Propp, Lignelli Shine in Junior Hunter 15 & Under Sections at WEF 3

Agatha Lignelli & Pritchard Hill, champions of the Snaks 5th Avenchew Junior Hunter 3'3" 15 & Under division. Photo © Sportfot

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The T& R Development Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ 15 & Under division kicked off weekend activities in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring at WEF 3, with Infinity G taking the championship tricolor under the direction of Clara Propp. 

Propp guided the 2013 Warmblood gelding by Carthino Z and owned by Aquitaine Equine to consistent top-three finishes over fences and a second-place ribbon under saddle to seal the high-point title.

“Going into today, I just wanted to stay consistent because he was so good yesterday,” said Propp. “I didn’t want to have any major mistakes and I think we accomplished that.”

Propp and Infinity G posted a personal high score of 86 in their victory over the handy course.

“I’ve only been riding him for a year now,” continued Propp. “We got him last winter during WEF and I’m proud of his progress. He’s literally the sweetest thing ever; he loves to give you kisses.”

Propp, 15, navigates the winter season as both a high school student and a rider. “I am in school right now. I do online classes while I am down here, and I stay down here for the winter so we can get the maximum amount of practice, and it’s been going well. It can be a little hard to manage the schoolwork and the horses, but I think my trainers help me accommodate [the schedule], and it all works out.”

Clara Propp & Infinity G, champions of the T& R Development Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ 15 & Under division. Photo © Sportfot

The Snaks 5th Avenchew Junior Hunter 3’3″ 15 & Under division capped WEF 3 for Junior Hunters in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring on Sunday. The pair to shine the brightest was Agatha Lignelli and Pritchard Hill, a 2012 Warmblood gelding owned by Lignelli and her family.

“The course was simple, but the jumps were on the bigger side,” recalled Lignelli. “There were a couple spooks, but I thought he was jumping amazing.”

Even though their partnership is relatively new, Lignelli described their bond and what Pritchard is like to have around the barn. “My sister has had him for about a year, and then this is my first year with him. My sister is mostly doing the jumpers and equitation now, and I do jumpers and hunters, so he’s mine to ride for now. He’s super sweet and he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He always tries his best.

“I am down here for the entire show season, though I am from New York, and I attend Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach,” noted Lignelli. “My goals for the year are the FEI North American Youth Championships on my jumper and maybe pony finals. I have a lot to look forward to.”

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