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Slip-up Means Wake Equestrian Can't Compete At Special Olympics

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CARY, N.C. — Parents of a young equestrian with a disability aretrying to get her into the state Special Olympics after anoversight with her entrance form.

Zoey Betts trained for months to be a contestant for theOlympics' equestrian championship this coming weekend.

Special Olympics officials never received her entrance form buther coach and her parents are asking them to make an exception andlet her participate.

Keith Fishburne, president of

Special Olympics North Carolina

,said there are no plans to make exceptions.

Zoey was born with only half her brain stem and five percent ofher cerebellum. She has partial paralysis on her left side, poorvision in her left eye and is deaf in her left ear.