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Grant Chungo, 21, of Virginia trains his OTTB Ballinure with Olympic champion Joe Fargis. Photo by Hoof Print Images and courtesy Chungo

Joe Fargis student flies high on his OTTB

An unconventional Thoroughbred gelding and show jumping champion Joe Fargis are together teaching a young Virginia horseman the ropes in the competitive high amateur Jumpers. Grant Chungo, 21, and his 17.2-hand off-track Thoroughbred Ballinure have been taking lessons for years from the Olympian who rode his Thoroughbred mare Touch of Class to win the 1984 gold medal in individual jumping. And what Chungo has learned from his horse and at the foot of the riding star is that an ex-racehorse who spends a little too much time in the air, and perhaps not picture perfect in form, is in fact […]