Many junior members of our hunts competed at United States Pony Clubs' (USPC) Eastern Championships, held July 27-31, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Demonstrating the skill and versatility that hours in the hunt field develop, these young riders excelled in a variety of disciplines. From showjumping to games, children affiliated with MFHA hunts earned excellent placings in top competition. Enjoy this photo gallery of our future leaders.
Maryland Region Novice Eventing Team, including Elkridge-Harford Hunt Pony Club.
Brady Cully participated in the Developing Horse & Rider Division of Show Jumping on his horse, Harvey. He and his team placed 7th overall. Brady placed 9th out of 29 riders in the division. Brady is a member of the Blue Mountain Pony Club and he represented the Maryland Region. He is a junior whipper-in at Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt. Photo by GRC Photo.
Kiersten, #4, an Elkridge-Harford Pony Clubber, joined Saint Margaret's team which received 4th place, Horse Management, and 5th place overall in the Junior Games division out of 14 teams.
From the Maryland Region Team, Developing Rider for Show Jumping, Leah Hiener of Elkridge-Harford Hunt Pony Club. Photo by GRC Photo.
This team included Brady Cully out of Blue Mountain Pony Club (Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt), Taylor Brinsfield of Greenspring Pony Club, Leah Hiener and Cayla Hyde (stable manager) of EHHPC. They finished 7th of 8th in Jumping and Horse Management. None of them had been to Nationals with a horse prior to this.
Julia Cochran, Elkridge-Harford Hunt Pony Club, and teammates: Show Jumping championship competitors. Photo courtesy Julia Cochran.
Old Dominion Hounds Pony Clubber Lucy Arnold on Craughwell (owned by Dorry Gascon). Photo by Steven Vorpahl.
Old Dominion was well represented at the Eastern Championships, with ten competitors (8 riders and 2 stable managers).
Katie Sharp - Team was 4th place overall and 1st in Horse Management
Individual - Girls Junior Division, 3rd Place Overall with a 1st in shooting.
Virginia Region Novice Team #1 (had total of 4 riders and a stable manager)
Team placing: First Place Overall and Third in Horse Management
Lucy Arnold - First Place individual
Connor Poe - Eighth Place individual
Virginia Region Novice Team #2 (had total of 4 riders and a stable manager)
Team placing: Seventh Place Overall and Ninth in Horse Management
Casey Poe - Sixth Place Individual
Sterling Colgan - Stable Manager
Virginia Region Training Team #1 (had total of 4 riders and a stable manager)
Team placing: First Place Overall and First in Horse Management
Emma Keahon - Seventh Place Individual
Show Jumping, Modified Horse:
Kristina Davis - Team was 4th place overall and 2nd in Horse Management
Sam Creveling - Stable Manager Team was 8th place overall and 14th in Horse Management
Hayley Davis - Team was 4th place overall and 7th in Horse Management
Individual 3rd in Training test