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Riding high

August 23, 2003

Lee County, Ga.-- Long-time horse trainer Elizabeth Pizzonia hosted her "Ride to Win" clinic Saturday at Graystone Farm in Lee County. Pizzonia, who resides and trains in Ocala-Florida, worked with over 30 horse-back riders Saturday on several different styles of riding.

Albany resident Sarah Smith was one of those riders, but it was not her first time working with Pizzonia. Smith and another Albany resident, Anna Weston, train with Pizzonia throughout the year and are fresh off a trip to Albuquerque New Mexico where they competed in a National tournament.

Pizzonia says after taking home Reserve National Champion honors in just her second year in the sport that the future is very bright for Sarah Smith, who's only 13 years old.

"She puts everything into it when she's down and she gets tremendous lessons to where she rides a couple different horses, and next year at National's she'll have the big silver trophy," Pizzonia said.

"It was only my second show with him too riding in that class and we won, so we'll see what we can do next year," Smith said. 

The horse Sarah rode at the 2003 Youth National Arabian and Half Arabian Championship is named 'Rite on Target'.  He is half Arabian and half Saddle Back.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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