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10 Local Girls to Ride at State Fair

These equestrians go from training in West Nyack to competing in Syracuse

A handful of local girls who ride at Nickel-O Farms in West Nyack are preparing to take their equestrian skills to this year's State Fair in Syracuse.

The 10 youngsters — between the ages of 11 and 17 — hail from West Nyack, Valley Cottage, Stony Point and other nearby municipalities. The girls train alongside Nickel-O Farms owner Lisa Owen, and sometimes ride up to six times each week.

At the fair, the girls will be competing against riders from across the state in Trail, Showmanship, Western Rider, Horsemanship and Equitation.

All the riders belong to the Rockland's 4H club, titled "Horses R Us."

"4H is about horses, but also community service—it's above and beyond riding," said Kate Dizzine, whose daughter, Samantha, is among the 10 young riders.

Last year, the 4H club held a fundraiser for at the PetSmart in Nanuet.

"They train so hard," Dizzine added. "This is the culmination—the State Fair is huge."

The girls and their horses (pictured above; browse the gallery for a closer look) will heading out Wednesday, Aug. 29, and showing the following Thursday and Friday.

"It truly is a major accomplishment to represent our local region at a State event," Dizzine said.

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The girls

Brielle Arena - West Nyack: (Horse – Utah)

Jo Ann Coyne - Stony Point: (Horse – Koda)

Rachel Delcher - Mahwah NJ: (Horse - Sunny)

Samantha Dizzine - Valley Cottage: (Horse – Pig Pen)

Mikayla Healy - West Nyack: (Horse - Elvis)

Alexa McConnell - New City: (Horse – Bojangles)

Ali McNamara - West Nyack: (Horse – Coco)

Holly O’Dowd - Stony Point: (Horse – Buddy)

Maggie Yanowitz - New City: (Horse – Molly)

Olivia Zwernemann -  Congers: (Horse – Mouse)

Madeline August 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Best of luck to the Nickel O gang rooting for you at the State Fair!!!!
Sharga Frey August 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Good Luck to all the Nickel-O-Farms Equestrians at the New YORK State Fair 2012. Rock their World!
Theresa August 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Best of luck to all the girls all your hard work will pay off.Lets show those other riders what Nickel-O-Farms is made of
Joan McDaniel August 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Good Luck Nickel-O-Farms at the New York State Fair. Hoping your hard work and effort will pay off we are behind you.
Cheryl Baker August 23, 2012 at 04:54 PM
One girl's photo does not show her name! Maybe someone can fix it? Good luck to all these wonderful riders and their horses!!!
William Demarest (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Good luck, riders! Bring back lots of ribbons and trophies to add to the collection at Nickel-O.
Kate Dizzine August 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The photo without the caption is Brielle Arena and her horse, Utah. :)
Joan McDaniel August 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
As I drive past Nickel-O, I knew you were up to something. Now I know. Good Luck and Hi Lisa, remember me - from the Hilltop? I would love to talk to you about the horses at Nickel-O. Joan McDaniel http://coconutcreamcare.com
Laureen Motto Gallo August 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Good luck to all the riders from Nickel-O especially Sam Dizzine!!! I know you will do great Sammy!!!!!
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I've just updated, thanks for the tip, Cheryl.
Cinda Serianni August 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Good luck girls - go Holly & Buddy!

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