Mackenzie Taylor, who hunts with the Goshen Hounds (MD), is the new Champion (under seventeen) of the International Mounted Games Association. Mackenzie and her pony Ink Spot (Inky) teamed up in Wales to compete for the championship against a field of nearly sixty competitors from around the world.
The riding and required precision are nothing short of startling, as can be seen in just the one photo above captured from a YouTube slide show.
Mackenzie traveled to the games with her mom and dad—Kathy Jones Taylor and Robert Taylor, MFH. Kathy is the daughter of Goshen Hounds whipper-in Karen Jones and ex-MFH Rick Jones. Robert is MFH and huntsman for the Goshen Hounds and huntsman for New Market-Middleton Valley Hounds (MD).
Not only a superb rider, Mackenzie is a fifth generation foxhunter and the youngest member of the Goshen Hounds ever to be awarded the colors of the hunt.
Inky's story is special as well. He was rescued by Days End Farm in Lisbon, Maryland and adopted by Jeanne Leone and Rege Dvorsky. They turned the pony over to Mackenzie for training, and a phenomenal partnership developed.
Posted July 16, 2012