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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 1:08 pm

It was love at first sight for equestrian team champion Jordyn Bagnall when she began riding at 4.

 Bagnall joined the equestrian team in the fall of 2018 and has since placed in multiple shows including the 2019 regional competition, where her team placed fifth overall. 

“I just think it’s something I could do my whole life,” said Bagnall, who is a pre-vet major at Morehead State University.

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Jordyn Bagnall prepared for a ride on Monday, February 26, 2019, in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Makayla Holder Makayla Holder

After working with horses competitively, Bagnall said she saw a difference between riding a horse of her own and riding a new horse at a competition.

“You get on a horse at a show that you just randomly drew and you have to go in the ring and compete," said Bagnall, a graduate of Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Ky. "You don’t know anything about this horse unless you’ve already ridden them, which is rare.” 

Bagnall added that the differences in the types of horses one rides at competition can be more challenging than one might think, but once she got started it was a fun experience.

Bagnall has been involved in horse shows since she was 6-years-old and has competed across the country from Florida to New York.

While hosting a hunt seat show in the spring of 2019, she won three of four classes and attended at least four other shows before qualifying for high point rider at Midway. 

High-point rider goes to the person with the highest number of points in each discipline. 

Emily Shepard, a senior Equine Science major at MSU and a fellow equestrian team member, said Bagnall brought a sense of unity and encouragement to their team as well as a bright future.

“It’s really nice to have someone who knows how to take care of their horses,” Shepard said.

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Jordyn Bagnall spent time with her favorite horse Monday, February 26, 2019, in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Makayla Holder Makayla Holder

Shepard added that Bagnall is a humble rider who knows how to stay out of the horse’s way to show them at their best while still looking her best and working very hard, which she said is a very hard skill to have.