Betsy Brown, a 15-year-old Thomas Worthington High School sophomore, is making great strides in the world of equestrian competition.
She has earned the right to compete in the National Reining Horse Association Adequan North American Affiliate Championship in Oklahoma City.
The championships will be held Nov. 22 through Dec. 1.
Betsy, who has been riding horses since she was 5, qualified by winning first place when riding against 42 adult riders in the East Central Regional Affiliate Championships held at the Traditions Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 8.
Betsy will ride Leroy (aka SV Peppys Whiz), a quarter horse she has owned and ridden for the past year. Together, they won the Rookie 2 division of the Central Ohio Reining Horse Association in August.
Betsy has loved horses for as long as she can remember, according to her mother, Karen Brown. She was only 2 when she rode her first pony.
She joined 4-H in 2008 and enjoys competing in the county fair every year.
Betsy was a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association in 2009-10 and was the national champion in the Western Pleasure division in 2009.
Betsy moved to the discipline of reining in 2010.
Reining is a western riding competition for horses during which the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops.
Leroy is an American quarter horse. They will compete in the Rookie 2 class at the North American championships.