2014 Stars of the West Sport Pony Finals
The 2014 Stars of the West Sport Pony Challenge Cup Final was held on August 24 at Killerney Farms in Devon, Alberta. Ponies were eligible to attend the Finals by competing at qualifiers throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan this year. Two weeks before the Finals, a scheduling conflict forced a change in venue. A huge thank you goes out to Killerney Farms for accommodating the Finals at the last minute.
Under saddle classes, a $250 Junior Handler class, Get of Sire class and High Score Breed awards were added to the Finals this year, along with Series Year-End High Point awards. 2014 also saw qualifying shows held in Saskatchewan for the first time. In all, a total of $2,200 in cash and prizes was awarded during the Finals. Kyla McKinney from Spruceview Hanoverians in Edmonton, Alberta was the judge for the day.
The overall Sport Pony Challenge Cup Grand Champion, sponsored by Pferde Traum Farm of Breton, Alberta, was won by Section B Welsh Pony stallion Daventry's Power Play (Alvesta Picasso x Pajon's Royal Flirt), bred and owned by Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, Alberta. This is the second year in a row that Power Play has won the Challenege Cup. Power Play walked away with $300 cash, a trophy and monogrammed cooler.
Overall Reserve Grand Champion, which included $200 cash and a keepsake plaque, was won by Cajonat's Encore (Alvesta Picasso x Ajawaan), a Welsh/Hanoverian cross mare bred and owned by Cajonat Farm in Onoway, Alberta. Encore was also the 3 & Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony Champion at the 2014 Finals and also won the overall Sport Pony Challenge Cup back in 2012.
Each division champion was given $100 cash and an egraved leather halter. The Sport Pony Weanling/Yearling Champion went to two-month old Section B Welsh Pony filly Daventry's Ruby Slippers (Alvesta Picasso x Goldhills As You Like It), bred and owned by Daventry Equestrian. Reserve Champion went to the yearling Welsh/Hanoverian filly Cajonat's Trilogy (Alvesta Picasso x Ajawaan), bred and owned by Cajonat Farm. Trilogy is a full sister to Cajonat's Encore.
In the 3 & Over Mares/Geldings Sport Pony division, Reserve Champion was the New Forest Pony mare Spa Creek Breeze (Wishingwell Even Steven x Gabriel Creek Sandy). Breeze was bred by Spa Creek Ranch, Salmon Arm, British Columbia and owned by Pferde Traum Farm, Breton, Alberta. Breeze was also the High Scoring New Forest Pony at the Finals, sponsored by the New Forest Pony Society of North America.
Two under saddle classes were added for 2014: Sport Pony Dressage Suitability 3 & Over and Sport Pony Hunter Suitability 3 & Over. Each class had $100 in Equi-Products gift certificates up for grabs and monogrammed saddle pads. The Dressage Suitability class was won by Daventry's Power Play, and the winner of the Hunter Suitability class was Power Play's full brother, Daventry's Overtime. Overtime was bred by Daventry Equestrian and is owned by Katie Chesterman. Katie and Overtime were also the winners of the $250 Equi-Products Junior Handler class at the Finals. The overall High POint Sport Pony Under Saddle, which included a monogrammed cooler sponsored by Greenhawk Edmonton, went to Daventry's Power Play, who was also the High Scoring ISR/Oldenburg pony and High Scoring Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) pony at the Finals. The $50 Get of Sire class was won by the offspring of Alvesta Picasso, a Section B Welsh Pony stallion standing at Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, Alberta.
A big thank-you to our 2014 sponsors: Pferde Traum Farm, Equi-Products, Alberta Gold Energy, AMI Autoglass Insurance, Daventry Equine Appraisal Services, Cummins Western Canada, Alfa Tec, Greenhawk Edmonton, Capri Insurance Services, Daventry Equestrian, Brightside Vet, Canadian Saddlery, the Olstad family and Alberta Ponies. We are happy to see this series growing each year. For more information on how to qualify and a list of upcoming shows, please visit our website at www.starsofthewest.com.
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