Juneau equestrian athlete Elena Ruddy received an official citation from the Alaska Legislature on April 10 upon qualifying for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association national championships.
Ruddy, a senior at the University of Montana, is among the top college riders in the nation.
The national championships will take place Saturday at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.
In 2007, Ruddy competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships and was named one of the top two riders at the region zone championships.
Ruddy grew up in Juneau and attended Juneau-Douglas high School. She began riding at Swampy Acres and with the Thunder Mountain 4-H club.