BLUFFTON'S CLARK RIDES AT US PONY CLUB FESTIVAL
Bluffton's Skyler Clark, a member of the Low County Pony Club of Walterboro, and her horse, Hope, competed last week in the U.S. Pony Club Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
More than 1,000 competitors compete in the Pony Club Festival for national championships in eventing, dressage, show jumping, mounted games, tetrathlon, polocrosse and quiz. There are also seminars and clinics for members, parents and volunteers.
The 12-year-old Clark, who qualified for the Festival at the North/South Carolina Regional rally, competed for the Carolina Comets, a mixed team made up of riders from North and South Carolina. The Comets competed against 11 other teams and 47 riders in the Introductory Division.
The Comets placed second in overall Horse Management and fifth in overall Team Riding. Clark was fifth in Individual Equitation and received a blue ribbon for completing five clear rounds of jumping, something achieved by only about 10 percent of the more than 250 riders across all divisions.
BEAUFORT'S GRAVES WINS HR DERBY
Competing in a pool of more than 100 contestants, Wes Graves hit four balls out of the park July 9 to claim the USSSA Global World Series Home Run Derby Championship in Myrtle Beach.
Graves plays for the Beaufort Riptide 11-Under AAA team that competed at the Global World Series tournament.