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CF Equine Studies Student Wins Dressage National Championship

April 22, 2014

CooperCollege of Central Florida student Samantha Cooper, 20, won the National Championship in Upper Training at the 2014 Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships Saturday, April 12, in Chatham, Va.

Cooper, who moved to Ocala from Washington to study Equine Business Management at CF, has ridden dressage for the past six years. After she graduates in December with her Associate in Science in Equine Studies, Cooper plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business.

“My dream is to own a training and boarding facility,” she said. “Riding is my passion.”

Dr. Judy Downer, CF Equine Studies professor and head coach of the CF Dressage Team, said Cooper’s win is something she and the college are proud of.

“At IDA competitions, horses are provided by the host college. Students draw a horse at random and have 10 minutes of warm-up prior to entering the ring,” said Downer. “Sam was high score of the day and high point for our region, which covers UCF, FSU and UF. It’s very exciting.”

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