Two Days of Medal Finals Competition Saw Challenging Courses and Exceptional Riders
After two intense days of competition, the LAHJA Betsy Woods Horsemanship and Rosewood Medal Finals presented by Smartpak have come to a close and two champions have been crowned.
Grace Plunkett earned the title of champion in the LAHJA Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Final presented by Smartpak. Plunkett is trained by Michelle Morris, and she rode Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s Royal Lux to the win. “He’s a lot of horse, and he was definitely a different transition from ponies,” said Plunkett, 12. “It was hard when I first got him, but it was worth it. I felt like we were really in sync today and he was really listening to me.” Plunkett has been riding in the hunter and equitation divisions since she was 8, and has been riding Royal Lux for the past year.
Taking the championship in the LAHJA Rosewood Medal Final presented by Smartpak was Alexandra Farfaras, who rode Julia Stone’s Cosmopolitan. Farfaras is trained by Kay Altheuser and Elvenstar, and has been riding since she was 6. The LAHJA Rosewood Medal Final was only her second competition on Cosmopolitan. “He’s super fun and he’s such a great horse,” said Farfaras, 13. “I think he was perfect today—he was right on and he was being great for me.”
West Palms Events wishes to thank all LAHJA Medal Finals competitors for their hard work throughout the year and especially during the past two days of challenging finals courses. We love supporting these fantastic riders!