Smallside Delightful Takes the Tricolors at Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships – Central

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Edited Press Release

Tyler, Texas—Sept. 25, 2023—The inaugural Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships – Central at Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas, offered $23,500 in prize money to over 110 entries competing over September 13-17. Securing the Overall Grand Champion honors was Smallside Delightful (Telynau Jacobite x Woodlands Fanciful), ridden by Kennedy Schley of Arlington, Texas, and Bailey Robinson, of Bowie, Texas.

Judges Carleton Brooks and Oliver Brown were delighted with the movement produced by Smallside Delightful, a 2016 half-Welsh pony mare owned, trained and bred by Jordan Mallard, of Arlington, Texas. Affectionately known as Evie, the mare came out on top in the top in two divisions, earning reserve in the 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’3” and champion in the 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’6”. The mare also took home the Overall Grand Champion title, Overall Purebred Welsh High Point Champion, and High-Point Welsh in the 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’3” and 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’6″.

“It’s really exciting for me,” Mallard said on being an owner, trainer and breeder of Smallside Delightful. “I don’t think there are too many of us that do it all, so it’s extra special to have all three of those titles on my homebreds. When I went to breed her dam, my good friend Brooke Harschutz with Lapinwood Ponies suggested [Telynau Jacobite] to me for his canter and rideability, which is exactly what we got from the cross. It’s really fun to see the genetics pan out just right.”

“This is a great way to kick off what I believe is going to be a really long, successful Hunter pony career for her,” Mallard continued. “She’s so easy and straightforward. I’m so proud of her. She really took everything in stride and rose to the occasion. Funny enough, Evie spends most of her time at home teaching lessons to advanced beginners and intermediate riders, so I think our IEA team is going to get a kick out of her winnings.”

“I am so impressed with the Championship, the staff, sponsors, prize money, the swag and just everything,” commented Mallard of the new Central location. “I think the event will continue to grow rather quickly the more people find out about it, especially with prize money that’s unheard of in the baby pony world.”

The USHJA congratulates the following division champions at the 2023 event:

5-Year-Old and Under Under Saddle

  • Champion – Diamond K Flash of Gold (Elite Freckle My Fancy x Diamond K Fools Gold) a 2020 Welsh pony stallion owned, trained and bred by Kathleen Voekel, and ridden by Ethan Reece
  • Reserve Champion – Helicon Snack Captain (Foxwater Pure Country x Detail Dot Com) a 2020 Welsh pony gelding owned, trained and bred by Molly Rinedollar, and ridden by McKayla Brombach

4- and 5-Year-Olds 2′

  • Champion – KP Cindy Lou Who (Kobur Naiche x GF Way Too Cool) a 2018 Welsh pony mare owned and bred by Kickapoo Ponies, trained by Wendy Hartman, and ridden by Sydney Lofland 
  • Reserve Champion – Rollingwoods Talk Is Cheap (Nistar Blazing Kansas x Mississippi Trailer Trash) a 2019 Welsh pony cross mare owned and bred by Ruth Wilburn, trained by Sally Davis, and ridden by Lauren Smith

4- and 5-Year-Olds 2’3″

  • Champion – Cool With That (Smoke Tree Dragon Tail x Aquinnah) a 2018 Welsh pony cross gelding owned by Winsome LLC, trained and bred by Jennifer Wheeler Winborne, ridden by McKayla Brombach
  • Reserve Champion – Rollingwoods Hot Topic (Gayfields Louisiana Man x Rollingwoods Unrivaled) a 2019 Welsh pony mare owned and bred by Ruth Wilburn, trained by Sally Davis, and ridden by Lauren Smith

6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’

  • Champion – Wanna Be Mine (Lemonshill Top Note x unknown) a 2016 Welsh pony gelding owned by Winsome LLC, trained and bred by Jennifer Wheeler Winborne, and ridden by McKayla Brombach
  • Reserve Champion – Farnley Forever & Always (Farnley Triton x Farnley Paper Moon) a 2017 Welsh pony mare owned by Kickapoo Ponies, trained by Wendy Hartman, bred by Farnley Farm, and ridden by Bailey Robinson

6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’3”

  • Champion – Glenmore Rum (Glenmore Sneakers x Glenmore Chardonnay Pearl) a 2016 cross bred pony gelding owned and trained by Jana Rodes, bred by Betty Fox, and ridden by McKayla Brombach
  • Reserve Champion – Smallside Delightful (Telynau Jacobite x Woodlands Fanciful) a 2016 half Welsh pony mare owned, trained and bred by Jordan Mallard, and ridden by Kennedy Schely

6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’6”

  • Champion – Smallside Delightful

Adults on Ponies 7-Year-Old and Under, Presented by Missy Jo Hollingsworth and Saddle Lake Equestrian Center

  • Champion – Cool With That, ridden by Jennifer Wheeler Winborne 
  • Reserve Champion – Glenmore Rum, ridden by Jana Rodes

A number of special awards were also presented, including:

  • Leading Owner: Kickapoo Ponies
  • Leading Trainer: Wendy Hartman
  • Leading Breeder: Kickapoo Ponies
  • Get of Sire: Foxwater Pure Country
  • Style Award: Sydney Lofland
  • Best Child Rider: McKayla Brombach
  • Leading Junior Owner/Rider: Katelyn Robinson
  • Overall Purebred Welsh High Point Champion – Smallside Delightful
  • Overall Half/Part Bred High Point Champion – Rollingwoods Talk Is Cheap

High Point Welsh Pony for each section:

  • 5-Year-Old and Under Under Saddle – Diamond K Flash of Gold 
  • 4- and 5-Year-Olds 2′ – KP Cindy Lou Who
  • 4- and 5-Year-Olds 2’3″ – Rollingwoods Hot Topic 
  • 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’ – Farnley Forever & Always
  • 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’3” – Smallside Delightful
  • 6- and 7-Year-Olds 2’6” –  Smallside Delightful

The Kym K Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships has recently expanded into two championships on the East Coast and centrally with the aim to develop the Hunter Breeding sport and create opportunities for current and new owners, breeders and handlers to showcase talented young Hunter pony prospects. The Championships feature competition for ponies aged 7 and under with most sections comprised of a model, under saddle and over fences classes. Classes are open to Juniors, excluding the popular Adults on Ponies division open to Amateurs and Professionals.

The USHJA extends a special thanks to the Texas Rose Horse Park; to Kym K Smith for her title sponsorship; and to Missy Jo Hollingsworth and Saddle Lake Equestrian Center for presenting the Adults on Pony division. The USHJA also thanks Official Sponsors CWD, Nutrena and Parlanti; award sponsors Essex Classics, Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks and Floral Wreaths by Susan Garrett; and class supporters Virginia Pony Breeders Association, Farnley Farm, Foxlore Farm, Melinda Snyder with Partly Cloudy and Hunter’s Haven Farm.

For more information about the Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships, visit ushja.org/YHPC.

Photos: Jerry Mohme Photography

About the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association

The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official Hunter/Jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication, and rules. We provide a wide array of programs for all Hunter/Jumper levels, and we are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additionally, we are committed to preserving the history of our sport, and through our Foundation, we support charitable and benevolent services. Learn more at ushja.org.