August 7, 2014--Sophia Calamari (New Milford, Pa.) won the Small Green Hunter Pony Championship Wednesday at the US Hunter Pony Championship presented by Sallee Horse Vans with her own Smitten, completing the competition with a phenomenal overall score of 1011.50. She and the six-year-old Welsh pony cross-bred gelding garnered second place in the Over Fences phase with a score of 249.75, while on Tuesday they earned 260.00 in the Model and 252.00 Under Saddle.
Calamari was confident entering the ring, but knew the course wouldn't be all easy. "I was a little bit nervous about the in-and-out and lead changes," she said. "He hasn't jumped a lot of in-and-outs, so I was worried he might spook a little bit, but he was great."
The Reserve Champion title went to Madeline Schaefer (Westminster, Md.) and Ashley Watts' Rollingwoods Tuxedo, with a total score of 988.80. She and the six-year-old Welsh Pony gelding were boosted into the Reserve Champion position on the strength of a third-place finish in the Over Fences phase with a score of 247.50, after earning 250.80 and 243.00 in the Model and Under Saddle phases, respectively.
Augusta Iwasaki (Calabasas, Calif.) and Mary Funk's eight-year-old Welsh Pony gelding, Enano, took home the third-place ribbon with a total score of 971.70. With an impressive score of 254.00, the pair won the Over Fences phase. In the Model, the pair earned 221.70, and scored 242.00 in the Over Fences.
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