2012 Stars of the West Sport Pony Finals
The North American Sport Pony Registry (NASPR) sponsored the 2012 Stars of the West Sport Pony Challenge Cup Finals held at Anderson Ranch in Calgary, Alberta on August 25 during their $60,000 Rocky Mountain Classic III Gold hunter/jumper tournament. To attend the Finals, ponies had to qualify by winning their class at any of the qualifying shows held throughout Alberta during the year. The four classes offered at the qualifying shows were the following: Weanling/Yearling Sport Pony, Two-Year Old Sport Pony, 3 & Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony, and 3 & Over Stallion Sport Pony.
Twelve qualified ponies competed at the Finals in August, of which seven are registered with the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Canada (2 Section Bs, 1 Section C, and 4 Half Welsh). The judge was Andrea Wells from Savannah, Georgia.
The Champion Weanling/Yearling was the Half Welsh weanling filly Avallach’s Royally Dressed, bred by Karen Fildes/Caer Avallach Farm and owned by Daventry Farms. Royally Dressed is sired by the Section B stallion *Telynau Royal Charter and out of Welsh/TB mare Woodlands Best Dressed by Woodlands Foxy Cloud. Reserve Champion Weanling or Yearling went to Partbred Welsh weanling filly Daventry's Life Is Bluetiful, bred and owned by Daventry Farms. Life Is Bluetiful is by the Welsh crossbred stallion Blue Who and out of the Half Welsh mare Sporting Life by Section A stallion Penrhyn Sporting Chance.
In the Two-Year old division, the Champion was Section B Welsh filly Alvesta Brianna, bred by Brenda Podolski and owned by Karen Chorney. Brianna is by the Section B stallion *CadlanValley Pirate and out of Section B mare Alvesta Buttons N' Bows by Llandefalle Bonheddwr. Brianna was the overall Grand Champion of the Sport Pony Finals in 2011 and went on to be named Reserve Grand Champion of the Finals this year (Grand Champion at the 2011 Finals). Brianna also won the NASPR High Point Award for being the highest placed NASPR registered pony.
The Reserve Champion Two-Year-Old was Section C gelding DT Mr. Snaps, bred and owned by Ron and Tammy Cooper. Mr. Snaps is by the Section D Welsh Cob stallion Goldhills Brandysnap and out of the Section A mare Young's Arrest That Flirt by *Bengad Dombeya. Third place went to Section B colt Daventry’s Power Play, bred and owned by Daventry Farms. Power Play is by Section B stallion Alvesta Picasso and out of Section B mare Pajon's Royal Flirt by *Rosedale Royal Flare. It is interesting to note that Daventry’s Power Play’s sire and Alvesta Brianna's dam are siblings by blood, and both were born and raised at Alvesta Farm.
Champion of the 3 & Over Mare/Gelding class was four-year-old half-Welsh mare Cajonat's Encore, bred and owned by John & Natalie Lobo. Encore is by the Section B stallion Alvesta Picasso and out of the Hanoverian mare Ajawaan by Arkansas. Encore was the overall Reserve Grand Champion of the 2011 Finals and went on to be named the overall Grand Champion of the Finals this year. Interesting to note, Encore's twin sister, Cajonat's Debut, was also at the Finals and placed fourth overall. Heather Harsch-White owns Debut. Unfortunately, the Reserve Champions were not brought back for the Grand Championship class, but three of the four Champions brought back were WPCSC registered ponies.
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