Specifically this week’s honor goes to pony Leo the Magnificent who, despite losing its rider somewhere along the way, managed to nearly win the race.
The races, new for 2014, are a stop on the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series. Held in the Dixon Oval, they offered a perfect storm of heart-stopping action and irresistible cuteness — I mean, one of the ponies was named My Friend Fluffy, for goodness sake. Enjoy!
Thrills and spills, man. The Chronicle of the Horse has a recap of the races here. Watch a full video of the event, replete with post-parade and victory adorableness (my favorite part is when the announcer yells, “California Chrome, eat your heart out!”), via Washington Horse Show here. For more cute-to-the-max photos from Devon’s pony events, check out this Phelps News gallery of the leadline and pony hunt team classes.
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