Articles: Press Release
Adrienne Sternlicht on Vanity Fair Wins
2005 Wild Horsefeathers/USEF Green Pony Hunter Championship
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August 11, 2005
(Lexington, KY) - Adrienne Sternlicht on the seven year old gelding
Vanity Fair, won yesterday's 2005 Wild Horsefeathers / USEF Green Pony
Hunter Championship. The championship was held as part of the USEF Pony
Finals being held August 10-13 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington,
KY. As champion, the twelve year old Adrienne and "Coco," a large pony,
walked away with the Brownland Farm Perpetual Trophy, a Royal Rider
Dress Sheet, a ten-inch Revere bowl keeper trophy and a Pessoa saddle.
Her trainer is Patricia Griffith.
The reserve champion was Jennifer Waxman, with a 14th birthday today, on
11 year old Devon Walther's Fort Knox, a medium pony gelding, age 7.
Exhibitors went head-to-head in three phases of competition, a model
class, an under saddle class, and finally an over fences class. To vie
for top honors, they competed against riders from across the nation who
had qualified to compete in this event by winning a Champion or Reserve
Champion at an "A" or "AA" rated United States Equestrian Federation
competition between December 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005.
"The course was challenging because it wasn't like a normal hunter
course, although it wasn't like an equitation course, the lines were off
your eye and you had to basically figure out the course by yourself,"
said Adrienne. "The option was the hardest part. I decided already when
I went into the ring which one to take but I didn't know how it was
going to ride because some ponies were staying out and some ponies were
This was Adrienne second pony finals but she hasn't participated in the
last two years because she went to summer camp instead. Now she'd
rather be at pony finals, "I love my camp friends and I miss them a lot
but riding is my favorite thing to do. I was totally surprised when I
won, I was just so excited that I got a ribbon in the first class (3rd
in the model) and then he ended up winning the hack and I thought 'Oh,
maybe I have a chance.'" The pair won the over fences as well.
Adrienne clearly loves her Dutch pony, "Coco acts like he's not green,
he's brave as can be. He's awesome, he has auto changes and he really
trusts me with what ever decision I make. He'll jump from anywhere.
He's such a goof around the barn, he acts like a big dope. He's silly
and he loves to jump. He loves his job."
Adrienne's win was a big comeback since she had broken her leg in March
while skiing and had only ridden Coco twice before the accident. She
started back riding and showing in June.
Reserve Champion Jennifer Waxman has plenty to celebrate on her birthday
today. She rode the Fort Knox, a palomino Welsh cross, for the first
time at the Kentucky Summer Classic Show last weekend because his owner,
Devon Walther, had just broken her leg. "I thought the course was nice,
it was pretty inviting for green ponies and the jumps weren't scary. It
was hard enough though for Pony Finals. The turn after the turn to the
last line was the hardest part if your pony has hard lead changes.
Sometimes they thought they were going to turn right but they had to
turn left. That caught a lot of people off-guard."
Jennifer is a Pony Finals veteran, this is her sixth in a row, and she
had high praise for Devon's pony, "He's really fun to ride for a green
pony, he's really not green. He has a really big stride. He doesn't
look at anything."
This competition was made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Wild Horsefeathers. Visit www.wildhorsefeathers.com to discover the many
pleasant surprises for the junior exhibitor that Wild Horsefeathers has
to offer online and also, in their annual print catalog.
The judges for the Green Hunter Ponies were, Susan Ashe of Wellington,
Florida, Linda Andrisani of Wellington, Florida and James Clapperton of
The USEF Pony Finals runs through Saturday and will include the Pony
Medal, Small, Medium and Large Pony classes as well as the Team and
Individual Jumper Championships.
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President of Marketing and Communications on (859) 225-6941 or via email
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