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Polly Sweeney and Theo Boris Both Ride to Blues at Gold Coast 2

Burbank, California. Whether playing a violin for the Pasadena Symphony or riding her horse, Polly Sweeney is the picture of focus, determination, and grace. Although she no longer actively plays for the Pasadena Symphony, Sweeney has not hung up her spurs. In fact, the amateur rider has set an ambitious goal for herself. Sweeney hopes to qualify for the Ariat National Adult Medal Finals in October. She is third in the national standings and made it one step closer when she handily won the Ariat Adult Medal during Gold Coast 2 (April 6-8) at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Riding Heartbreaker she was also second in the LAHJA Senior Medal.

On the other end of the spectrum, Theo Boris is emerging as a talented junior rider. During Gold Coast 2 he made his debut in the 3'6" equitation and won the ASPCA Maclay. Boris also finished second in the PCHA Horsemanship Class and third in the USEF Medal. Trainer DiAnn Langer feels that Boris is one of the most talented students she has ever coached. “He has such a nice feel on a horse and that is not something you can really teach.”

Laura Mormann continued her winning ways in her first year in the amateur ranks. She led the USEF Talent Search from start to finish. After a polished flat phase, she returned as the final rider in the jumping phase and produced an accurate round. Trainer Betsy Woods also coached Mormann to second place finishes in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal and the CPHA Junior/Amateur Medal.

Trainer Julie Golden saw the star potential in her young horse and the aptly named, American Idol, earned the show championship in the Baby Green Hunters after winning both over fence classes. Golden also coached Lauren Vogel to the championship in the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers aboard Chances Are. Vogel was thrilled with how well the chestnut gelding jumped throughout the three day show in the 1.30 meter classes.

In addition to higher level classes frequently found at major A shows, the Gold Coast series of shows also offers a number of entry level classes. The majority of these sections are held on Sunday so that riders can choose to just show on one day and still be able to ride in all of their classes. Katherine Sears captured dual championships aboard Yukon in the Restricted Child/Adult Hunters and the Low Modified Hunters. In the Green Rider section, Lauren Langbord earned the tri-color with Titan, while Lacy Green and Tres Chic won the Children’s Hunter championship.

The Gold Coast Series features seven USEF “B” shows at the world class Los Angeles Equestrian Center from February to October. In addition, riders can compete for series awards, and the shows are pointed for the USHJA’s new Foundation Awards.


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