Two Waco natives, Maddie Lacy and Ragan Kelly, have been selected to compete in a national equestrian competition. Each year the United States Equestrian Federation chooses four young equestrian riders from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi to represent the region at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. In honor of their achievement, we are recognizing Maddie and Ragan as our Wacoans of the week.
At 14 years old, Maddie was the youngest rider for her region. It was also her first competition. Maddie was a part of the Region 9 Dressage team, which demands a higher level of skill as the horse and rider perform a series of predetermined movements. She helped her team win a bronze medal, becoming the second Region 9 Dressage team to ever earn recognition on the podium.
“It was awesome getting to see the great caliber of skill out there and a real honor getting to make a name for my region,” Maddie said.
Ragan, a freshman at Vanguard College Preparatory School, competed in the discipline of endurance. This tests the rider’s skills and the horse’s fitness and stamina in a long-distance competition. In order to qualify for this highly competitive event, she had to qualify in three 75-mile endurance races.
“I was really nervous, and there were a lot of moments when I thought I wouldn’t qualify,” Ragan said.
Despite her nerves, she was able to secure her spot at the championships. At the final competition Ragan placed fourth out of 14 other competitors from around the United States, Mexico and Canada.
“Getting out there and competing was one of the most amazing experiences of my life,” Ragan said.
We would like to recognize Maddie and Ragan for their soaring success at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships.