LOS ANGELES — Kristina Harrison received a gift from her daughter prior to the biggest competition of her life.
Taking part in the dressage equestrian event at the 2003 Pan American Games as a member of the Team U.S.A., Harrison carried with her a special silver dollar that she kept tucked away in the pocket of her riding jacket.
The good-luck memento was given to her by her 6-year-old daughter, Rison, who received two silver dollars a few days before from the tooth fairy. The youngster decided to give one of her dollars to her mother to help her at the games in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic.
Aboard her 11-year-old black gelding Kantor, Kristina Harrison helped the United States Equestrian Team win a gold medal in the Prix St. Georges Dressage Team competition.
Fast forward eight years, and now it's Rison who is in the saddle.
"She has been riding since she was 4 going on 5," said Kristina, who won a national title at the prestigious Federation Equestre Internationale Prix St. Georges at the Bayer/United States Equestrian Team Festival of Champions in 2003. "But I wanted her to ride not because I did, but because she really wanted to. I guess she wore me down."