Bridgeport equestrian is now a national champion

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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.

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