Rider, horse place at national show
More than a year of training paid off for Jena Dick this summer. Dick, a freshman at Baldwin High School, and her half-Arbian mare, Ravishingg Ruby, proved they were among the best in the nation at the Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show July 23-29 in Oklahoma City.
The horse and rider team placed fourth in the Training Level Test 4 dressage class out of 19 entries in the 13 and under age division. To qualify for the national show, a horse and rider must have scored a 55 percent or better at a sanctioned dressage show.
At the national show, Dick and Ruby scored a 66.8 percent on the test of walk, trot and canter movements. They scored a 65.769 percent on Training Level Test 3 in the semi-finals, which placed them in the top 10 advancing to the finals.
Dick also qualified for the national show with her mother's Arabian, but chose to compete with 12-year-old Ruby.
"We decided my first year to do what we were best at," said Dick.
She has been training dressage for 1 1/2 years with Cheryl Flanigan, who owns White Horse Equestrian Center, near Vinland.
"Needless to say we are proud of Jena," said Flanigan. She has been instructing Dick on a weekly basis.
In addition to winning a ribbon and plaque for her fourth place finish, Dick has been invited by the U.S. National Show Commission to participate in the formal presentation of the 2000 Youth National Top 10 during the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show in Kentucky in October. However, she has two shows closer to home that weekend to choose between instead.
Dick is the daughter of Gary and Becki Dick, rural Baldwin.