Pony Club Alumni In Spotlight
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Pony Club Alumni in the Spotlight!
June 12, 2012 (Lexington, KY)
– The United States Pony Clubs teaches horsemanship, riding skills and
most importantly, helps create successful adults. Recently, Pony Club
alumni have been making news.
Michael Matz, a B alumni of Berks Pony Club, and trainer of 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, won the Belmont Stakes on June 9th, with
his charge Union Rags.
Suzanne Stettinius, a C Pony Club alumni of Green Spring Hounds Pony
Club, was named to the 2012 Modern Pentathlon USA Olympic team.
According to William Stettinius, Suzanne’s father, she got to this level
because of Pony Club and Tetrathlon. She went to her first USPC
National Championships in Tetrathlon as a 10 year old, ultimately
competing in 6 Tetrathlon National Championships as a Novice Junior and
Senior before trying Pentathlon. USPC is the only organized youth feeder
network for the sport of Modern Pentathlon.
Rosie Napravnik became the first woman jockey to win the Kentucky
Oaks at Churchill Downswhen she steered Believe You Can to victory in
the 138th running of the three-year-old fillies' classic in May. Rosie
is a D alumni of Hunterdon Hills Pony Club.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) just named horse and
rider combinations to the Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games Eventing
team. It is no surprise that many riders listed have Pony Club
backgrounds. Eight of the 11 riders named to the short list belonged to a
Tiana Coudray on Ringwood Magister – A, Santa Rosa Valley
Buck Davidson on BallyNoe Castle RM – UR. Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds
Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Eagle – A, Nyngan, New South Wales
Phillip Dutton on Mighty Nice
Phillip Dutton on Mystery Whisper
Sinead Halpin on Manoir de Carneville – C, Palmetto
Boyd Martin on Neville Bardos – A, Forest Hill , Australia
Boyd Martin on Otis Barbotiere Boyd Martin on Remington XXV
Clark Montgomery Loughan Glen – UR, Brazos Valley
Karen O'Connor on Mr. Medicott- A, Groton
Allison Springer on Arthur – A, Fox River Valley
"The Pony Club alumni we list here areby no way the only former Pony
Club members who go on to successful careerswith horses.” stated Kevin
Price, CEO of the United States Pony Club. Congratulations to all of
our alumni who continue representing Pony Club both inside and outside
the equine community.