Local rider crowned
Reserve Champion at Indio
Alexandra Taft in equitation
Express Staff Writer
she spent a trimester away from school, Alexandra Taft has been busy
getting a serious education.
18, a Wood River High School senior and National Honor Society member,
spent the last seven weeks at the Horses in the Sun Desert Circuit at
horse show features top riders from all over the U.S. One of the best
turned out to be Taft, who was crowned Reserve Champion in Equitation for
the 18-35 year old age group. She was also crowned half-circuit champion.
equitation, unlike dressage, itís the rider who is judged on form, not
for the position of the riderís legs, hands and shoulders, and how a
horse is positioned according to the riderís cues.
are generally technical. It really tests the rider. You have to execute in
a way that makes it look easy," Taft said.
that hard work is what it takes to be successful in any endeavor. She is
not afraid to roll up her sleeves.
is currently ranked second in her high school class. She has received less
than an A grade only once in her high school career. For the record, it
was a B.
Spooky said Alexandra has been accepted to several colleges, including
Lewis and Clark in Portland, which she may choose because of its proximity
to the stable where she trains.
is the oldest of Jim and Spooky Taftís three girls.
15, was named half-circuit Reserve Champion in the Junior Maiden division
at Indio. Samantha, 9, just won the snowshoe and "Stupid Pet
Tricks" classes at Marchís Paw & Pole cross-country ski event.
have always been in our family. Riding is a huge part of who I am,"
said Alexandra, who began riding at three.
always want to have it there in my life. It is something I will always
come back to."