Mill Spring, NC- Amelia Zahn of Cary, NC, left the Carter P. Brown Ring with a larger than life smile after winning the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children's Medal class aboard Coco Luxe. The pair stole the show, leading the first round of the class on an 84 and performed a nearly perfect test to win the THIS Children's Medal honors. Zahn, who has been riding for the past six years, was thrilled with her win today as it has pushed her one step closer to ultimate goal of winning the THIS National Children's Medal Finals at Capital Challenge Horse Show later this year.
"This feels awesome! I'm really trying to qualify for the Finals so I was really happy to win this. He was so good," she commented. "He'll jump from anywhere, and he's just so cool. He was great for me today."
Coco Luxe, a Welsh/Thoroughbred cross, is owned by Ryann Stewart and filled in for Zahn's original mount, who was unable to compete this week. Zahn, who trains with Laurel Tinney, hopes to go to compete at several of the upcoming medal finals this year.
"I hope that I'll be able to still ride him, especially when we come back to TIEC in the next few weeks. I love competing in the Taylor Harris classes because I really like the test portion. It's nerve-wracking, but it's so fun at the same time," she explained.
The test portion of the class tested riders' communication with their mounts, as they were asked to halt after the trot fence and pick up the counter-canter out of the halt to the last fence. Zahn performed beautifully, finding the perfect distance for the final fence on course.
Miranda Parker, also of Cary, NC, and student of Laurel Tinney placed second aboard East Coast Sporthorses, LLC's All The Right Moves with an 83. Stephanie Prill of Savannah, GA, and her own First Glance finished in third with a final score of 82.
For more information on TIEC and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.