Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

This spring, she expects to take the next step beginning with the New York Super Show in Syracuse in March.

The young rider expects to compete in the Colonial Nationals in Virginia at the end of the season. She hopes to, one day, qualify for the youth world championship in Georgia or even the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas—the sports Super Bowl competition.

She said that she hopes her success will bring attention to the sport she loves.

“There are always people out there that don’t think that horseback riding is actually a sport,” she said. “They know that horse racing like the Kentucky Derby is a sport, but I want to show people that horseback riding is a real sport. It’s in the Olympics. It’s just like football, basketball, and everything else.”

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