The Gold Ring was giving the Dixon Oval a run for its money between the Pony Handy, Stake, Under Saddle, overall awards and the Pony Hunt Teams. It was 10 hours of non-stop action and way too much fun. How did they get those ponies to wear the "Cat in the Hat" hats and matching red and white striped polo wraps??
While the creativity was overflowing in the schooling area (aka holding tank for the Pony Hunt Teams), two significant awards were being handed out in the Gold Ring. The Devon Grand Pony Hunter Champion was won by Ballou ridden by Daisy Farish and trained by Patricia Girffith. The Pony Sportsmanship award was given to Jackson Brittan who is trained by Texas based Peter Pletcher.
Nine year old Farish from Versailles, Kentucky is the daughter of horseman Will Farish. This is only Daisy's second year at Devon, so winning both the Small Pony Hunter Championship and the Devon Grand Pony Hunter Championship felt "really good".
Farish says that Colvin who owns Ballou "is like a big sister" who she really looks up to. Even at such an early age, Farish is committed to the sport. Most of her ponies live at home in Kentucky, but when needed she commutes to Heritage Farm in New York to be with her trainer. When she's not riding, this avid student loves to play soccer and play with her dogs, cats and rabbits. Putting it all in perspective that they may seem oh-so-grown-up in the ring in their formal attire and designer belts, but kids are kids, and this was their day.
Photos: Jackson Brittan & Trainer Peter Pletcher and Ballou & Daisy Farish