May 4, 2010 4:26 AM by Jordan Mason
The Fountain Valley School just won the Equestrian Association National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia; its second in four years.
"We heard our names as National Champions and we were all just jumping up and down," said Fountain Valley senior rider Emily Maloof. "We were so excited."
Ann Hanna has been coaching equestrian at Fountain Valley for seven years.
"It's a phenomenal learning curve," said Hanna. "It's an opportunity for these girls to qualify for a national event without ever having to own a horse."
And this certainly isn't a glamour sport. These girls clean their own stalls, bandage the horses, feed the horses, and more. So, taking the national crown is quite the reward for all the hard work.
"The girls did a really good job this year, coming together as a team," said Maloof. "Competing nationally is very nerve racking and they all did a wonderful job and held their composure. I'm just so happy."
"What can I say? It's the most fun in the world," said Hanna.
English riding is a sport usually dominated by East Coast teams-there are only seven high school teams west of the Mississippi and three of those teams are in Southern Colorado.
The Fountain Valley School last won the National Championship in 2007.