According to her mother, Kate Blanchette, Leah is a quiet girl and "knowing Leah, not many realize her accomplishments as she is so modest about her success."
Leah competed on a national level circuit the past season and that has meant a lot of time away from home and school with her coach Cathy Inch. Leah and her horse Jinjovan (aka Joe) train out of Foothills Farm in Chelmsford. Most days involve at least 10 to 12 hours of practice, or showing in the ring and Leah spends a minimum of five days a week with Joe and her coach.
Leah and Joe have qualified for the Royal Winter Fair, which is the Canadian Equestrian championships, to be held in Toronto starting Nov. 2. Not only have they qualified, but they have managed to be pinned in all four of their divisions (Junior Hunter, A equitation, Junior Medal, and Jump Canada Medal).
Dave Soehner, principal of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School said he is extremely proud of Leah.
"We are blown away by Leah's dedication and passion for her sport," Soehner said. "We support her efforts 100 per cent as she embodies the true Gator spirit, and wish her the best of luck with her upcoming championship."
While she is competing, her trips in the ring can be watched on the Royal Winter Fair website, live feed. Leah and Joe will be in the ring Nov. 2 and 3 and again for Jump Canada finals on Nov. 6.