FHS senior competes in national horse championships

A Frenship High School senior was in the top 10 at a national horse competition in Albuquerque last month.

Megan Phillips competed in the 2011 Arabian/Half-Arabian Youth National Championship in the Arabian sport horse under saddle category.

Phillips, riding Noble Intrigue ZA, said she went without expectation of placing so high, because she was not sure what the competitors would look like.

“I’ve been pretty good at sport horse before,” she said.

Phillips has been riding since she was 8 on schooling horses and started riding Noble when she was 13.

Her interest in animals has drawn her toward a possible career as a veterinarian. She works at a small animal clinic. She hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech and go on to vet school at Texas A&M.

“I’ve just always kind of liked animals,” she said.

Phillips said she would like to compete in the adult nationals someday, but she is not sure she will be a lifelong competitor.

“I think I’m always going to be riding,” she said.

Phillips is also active in Frenship’s FFA program, competing in senior quiz and horse judging.

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