Montgomery County Resident Wins in Equestrian Competition
PERKASIE, PA – Briana Raquet, a 14-year old Ivy Hill rider from Harleysville took the Blue Ribbon for her performance in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Friday Unassisted Therapy Championship Class on October 21.
Raquet, who has been riding at Ivy Hill since she was 5, was elated with her performance in Equitation on her Ivy Hill therapy horse Flash, a Norwegian Fjord.
“The Pennsylvania National Horse Show was an experience that I’ll never forget, thanks to my Ivy Hill Family,” said Raquet.
Raquet was one of two riders who successfully qualified for the Harrisburg competition by their performance at the Devon Horse Show this past summer. Raquet and Riley Powell, another Ivy Hill rider, excelled in their abilities on equitation, position and communication with their horses.
Renee DiDomenico, Raquet’s mother, credited her years at Ivy Hill for preparing her for this challenge and the challenges she faced every day.
“I am so grateful to Ivy Hill and her instructor Megan Hance for shaping her into the confident equestrian she has become,” said DiDomenico. “She started riding with Ivy Hill when she was only 5 and now, the barn has become part of her everyday life. When she is on the horses, she is confident and focused. We are so proud!”
For Briana Raquet, Ivy Hill has become a family affair. Her grandfather, Rick Pool, works at the barn and on the grounds and brings Briana to her weekly lessons and to the barn for her duties as a volunteer. He accompanied her to the horse show along with her Ivy Hill team.
“I had tears in my eyes when Briana won first place, given the challenges she has had since a young child of 5 years old riding at Ivy Hill. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the Ivy Hill family and horses at this wonderful facility,” said Rick Pool, Raquet’s grandfather.
About Ivy Hill: Since 1999, Ivy Hill has created therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience,
as well as providing financial, social and emotional support for their families and caregivers. Services include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Learning, mobile outreach and Inclusion Summer Camp. Ivy Hill also provides competition training for participation in Special Olympics, off-site competitions and Home Shows. Lessons are customized to the needs and goals of each individual rider.
For more information, to volunteer, or to donate to support Ivy Hill’s unique programs, visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org or call 215-822-2515.