Lo­cal equestrians have been busy this sea­son

Record Observer - - Sports - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sev­eral lo­cal equestrians have had a busy show sea­son in early 2017.

First, Rachel Grabowski, 15, of Stevensville, went to Raleigh, North Carolina, in early May to com­pete at the Level I East Coast Quar­ter Horse Cham­pi­onships. Grabowski qual­i­fied to go to the com­pe­ti­tion in July 2016, dur­ing the Re­gion 5 Cham­pi­onships held in Swedes­boro, New Jer­sey. Her high­est plac­ing in Raleigh was in West­ern Novice Youth Trail, plac­ing fifth on her Quar­ter horse mare, “So Hot, I’m Awe­some.”

On June 21, Grabowski, MaKen­zie Miller, 15, and Jenna Dawes, 13, both of Stevensville, and Lau­ren Levasseur, 7, of Cen­tre­ville, trav­eled to this year’s Re­gion 5 Cham­pi­onships, again held in Swedes­boro at the New Jer­sey Eques­trian Dream Park. All made im­pres­sive plac­ings dur­ing the Re­gion 5 com­pe­ti­tions. Miller placed fifth in Trail. En­tered as a last minute de­ci­sion, lit­tle Lau­ren Levasseur was en­tered in Novice Youth Fit­ting and Show­man­ship class in New Jer­sey that had 28 other com­peti­tors. Un­der two judges, Levasseur shocked the au­di­ence, plac­ing fourth un­der one judge and ninth un­der the


Bay­side H.O.Y.A.S. de­feated Fed­er­als­burg 55-48 to win the the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Sum­mer League cham­pi­onship last Mon­day.

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