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Madison Goetzmann and Denmark win 2011 EquiSport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Finals
Madison Goetzmann won the Gold Medal at the 2011 EquiSport Insurance/USEF
Pony Medal Finals. Photo By: Heather Bellock
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Lexington, KY- August 14, 2011 - The last day of the 2011 United States
Equestrian Federation Pony Finals National Championships began bright and
early with exciting competition in the Covered Arena at the Kentucky Horse
Park. The EquiSport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Finals brought the 2011 Pony
Finals to an end. Leading the class from beginning to end with a solid two
rounds over fences was Madison Goetzmann and Denmark to garner the
The top 20 riders returned for the second round including nine medium
ponies, four small ponies, and seven large ponies. Today's courses were
designed by Bobby Murphy and consisted of short lines, rollbacks, a halt,
and a trot jump. Goetzmann was at the top of the order for today's second
round and executed another flawless trip making the lines look
easy. Goetzmann of Skaneateles, NY, and Denmark proved to be unbeatable,
eventually earning them the Easter Sunday Memorial Trophy donated by
Ms. Catherine A. Kaiser and Ms. Jennifer T. Pesko. Katherine Strauss of
Southampton, NY, and Sumerland were originally ranked tenth during their
first course; however, with an exceptional second round they earned the
reserve championship honors. Lucy Deslauriers of New York, NY, and Macy Grey
were ranked eighth coming into the second round and earned the third place
honors after an impressive round.
Eleven-year-old Goetzmann has been riding Denmark for four years and this is
her fourth Pony Finals competition. "He's amazing, I was very excited," she
smiled. "I was definitely prepared and we have been practicing a
lot. Patricia [Griffith] never lets me go to shows unprepared."
Goetzmann's trainer, Patricia Griffith of Heritage Farm, added, "The course
looked easier than it rode. I knew she could do it, because she has ridden
much harder courses. Whenever you need this pony, he is usually there. At
Heritage Farm we really try to have no stone left unturned as far as
preparation. What I do well, or I hope I do well, is try to teach them how
to think for themselves and figure out how to get it done with out me
helping them all the time."
The judges were confident with their decision after the second round and the
riders were not asked to return for a test phase. At the end of the day,
Goetzman was named the 2011 EquiSport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Winner
aboard Denmark, while Strauss and Sumerland earned the reserve championship
honors. Taking home third place honors was Deslauriers and Macy Grey, who
performed excellent rounds during both phases of today's event.
"I like Sumerland because of his stride and he landed on all of the leads
and was really brave, he was perfect," said Strauss. "I knew there was a
really open two-stride but because Sumerland has such a big stride he was
able to get down it. He also is so adjustable that I was able to halt
afterwards easily. This is my last Pony Finals ever and honestly I was just
happy to make it into the top five with a pony I had just started
riding. Pony Finals is the right way to end it."
Today marked the conclusion of 2011 USEF Pony Finals. Next week's
competition will begin on Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park for the
Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. This exciting event will feature the $100,000
USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $25,000 CSIW Hagyard Lexington Classic
World Cup Qualifier, and the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix.
For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please visit
For more information about the 2011 USEF Pony Finals please visit www.usef.org.