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Local woman places second at international equestrian competition

November 24th, 2013 8:12 pm by Nick Shepherd

Local woman places second at international equestrian competition

Sarah King, of Fort Blackmore, Va., started riding at age 7, has competed in international equestrian competitions, and she says that being on horseback ‘is definitely my happy place.’ Contributed photo.

One local woman’s love of horseback riding has taken her around the world, let her compete in international competitions and made her a head coach for Team USA.

On Monday, Sarah King, of Fort Blackmore, Va., returned to Kingsport. She had spent the weekend in Aruba at the Interpaso 2013, an international equestrian competition. She placed second.

“Usually at these international shows, the best riders from every country will be there to compete,” she said. “I got the invitation a week before the show to come down and ride.” 

King’s passion for horses and riding began when she was about 7 years old. King said that was when she rode her first horse and it just clicked with her. She said she hasn’t stopped riding since that day.

King began competing in equestrian competitions when she was 8. She hasn’t kept count of all the competitions she has won or placed in, although she said she has a handful of national and grand national titles and several international placements.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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