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Little Wood Farm

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Little Wood Farm

On April 22nd Holland NIevergelt traveled to the Pines Horse show in Connecticut to compete in the Green Pony Hunter division and attempt to qualify her pony Glynhafan Red Kestral for Pony Finals in Kentucky.  They ended up reserve champion and qualified in their first attempt.  Unfortunately her pony was not "recorded" as the owner was sure he was lifetime recorded by the breeder.  A point dispute with USEF was rejected and Holland and her pony had to continue to try to qualify on limited funds.  Holland has trained her pony herself since he was a 4 year old and she was 9. The pony was just learning to canter!.  Holland and Kestral have come a long way and it was devestating for Holland to find out they had not qualified by USEF standards.  In her next attempt under tremendous pressure Holland and Kestral failed to qualify and the pressure became even worse.  Then on June 15th Holland and Kestral traveled to Saratoga Springs in a final attempt to qualify for Pony Finals as her show budget was limited and this was her last chance.  The first day was very successful and Holland and Kestral won both their over fences classes and were second in the hack out of eight ponies.  They entered the second day of competition with high hopes but still under a lot of pressure.  The first over fences class went well however on the second trip Holland made an uncharacteristic mistake of going to the wrong diagonal jump!  She quickly realized the mistake and circled to the correct jump but it would be counted as a refusal.  The rest of the course was beautiful!  Holland exited the ring clearly upset but with a stiff upper lip and a positive attitude.  Fortunately her points from the previous day and her 2nd place in her first trip were enough to make them champions in their division.  The two of them will be headed to Kentucky in August to fulfill a dream!

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