By Steve Breazeale
Dana Point resident Gabriella Cinquini, 13, and her pony, Heart to Forget, have put together a strong enough 2013 season to qualify for the U.S. Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky. in August.
The event, which is held from August 6-11, features 500 of the top riders in the country and Cinquini punched her ticket in February at the HITS Desert Series.
Cinquini competes in Hunter Jumper divisions, which involves a disciplined styled of riding where horses jump over a series of obstacles.
She won the overall Champion title at the Blenheim Spring Classic on April 17, was named the Reserve Champion at the Del Mar National Horse Show on May 5 and was named the Blenheim Summer Classic Week II Champion on June 16.
It was a successful season for Cinquini, who will now prepare to put it all together for the biggest event of the year.
“I’m really nervous but I know it will be fun,” Cinquini said. “I love doing well and having good rounds, but I think the best part is being with all my friends and learning new things.