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Pony Power for Jennifer Waxman in Pony Finals & Third Leading Rider Title at Legacy Cup 2006

My Little Dickens & Megan Davis Win the Go Round

Frostin entered the arena as the 13th pony to go on Sunday, May 14th. Again there was another replacement because even though Paige Bellissimo was listed as the rider it was Jennifer Waxman who was aboard. Waxman also rode Bellissimo’s other pony, Cloudy Bay. Waxman and Frostin calmly but energetically toured the arena and headed toward their first fence with a controlled brilliance. By the time they had completed their course it was clear they had put in a great round and when the scores were tallied their 254 total immediately went to the lead which none of the remaining field of ponies could beat.

Surprisingly, Cloudy Bay was Frostin’s closest rival. Their score of 253 was just one point shy of the winning total. In the end Waxman and Frostin not only won the Pony Finals, sponsored by Lanes End Pony Stables/The Farrish Family, but the 14-year-old rider ended up as the Leading Pony Rider (an honor bestowed upon the rider who accumulated the most money throughout the pony division). This was Waxman’s third time in a row to earn that title which she won in 2004 on Strike a Pose and in 2005 on Tuscany.

“They are my friend Paige’s ponies and they couldn’t come so I ended up riding them,” explained Waxman who these days also can be seen competing in Junior Jumpers.

Frostin had warmed up well for the Chagrin Falls, Ohio resident. “I had a good feeling going into the ring,” she explained. In the end their first place finish garnered them $2,016, while Cloudy Bay earned $1,096 for his second place finish.

Waxman will be back for week two as well when she will be showing a horse in the Non Pro 3’6” division.

While horses are an important part of Waxman’s life, it is not the only thing she does. “I run track and I play basketball. It’s nice to have a break every once in a while to be home, but the horses are the most important.” Yet the teenager is not looking into the future. “I plan to enjoy them now and see where it takes me,” she added.

Just before leaving Waxman had a few things she wanted to add without being asked. “I’d like to thank the Bellissimos for letting me ride their ponies,” she commented, “and thank Ken & Emily Smith, Kristi Cardalico, and David Nation, my trainers.” And last but not least, “thank you to my parents for supporting me.”

A total of $8,900 was given out in the Pony division with $7,400 allocated to the Finals.

The winner of the Go Round, 12-year-old Megan Davis (MD), had a few bobbles in the Finals but still was happy with her first round victory. My Little Dickens had a very strong lead and finished 11 points (173 and earnings of $450) ahead of second place finisher Incredible with Meredith Darst riding (262 for $330) for Lochmoor Stables That Go Round victory meant she had achieved another milestone with the pony that is now leading on the National Standings in the Small Pony division.

After her victory ride Davis commented, “I thought I did well. I started out a little slow and then it built up to the end and finished off nice,” explained Davis. “I thought it was a good score. I was happy with it.”

Megan’s mom Kim also thought things were looking up after Dickens did his course. “He had that look; he was on it so I was just hoping.”

The 14-year-old, 12.2 hand, liver chestnut, small Welsh Pony gelding is also fun in the barn and “he has a really cute personality. He begs a lot for treats and mints. He is just really sweet,” explains Megan, who admits to “spoiling him. I just like treating him special.”

The young girl used to play the piano but “started to not have a lot of time to practice and it became hard with my riding.” In the fall she did some running cross country “and did well,” said her mom. Yet the horses are what hold Megan’s attention. “It is a special sport. It’s not like anything else. I like all the personalities and enjoy dealing with different situations when I ride. It’s never the same.”

Megan has spent a fair amount of time this year in the winner’s circle but she also has learned that “when you don’t have such a good round you have to be a good sport and learn from your mistakes.”

She also realizes that this is not something you do alone. “My trainers (Tim and Kelly Goguen) and grooms are good to me and I am always confident that my ponies are ready to go to the ring. I feel like they teach me well and I am always learning something new.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jennifer Waxman aboard Cloudy Bay. ©Diana De Rosa Photography

 

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