Jenny Mix jumps to first place in equestrian competition |

Jenny Mix jumps to first place in equestrian competition

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In the Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association Medal Finals, it came down to the four top riders with two rounds of competition. They were separated by only a few points, which mandated a work-off must be held. Jenny Mix and Donigal had a near-perfect work-off for the win.

In second place, also with a very strong work-off, were Ari Krause and Poldi 41. Tareyn Ryan on Melman and Lauren Raggio on Artful Alchemy also had strong performances.

The SNHSA Jr/Am Medal is open to Junior and Amateur riders with participants from the states of California and Nevada. Riders compete during the year over fences 3′ in height with each round being judged on the Equitation of the rider.

The participants ride a predetermined course over fences and are judged on their position and competency as a rider.

They are being scored on how precisely they execute each movement and how well they communicate with their horse. The rider’s ability to achieve proper position and control of their horse will ensure higher scores. Riders must qualify for Finals which are held each year in October. This year Finals were held on Oct. 24 at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev.

Jenny Mix, who is 16 years old and attends Forest Charter School, rode Donigal, owned by Emily Sullivan of Reno. Jenny trains with Lynn Mullins of Meadowview Farms in Reno.

Jenny qualified for Finals on her horse, Tyler early in the season. Unfortunately, a few weeks before Finals, Tyler was injured and was unable to compete.

With only a couple of opportunities to ride Donigal before Finals, Jenny decided to go ahead and participate and just have fun at the event. After the first round Jenny recognized what a perfect match she and Donigal were.

and#8220;I really want to thank Emily Sullivan for letting me ride Donny on such short notice,and#8221; Jenny said. and#8220;He is such an amazing horse.and#8221;

and#8212;Submitted to the Sun

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