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Local Equestrian Wins Honors at the Winter Equestrian Festival

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Emma Kurtz and Bit of Love Circuit Champions - Small Pony Hunter Winter Equestrian Festival 2013 Note: Picture taken by Kris Kurtz with iPhone

Below is a picture of my daughter, Emma Kurtz, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL along with an article from The Chronicle of the Horse.

This past winter Emma lived in Wellington, FL and competed at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is a 12-week event, which runs from January 9 through March 31 and hosts 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from 50 states and 31 countries. This is the 2nd winter that Emma has competed at WEF.

Emma competed primarily in the small, medium and large pony hunter divisions, riding ponies for various owners. She typically competed on 10 - 12 ponies each weekend, earning numerous champion and reserve champion ribbons. She earned Circuit Championship honors in the Large Children's Hunter Pony Division aboard Chatsworth, owned by Victoria Press of New York, NY. She also earned Circuit Championship honors in the Small Pony Hunter Division aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's pony, Bit of Love. In addition, Emma earned the Draper Overall Pony Hunter Rider Award for 2013.

Emma is 12 years old and a 7th grade student at HMS. She trains with Amanda Lyerly and Mike Rheinheimer of Madison Hills Farm in Gates Mills, OH.

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