Worthington Wins 2002 Pony Jumper National Championship
Zone 5 Wins Team Championship
Worthington, 12, of Averill Park, New York was the winner of the
2002 Pony Jumper National Championship, individual competition,
which has been named as a USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian event.
Riding Marjorie Ritzer's Byrnadette, he bested the field of riders
from across the nation to take top honors in the individual competition.
Billy also displayed the best classical jumping style during the
three days of competition and was honored with the Short Stop
Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney for the Style Award.
As the individual champion, Billy was awarded the Swan Creek Farm
Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney in honor of Alvin and
Patsy Topping, Todd Minikus children's jumping saddle from Verhan
Saddlery, a Triple Crown Custom Cooler, a bucket with samples
of Bickmore Health and Leather Care Products, and a vest donated
by Romfh Equestrian Apparel.
Gold Medal - Billy Worthington of Averill Park, NY riding Byrnadette,
owned by Marjorie Ritzer
Silver Medal - Rebecca Young of Kirkland, IL rider and owner of
Bronze Medal - Ashley Bremerman of Silver Spring, MD rider and
owner of Gallant Candy Kiss
5 riders rose to the occasion to take the top spot in the 2002
Pony Jumper National Championship team competition, sponsored
by Salamandar Farm. Rebecca Young, 13 of Kirkland, Illinois, riding
Simply Irresistable, Morgan Kennedy, 12, of Petoskey, Michigan,
riding Tiger Lilly, Elizabeth Solch, 12, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
riding Sapphire, and Ryan Sassmannshausen, 10, of St. Charles,
Illinois, riding TNT brought home the gold in this USA Junior
Olympic-Equestrian competition and were awarded the Willow Grove
Farm Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney in honor of his
parents, Edward and Lorraine Moroney.
Gold Medal Team - Zone 5
Silver Medal Team - Zone 2
Bronze Medal Team - Zone 4
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