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USEF Advanced Pair Pony National Champion - Katie Whaley
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Posted by Leslie Potter
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Defending National Champion in the Advanced Pair Pony division, Katie Whaley (Paris. Ky.), held on to her title this year driving her 2015 Welsh Pony gelding, Timmy; her 2006 Welsh/Arabian gelding, Tanner; and Gail Riley's 2012 Welsh Pony gelding, Clanfair Sunglow. Whaley and her perfectly matched set of chestnut ponies were the wire-to-wire winners in the Advanced Pair Pony division, leading the dressage, marathon, and cones en route to the overall National Championship.
Photo - Katie Whaley with Tanner and Clanfair Sunglow. (©Leslie Potter/US Equestrian)
"The young ponies did the dressage and had their best test to date," said Whaley. "The marathon was a little rusty, but that was fine. We had a double clear on the cones, so we finished the weekend on a high and I feel like I'm on track. My plan is to ship to Europe in July and compete over there, and hopefully go for the team [at the FEI World Championships.]"