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Kelly woman chosen for national competition
   
Mary Miller-Jordan of Kelly is one of two area horse trainers chosen for a national program.Jordan and Amanda Thompson of Rico were selected for the American Horsewoman’s challenge, program officials in Seattle announced Monday.
  
The six-month competition pairs trainers with unbroken horses. Contestants from across the country will meet for the finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 3-5.Miller-Jordan grew up in Wilmington. Her training skills with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs has earned national recognition. She and her husband live in Kelly. Among her awards are winner of America’s Favorite Trail Horse, and Reserve Champion of the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover. One of her Mustang horses immortalized as a collectable Breyer Pony.Miller-Jordan is working with trainers across the area with the Liberty Obstacle Pattern Event (LOPE) program, using abused and neglected horses from across the area. When the LOPE class is complete, trainers will have the option of keeping their horses, or putting them up for adoption to qualifying homes.Thompson, 25, was a top 10 finalist in the national Mustang Million competition last year, Reserve Champion in the Working Western Open Show series, and three time Champion of the Adult Barrel Racing Open Show series.-

    
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