Emily Egner, 15, of Hinesville, is competing in the prestigious World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Ky., this week.
Egner is the daughter of Tom and Kathrin Egner. Emily was a student at First Presbyterian Christian Academy in Hinesville, and is currently being homeschooled.
The international eight-day event Egner is competing in kicked off last Saturday, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Kentucky State Fair.
Competitors from 44 states and six countries have brought nearly 2,000 horses as they vie for over $1 million in awards. The show includes three-gaited, five-gaited, fine harness, American Saddlebred pleasure, saddle seat equitation, harness ponies, roadster, and in-hand divisions. Each division includes classes for professionals, amateurs, ladies, and junior exhibitors, as well as young horses and ponies.
Emily has been riding American Saddlebreds since was six years old, according to her mother, Kathrin Egner. Her riding career started under the instruction of Lynn Pace with Dixie Stables in Allenhurst, and then under the instruction and training of Caitlin Jarriel with Southern Legacy Stables in Allenhurst.
In May of this year, Emily and her mount WCC, CH Nuttin’ to Lose aka Rue moved to Sarah Russells’ Stables in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Under Russells’ instruction and training they prepared to compete for this prestigious event.
Emily will be showing in Equitation, 14-year-olds and in the ASB Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure 14-17-year-olds.