Good job to all of the riders at The US Medal Finals! Congratulations to Spencer Smith for winning this prestigious class. Hopefully it is just the beginning of more great victories in his career. I was extremely proud of Hunter's riding today. Her trips were smooth and focused with a beautiful position. She just missed the final ride off, placing 6th, in the end!
It is fun to watch these kids develop, some I have worked with in clinics or lessons, seen them at shows or judged them. These Equitation Championships are stepping stones to becoming a team and International rider. The discipline, focus, good days and bad days are all part of the Journey to becoming a true Champion. Our future US teams need these educated, hard working and talented young riders. Good luck to all of them!
Keep up with Five-time Olympian, two-time Olympic Silver Medalist, author, clinician and international competitor, Anne Kursinski, via her blog.