Sunday Evening in the Dixon Oval, the sun was still beating down hot as the NAL Pony Jumper-II, 2(a) began with its twenty-five competitors. The entries first competed in a round with a time allowance of 78 seconds with fourteen obstacles to complete. In order to move on to the timed jump off the riders must complete a clean round. Seven of the riders out of the strong group of contestants and their ponies made it successfully to the jump off where, in the end, only one would leave the ring decorated in a blue ribbon and take the victory lap.
With no completely clean rounds in the timed jump-off, Christine Lonsdale of Reisterstown, Maryland riding her own horse, Winds of Magic, got the best round with her safe ride of a time of 43.63, giving her 3 time faults but still put her on top. Winning this class not only meant a first place ribbon for Christine Lonsdale, but also qualified her for the North American League Pony Jumper Finals in Harrisburg, PA at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Christine Lonsdale rode her handsome 16 year-old paint gelding back into the ring to accept her Pony Jumper Champion Award, which won her The Leonard Tose Memorial Challenge Trophy. Ellyn Fritz of Greenwich, CT riding Sailor Moon owned by Back Country Farm took the Reserve Champion Pony Jumper.
Bringing a close to the Pony Jumper classes of Devon 2012, the final title of the Pony Jumper Style Award was graciously presented to Caitlyn Connors of Glen Mills, PA on Break Away. Being honored with this award meant Caitlyn Connors exhibited the best classical jumper style of riding.
Photo: Christine Lonsdale on Winds of Magic