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Ashley Donayre

August 2, 2013

Semanchik's Determination Pays Off Again

Last October, Allison Semanchik achieved the implausible. The plucky horse-crazy teen from Oldwick, N.J., set the goal of qualifying for and competing at Dressage At Devon (Pa.) aboard a 5-year-old chestnut Trakehner, despite the fact that neither horse nor rider had previous professional dressage training. 

October 2, 2012

Iron-Willed Teen Defies The Odds To Compete At Dressage At Devon

A plucky barn girl and a discarded Trakehner surprise even themselves by achieving an unlikely goal.

Allison Semanchik of Oldwick, N.J., has never had a horse of her own. It was never an option financially. So like any horse-crazy girl she was always at a barn—come rain or shine—offering to work in return for saddle time. When she met an underdog chestnut Trakehner gelding named Inferrous, she got the opportunity of a lifetime.

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