Articles: Press Release
Campbell Wins Overall 2006 Wild Horsefeathers/USEF National Grand Hunter
at the Close of 2006 Pony Finals
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August 13, 2006
Lexington, KY - At the close of what was the longest and largest USEF
Pony Finals National Championships to date, Kaitlin Campbell of Upper
Black Eddy, PA, was one happy camper. The 14-year-old Campbell rode
five ponies at this year's event and ended her sixth year at Pony Finals
with the Overall Grand Champion title in the Wild Horsefeathers/USEF
National Hunter Pony Championship with a score of 1,002. Campbell was
also the winner of the medium pony division in this championship.
Campbell was a catch-rider, riding Rockette for the first time in the
warm-up on Tuesday. Rockette is a 13.2-hand, seven-year-old crossbred
pony mare, owned by Grand Slam Farm and Rachel Degabrielle. Campbell
was also seventh in last night's Individual Jumper Championship. "I
messed up. I knew I had more classes later, but I was still
disappointed," said Campbell. When asked whether riding jumpers helps
her out in riding hunters and vice versa, she was in absolute agreement.
"Yes, because there are a lot of bending lines and you work off of your
eye. I am used to practicing bending lines and turns, and that helps a
lot," she said.
As the Grand Champion she received a Royal Riders monogrammed dress
sheet, a Pessoa saddle and the International Jumping Derby Trophy. She
also received the Beagle Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy for winning the
medium pony division. Campbell's trainer also received the Emerson Burr
The overall grand reserve champion and small pony division winner was
12-year-old Schaefer Raposa from West Palm Beach, FL, riding the
12.2-hand, nine-year-old Welsh gelding, Super Trooper, owned by Grand
Central, Inc. Their final score was 1,000. As the reserve champion,
Raposa received a Royal Riders monogrammed dress sheet and a bridle.
Raposa started riding when she was just five years old, and this is her
third year at Pony Finals. Raposa rode Super Trooper two years ago when
he was very green and then started riding him again this May. "He's
really spoiled," said Raposa. "He thinks he is a big shot. Around the
barn he always puts his ears back a lot."
Raposa also had five ponies here this year and thanked her parents and
trainer, Patricia Griffith. As the winner of the small pony division,
she received the Professional Horseman's Association of America
Perpetual Trophy. Raposa hopes to move into big equitation and jumpers
in the next year. "I like jumpers. It is kind of nice because you
don't have to make the pony look pretty; you just have to give the pony
a good ride," she said.
Today's winner of the large pony division was 15-year-old Jennifer
Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH. She rode the 14.2-hand, 10-year-old
Welsh/Thoroughbred pony gelding, Cherrybrook Blue Suede, owned by
Paulexi LLC. As the winner of her division, she received the Pony Cross
Farm Perpetual Trophy. Their final score was 981.
Waxman has been riding the pony she calls Suede on and off for a
year-and-a-half. She rode him for his old owner, as well as his current
owner. This is her sixth Pony Finals and likely her last. She likes
the fact that she is going out on a high note and with such a great
mount. "He knows...he's very nice. He knew it was a big class today so
he really tried his hardest," said Waxman. "He was perfect; he did
everything right. I would like to thank the Johnson family for letting
me ride Suede."
The overall winner of the Buttons & Bows Sportsmanship Trophy over all
five days of competition was local girl, Amber Siegelman of Versailles,
KY. The 15-year-old and her eight-year-old, 14.1-hand Welsh/Dutch
Warmblood pony gelding, The Waterboy, were the big winners in Saturday
night's Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Individual Championship. This
trophy is awarded to the junior rider who best personifies the high
standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, good
temper and unselfishness during the USEF Pony Finals competition.
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