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Lionshare Farm Wins Top Honors at US Pony Finals and The Jumper Classic

August 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL –   August 16, 2012 – The US Pony Finals is   the much-anticipated, celebrated annual event held at the Kentucky Horse Park   in Lexington, KY. The finest ponies and young riders earn the opportunity to   compete at the event, which showcases our country’s future top equestrians.

Parker Wright and Anisette (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

US Pony Finals proved   very successful for trainer, Elizabeth Pandich, and her Lionshare Farm   clients and ponies. The plan was to have the riders and ponies performing at   their peak for the coveted competition. Pandich’s focused strategy worked   like a charm.

In the Medium Green   Ponies, Parker Wright expertly piloted Lionshare Farm’s Anisette to second   place overall, earning the red ribbon in both the under saddle and over   fences out of 66 of the top medium green pony and rider teams from around the   country. The pair was awarded the Reserve Championship of the Division.

“I’ve been riding   Anisette since March,” said Wright, who recently moved to Bedford, NY.   “I really like her because you have to wrap your legs around her and   ride. She likes the way I ride and I like the way she goes. She has a lot of   personality and she loves attention. We’ve developed a bond.”

Isabella Russekoff   generously gave Wright the ride on Rose Hill Farm’s Hallelujah, or   “Louie,” as he’s known at the barn, in the Pony Medal, where the   pair earned sixth place out of 183.

“Elizabeth   Pandich has given me some of the best lessons I’ve had−basically in my whole   life,” confided Wright.

Parker Wright and Hallelujah with Elizabeth Pandich (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

In the Small Ponies,   Isabella Russekoff and Rico Suave placed 14th in the model class out of huge   field of 105. Then, Russekoff put in solid performances that landed her 11th   under saddle and fifth over fences. The pair won third place overall with   their high scores.

According to Pandich,   “Isabella and Parker have been working very hard, I am so proud of their   achievements.”

While Pandich and the ponies   experienced their success at US Pony Finals, Olympian Peter Leone and the   rest of the Lionshare Farm team headed to The Jumper Classic in Hampton   Falls, NH, for a very successful week of showing.

Leone sped to victory   in the $3,500 DG Ventures Speed Derby, aboard Tuvalu, owned by Alison Finger,   putting in the fastest clean round. In the same class, Leone piloted   Lionshare Farm’s Wayfarer to fifth place. Leone and Wayfarer were fifth, as   well, in the $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake.

With Lincourt Gino,   owned by Monica Carrera, Leone was third in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments   Grand Prix and were sixth in the 1.45m Welcome Stake. The team of Gino and   Leone has had consistent top ten placings in grand prix events and jumper   derbies since last winter.

Finger rode her own,   Tuvalu, to third place honors in the $1,000 1.05m Masters Jumpers.

Leone also had a win   and second place in the 1.10m Jumpers with Matti Fisher’s San Souci, which   landed them the Reserve Championship of the division.

Monica Carrera and her   own Tiffany garnered a good prize in the $3,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner   Jumpers.

Isabella Russekoff and Rico Suave (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

This week, look for   the Lionshare Farm team at Fairfield Hunt Horse Show in Westport, CT.

Peter Leone is an   Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs and   author. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT. His clients   successfully compete in the pony, equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. He   is one of three brothers, internationally known as Team Leone, for their   success in the show ring. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United   States Olympic Show Jumping Team and winner of numerous national and   international Grand-Prix show jumping competitions.

For more information   about Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm go to:

To purchase the book,   Peter Leone’s Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes   by Peter Leone and Kimberly S. Jaussi, PhD or Peter Leone’s Ride the Body:   Select Insights of Peter Leone DVD go to: