The West Coast Pony Finals is just a few days away, taking place at the National Preview Horse Show (Nov 9-13). Small, medium, and large ponies will compete in two different classes for top honors: the $3,000 West Coast Pony Hunter Final and the $1,000 West Coast Pony Jumper Final.
"We started this event in 2000 because the trip to Kentucky for the National Championship is too long for many West Coast riders," explained LEG CEO Larry Langer. "It has grown into one of the largest pony events outside of the USEF Pony Finals, usually with over 50 ponies in attendance." For pony riders, the National Preview Horse Show is the last major show on the West Coast with "A" rated sections.
The West Coast Pony Finals Hunter Championship features two rounds of competition, after which the top small, medium, and large ponies each receive championship awards, and then the top scoring pony from all three sections is named the Grand Champion and receives a special perpetual trophy. Pony Jumpers compete for their own championship and perpetual trophy as well.
More information about the National Preview Horse Show is available at http://langershows.com/laec/show_details.php?show_id=192.
Medal final season is well under way, and LA National (Nov 16-20) feature the prestigious Onondarka Medal Finals, WCE Junior-Amateur Medal Finals, and the $50,000 Grand Prix of Los Angeles (a World Cup Qualifier), all run on the new footing Rudy Leone is installing just in time for the final two shows at LA Equestrian Center.
Photo: Meredith Darst and Macy Grey, winners of the 2010 West Coast Pony Hunter Final Photo: Flying Horse Photography