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Broga, Renaud already riding tall in saddle

Jennifer Broga was introduced to horseback riding in preschool. Alana Renaud had her first ride when she was about 11 years old.

Both girls fell in love with their horses and have taken riding lessons ever since from Kelly Oliver, owner of K O Farms in Pinellas Park.

Broga, 12, recently was named the Tampa Equestrian Centre's 1993 grand champion in the Pony Hunter Division. Renaud, 14, earned grand champion honors in the Long Stirrup Division. The championships consisted of an eight-show circuit, one each month.

"I'm very proud of both Jennifer and Alana," said Oliver, who rode a horse before she could walk. "Jennifer is especially unique in that she has trained her pony Golden Prancer by herself _ that's unusual, and particularly so for someone her age.

"Alana is cautious and studious and just works to perfection."

Broga overcame a fractured arm and a kick in the jaw while training to show Golden Prancer. After the final show and because she was getting too tall for the pony, Broga sold Golden Prancer in order to purchase a quarterhorse. She plans to train and prepare her new horse Dude for showing next year. Ultimately, Broga would like to compete in the Olympics.

Renaud's love of jumping began when friend Amanda Gallo introduced her to the sport about three years ago. Renaud now leases Brian's Flash, and tends to the Apaloosa at the K O Farms daily.

"Training the horses covers everything, from feeding to brushing to cleaning," said Oliver, 28. "You don't just learn how to ride."

K O Farms is a 2{-acre facility that boards about 25 horses and trains equestrians from 3 to 50 years of age. For more information, call Oliver at 545-3663.

Tennis: Joel Berman defended his top seeding by winning his second consecutive Florida Tennis Association designated tournament in the boys 14 division last week in Plantation. Seminole's Christa Grey was a finalist in girls 16, as was Kent Wright of Seminole in boys 16.

Wright was seeded in the top eight and upset No. 1 seed Ken Wasserman of North Miami Beach in three sets in a semifinal. Wright then defeated second seed Lee Adcock of Orlando in the final.

Basketball: Three Pinellas teams advanced to the Florida Youth State Basketball Tournament with championships in last week's district tournament. They are Safety Harbor midget boys (11-and-under), Jordan Park junior boys (13-and-under) and Jordan Park senior boys (15-and-under).

The state tournament is next Friday and Saturday at five gyms in the St. Petersburg area.

More basketball: Tyrone Middle School's boys basketball team has won the county's Southern Division title with a 10-0 record, the Eagles' second consecutive division championship and fifth in eight years. The key players were Waymann Newton, a 6-foot-3 forward who averaged 19 points, and Wendell Abernethy, a 6-3 center who averaged 14. Mike Bohnet is the coach.

Swimming: Angela Amore, 12, won the 100 freestyle event in the Clearwater Championships at the Long Center this month. Amore, who swims for St. Petersburg Aquatics, also earned two seconds and two thirds.

Infant water safety issues will be discussed by Jan Orwick, a master instructor in infant swimming research, at a free lecture, video presentation and demonstration beginning at 6 p.m. March 2 at the Kent Jewish Community Center in Clearwater. To register, call 724-9307.

AAU gymnastics: The Apollo School of Gymnastics in Clearwater and the Medalist Gymnastic Club in St. Petersburg competed in a second AAU qualifier in Brandon last weekend. Apollo achieved 30 top-10 all-around awards, including firsts by Jeanine Lane, Jennifer Moneghan, Kristin Durocher and Devon Gary. Event winners were Kyle Walker (balance beam), Kyndall Walker (vault), Kira Siegel (beam), Courtney Veres (vault), Vanessa Sonnichson (vault), Durocher (all-events), Sarah Ambrosia (vault), Lisa Hilleboe (vault), Holly Harrison (vault), Jessica Davis (vault) and Catlin Pendola (vault).

Medalist gymnasts achieved six top-eight all-around scores in Levels 4 and 5, including second-place for Nicki Jackson in Level 5 novice, 8-9-year-olds. Jackie Walls won the Level 5 open bars event for 12-and-older.

USGF gymnastics: LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of St. Petersburg combined a skiing trip with the Colorado Mountain Classic in Denver this month. The Level 9 team of Devon Everett, Kristen Bender, Jane Delo, Sally Howard and Erica Bronsord placed second in the U.S. Gymnastics Federation event. Randi Edwards, Tara Foltz and Haley Curtis placed fourth among 15 teams in Level 8.

Colleen Barger was fifth all-around in Level 10, and Margaret Dann was second on uneven bars.

CFY awards: Clearwater for Youth held its 21st annual celebrity banquet this month for approximately 250 people. Race car driver Nigel Mansell was presented the ninth annual J. Warren Hughes award, given to a "person whose virtue, character, and athletic contribution are an inspiration to today's youth."

Frances and Gus Stavros received the eighth annual Frederick E. Fisher Humanitarian Award for lifetime contribution and dedication to youth. Stephanie Hoy was presented a scholarship from Barnett Bank for her involvement in CFY programs and exemplary qualities of sportsmanship and teamwork.