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Toano horse rider excels at national championships

Toano horse rider excels at national championships

TOANO — Last Thursday during a regular Stonehouse Stables training session, 12-year-old Olivia Batten's Welsh pony, Digby, hesitated as a jump loomed and sidestepped an obstacle with Batten holding the reins.

"He gets scared," said Olivia's mother, Heather Batten, who noted what she believes to be the greatest difference between equestrian and some other sports.

"It's not like you just get on the bike and take it around the track," said Stonehouse Stables general manager and Olivia Batten's coach Tara Mathews Best. "It has its own mind about things."

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