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USA Equestrian
Skiffington Wins National Hunter Pony Championship

Alexandra Skiffington, 15, of Wellington, FL, rode the large pony Madam Alexander (Welsh: Friars Brenin Dafydd x Clay County) to win the 2003 Wild Horsefeathers/USAE National Hunter Pony Championship, held August 7-8, at The Andrews School, as part of the State Line Tack/USAE Pony Finals. Madam Alexander is owned by Meredith Irving.

Exhibitors competed over two days in the small, medium and large sections in over-fences, under-saddle and model classes. Competitors qualified for the event by winning a Championship in an “A” rated Regular Hunter Pony section at a USA Equestrian competition.

As champion Skiffington was the recipient of the International Jumping Derby Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mason Phelps, Jr., a Triple Crown Custom cooler and a gift certificate for a custom pair of Der Dau boots.

The judges for the Regular Hunter Ponies were, John Roper of Franklin, TN, John Barker of Middleburg, VA, and Leo Conroy of Wellington, FL.


· Overall Hunter Pony Champion – MADAM ALEXANDER ridden by Alexandra Skiffington
· Overall Reserve Hunter Pony Champion – HALCYON HAWTHORN (Welsh: Dorian Gray x Halcyon) ridden and owned by Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD

· Trainer of the Overall Champion for the Emerson Burr Perpetual Trophy – Ken and Emily Smith of Wellington, FL
· Buttons & Bows Sportsmanship Award-Katie Dinan of New York, NY
· International Challenge Trophy; State Team Award presented to the state with three of more representatives that gained the highest points-Maryland

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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