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Riding for Reading Takes Woodside by Storm

Woodside, California. Twenty-six riders from first grade through twelfth grade trotted into the ring for the Riding For Reading Class at the Golden Gate Classic held at the Horse Park at Woodside (July 4, 2008). This is the first class of the summertime Riding For Reading Classes, and the organizers could not have been happier. “It was great to see so many riders in the class,” said Riding For Reading Treasurer Kelly Scarinci. “The classes have grown and the riders seem to really like it.” If smiling faces were any indication, the riders had a great time.

Run as an English Pleasure Class, the judges worked the riders in two sections and then named their top ten. The top ten riders had to perform additional work, including halting and standing on a loose rein. After all the Participant ribbons were handed out, followed by the Top Ten ribbons, the suspense built as everyone waited to see who would be named champion and reserve champion. Top junior rider Sophie Verges earned the reserve championship aboard Carpe Diem. “This was so fun,” said Verges, who will be a senior next year “and my school will be really excited.” Verges rides in the Junior Jumpers, the Junior Hunters, and medals. Champion honors went to Sarah Frushell, an incoming freshman at The Athenian School, who rides in Children’s Hunters, age group equitation, and various medal classes. “I didn’t think I’d make it to the top ten,” said Frushell after the class. “I was really happy about that. Then when they called me as champion I was shocked.”

After the class, the riders made their way to the Bay View Club where they completed forms, wrote thank you notes to sponsors, and collected their gift bags. “My school is going to be really happy receiving library money,” added Frushell. “They are really supportive of my riding. As long as I keep up in my classes and get good grades they really support us to do different things.” Last year Frushell heard about the class, but she did not get organized to go in it. “After I saw the class I knew I had to do it, and my trainer (Vanessa Brown) was supportive too.”

“It was good opportunity for my horse to go in a big class because he is young,” said Cady Delano, who will be a junior at California High School. “Schools like stuff like this and it was fun.” Kelsey Santini, a junior at Alhambra High School chimed in, “My school is going to be thrilled I won a library grant.” With less than $1 per student on average spent on library materials across the country, funding for school libraries is critical. Additional materials to school libraries benefit the entire student body, and young riders are thrilled they can do something to be more involved with their school.

The next Riding For Reading Class will be held at the Country Classic (July 11) in Wilsonville, OR and D.A. Davidson is the local sponsor. Riding For Reading wraps up its summer program at the Riding For Reading Benefit Show (Sept. 1) in Los Angeles. More than 450,000 school age students have benefitted from Riding For Reading library grants.

Riding For Reading, a non-profit organization (501 (c)3) dedicated to promoting reading, literacy, and education through equestrian sports and activities, is pleased to announce that its Riding For Reading Class will be held at three different shows during the summer. LEG Up News (legupnews@aol.com) provides media services to Riding For Reading for all of its programs and events. Photos are available by request.


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