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Royal Winter Fair a success for Rushmount Pony Jumpers

Hayden McCahon and Sydney Freemans returned with second-place finishes

This past weekend Rushmount Pony Jumpers took to the road to compete at the prestigious Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. The top riders in Canada came together to compete in the pony jumpers division.

Dreams came true for both Hayden McCahon and Sydney Freeman at the Royal. Eleven-year-old Sydney Freeman, on No Rhyrme or Reason, started us off with an amazing first round, winning second place!

Ten-year-old McCahon and her mount, Silver Rush, had a difficult beginning in Class 1. Silver Rush had over one month off work to recover from an illness and had little work and was not in her zone for class one. However, they still received a 12th placement. Once they got their balance and rhythm, they went into class two and also won a second place!

McCahon completed the weekend with a 9th, second and 12th place. Freeman finished with a second, 6th and 6th. Freeman was just short a few points of reserve champion of the division.

Riders came from as far as Nova Scotia to compete.

Mueller, coach of both riders and mother to Hayden said: "I couldn’t be more proud of these two girls. They faced the challenges full on and came out with amazing results. We are extremely excited for 2019 season!"

Tomorrow, Hayden Kova McCahon and Rush Bak Atcha will travel back to Toronto to compete in both the Cup Classes. The Lieutenant Governor and Governor  General Classes. One is a line class based on conformation, manners and showmanship. The other is a ridden class based on movement, and manners of the horse and can go on to finish as a line class to break ties in points.

McCahon is setting a record to be the youngest rider in Canadian history to ride a Cup horse and qualify for the Royal.

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Famous clinician Yann Candelle will be at Rushmount on Dec. 8. If you would like to participate or audit, please contact Heidi at 705-826-4677.