Two students from Laguna Beach schools competed in the final two-day show of the Orange County Interscholastic Equestrian League, held at Rancho Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano on Jan. 14.
MiaLuna Hutcheson, a Thurston Middle School seventh-grader, holds the individual reserve champion title in the freshmen division as well as the reserve champion title for Thurston.
Caroline Gabus competes in the junior varsity division and attends Laguna Beach High School.
The divisions include hunters, jumpers, dressage, Western and gymkana with novice, freshmen, junior varsity and varsity levels.
The season consists of 4 two-day weekend shows running from October – January annually.
About 135 students from 45 public and private middle schools and high schools in the county compete in season, which consists of four two-day shows.
The kids typically train three to five days a week and are responsible for the care of their horses.
“They work really hard and are very focused, disciplined and passionate in order to compete,” said Cindi Galfin, grandmother of MiaLuna, who trains at PepperTree Equestrian in San Juan Capistrano.