Grace Boston trotted into the ring on an athletic bay horse named Swiss Air.
“There’s only one person who can beat Sarah Boston, and that’s her sister, Grace Boston!” the announcer called, to their mother Sharon’s memory.
From a slower start, Grace urged her mount to pick up speed over the crowd of imposing jumps, and rode to a 0.22-second finish behind her sister in the qualifying round of the 2016 USHJA Zones 3 and 4 Children’s Individual Championship in Culpeper, Va.
It was a situation Sharon had found her daughters in before.
“When they’re riding in the same ring, one will be champion, one will be reserve champion,” she said. “In the car ride home, one will be...