Wellington, Fla. – Nov. 26, 2018 – Trained by Gary, Donna and Kelsey Duffy of Little Brook Farms, talented junior rider Savonna Adell proved that all of her training and hard work is paying off as she garnered top ribbons and championship titles at the 2018 SFHJA 68th Annual Charity Horse Show. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida from Nov. 21-25, the show was an ideal way for Adell to kick off this year’s winter competition season as she will soon compete at the venue’s prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Following an incredible indoor show season this fall at some of the finest horse shows in the country including the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the National Horse Show, Adell and the Little Brook Farms team are picking up right where they left off.
Adell piloted Spellbound to the winner’s circle after the pair earned the Grand Pony Hunter championship following their clean sweep in the Large Pony Hunter division. Adding to their impressive resume of success for 2018, Adell was also chosen by the judges as the winner of the Best Child Rider on a Pony award.
In the irons aboard one of her other ponies, Sportin’ Around, Adell demonstrated stellar trips in the Medium Pony Hunter division, including winning the handy round and earning a second place ribbon in the conformation class. The pair also had a top-ten finish in the competitive $5,000 Pony Hunter Classic.
As she continues her success with ponies, Adell also earned top ribbons in the 3’6″ Junior Hunter ranks with her horse, Redeemed, including a blue ribbon in the handy phase.
The handy hunter classes have grown to be not only one of Adell’s many strengths, but also her favorite class of the hunter divisions. Under Gary Duffy’s tutelage, Adell has learned how to display her and her mounts’ style and rideability while performing difficult inside turns and maintaining a forward pace.
“The handy rounds on all of my horses and ponies were a big highlight during this show,” said Adell. “It’s the hardest class of any competition, so it’s something we are always practicing at home. To see that hard work pay-off in the pony hunters and the junior hunters is really exciting.”
Adell and Redeemed also captured a fifth place ribbon in the $2,000 Junior/Amateur Owner 3’3″/3’6″ Classic against a talented field of junior and adult riders to close out an excellent horse show at the 2018 SFHJA Charity Horse Show. In addition to showing Redeemed in the Junior Hunter division, Adell was also aboard her newest mount, Rockaway, as the duo made a successful debut in the competition arena.
“This show was a a great start for the Florida season,” remarked trainer Gary Duffy. “We have been gradually stepping up from the pony hunters to the junior hunters. Savonna now has two talented horses that she is really clicking with, so we are very excited for WEF to begin.”
Adell and the Little Brook Farms team will continue to compete at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center as they prepare for the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, which will kick-off in January.