Pint-Sized Prize-Seekers on Display in PA

By October 10, 2015
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Farah Rizvi, 12, and Glynhafan Red Kestral, won the championships among Large Pony Hunters. (Photo: Al Cook)

They might be pint sized but there is nothing small about the competition among the riders vying for top honors in the Pony Hunter Divisions at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

The Medium Pony Hunter Champion was Swingtown with 10 year old Zayna Rizvi in the irons. A point total of 16 gave Rizvi, of Greenwich, CT, and Swingtown, a 12 year old chestnut gelding owned by Peacock Ridge LLC, the tricolor.

Zayna’s win was quickly followed by big sister Farah’s efforts in the Large Pony Hunter Division. Farah, 12, was Champion of the division with her pony, Glynhafan Red Kestral with 22 points. Farah and Glynhafan Red Kestral were named Grand Pony Hunter Champion and Farah was named Best Junior Rider on a Pony.

The two sisters, standing side by side, were noticeably proud of their accomplishments. When they spoke it was in unison, stating that it was great to both walk away with a division championship from the show.

“I really wanted to do well at this horse show so this is really exciting for me,” Farah Rizvi said. “My pony is really fun to ride. He’s a good boy, he likes to jump and he likes his job, and he’s taught me how to do lead changes better. I have a hunter and a jumper, but I want to stay with the ponies, at least for a while.”

Farah and her younger sister took an interest in riding because their mother, P.J. Rizvi, an avid dressage rider, owns Breaking Dawn, a horse that competed for Canada at the London Olympic Games under Ashley Holzer. The girls, as well as their older sister, prefer jumping to dressage.

“It was a good day for them,” P.J. Rizvi noted. “It could have gone either way, but this was a great result.”

No one could beat Lila Mark, 12, of New York, NY, and IParty, her 8-year-old half Welsh mare, in the Small Pony Hunter Division, as the tiny rider topped a field of 28 small ponies to take championship honors. Their consistent placings over two days of competition gave them the edge in the standings.

Recognized as a premier equestrian event, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show runs October 8-17 and has been held indoors at the State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA, since its inception in 1945.

Known locally for its contributions to the community and globally for excellence in competition, PNHS attracts top Hunters and Jumpers, sport horse enthusiasts and spectators who find the show exciting, educational and inspiring. Visitors enjoy the intimacy of one competition ring, a full concourse of shops and a variety of special events.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation dedicated to youth programs and The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation supporting equine programs. PNHS has been consistently recognized by the Show Hunter Hall of Fame and the North American Riders Group and looks forward to a great 2015 show and a bright future.

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