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Finders-Keepers Finds Medium Pony Hunter Championship Tricolor at 2014 USEF Pony Finals

Release Date: 08/18/14

Finders-Keepers Finds Medium Pony Hunter Championship Tricolor at 2014 USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, KY August 9, 2014 Taylor St Jacques is in her third year competing at USEF Pony Finals, and each year, her goal has been to improve upon the previous year's results.

That is no easy feat when your previous year's results include a reserve championship in the Medium Pony Hunters and the only remaining upward step is a championship, but St Jacques did it Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park.

She clinched the tricolor in the Medium Pony Hunters aboard Finders-Keepers, a 10-year-old Welsh Pony gelding (Flying Diamond the Bailef NR Burgundy Lace) owned by R.H.F. Enterprises, Inc.

"I'm so, so excited. Last year, I was reserve. I wanted to try to beat it again,' St Jacques, age 15, said. "I just wanted to do well this year, especially on this one, because it's my last year in the mediums. I'm very thrilled to be champion.'

St Jacques' enthusiasm at the idea of being named champion was evident from the minute she and Finders-Keepers cleared the last fence of their course. As soon as all four of Finders-Keepers small feet where back on the ground, St Jacques broke out into a giant grin. She knew that together they had turned in a course that could easily secure them the championship victory, and sure enough, it would do just that.

Their round would put them in second place over fences and move them up from 11th into the number one spot overall where they would go untouched for the remainder of the class.

"I'm usually happy after my trips, but I don't usually smile that big,' St Jacques said, continuing to smile. "[Pony Finals] is a big thing.'

St Jacques first got the ride on "Keepers' at the end of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Lily Ezrow, who is presently leasing Keepers, had brought the gelding to train with Bill Schaub at Over the Hill Farm, with whom St Jacques also trains.

"The last week of WEF, Bill decided to would be a good idea to see how it would be in the regulars. He put me on it, and it went really well,' St Jacques said.

"He's really fun to ride. You kind of just have to leave his face alone and just tell him to keep going. No matter what distance you get to, he always jumps well so that helps a lot,' Jacques continued. "He never looks at anything, and he's very brave, not nervous at all. It's really good because this is his first year in the regulars out of the greens. He's awesome. I love him so much.'

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