Articles: Press Release
AHSA 2001 Pony Finals to be Held in North Carolina
American Horse Shows Association
4047 Iron Works Parkway,
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258 2472
Fax (859) 231 6662
Web site: www.ahsa.org
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) will hold the 34th Annual Pony
Finals in Fletcher, NC, from August 14-17, 2001. John and Pam Rush of Rush
Management Inc. will manage the competition, which includes the annual Pony
Auction on August 13th, run by Professional Auction Services.
The competition begins with the Prudential/AHSA National Pony Hunter
Championship in the Green Pony Hunter Division on August 14th, which was won
last year by Michael Morrissey on Clean Slate, owned by Eugene Mische. This
is followed by the Inaugural HBO/AHSA National Pony Jumper Championship with
The Welcome Class scheduled to start that evening.
Last year's Pony Medal was won by Maggie McAlary riding her small pony, Toy
Story. This year, the Team Phase of the Pony Jumpers and the
Prudential/AHSA National Pony Medal Finals are to be held on August 15th.
While on August 16th, the Under Saddle Phase and the Model Phase of the
Regular Pony Hunters is contested and in the evening, the Individual Phase
of the Pony Jumpers takes place.
On August 17th, the competition moves to the Over Fences Phase for Regular
Pony Hunters Division and at the conclusion of this class, the presentation
will be made for the Overall Grand Pony Hunter Champion, which was won last
year by Julianne Befeler on her pony Knickerbocker.
The original concept of Pony Finals began in 1959 when the British National
Pony Society challenged American Pony riders to an International Pony Hunter
Championship, which was held at the National Horse Show in New York City.
The American Pony Riders were narrowly defeated 10-9. Two years later the
British National Pony Society hosted the event. The Americans were
victorious winning 13-9. The trophy, which was awarded to the Americans,
still remains in the possession of the AHSA and is awarded as a perpetual
trophy each year at Pony Finals to the High-Point State Team Champions. In
1967, the American Horse Shows Association created the AHSA Pony Finals,
which was first held at the Fairfield Hunt Club in Fairfield CT, hosted by
Emerson Burr. Along with many other trophies and awards this year,
Professional Auction Services will be donating a scholarship.