Hello friends, it’s Emma Hodes! Once a month or so I’m going to be making a new blog about my life as an equestrian and just giving updates on my riding life. I guess it will almost be like a little journal for me. I will be talking a lot about my beautiful pony named Zip, horse shows, and how I balance a social life, a school life, and a horse life. I really hope you enjoy these posts!
The first thing I feel like I should do is tell you a little bit about my amazing pony Zip, who is my best friend. Zip is a 13-year-old Quarter Horse who didn’t grow tall enough to be qualified as a horse, so he is considered a pony. I’ve had him for four years and he is my rock. We have become so close over the years that I feel like he can read my mind and I can read his as cheesy as that sounds.
Zip and I currently compete in the large pony hunters and pony equitation (3ft. jumps) at local, state, and national horse shows around the East Coast. We have been very successful together, and I hope we will continue to be successful for the rest of my time with him.
This summer Zip and I competed in our biggest horse show ever. Every year in Lexington, KY, hundreds of the top ponies and riders are invited to compete at USEF Pony Finals to determine which pony is the best in the country. Zip and I were invited to compete in two different divisions after gaining enough points at a smaller show earlier in the year.
We competed in the large pony hunter section which is for ponies that are 13.3-14.2 hands tall. This section was only judged on Zip. He was judged on his conformation, his movement on the flat, and his jumping form over a course of 3ft jumps. Zip was 20th in the confirmation, 60th in the flat, and 26th in the jumping out of 180 ponies. He also ended up 23rd overall for large ponies.
We also competed in pony equitation which is judged on my position. We did not get a placing because they only recognize the top 20 out of around 250 total participants, but I was still very proud of us as a team.
So there’s a little about me and an amazing story about Zip! I’m hoping that we’ll be able to qualify again for pony finals next summer, but even if we don’t, I still love Zip so much and I’m so proud of us and our accomplishments. I hope you enjoyed my first blog post. I’m really excited to write more. Don’t do too much horsin’ around while I’m gone!