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PERRY TOWNSHIP — Whitney Lauck’s basement is lined with 46 trophies earned at various horse showing and riding events in the past eight years.

The Perry High School junior hopes to add not just another one, but the big one, after competing next week at the North American championships in Oklahoma City.

“I think I can do pretty well, if everything fits together at the same time. … It would mean everything to me,” she said, admitting to being a little nervous.

Lauck has qualified to compete in the National Reining Horse Association Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. She’s going because of first qualifying at regional and at congress, competing against riders around the country.

The association’s point system ranks her ninth in the world among 3,200 youth. She will compete against 500 reiners from across North America.

Lauck joined the Equine Country Club 4-H Club eight years ago, but her riding career began much earlier. Her first ride came at 18 months, taking a class wit her aunt, Tammy Boughah. She had a pony, Lady Bug, then.

“I have always been interested in horses. It is something I love to do,” said Lauck, who overcame an injury in 2008 when a horse kicked her in the face. “If I am not at school, I am in the barn.”

Lauck, who trains with Jim Aldrich, will compete this weekend with her quarter horse, Cheetah. She has two other horses, Bailey and Ten. She likes “everything” about riding and competing, including the camaraderie with other riders.

Lauck has a 3.7 grade-point average and is on the school’s basketball team. She’s played since seventh grade.

Lauck plans to enroll in the equestrian program at either The Ohio State University or the University of Findlay. She is also considering veterinarian school, debating between becoming a vet or a horse trainer.

Student and horse headed to top competition

Student and horse headed to top competition
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