NKY Youth Equestrians Win Awards

Riders from Northern Kentucky earned top honors in a recent national event.

Many riders from the equestrian team at Double H Ranch competed at the 2019 Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA)'s national championship in Sunbury, Ohio.

The following riders beat other riders from 27 teams around the country:

Trey Downs, a 7th grader at Campbell County Middle School, showed in Junior Opal Rail Horsemanship and was Reserve Natioanl Champion. Trey was also invited to an Invitational competition the day before nationals. Riders were invited if they were the highest point earner in their division in their state. If riders won the invitational class this was then a ticket to be qualified to show in the National Championship class on Saturday. Trey was invited in the invitational in Junior Opal Pattern Horsemanship and placed first, which qualified him to show in the National Championship class in which he earned 6th place in the nation.

Kelsey Ratcliff, a 7th grader at Ballyshannon Middle School, was also invited to the Invitational in Junior High Opal Rail Horsemanship and won her class and qualified in the National Championship class. Mady Munninghoff 10th grader at Conner High School was first in her Invitational Senior Emerald Pattern class and qualified for the National Championship class and she also was 3rd in the Invitational Senior Emerald Rail Hosemansip Class.

Other riders who were invited to the YEDA Invitational were Alexia Von Handorf, an 11th graders at Randal K. Cooper High School, who earned a 2nd and a 5th place in Senior Ruby Horsemanship, and Stella Kenner, a fifth grader at Campbell Ridge Elementary School, earned two 5th places in Elementary Pearl.

The Double H Ranch Equestrian Team is coached by Lynlee Foster of Burlington. She is also the coach of Northern Kentucky University Equestrian Team.

Riders at this competition were competing for not only Molly’s custom belt buckles but also for scholarship money. These events are particularly challenging considering riders do not ride their own horse, they simply draw a random name of a horse from a large pool. More than sixty horses were generously made available by donors from all over the Midwest.

-Staff report

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