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Rancho Santa Fe youth wins national equestrian title

Equestrian Champ Victoria Walz. Photo by Howard Schatzberg.
Equestrian Champ Victoria Walz. Photo by Howard Schatzberg.

Rancho Santa Fe’s Victoria Walz recently won the American Morgan Horse Association’s Gold Medal in Hunter Seat on the Flat Equitation. Walz, 16, defeated other top performers from across the country to earn AMHA’s highest equitation honor.

Walz earned her gold medal at the 2015 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® held in Oklahoma City, October 10-17. Sponsored in part by AMHA, this annual showcase brings together top finishers at Morgan horse shows from across the country. Walz defeated 35 other competitors for this top honor. She qualified for the 2015 Grand National with a first-place finish in the Hunter Seat on the Flat Silver Medal class at the Jingle Bell Horse Show, held in Del Mar last December.

“It was an amazing win since all my hard work shined through and even more amazing that I got to win it on my walk-trot horse that has been my partner since I was 8 years old!” Walz said.  

Equitation is defined as the art of riding a horse intelligently, gracefully, and with the greatest degree of comfort and enjoyment to both horse and rider. These classes are judged on the rider’s skill more than the horse’s performance. Excellence in equitation is valued by AMHA and is recognized through its Medal classes, held at local and regional Morgan and all-breed shows. All junior riders who are AMHA members are invited to compete on a Morgan horse. AMHA Silver Medals are awarded in each of the six seats: Saddle, Western, Hunter on the Flat, Hunter Over Fences, Reining, and Dressage. Those who place first or second in an AMHA Silver Medal class are qualified to participate in the 2014 Gold Medal Finals at the Grand National. The highest AMHA equitation honor, the Gold Medal, is awarded in each of the six seats.   

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For more information and updates on the Morgan Grand National, go to www.morgangrandnational.com.

For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 4066 Shelburne Road, Suite 5, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944; www.morganhorse.com.


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