Sugarbrook West Point (Jackson)

Ava had Sugarbrook Westpoint (Jackson) from February 2019 through January 2021. He is a 14.2 hand, 2009, Chestnut, Welsh Pony/QH, Gelding by Blue Who.

Ava picked Jackson after trying dozens of other ponies up and down the east coast of the U.S. He was the perfect first large pony for her because he has “been there, done that” and he is rarely phased by anything.

Jackson has attended several prominent shows, including Devon, WIHS, WEC, USHJA Hunter Derby, M&S Medal Finals and Pony Finals. As a Regular Large pony, he ribboned fourth in the Model and 14th in the Under Saddle and at Pony Finals.

In 2019, Ava qualified and rode Jackson in her first Pony Finals, which had been a goal of hers since attending Pony Finals as a spectator in 2018. They were awarded the prize of “Best Turned Out Large Pony” out of 147 large ponies, which was impressive because Ava is her own groom. They also earned 8th place for riders of Regular Large Ponies 10 years and under.

At the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (GHJA) finals in December 2020, Ava rode Jackson to a win in the Georgia Pony Medal Finals.

Ava and Jackson really caught their stride in the 2020 show season, winning Champion three times and Reserve Champion five times. One of those shows included a clean division sweep of first place in all five rides. Ava and Jackson were both disappointed that Pony Finals 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 as they felt that it was their year to make a name for themselves.

With Pony Finals and Devon cancelled in 2020, Ava and Jackson set their sites on the WIHS Pony Medal. Fortunately, they were within the top 25 selected to ride in WIHS’ prestigious national equitation competition in October. They had a great ride and ended up 3rd.

Ava and Jackson showed in their last show together in Aiken, SC in December 2020. Against ten top competitors, they finished first in two of the five divisional rides and won the Large Pony division. Jackson was sold to a young ride in California in late December 2020.

In January 2021, Ava and Jackson were awarded the GHJA 2020 Large Pony High Point award for the 2020 show season.