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Perham grad takes top honors at national horse Championship

Submitted photo Perham High School graduate, KayLee Sazama, in Colorado for the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association Championship Event.

The dust has settled following the fifth annual National Versatility Ranch Horse Association Championship Event, held Sept. 22-23 in Colorado Springs, Col.

Thirty-four riders competing in five different divisions attended, and five classes were performed.

KayLee Sazama, a 2011 Perham High School graduate, and her mare, Miss Gees Ote, took first place in the Novice Amateur Division and came in 2nd in the Collegiate Division.

Sazama commented, "We had a blast in Colorado! Beautiful scenery, wonderful people and a great horse; all that God has blessed me with."

Sazama, attends college in Dodge City, Kan.

Horses were judged on their confirmation, a trail course and ranch cutting (cutting and holding a cow out of the herd), "working cow horse" - where the contestants do a reining pattern and box a cow - and finally "ranch riding," where horse and rider do a pattern with lead changes, walk trot transitions, lopes, and stopping by cones.