Written by Lori Anthony
he show season is well under way and our local equestrians are proving to be quite strong indeed.
Moss Creek Equestrian Center is beaming with pride for three riders and their performances at the “AA” Jacksonville Finale IV. Amanda Lolick and “Woodrow Ringmaster” cleaned up in the Pony Jumper division bringing home the Championship and winning the $500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic. Amanda qualified “Woody” for the USEF Pony Jumper Finals, and was credited with the best jumping style of all the riders in her division by winning the NAL Style Award. Jordan Gaston showed well with her pony “Ideal” until he pulled up lame with a stone bruise and had to be retired for the show. Nicky Geoffroy proved to be an excellent sportswoman as she graciously offered to let Jordan finish the Children’s Hunter Pony division on “Medoc de Livre”. Aboard “Medoc” Jordan took home three more blue ribbons and came away with the $500 Children’s Hunter Pony Classic. “Medoc de Livre” could not be stopped as he and his owner, Nicky Geoffroy, all but swept the Large Green Pony division taking home the top honor of Champion. They too qualified for the USEF Pony Finals that will be held in Lexington, KY this summer. Excellent Riding, Excellent Sportsmanship Girls!
Star Ridge Stables is thrilled to announce that 12 year-old Nicole Roos and her pony, “Island Girl” qualified to compete in the 2007 USEF Pony Finals as well. Nicole was awarded the title of Champion Green Pony at a previous “AA” show in Jacksonville. Star Ridge Stables also looks forward to hosting a Coastal Hunter Circuit Horse Show on March 3rd.
Rose Dhu Creek Equestrian Center’s ten year-old, Megan Doughty and “Play Money” brought home two first place ribbons, a second place, and two fourth places in the Crossrails Division along with a Reserve Champion in the Walk/Trot/Canter Division at the first of three PSJ Winter Series/Canterbury shows in Gainesville, FL. Caroline Roberson and “Woodland’s Morning Glory” racked up an impressive twelve ribbons at the second PSJ Winter Series/Canterbury show including a first in the PSJ Pony Medal, a third in the PSJ Palmetto Medal and two Reserve Champions in the Pony Division and the 12-14 Division. Laura McNair and “Ultimatum” brought home a third place and two fifth places in the Children’s Hunter 15-17 Division at the Aiken Winter Classic II where show photographer, Shawn McMillen, excellently captured her style (see photo).
Rose Hill is hosting the third annual Hilton Head / Savannah Equestrian Exposition on March 25th. The event is an excellent way to spend the day, to learn about the “Spirit of the Horse” and to help support charities throughout our area. Thanks to an abundance of community support last year, Equus Ventures was able to donate over $40,000 to local charities. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your support! General Admission is $15. Gates open at 11 a.m. Exhibitions begin at 12:30 p.m. and are followed by a polo match at 2:30 p.m. For more information logon to www.equiexpo.org
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