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Mackenzie Spaes, 15, of Prospect, and her horse Ripple Effect recently won the U. S. Eventing Association Area VIII Novice Championship at Kentucky Horse Park.
Eventing is a three-phase equestrian sport designed to test the training, ability, and strength of a horse as well as the connection between horse and rider.
Spaes, a freshman at Sacred Heart Academy, won on their dressage score of 22.6 with a clean round in cross country and stadium. She rides at Spring Run Farm and is trained by Carrie Barrick.
She is the daughter of Alan and Anne Spaes.