Bill Peterson proud of his world champion

Photo submittedOlivia Brackin sits atop her horse, Cooper, who is adorned with many awards the team has won in horse show competitions.

Former Pontotoc County District Attorney Bill Peterson is one proud grandfather.

Peterson’s granddaughter, 14-year-old Olivia Brackin of Norman, is a world champion. Brackin won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City last fall. She competed with other youngsters from all over the United States and won her medal in the dressage event. Dressage is defined as “the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance.” or “the execution by a trained horse of precision movements in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider.”

Brackin won atop her horse (and dear friend), Cooper.

“Dressage is what my horse likes to do,” Brackin said in an interview with Boyd Street Magazine.

Brackin and Cooper have been quite the team for several years.

“I started riding when I was five and fell in love right away,” she said.”There is really nothing like the bond between a person and a horse. It’s so special.”

Brackin has many ties to the Ada area. Not only is she the granddaughter of Peterson and his wife, Dean, she is the great-granddaughter of William G. Peterson and Marjorie Norris Peterson and the great- great-granddaughter of P.A. and Josephine Norris.

Brackin is the daughter of Amy Brackin (Peterson) and Courtney Brackin. Amy is a former Ada High School girls basketball player.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.