Road Trip Worth it for Pony Rider Rylee Shufelt

May 31st, 2013 10:29 AM | Comments Off on Road Trip Worth it for Pony Rider Rylee Shufelt

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Rylee Shufelt makes the trip well worthwhile
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The trip from Albuquerque to the Colorado Springs Spring Final (May 23-26) was well worth it for pony rider Rylee Shufelt (Lauren Stevens, trainer). In the irons on her Harrington Park Quest, the ten-year-old was champion in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic, and on her new mount, Camelot, she topped the Schooling Pony Hunters and the Pony Hunters. “The judges loved Camelot even though I made a few mistakes,” Rylee reported. “He has perfect form over the jumps. And my other pony is very good, too; very reliable.”

Rylee acknowledged the differences in her two ponies, pointing out that the large pony (Camelot) is lazy and needs a lot of leg. “Sometimes you have to show him who’s boss,” she added.

She has had her other pony, who is known as “Archie” around the barn, for five years now. He was imported out of Australia by owners who brought him to Las Vegas, where the Shufelts bought him. Archie was the pony Rylee moved up to after starting out on a short stirrup pony when she was just four. And if you think that’s an early age to start, consider that the Shufelts have pictures of Rylee riding horses dating back to when she was only two years old. “Rylee has always loved horses,” said her mother Gina. “It’s been a great way for her to bond with her dad, who has been around horses his entire life.”

Rylee agrees, noting that every day she and her father take care of the five horses and ponies that live on their property. She said she doesn’t mind cleaning stalls and feeding because it helps her bond with her ponies and develops a sense of responsibility. Those things, along with competing and awards, are among what Rylee likes best about riding.

When she’s not showing, Rylee enjoys hanging out with her trainer. “I like to spend time at the barn with Lauren. She lets me ride a lot of horses,” Rylee said. “She also taught me how to ride Camelot. He is a much harder ride than Archie. She’s pretty awesome!”

Jessica Buxton and Wild Rose have things under control
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Jessica Buxton (Lorilei Cudney, trainer) enjoyed similar success without the long-distance travel. With her Wild Rose, she was champion in the combined Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunters and the Equitation 15-17. Wild Rose is a dark bay Oldenburg mare that came to Colorado for Jessica about two years ago. The pair continue to see success in the older Children’s Hunters, age group equitation and the 3’3” medals. This will be Jessica’s last season before she heads to college in the fall.

Scoring a near sweep by winning virtually every class entered was a thrill for Susan Winston (Lorilei Cudney, trainer), who did it all aboard her Quite Nice. The pair finished the show with two championships: one in the combined Junior/Amateur Owner Hunters and the other in the Performance Working Hunters. They also topped the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby. Following this show, Susan and her mount are the leading amateur in the $1,000 LEGIS Hunter Rider Challenge while Kris Nixon, with her Better Days, is the leading professional rider in the series.

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Susan Winston has a nice show aboard Quite Nice
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eading the Maui Trainer Incentive Challenge is Lorilei Cudney with 244 points followed by Laurie Jueneman with 155 points. The Maui Trainer Incentive Challenge is an annual award, now in its ninth year, where a week’s stay in Maui is awarded to the professional whose students earn the most points throughout the Colorado series of shows. The top five trainers also will split $5,000 in cash awards.

The Colorado series starts back up again at the Penrose Equestrian Center June 24-26. Langer Equestrian is offering a special deal: the June Twofer. Come to the newly upgraded and enhanced Norris Penrose Event Center the week of June 24-30 for two USEF A rated, Jumper Rating 3 horse shows. It will be a festival of fun during the LEG Festival Preview (June 24-26) and the LEG Summer Festival (June 27-30). LEG is offering each exhibitor a $40 discount on class entry fees for up to three classes per horse at the LEG Festival Preview. Not only can you compete in two shows in one week, but you can save up to $120 on entry fees!

For more information on the Colorado shows and Langer Equestrian Group, visit the newly redesigned website.

In California, horse showing continues at LAEC with Gold Coast 4 (June 14-16), while the Verdugo Hills Show Series at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center continues June 1-2 with Verdugo Hills 5. The Northern California series starts up again with Woodside Circuit Opener (June 19-23) and Bay Area Summer Festival (June 26-30).

For more information on Langer Equestrian Group and all the shows, including prize lists and results, visit the newly redesigned website.

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