By Tatum Mitchell
Shortt describes the Best Young Pony class as “the cream of the crop,” judged on suitability with a 60/40 split of confirmation to movement. She says the class is evaluated by two judges at the walk and trot, and based on conformity, type and disposition.
“I can’t even begin to describe the emotion of winning yesterday. I think that it probably still hasn’t completely sunk in,” says Shortt. “I have worked at this for as long as I can remember. Many people would tell you I sacrificed many other experiences in life, because all I do is eat, breathe, sleep and dream horses. So, when it actualized in that way yesterday, it feels pretty surreal.”
In addition to bringing home Shortt’s first win at Devon, this show was the first time Annings Legend has ever been off Anning Mill Farms’ property.
“He got better and better every day, every day and every class,” says Shortt. “Charlie took him into today’s 2-year-old class and he was first of 14 […] I was floored that we were successful, and then he was champion colt of colts and geldings, so that was outstanding.”
Shortt comes from a horse family and grew up working in the industry. She has gone from riding other peoples’ ponies to creating a breeding and training program at Anning Mill Farms. Shortt thanks Prue Richardson and her father for all they have done for her.
“It’s pretty cool after a lifetime of effort to have some of this come to fruition,” says Shortt.
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