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year for Danhakl, who had an extremely successful
Hampton Classic Horse Show. Her accolades included
the Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Championship, as
well as an impressive win in the $10,000 Herm├Ęs Hunter
Classic on the final day of competition. She went on
to the Capital Challenge Horse Show, where she won
four championships and four reserve championships,
ultimately earning the title of the Grand Amateur Owner
Hunter Championship. Danhakl continued her winning
ways for the remainder of the season, picking up the
Amateur Owner 18-35 3'3" Hunter Championship at the
CP National Horse Show.
The beginning of 2017 left Danhakl sidelined with an injury,
but she returned to the ring at the Devon Horse Show and
rode to two Reserve Championship titles, aboard Enough
Said in the Low Amateur Owner Hunters, and First Light in
the Amateur Owner Hunters. She finished the year with a
win in the Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Championship at
the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with First Light, for
the second time in her career.

AUGUSTA IWASAKI (USA)
CALABASAS, CA
Augusta Iwasaki began riding at the age of four and
began winning soon there after. At the young age of only
13, Iwasaki is one of the most decorated young hunter
riders. In 2014, Iwasaki rode Bit of Laughter to the win in
the $3,000 West Coast Pony Hunter Final during Week
I of the National Sunshine Series. She had three other
ponies in the top ten spots.

Iwasaki's 2015 show season was one many pony kids
dream of having. She earned championships at shows
across the country, culminating in a wonderful week at the
2015 USEF Pony Finals. During the Finals, Iwasaki rode
to the championship in the Small Regular Pony Hunter
Division, the Large Green Pony Hunter Division, and the
Medium Green Pony Hunter reserve honors. She was
Overall Grand Green Pony Hunter Champion, as well as
Overall Regular Pony Hunter Champion.
Iwasaki started splitting her time between the ponies
and the horses in 2016, accumulating great success on
both. In May, she rode Kingston to the Devon Grand Pony
Hunter Championship at the prestigious Devon Horse
Show, after claiming top honors in the Large Pony Hunter
Championship. Later that year, Iwasaki piloted Spot
On around the International Hunter Derby in Blenheim,
before being honored with The Plaid Horse Best Junior
Rider Award.
In 2017 she captured the championship in the Medium
Pony Hunters at the Devon Horse Show, as well as two
reserve championships in the Large and Small Junior
Hunter Under 15 divisions. In July of that year, she took
the top spot in the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation
Classic-West. On her fifth trip to USEF Pony Finals in
August, Iwasaki took home three championship titles,
including the Grand Champion Regular Pony Hunter
honors for the second time in her career. She finished
out the summer with a win in the $100,000 Platinum
Performance Hunter Prix Final in Saugerties, NY, aboard
Small Adventure.

MAGGIE JAYNE (USA)
ELGIN, IL
Maggie Jayne grew up riding alongside her entire family,
one that has been involved with horses for many years. In
1997, she championed the USEF Pony Medal Finals and
has had an illustrious career ever since. She now rides for
her family's farm, Our Day Farm, as well as Pony Lane
Farm.
In 2009, Jayne was named the Leading Hunter Rider
at both the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the
Syracuse National Horse Show. She won the Touch of
Class Show Jumping Thoroughbred Award with Thomas
Edison for the first time that same year and would
go on to win the award for three more consecutive

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