Rices Landing girl wins riding championship in St. Louis

Ava Bertagnolli, 11, of Rices Landing, won the 'Saddle and Bridle Hunter Seat National Championship' Friday in St. Louis.

Ava Bertagnolli, 11, of Rices Landing, won the “Saddle and Bridle Hunter Seat National Championship” recently in St. Louis. Bertagnolli, who is the youngest rider ever to win this title, is trained by her mom, Jodi Bertagnolli, the owner and trainer of Heritage Stables in Rices Landing. Bertagnolli won a national title in Saddleseat Equitation two years ago, which requires a different riding discipline with the same American Saddlebred breed. Photo:Photo courtesy of Shelley Fisher