They came to Bryan this weekend as competitors, and many left as state champs.
Riders from all over the state competed in the Special Olympics Texas equestrian event this weekend, at the Brazos County Expo Complex.
98 kids and adults advanced from regionals, and some will even get to saddle up for the world games.
As with any sport, they train hard for the competition, but say all the hard work is worth it.
"I enjoy doing these competitions and winning medals," said competitor Nancy Appelman.
"This has been the greatest thing in the world for Nancy to come to," said Appelman's grandmother, Eileen Johnson. "It is the most emotional thing in my heart, we were just sitting here crying, the mother and I were."
Last year, Angie Simmons from Bryan and Ross Clubb from College Station competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, as part of team USA.
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