Two Edmond equestrians earned top honors at a national event in Sunbury, Ohio.

Eighth grader Kaleigh Bennett and Edmond North sophomore Sydney Freund recently competed at the 2019 Youth Equestrian Development Association’s National Championship competition at Eden Park Equestrian Complex in Sunbury. 

The team members of Black Diamond Equestrian Team were the top point earners in their state and were invited to the YEDA National Championship Invitational, at which Bennett won the National Championship in her division of Junior High Sapphire Ranch Riding and Freund won the Reserve National Championship in the Senior High Emerald Rail Horsemanship.

Riders at this competition were competing for not only Molly’s custom belt buckles, but also for scholarship money. These events are particularly challenging considering riders do not ride their own horse, they simply draw a random name of a horse from a large pool. Sixty-plus horses were made available by donors from all over the Midwest.

The Youth Equestrian Development Association provides opportunities for equestrians to earn scholarships as well as learning opportunities and horsemanship skill building. These opportunities are made for students grades 4-12.