HENDRICKS CO., Ind. (WTHI) - Patti and her daughter, BobbiSue, share a common bond and have their routine down-pat.
"The look on her face, and you know what, she does, when she's doing it, she just enjoys it so much, so we it don't we, yes we do," Patti Brenden said.
Patti started riding when she was just two years old.
"It's something that I've always wanted to do. It was my passion, and I wanted my kids to enjoy it just as much as me, which they have," Brenden said.
BobbiSue has Down Syndrome.
Like many families at Saturday's competition, Patti and BobbiSue's brother never doubted that she could successfully ride.
"Matter of fact, I had her sittin' on my old pony when she was six months old bare back, you know, I had to hold her and that but no, we just kept doing it workin' at it, and working at it," she said.
Her work paid off.
She earned two gold and one silver medal Saturday, adding to her collection at home from the past three years she's participated.
It's a special event that gives kids a sense of independence.
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"It gives them a chance to do something that they probably though they could never do," said Patti.
It's a family tradition that they say, will never stop.
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