Washington, DC- young riders competed in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals with a win for 11-year-old Mimi Gochman of New York, NY. Trained by Scott Stewart, Gochman rode Fair Play Farm’s Storyteller to a score of 85 over fences. She came out on top after the judges tested the top four over another shortened course. Gochman was presented with the Jane Marshall Dillon Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the friends and students of Mrs. Jane Marshall Dillon for the win.
Tessa P. Brown had the high score of 87 in her first round over fences and finished in second place after the test riding Radiance. Elly Ficca scored an 86 in the first round and placed third overall with It’s All Good. Caroline Ellis scored an 84 in round one and returned for the test with Cozy Up to finish fourth.
“It was really awesome to win,” Gochman stated. “My pony is the best for this kind of thing. He is easy to transition, nice jump, good for sitting – I can maybe do everything on that pony. I was a little nervous, but he was really good.”
“After I got the 85, I thought I would go back for testing, but I thought it was going to be a flat phase. I was in the schooling area doing no stirrups, turns on the haunches, sitting trot, sitting trot without stirrups, but then they announced it was jumping,” Gochman noted. “I am also confident on that, but then they told us that we had to go in the ring and have no instruction from our trainers, and that is when I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s scary.’ It was challenging, but Story helped me out very well.” Gochman has been competing on ponies at WIHS for a few years now and always enjoys her time in the nation’s capital.
“It is really amazing how they can get all the footing in here and all the jumps and still make it safe and not scary,” she acknowledged. “The most interesting thing is being in the city, showing in the city, because it is a different environment for the ponies. It is great that Story can handle that. He does not spook a lot. He does not get scared. He can relax in any environment. I also love going to see the monuments and the White House and it is nice weather here during the fall, so it is nice to be here.”
Final Results: WIHS Pony Equitation Finals
Place, Number, Rider, Horse, Owner
1. 513 MIMI GOCHMAN, STORYTELLER, FAIR PLAY FARM
2. 878 TESSA P. BROWN, RADIANCE, TESSA P. BROWN
3. 474 ELLY FICCA, IT’S ALL GOOD, ELLY FICCA
4. 861 CAROLINE ELLIS, COZY UP, KATIE PETRONELLI
5. 779 NATALIE JAYNE, ELATION, BETSEE PARKER
6. 704 COURTNEY MORTON, PERIDOT, KATIE PETRONELLI
7. 651 CATHERINE BLACK, HALLELUJAH, ROSE HILL FARM
8. 456 ABIGAIL DUBOSE, NORTHWIND MARIN, ABIGAIL DUBOSE
9. 473 RUBY SLOAN, HIGHLANDS HEAVEN SENT, PEAKEWOOD PHARM, INC
10. 553 OLIVIA MARKMAN, BENLEA MIZZOU, OLIVIA MARKMAN
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