Lexington, Ky. – Aug 5, 2021 – Ponies took to the Claiborne Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park showgrounds on Thursday afternoon where large ponies competed for the victory in the USEF Large Pony Medal. Jole Kosloske and Chic In Time emerged victorious, while Claire Marie Diamond rode Stoneledge Special Request to second place and Camilla Jerng rode Deniro to third place.
Course designer Jason Shelley set an 8-fence round with a test built in to assess a total of 45 pairs. The course featured multiple rollbacks and a trot fence followed by a two-stride combination that required precise execution. Riders were then asked to halt after fence six before proceeding with the rest of the course.
A seamless trip led Kosloske and Chic In Time to the winning ribbon. Chic In Time, a 14-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Kosloske, has earned the pair numerous wins in the Large Pony division, despite them having a fairly new partnership. His expressive jump and gleaming palomino coat make him a showstopper in and out of the arena. Thursday’s win has given Kosloske added confidence as the pair prepare to compete during 2021 USEF Pony Finals in less than one week.
The second place ribbon was awarded to Diamond and Stoneledge Special Request, a 14-year-old Welsh Pony cross owned by Diamond. Stoneledge Special Request has successfully competed in the Large Pony division with placings in multiple derbies and medal classes.Following behind in third place was Jerng and Deniro, a 7-year-old German Riding Pony owned by Jerng. The gelding is consistent within the Large and Green Pony divisions with Jerng.
Competition at the Kentucky Summer Classic continues on Friday, August 6 with classes starting at 8:00 a.m. and hunter competition comes to a head on Saturday, August 7 with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Jole Kosloske – USEF Large Pony Medal
On Chic In Time:
“He’s really awesome and pretty perfect. He’s a newer partner, one of my newest. I’ve had him for just about a year. He really loves treats. Every time someone goes past his stall, he sticks his head out and asks everyone for a treat.”
On the Kentucky Horse Park:
“I love it here. It’s so pretty here. And pretty big! We love the fields. [Chic In Time] loves going out to graze.”
On her future plans:
“I will also be showing him again tomorrow. And then later next week I will be doing the USEF Pony Finals.”
USEF Large Pony Medal:
Place / Horse / Rider
1. Chic In Time / Jole Kosloske
2. Stoneledge Special Request / Claire Marie Diamond
3. Deniro / Camilla Jerng
4. Haribo / Clayton Farrell
5. Orchard Hills Bougie / Chandler Wilkes
6. Top Notch Peek-a-Boo / Natalie Orlowski
7. Woodland’s Prince Harry / Quinn Hunter
8. Cognac / Xia Tabanou