Emma Claire Stephens found her love for riding horses in November of 2012 when her grandparents took her for a ride on a neighbor’s horse. Soon thereafter, she begged for riding lessons. Emma Claire started out riding western and competed in a few local open shows in the western walk/trot classes. While she loves to barrel race and compete in working equitation, her real passion is for dressage. Emma Claire’s first recognized dressage competition was in May of 2014, where she competed at the Introductory level. She soon progressed up the levels and in 2015, she earned her Bronze Medal at the age of 10. In January of 2016 at age 11, she earned her USDF Silver Medal. Soon thereafter, she and her partner, Persona Grata ("Moose")** rode the Intermediate I level scoring up to 65% and earning 1/2 of her gold medal. In 2019, Emma Claire was a bronze medalist at the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) on her current partner, De Nouvelle Vie "Vivi".
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