Mill Spring, NC - Corey McLaughlin of Atlanta, GA, and her longtime partner Bit of Masquerade topped the Ariat Adult Medal class at Tryon Spring 6, adding another strong performance in the series this year. The duo have made great strides in their relationship the past few years, which has greatly contributed to their growing success in the Ariat Adult Medal and the Amateur Hunter 18-36 Divisions.
"When I got back to showing him we clicked so much better than we had in the beginning when we first got him and we've been doing great," said McLaughlin. "He's such a lovable guy, he always wants to give kisses and he's been so consistent, which is why I'm thrilled with our performance today."
McLaughlin has spent her first two years at University of Tennessee, competing with Craig Allen of Wayside Farm, and the rising junior will be making the transition to Colorado State University this year, taking Bit of Masquerade with her to continue competing on the West Coast.
"I won't be riding for the school, but I plan on continuing to compete while I'm there. We're hoping to find a barn close to campus so that we can pick up where we leave off here when I head to school," explained McLaughlin. "Winning this class is such a highlight because we've worked so hard and been through so much, it makes everything worth it."
Bit of Masquerade isn't the only horse that McLaughlin has under her guidance, but he remains her most reliable mount and one of her favorites. The duo made easy work of the first round of the Ariat Adult Medal and rode a solid round in the test portion of the class to take the win. The duo received a 76 for their first trip around the course and sealed the deal with an almost perfect test round."It's so nice to know that he's always going to be so great for me. At the end of the day I know he always going to give me a good ride, just like he did today." said McLaughlin.