TROY, OHIO <30 April 2015> She’s not one to horse around when it comes to showing off her equine skills in competition. Jill Wilson (pictured), past president of Troy Rotary and retired Troy City Schools educator, kicked off the 2015 Saddle Horse season with a win atop Gilded Image (also known as “Gilda”). She is a beautiful eight-year-old American Saddlebred horse who is more than ready for another year of competition. Together, Wilson and Gilda won the “Saddle and Bridle Hunt Classic Championship” title during the River Ridge Charity Horse Show held at the coliseum in Columbus, Ohio, April 22-25, 2015. This family-friendly event celebrated its 68th year with open and junior competitions featuring American Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney ponies. As one of the biggest events in horse shows, it has a reputation for attracting serious competitors from across the nation. Proceeds from the show benefit charities in Central Ohio.
This win qualifies Wilson and Gilda to compete later this show season in the national championships in St. Louis, Missouri. No stranger to hard work, Wilson explained that this is the second year she’s trained with Gilda. “By the end of the 2014 season, she and I were ranked number one in the nation in the American Saddlebred Hunt Pleasure category,” she noted. What’s the secret to their success? The pair put in hours of training, drive hundreds of miles to different shows and practice their style until it’s perfect. It’s a winning combination that will help them throughout this new season.
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