Olivia Sweetnam alongside Mandy Su, Dover Saddlery at TIEC Store Manager, and 2018 $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby winner, Elizabeth Smith.
Shulman noted that being able to get into Tryon Stadium is not only great practice for USEF Pony Finals but also great for aspiring Grand Prix riders. Sweetnam aspires to be “better than her dad,” international show jumper Shane Sweetnam, who has had great success in Tryon Stadium at TIEC, and Shulman believes that the experience gained at Pony Spectacular will have a lasting impact on all participants: “To get into this arena, for these young girls, is so special. It really gives them a chance to have a taste of what they’ll be doing in years to come. I know Olivia will be in there many times in years to come for sure.”
Donald Sheehan (Maryville, TN) and Craig Allen’s entry, Quoted, earned champion of the Green Hunter 3’6” Division this week. Mary McKenzie (Wellington, FL) and Patent Pending, owned by Quail Run Partnerships, took home the reserve champion honors.
The Pulse Equine Performance Hunter 3’3” Division saw Nashea Powell (Jacksonville, FL) ride Dessert First, owned by Renae Sweeney, to championship honors. Jeannie Savegnago (Ocala, FL) rode Elizabeth Corey’s entry, Hula Hoop, to the reserve champion placing.
Finley Morgan (Concord, NC) rode her own entry, Howie Do It, to earn champion of the Small Pony Hunter Division. Olivia Sweetnam (Wellington, FL) piloted Secret Crush, owned by Jill Shulman, to the reserve champion position.
In the Absorbine® Green Hunter 3’ Division, Hunt Tosh (Milton, GA) and Sandman, owned by Douglas Wheeler, earned champion honors. Donald Sheehan (Maryville, TN) rode the Kashmere Farms LLC entry, Indian Ocean, to reserve honors.
Hunt Tosh (Milton, GA) took champion honors again with Eagle Rare, owned by Douglas Wheeler, in the Green Hunter 3’3” Division, while Bob Brawley (Double Oak, TX) rode Argento, owned by DDM Equestrian, LLC, to reserve honors.
The 3’3” Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division congratulated Maddie Tosh (Milton, GA) on earning champion aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Cold Harbour as well as reserve champion aboard Gotham, also owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
In the USHJA 2’6” Division Ashley Conkle (Wellford, SC) made a clean sweep, taking champion and reserve champion honors. She and Apricot Lane, owned by Page Tredennick, took top honors while she and Candy Crush, owned by Alexandra Mikhail, took reserve honors.
For full results from the $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, click here.