Edited Press Release
Thirteen combinations returned for the final phase of the USEF Pony Jumper Individual National Championship on Saturday afternoon over Jasen Shelley’s solid track at the 2022 USEF Pony Finals. After winning the team gold medal with Zone 3 on Friday, Aundrea Hillyard and Magic Dragon clinched their second gold medal of Pony Finals by taking home the individual gold medal. Hillyard (Marshall, Va.) and Hidden Ridge’s 2009 Belgian Sport Horse gelding had an excellent round aside from an unlucky rail at the final fence. The pair had strong performance throughout the week, finishing on four faults after four rounds of competition. Hillyard also won the Short Stop Perpetual Trophy in recognition of her style of riding.
“It was less pressure than yesterday[’s team championship],” Hillyard said of her round with “Milano.” “Most of the course was pretty good, but to the last jump I kind of pulled too much. It would’ve been cool if I didn’t do that because then we would’ve had no faults, but it was fun. It was definitely more technical than the last two days. I think my pony completed it pretty nicely.”
Looking back on her Pony Finals experience, Hillyard could not be more thrilled with the week she has had in Kentucky. “This has been the show of my life,” she said. “I did a large pony and he was grand pony champion, Goldmark. He was amazing. I did a few green ponies, and they were so good, and then Milano [in the pony jumpers]. It has seriously been the most surreal horse show of my career.”
A jump-off decided the remaining medals after three combinations were tied on eight faults: Zone 8’s Isabella Uhrig (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Juan Bay, her 2010 Irish Sport Horse gelding; Zone 10’s Reagan Voxman (San Marino, Fla.) and Air Force One, her 2010 Selle Français gelding; and Zone 3’s Savannah Smith (Harwood, Md.) and Wishlea Star Dasher, Tamara Doloff’s 2005 Welsh Pony gelding. Uhrig and Juan Bay laid down a speedy round with a time of 33.335 to take the silver medal. Voxman and Air Force One collected the bronze medal with a time of 34.792, while Smith and Wishlea Star Dasher were fourth with a time of 38.595.
1. Aundrea Hillyard and Magic Dragon
2. Isabella Uhrig and Juan Bay
3. Reagan Voxman and Air Force One
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