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Equestrians qualify for championships

on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Local News, Sports

Equestrians qualify for championships
Hartsville’s Abby Stevens and Artex, her 20-year-old dark bay Irish sport horse .

Several members of the Palmetto Pony Club have qualified to compete in the 2019 Championships East July 24-28 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.

Each year the United States Pony Clubs offers championship competitions in seven disciplines; Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Games, Polocrosse, Tetrathlon, and Quiz (a non-riding, knowledge based competition). Members compete as part of a team and are judged on riding abilities as well as horse management skills. Pony Club members must qualify at a Region Rally to compete at USPC Championships.

Following are the Palmetto Pony Club members from the Pee Dee Region that have qualified to compete at USPC Championships East:

Show Jumping:

_ Mary Elwyne Kennedy, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kennedy of Florence, is a D3. Mary Elwyne will compete on her 17-year-old red roan Quarter Horse gelding named Gilligan.

_ Gabby Strickland, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Strickland of Galivants Ferry, is a D3. Gabby will compete on her 8-year-old buckskin Quarter Horse mare named Vegas.

_ Abby Stevens, 14, daughter of Mrs. Stacey Stevens of Hartsville, is a D3. Abby will compete on her 20-year-old dark bay Irish Sport Horse gelding named Artex.

_ Belle DeVault, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip DeVault of Florence, is a D3. Belle will play the vital role of Stable Manager for the team.


_ Alex McAllister, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McAllister of Pamplico, is a C1.

To be eligible to qualify in a mounted division of the 2019 USPC Championships, Pony Club members must hold a D3 certification or above and be at least 12 years of age.

If you are interested in becoming a member of The United State Pony Clubs, Inc., you can contact Palmetto Pony Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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