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Midlands riding stable team wins national championship

IRMO, SC (WIS) -

Ribbons lined the fence at Creekside Farm in Irmo, every one of them earned by the equestrian team at the national championships in Massachusetts.

The stable's middle school and high school teams brought home the awards from the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Championship. The high school team won first place and the middle school team was reserve champion.

"We've been working so hard and we have become such a great team and we have the strongest bond," team Captain Brooklin Kuipers said. "It's amazing. We accomplished so much this past year."

This is the third straight year Creekside's team made the national competition.

"I try to emphasize it's not an individual sport, it's a team sport," coach Adrian Mack said. She's the owner and head trainer at Creekside Stables, LLC.

"We are a team," she said. "We're not against each other. We're with each other and I think that helps when you're standing on the sidelines, rooting each other on, being what a team's all about."

Mack says not only are the girls teammates, they're friends.

"The kids all love each other. They're very close friends."

"It was an amazing moment," Kuipers said. "We were all so excited. We have an amazing team. I think every girl on our team deserves it."

The team is backed up by a supportive, loyal group of parents. One family drives to Irmo from Charlotte to ride. Another came back from a vacation at the beach for the photo opportunity with WIS.

"It's just really fun to get to see them have such a great accomplishment," coach Emma Phillips said. "And add that to their resume and go on to ride in college and do other things because of this."

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