Clarksville rider, new horse click with regional win

November 20, 2003|By Fay Lande

Tanique Plaxen of Clarksville was recently crowned regional champion in the Arabian Horse Association's Half-Arabian Hunter Championship for Region 16. The region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

"At any one region, you can have people coming from as far as Florida," Plaxen said.

It was Plaxen's first year competing in a top-rated A circuit, which qualified her to proceed to the regional contest. Plaxen rode her 7-year-old gray half-Arabian gelding, Madison County.

"We just bought him in March and we went to our first show in May, so we didn't have a lot of time to get to know each other. We just kind of clicked," Plaxen said.

FOR THE RECORD - In an article about Tanique Plaxen's win in an Arabian Horse Association competition in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun, Bradley, Hannah, Alex and Josh Plaxen should have been described as Bruce Plaxen's children and Tanique Plaxen's stepchildren. The Sun regrets the error.

The judges were looking for manners, athletic ability and the general quality of the animal, Plaxen said. Her first horse, Karez, is also an Arabian.

"I've been told that the first word out of my mouth was horse," said Plaxen, who is 38 and grew up in Silver Spring. "I rode ponies up until I got my first horse - I was 11 when I got him. He turned 37 in June ... about 107 people years." Karez is boarded at a stable in Burtonsville.

Plaxen's son Bradley, 10, started riding Karez when she and her husband, Bruce, first met in 2001. "Karez is generally pushy and grumpy, but when Bradley comes around, he perks up and follows Bradley everywhere," Plaxen wrote in an e-mail.

Her daughter, Hannah, is a junior in college in Los Angeles. Son Alex, 17, is a senior at River Hill High School; his twin, Josh, is a senior at Centennial High School.

Plaxen will compete for the National Championship in October in Louisville, Ky.

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