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Roberts recognized

Josilyn Roberts and her horse, Monty. Photo provided (click for larger version)
November 23, 2011 - Josilyn Roberts smiled as she accepted the Annual Sportsmanship Award from the Michigan Hunter Jumper Association on Nov. 12.

"It was a huge honor," she said. "I remember every year they gave it out I really looked up to that person. It was really awesome because you don't know until you get there."

The board picks the recipient based on letter of recommendations sent in from anyone in the circuit.

"One of the cool parts was someone came up to me and said they were really glad I got it because they nominated me," said Roberts.

Though she doesn't call it an accomplishment she does view it as one of her biggest accomplishment.

Roberts began riding when she was three years old and remembers always having horses in the stable and training with her two trainers, Don and Lauren Caston.

"I have been training since physically able to ride," she said. "My mom would take me riding with her and showed me how to ride."

She started training with her mom's trainers the Castons and her interest grew.

"It is a great partnership with the horses," she said, adding she has raised her horse Monty since he was born. "He is one of my closest friends. It is all the great things of having a partner and having an animal, a pet and a best friend. It is a huge accomplishment to see how far he has come. He has taught me as a rider as well."

Roberts and Monty won the 2011 Junior Hunter Champion and were the 2011 reserve champion in other divisions.

Roberts graduated from Clarkston High School in 2011 and is currently a freshman at Michigan State University. She is in the Nursing Scholar program.

"I was already accepted into the program which is nice," she said.

She is not in the equestrian program because she didn't want Monty to leave the barn he is at right now. Her mom and trainer are still keeping him in shape to ride in the summer while Roberts is in East Lansing.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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