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Caz: And off she goes

And off she goes

Caz junior gets to spend senior year pursuing her dream abroad

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

Due to the accomplishments of Beezie Madden, the Olympics and horseback riding are two thing synonymous with Cazenovia.

"The look on their faces when they get the gold medal, that's my favorite part," said Helena Krebs, 17, a Cazenovia equestrian.

Like Madden, Krebs actually lives in Nelson, and she has been given an opportunity to pursue her dream, not here, but overseas in Europe.

"If you do something nice, nice things will come to you," Krebs said. "I'm a big believer in karma."

Ms. Krebs, a junior at Cazenovia High School, has been selected as a working student and exercise rider for Niklaus Schurtenberger, a member of the Swiss National Show Jumping Team. She will be leaving for Switzerland on June 23, the day after her last Regents exam.

"It seems so surreal," Krebs said. "I know I'm leaving in six days, but it doesn't seem real, like it's me who's going."

Krebs, who was offered the position for one year, will join a staff of five at Schurtenberger's 40-horse barn in Lyss, a suburb of Berne, the Swiss capital. As if in a dream come true, she has an older step-sister already living there to help with the culture shock. Heidi, that's her name, lives an hour and 20 minutes away.

"I feel like I owe my family so much," Krebs said. "Being the youngest, I've learned from them how to make good decisions."

With an on-line curriculum from a school in Maine, Krebs will get her high school degree via e-mail during the course of the year. She then hopes to attend college abroad.

"I feel like I need to go to college," she said. "I'm sure there'll be an option and a temptation not to go, but I think in these times it is wise to go."

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