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Riding for Reading at the Oregon Country Classic

Madison Cameron Wins for the Second Year in a Row

The non-profit Riding for Reading program galloped on to Oregon for its second class of the year at The Country Classic in Wilsonville Oregon. This was the second year that the Country Classic hosted the class, in which riders from first through twelfth grade compete in a hunter pleasure class to win grant money for their school’s library.

Indeed, it was an evening of seconds, as 2007 class winner Madison Cameron again took home the blue ribbon in this year’s class. The ninth grader from Portland, Oregon trains with Shelley and Jeff Kampf and rode her own Kingston, a nine year old Selle Francis gelding, to the win. “I really enjoyed the class,” said Cameron. “I get more excited when I know money is going to a good cause. A bunch of my friends and other people like to do the class because it’s for a good cause.”

The class of 16 riders were judged by Leo Conroy, Sue Ashe, Betty Oare and Beth Nielson. Ten riders were called back for the final round to display skills associated with traditional hunter pleasure classes. Riding on a loose rein was key, and riders were asked to reverse at multiple gaits and maintain a light connection with their horse. “Last year we were asked to ride completely on the buckle,” added Madison. “This year we weren’t asked for that, but I knew that the judges wanted to see a long rein.”

Already in place for the $10,000 Jumper Classic, which followed the Riding for Reading Class, a large crowd added to the excitement and atmosphere of the class, and a running commentary on the events taking place helped to explain the nuances of the class to spectators.

Since its inception, Riding for Reading has impacted more than 450,000 elementary, middle, and high school students with grants to school libraries. Every rider in a Riding For Reading Class earns money for his or her school’s library, thus combining each rider’s love of horses with the admirable goal of increasing literacy in schools. The class is also a unique chance for younger junior riders to compete alongside older, more advanced juniors. LEG Up News (legupnews@aol.com) provides media services to Riding For Reading for all of its programs and events.

Visit http://www.ridingforreading.org to learn more about the organization behind Riding for Reading, and to find out where the next class will be held. Riding For Reading is a non-profit organization (501 (c)3) dedicated to promoting reading, literacy, and education through equestrian sports and activities.


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