About 150 athletes saddled up on April 7 and April 8 for the annual State Equestrian Championship in Ocala. The event, held at the spectacular World Equestrian Center, drew riders from across the state, giving them the chance to showcase a range of equestrian skills. Special Olympics Florida has some of the top riders in the country, and it’s remarkable to watch them connect with and work with their horses.
Elizabeth Parker, a Special Olympics Florida athlete who rides with Osceola County, said riding is a great workout that helps her stay strong. “I like competing,” said Elizabeth, who is also a powerlifter. “I like the challenge of it.”
Many thanks to our hosts at the World Equestrian Center and to the Bakas Equestrian Team for helping to stage the event.