ADAM EDGAR AND FOX CREEK'S ANTONY QUINN CLAIM GRAND PONY HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Small, medium and large ponies took over the hunter rings to compete for the sought-after Grand Pony Hunter Championship on Sunday at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Adam Edgar saved the best for last, winning the final pony hunter class of the day, the Large Pony B Hunters, aboard Fox Creek's Antony Quinn, a 13-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Dianna Orona. The pair also earned the Grand Pony Hunter Championship title in the Stonelea Ring.
The 18-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia, dabbled in a handful of different sports throughout his childhood, but was inspired to try riding because his mother grew up with horses. Ever since, he was hooked and has been finding success in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Edgar trains with Bill Schaub as well as Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms.
During the Large Pony B Hunter division, Edgar and Fox Creek's Antony Quinn won the handy, undersaddle and one over fences class, and the pair placed second in the other over fences.
The reserve champion of the Large Pony B Hunter division and also the Reserve Grand Pony Hunter Championship was Jenna Drago on Rivers Edge's Rivaldo, a 7-year-old Welsh Pony palomino gelding.
The Kentucky Summer Classic will wrap-up on Sunday to make way for the 2017 USEF Pony Finals. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows series will resume on Aug. 15 with the start of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, which will feature both the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship. Other highlight events include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington.