Bishop Alemany High School ninth grader Courtney Quashen won the Champion Hunter of the Day title at the Los Angeles Interscholastic Equestrian League competition this past Sunday.
Quashen, who has been riding since she was 9 years-old, qualified for the freshman medals class competition after besting over 100 riders in three earlier I.E.L qualifying events.
Sunday’s event had the 18 top freshman riders go horse to horse in several different competitions. Quashen took first place in both the Freshman Working Hunter and Handy Hunter class, and fifth place in Freshman Equitation-Fences. Her combined point total for all the day’s events earned her the Champion Hunter of the Day title.
“We are so proud of all of her hard work and dedication to the sport,” said Kirsten Quashen, Courtney’s mother, who also had high praise for her daughter’s trainer. “Carrie Adamson has been her trainer since Courtney was nine years old and we consider her the best.”
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Quashen, a member of Alemany’s Equestrian Team, has also completed the United States Equestrian Federation’s High School Equestrian Athlete Program. USEF is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports in the United States and is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee. In order to participate in this program, riders have to complete in over 100 hours of training and participate in at least three equestrian competitions during the year.
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