the Model phase and 251.00 in the Under Saddle phase for a total of 513.98. Luke Jensen (Denton, Texas) and Diane Daly’s That’s The Scoop, a seven-year-old Welsh Pony Cross mare, sit in second with a total of 503.97, while Madeleine Flocks (Manhattan, N.Y.) and Arnaby Bodacious, a seven-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by Ciara Hayes, are in third with 500.00.
In the Large Green Hunter Pony competition, Adam Edgar and Whitney Hydeman’s six-year-old Welsh Pony Cross gelding, Happy Feet, captured first place with a score of 259.46 in the Model phase and 259.55 in the Under Saddle phase. The pair finished the day with an overall total of 519.01. Gochman and Rivers Edge’s Upside, a six-year-old Bavarian gelding, sit in second with a total of 516.28, while Samantha Palermo (Merritt Island, Fla.) and Neptune, her own eight-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding, are in third with 511.05.
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