The other evening the Delaware Valley Point to Point Association wrapped up its competition schedule with a dinner party, an impromptu fiddle concert and end of the season awards under the stars, which you could see until the thunderstorm arrived.
Awards presented were those for:
*Leading Rider – won by William Meister;
*Overall Horse – won by Sky Count, owned by Daniel Baker and ridden by William Meister;
*Small Pony – One Stinky Pony ridden by Katie Hindt;
*Large Pony – Prince Caspian ridden by John Brophy.
A special “mystery” guest was Rosie Napravnik, leading jockey at Delaware Park, ranked eighth in the nation who, with her fiance, took an evening to present awards to up and coming riders, some young enough to have been toddlers when she was competing locally
Rosie is a “graduate” of the Delaware Valley Point to Point Association pony races, having raced her pony “Brownie” up and down the mid-Atlantic region before aging out at 16. She and her older sister, Jazz, now a trainer in Maryland, dominated Pony Racing year end awards for years. It was impressive that she would take the time to give a boost to the sport, come to a party where there would be some old friends but a large number of strangers, and be so at ease, so charming.
In talking with Lauren Giannini (Sidelines blogger at Lauren Gallops) I learned that this was not the first instance where Rosie is giving back. On May 22, Rosie and Jazz competed (against each other, no less) in the Beat Up Cup, the alumni race of the North American Point to Point Association Championships (http://www.naptp.com/) .
All in good fun, Jazz beat out her sister with a second place finish over Rosie’s seventh. But more to the point, she continues to participate in the steeplechase even as she vaults to the top in flat racing.
Rock On, Rosie!