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County Equestrians fare well at YEDA National Championship

Photos submitted to the Times Observer Alivia Hallas recently rode at the Youth Equestrian Development Association's National Championship.
Alivia Hoffman is pictured at the Youth Equestrian Development Association National Championship.
Ryleigh Bowers is pictured at the Youth Equestrian Development Association National Championship.

Warren County equestrians Alivia Hallas, Alivia Hoffman, and Ryleigh Bowers competed at the Youth Equestrian Development Association National Championship in Tennessee earlier this month.

The Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) is a comprehensive program that helps riders improve their skills and opens doors to scholarship opportunities and college programs. It offers a youth equestrian riding program, a platform for competitions, clinics, events, and scholarships.

In her first trip to nationals, Hallas won the National Championship for Individual Rail Horsemanship, was a Reserve National Champion for Team Rail Horsemanship, and was part of the Senior High Reserve Champion Team. Her hard work led to a $2,500 renewable scholarship to the University of Findlay and a $1,000 scholarship to Lake Erie College.

Hoffman participated in the Junior Ruby Rail competition and secured an impressive 4th place in the nation. Additionally, she participated in the Junior Ruby Pattern team event and achieved the title of Reserve National Champion.

Bowers, who has competed at the national level for several years, is well-versed in YEDA Nationals. She rode in the Senior Sapphire Ranch Rail/Pattern Horsemanship and placed 6th in the nation. She also rode in the invitational round of the Senior Sapphire Ranch, placing 1st, which advanced her to the final individual ride, where she finished 9th.

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