Spend any time in the barns at an event, and at some point you’ll be distracted by the cuteness of some junior rider and pony pair. Today, it was 11 year old Tobin Calder and her 14 year old Fjord, Big Ben. This Woodstock, Vermont native is in her first season of competing at Novice level under the tutelage of Hilary Maddaus. She currently sits in tenth place after a double clear cross country round in her large division of 28!
Ben, like Tobin, is a fan of the jumping phases in eventing and proves that Fjords are often fantastic sport ponies. He was also quite unimpressed by his short photo shoot today, where he decided he’d rather eat hay, also proving that Fjords really love food.
Tobin explained that she found Ben when looking for ponies to lease, and wasn’t specifically looking for a Fjord, but he turned out to be perfect. He sports a very cute haircut, with V notches cut into his naturally bi-colored mane.
Not only is she riding this weekend, but she and her friend Mollie are offering dog walks for just $4.00 per half hour! You can find them in barn 14, or look for their green t-shirts with their names and “Official Event Dog Walker” titles on the back. We wish Tobin, Ben and Mollie the best of luck this weekend!