A couple of Columbia County girls are riding high after a successful summer showing.
Camille Reed and Sarah Adams competed in the Youth Nationals Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show from July 20-27 in Albuquerque, N.M., bringing home plenty of hardware.
Adams, a 14-year-old freshman at Greenbrier High School, won the 13 and under Half-Arabian Hunter Seat Equitation national championship. Reed, 17, who is homeschooled in Grovetown, won the 14-18 Training Level Dressage Championship. Both had multiple top-10 finishes in other classes. They attended the nationals after qualifying at regional events.
“They were in 10-11 classes and they had cut rounds for each of them,” said Cynthia Cubbage, who trains the pair at the stables on Belair Road next to Paradise Kennels. “They made every single cut. Between my three kids they got four championships, two reserves and eight top-10s for the country.”
The nationals were the first for Reed, who started riding four years ago and has been with Cubbage as a working student for about a year and a half.
“I was with a barn for a while and I kind of outgrew it,” said Reed. “I felt like I was staying the same, so I started looking for a different barn and I found Cynthia and she thankfully started letting me show some of her horses.”
She enjoyed the competition at the national level.
“That was the first time and it was really exciting,” Reed said. “It was way harder than regionals. There was way stiffer competition all the way around.”
Adams first started riding when she was 8 and like Reed is a fan of the competition aspect even though she calls it nerve-wracking. There are certain challenges that are the most trying.
“Learning how to ride new horses I’ve never ridden before,” Adams said. “It’s trying to know how to make them go the way I want them.”
During the summer being on the road is the norm.
“We travel all over the eastern half of the country for the most part,” Cubbage said. “We were only home for nine days total this summer. We were slammed. Sarah missed a couple of the horse shows for various reasons, but Camille goes on the road with me the whole time. We went straight from Kentucky to Virginia at one point when we were gone for 20 straight days.”
During the school year, Reed is able to make her schooling fit the training schedule while Adams gets to ride three times a week. Both plan on keeping horses in their future.
“I would like to eventually maybe become a trainer.” Reed said.
“I want to keep going through high school and I’m hoping I can go on to the Georgia team in college,” Adams said.