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Chesna and Solar demonstrate win the Freestyle at Emerald Downs trainer challenge

Jumping without tack, pair takes 1st place

USDF silver medalist Chesna Klimek and off-track Thoroughbred Solar walked away with the win at the Emerald Downs trainer challenge last month after she rode the beautiful black horse over a jump— bareback, and without a bridle. The pair took first place in the 100-day Trainer Challenge, after outperforming other competitors in two divisions— the in-hand demonstration, and a three-and-a-half minute freestyle completion, which featured the daring jump. Says Klimek, “Three minutes isn’t a lot of time to showcase what they’ve learned. But I knew he seemed pretty calm at the show, so I decided to do the bridle-less jumping. […]