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A Champion Horse Jumper: Cascades Academy student wins 1st place in national competition

By Nicole Vulcan

B end is home to a host of national champions in many different sports—and now, a local 7th grader can add her name to that roster. Ella Delgado, a student at Cascades Academy, took home 1st place in the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association's Medium Pony Hunter division national championship in Las Vegas in November.

Champion Ella Delgado with her winning pony, C.E. Providence. - COURTESY CASCADES ACADEMY/ELLA DELGADO
  • Courtesy Cascades Academy/Ella Delgado
  • Champion Ella Delgado with her winning pony, C.E. Providence.

"Hunter/Jumper Riding," according to Delgado, is "a modern take on fox hunting combined with a beauty pageant for horses."

Delgado is a devoted horse person. In addition to regularly riding the winning pony, named C.E. Providence, she rides three other horses, often spending as many as seven days a week training and riding. Next up for Delgado: competing in Palm Springs in February.

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