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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High sophomore Sarah Savasta, who competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), a national pro- gram for middle and high school- aged students who are able to take part in horse riding competition without the need to own a horse, has earned a spot in the presti- gious Hunt Seat National Finals on the weekend of April 26-28 at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Penn. The daughter of James and Laura Savasta, Sarah, who began riding at age 7, rides out of Willow Brook Farm in Lincoln under trainer Dina Patnaud on the IEA high school team, which recently produced a superb season and saw several of its riders qualify for the regional finals on Feb. 23 at the Nora Harris Equestrian Center in Tiverton. The competitions run throughout the fall and winter, and riders need to accumulate a certain number of points in five shows to qualify for the regional finals. However, on competition day, the riders don't know which horse they will ride. There is a "draw" in which horses are assigned to riders based on the division they are in. This levels the playing field, because all the riders will have to figure out how to best ride the horse they draw. Sarah is in the JV Novice over fences class, where riders pilot the horse they draw over a series of 7-8 jumps. She won her division at the regional finals, and along with four other Willow Brook riders, reached the New England-based Zone 1 finals on March 30 and 31 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The top two riders in each of the country's 11 zones qualify to compete at the national finals and Sarah was able to capture her division again at this competition. In addition to the time she spends riding in the IEA, Sarah is leasing a horse to compete in the more traditional horse shows this spring and summer, so she rides five to six days a week and also has two or three lessons during that time. 22 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Cumberland High sophomore SARAH SAVASTA, left, receives a hug from her trainer, DINA PATNAUD, after taking top honors in her division at the New England-based Zone 1 finals that were held on March 30 and 31 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Cumberland's Savasta heads to Hunt Seat National Finals CHS sophomore wins division at Zone 1 horse riding competition Fishing season begins Saturday DEM stocks 75,000 trout into R.I.'s waters; Cass Pond hosts annual youth derby Saturday PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced late last week that it is stocking 75,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout into the state's ponds and streams in advance of the freshwater fishing season, which will celebrate its Opening Day on Saturday with more than 40,000 anglers across the state. "Every year on Opening Day, generations of Rhode Islanders head out to a favorite fish- ing spot to experience the thrill of reeling in the first trout of the season," DEM Director Janet Coit said in a press release. "The DEM is proud to support freshwater fishing through our stocking program so that anglers of all ages can experience our beautiful freshwaters and have fun catching beautiful hatchery- raised trout. And this year, the gorgeous gold- en rainbow trout we're stocking in local ponds for Opening Day will bring added excitement to this time-honored Rhode Island tradition." New this year are hatchery-raised golden rainbow trout, which are being stocked at 16 of the state's most popular fishing locations for Opening Day. These trout are a color vari- ation of a rainbow trout and provide an excit- ing angling experience. Anglers who catch a golden trout from Opening Day through April 29 will receive a free golden trout pin. Take a picture of your catch and send it to dem.fishri@dem.ri.gov to receive a pin. In addition, the DEM will be stocking one monster golden trout, weighing at least 7 pounds, in one of these locations. The location is secret, but the lucky angler who catches it will receive a special prize. The fish must be weighed at a certified official weigh station with a digital scale, and a picture must accompany the application for a state record. Contact the aquatic resource education coor- dinator at Kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov for a list of official weigh stations. The DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife See FISHING, Page 24 Open Daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rolling papers only 99¢ at our Massachusetts Store! puffinssmokeshop@gmail.com www.puffinssmokeshop.com TWO LOCATIONS: 693 Washington St. Attleboro, MA 02703 508-639-5754 194 Reservoir Ave. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-475-3150 GET BACK IN THE GAME! We offer rehabilitation and therapy services for patients of all ages. CUMBERLAND, RI 2295 DIAMOND HILL ROAD ROUTE 114 (off Exit 11, Route 295) CUMBERLAND, RI 401-305-3858 healyphysicaltherapy.com

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