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Young horse rider racks up the accolades

first_imgThe Clark County Executive Horse Council raised more than $11,000 last year for its Adopt-A-Horse program. The effort takes horses from Clark County Animal Control, rehabilitates them and then offers them for adoption. The organization has found homes for 70 horses in the past four years, said Lori Harris. This year’s fundraiser is May 21 at Camas Meadows Golf Course. Tickets, available in March, are $25. For more information, contact Harris at [email protected] the Web:Clark County Executive horse council:http://www.ccehc.orgOn any given weekend, there’s a good chance Joseph Driver will be competing on his horse, Buzz, a paint pinto.“I think it was 40 of 52 weekends last year,” said Joseph, 14, of Camas.It’s paid off.Joseph is No. 1 in the nation for the paint alternative competition program.And he was atop Buzz on Sunday, as 150 riders, from 7-year-olds to adults, competed in the Winter Woolies event at the Dr. Jack Giesy Arena at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Joseph was wearing a belt buckle that proclaimed him as a champion, but it wasn’t so long ago that he was finishing out of the money.His mother and coach, Roxanne Driver, said when her son was 9, he came up after a competition and asked, “Mom, am I ever going to get a ribbon?”“She told me to stick in,” Joseph said. “Last year was my golden year, getting No. 1 in the nation. … We traveled all over Washington and all over Oregon.”last_img read more