Children’s Pony Hunter Championship Returns to New York Horse and Pony Show

Saugerties, N.Y. – June 20, 2022 – Are you a pony rider ready to make your championship debut? Mark your calendar today for the 2022 Children’s Pony Hunter Final to be held during the New York Horse and Pony Show (Week VI) at HITS Saugerties! Scheduled for August 5-6, this multi-phase competition will be held over two days, providing Children's Pony riders experience in a finals-type setting.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique championship at HITS Saugerties each year,” said Tom Struzzieri. “It offers an amazing opportunity for these young riders to compete under this format, preparing them for a successful future at Pony Finals. We are proud to support the foundation for these riders and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come.”

The format will be run just like the USEF Pony Finals, with three phases of competition. The phases will include model, under saddle, and over fences with sections for Large, Medium and Small ponies. Awards will be presented to the winner of each phase in each section, and there will also be awards for overall ranking in each section and for the top 10 Overall Ponies.

The Children’s Pony Hunter Final is open to Children’s Hunter Ponies ridden by a junior exhibitor. Pony and rider must be eligible for the Children's Hunter Pony division under Zone II Rules, and exhibitors are encouraged to enter this event when submitting their entries.

To be eligible, a junior exhibitor must handle the pony in all three phases, but the handler/rider at the Finals need not have handled/shown the pony at any previous competition. The same Junior Exhibitor may show only one pony in each section, but may ride a Small, Medium and Large pony in the competition. Only the Competition Rider may ride the pony beginning at 5 pm the day before the competition until the conclusion of the competition. The only exception is that the pony, with another rider, may compete in Beginner and Advanced Beginner Equitation.