Monday, August 15, 2011

United States Pony Club Championships

The Kentucky Horse Park. It is such a beautiful place and hosts amazing equestrian events. This time we were down there for the USPC's Championships. I had students competing in Eventing, Dressage, Tetrathalon and Quiz. It was a HOT week in Kentucky with the heat index well over 100 each day. Everyone worked hard on keeping horses cool & happy. Maria Filsinger & Pete took the lead in the Preliminary division with a 28.7 after the dressage, but after an unfortunate miss at the B element coming out of the water she dropped down in placings. She jumped a double clean show jumping round to finish individually in 8th place and her team took 2nd place.

Abby Turnacliff and Anne Bower's Ziggy Who finished the week on their dressage score to take home the 5th place individual ribbon.

Morgan Samuelson & Cindy Piper's Allie Cross Limerick were tied for 4th after dressage on her best dressage score yet, a 29! After a double clean cross country round she moved up a place, but with 2 rails in show jumping she ended up finishing 9th individually. That is the name of the game!

Kelsie Longe and Anita Boyd's Dance By Me (Scooter) had a good personal dressage score, a 39.5 and jumped clean around the XC and as she was thrilled galloping away from the last fence she forgot to go through the finish flags giving them a technical elimination. She was allowed to show jump and had a great round!

Jessie Longe & Milo had a successful week as well. One unfortunate runout on XC and a good look at the crowd in show jumping they added up 12 time faults in the SJ phase. Overall a GREAT learning experience for both Jessie and Milo!

Maddy Kalscheur & Skyla earned a 34.8 on their lovely dressage test, jumped double clear around the XC and only took down one rail in the show jumping to finish in 12th place.

James Day & Tucket were a pick up at the show that I helped coach. A very nice kid with a lovely little pony! They earned a 34.8 as well in the dressage but ran right past a fence on the XC giving them a technical elimination. James had a nice show jumping round to finish a great week!

Katy Turnacliff had a very successful week on my Lucy! Her horse unfortunately was lame so she wasn't going to be able to compete so I let her take Lucy down to the show. She was only able to put a few rides on her before going and competing her at 3rd level, which she was a little rusty at due to practicing her beginner novice and novice level movements for eventing! :) Katy did a great job on her and had a lot of fun! She helped her team to finish in 4th overall!

There were a lot of other kids down there competing as well! Becky & Audrey Longe competed in the Tetrathalon. Mia & Gabi Geraci competed in quiz. Katie Rossi was a stable manager for a Novice team. Everyone had a great learning experience and I was honored to be able to come down and coach a bunch of awesome kids! There were a lot of parents down there helping for the weekend as well - thank you to everyone!

Katy Turnacliff riding Rhine Maiden at USPC Championships 2011 - Photo MFPhotography

Coaching students on XC Day - Photo MFPhotography

What a fun experience - thanks again to everyone & congratulations!!!

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