Articles: Press Release
Team Jumper Champions and Small Pony Hunter are Crowned
at the 2009 USEF Pony Finals
Team Gold medalists - Zone 8 - from the Team Jumper competition. Photo credit:
USEF Archive/Randi Muster.
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August 8, 2009
Lexington, KY -- Last night the joint was, as they say, jumpin.
Day three of the five-day USEF Pony Finals National Championships kicked off
this morning with Phase I for the Regular Pony Hunters (model and under
saddle), moved on to the Small Pony over fences class, and segued by sunset
into the rousing 2009 USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship.
This years Small Pony Hunter title went to 11-year-old Carly Reinsel, of
Alpharetta, GA, and her pony Everyday Enzo, owned by Carallino Farm. After
landing 13th following Thursdays model and hack class, Reinsel, today,
bested 89 competitors to claim the blue ribbon with her overall score of
This is my first time riding him, said the jubilant Reinsel, and I love
him. While this is Reinsels fourth year at pony finals it marks the first
time she has ribboned. And her win today was part of a sweep. She was also
8th overall in the Small Green Ponies and was reserve champion in the Welsh
Reinsel, however, seemed unfazed by the by magnitude of it all. When asked
if she was at all nervous entering the vast Walnut Arena, she noted, Only at
first, when you hear everyone clapping for the pony ahead of you.
Second place in the small ponies went to Lucy Nyland-Elliott and her pony
Misty Blue Paris, while third place went to Pearl Theodosakis aboard Marigot
Bay Farms Made for Me.
Later in the evening, 10 hopeful zone teams took to the big fences, but when
the dust settled under the lights in the Kentucky Horse Parks covered arena,
it was zone 8 that emerged victorious in the Pony Jumper finale.
Georgia Griffis, 13, Amelia Drumm, 14, Megan MacPherson, 13, and Madeline
Thatcher, 13, earned the Gold by accumulating only four faults over two
blistering rounds. When the least score was dropped, the team ended with a
zero-fault finish, leaving no need for a jump off.
Griffis, who went double-clear, has been partnered with her pony Pikatchu,
14, for only about a year. This is my first pony finals, she said, but he is
an amazing pony. He is totally responsive and has plenty of scope, and if I
ride him correctly he can win anything.
As for the course, Drumm, aboard her pony Rosabelle, also 14, pointed to the
triple combination as a trouble spot. Bending from a big oxer to a triple,
and the triple ending was so short that you had to really go fast and then
whoa. It was hard to get you pony to soften and go forward.
Thatcher and her nine-year-old pony Bally Mac, also double-clear tonight,
felt her preparations had paid off. After a year of doing childrens jumpers
and a lot bigger jumps it was not a problem for me, and I wasnt concerned
for my pony, she added, I knew he could jump clear.
But the most intriguing member of the team, however, may be Color me Ziggy
the pony ridden by MacPherson. She is an eight-year-old American Mustang and
she was found in the wild, said MacPherson. This is my first year doing the
jumpers and shes has taught me so much.
Chef dequipe Kathy Johnson was, naturally, feeling tremendously proud of her
team. Theyve all become best buddies, she says. They did just great.
Zone 5, made up of Ricky Mershad, Bella Cramer, Abbie Ross and Amanda
Metzler were the evenings Silver medalists with four faults, and the
U.S. Pony Club Team, Nicole Kehrli, Lauren Walling, Lauren Attanasio, and
Carly Attanasio, took the Bronze with a total 12 faults.
The 2009 USEF National Pony Finals will continue tomorrow with the final
over fences phase for the Pony Hunters and the Individual Jumper
Championship. The competition will conclude on Sunday August 9 with the
Equisport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Championship and award ceremonies.
For more information about Pony Finals, please contact Marion Maybank, USEFs
Director of Hunter Disciplines at (859) 225-2033 or via e-mail at
To learn more about the USEF Pony Finals, visit
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