A local teen, Ms. Emily Rusinyak recently won 5th place in the 2012 Training Junior Championship division as part of the American Eventing Championships held recently at Chattahoochee Hills Eventing in Fairburn, Ga.
Emily is a 17-year-old senior at Heard high School. She has been riding horses since she was only six years old. Emily rides an average of four hours every day no matter the weather.
“It is never too hot, too cold, or too rainy for Emily to ride,” her mother Lisa says. “She is the most dedicated, goal oriented 17-year-old I have ever met.”
In many ways, Emily has put aside the traditional high school social life in order to become more successful at her sport.
Only first or second place riders from recognized horse trials were invited to compete at the championships which featured several accomplished riders including former Olympian Becky Holder who placed first in the Advanced Championship at Fairburn.
Emily placed 5th out of 40 riders in her division.
The sport of Eventing (also known as horse trials) is an equestrian sport where both the horse and the rider are judged in three separate categories including dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
The dressage phase of the event consists of an exact sequence of movements ridden in an enclosed arena. The horse and rider team are judged on balance, rhythm, suppleness, and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider.
Show jumping tests the technical jumping skills of the horse and rider, including suppleness, obedience, fitness and athleticism.
The cross-country phase requires both horse and rider to be in excellent physical shape and to be brave and trusting of each other as they jump several assorted objects on a long outdoor circuit.
Emily rode Reatta HW at the event and competed against riders from all over the country.