MASONTOWN, W.Va. – Lauryn Patterson of the Valley Ridge equestrians is now a national champion.
Lauryn competed in the Individual Future Intermediate Flat class in Georgia this past weekend.
Out of eight competitors, each from a different part of the country, Lauryn came out on top.
“I heard my parents scream and then I just looked at (coach) Michelle and Michelle knows I love saddle bags and she goes ‘well you just won another saddle bag’,” she said.
This was her first nationals and the feeling of being a champion hasn’t quite sunk in yet, Patterson said.
“Well I just did the best that I could with the horse that I was given and I was just hopeful for the best outcome,” she said. “But I was expecting them to call my name earlier but when they didn’t I just got super excited.”
Next year, Lauryn will head into the high school division. She says she knows the competition will be a lot harder but she’s excited for it.