Islander wins prestigious horse jumping competition

Katrina Dumler and her horse Flintwood Starlet recently took home the title of World Champion Jumper after winning all three Jumper classes at the prestigious Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse show on Oct. 7-14 in Oklahoma City.

Dumler is a 15-year-old Mercer Island High School sophomore and an Island native. She started riding horses at the Mercer Island Saddle Club when she was 5 years old, and has ridden year-round ever since.

She got her first horse when she was 12 and started jumping competitively when she was 13, at which time she moved from the Mercer Island Saddle Club to a competition barn for a more intense training program and show schedule.

She travels around Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest to compete in shows, and the win in Oklahoma was a great accomplishment after years of training and competition.

Dumler hopes to increase her level of competition over the next couple of years and compete at the collegiate level for one of the 16 Division I equestrian teams.

The Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse show held annually in Oklahoma City features owners and exhibitors of more than 1,000 Morgan horses that come from all over the world to compete for Grand National and World Championship titles in a variety of different classes. More than 5,000 Morgan horse enthusiasts attend the show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

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