Freshman rides to 3rd place in equestrian continental event

Chronicle Staff

Paris Sellon ’10 arrived in Lexington, VA nervous, as she was the top qualifier and youngest rider in the North American Young Riders Championship.

“I’m pretty good with nerves,” Sellon said. “I usually ride better when I’m nervous.”

Sellon took the lead going into the final rounds of the individual event, but dropped to a tie for third place and finished the event with a jump off for bronze. She won the jump-off, landing her the bronze medal in the championship.

“I was really proud, but upset because I was in the lead but ended up third,” Sellon said. “But it was still really nice. I guess it’s rare to be in the medal at my age.”

In addition to her individuals medal, Sellon took home another medal for the team event, as she helped her zone to a second place finish. Along with three other top riders from California, Arizona and Nevada areas, the team faced off against zones from New York, Florida and other states, as well as zones from Canada and Mexico. Sellon railed twice, and the team finished with 12 faults for a silver medal.
— A.J. Calabrese