Photo courtesy of Katharyn Rivers
Port Angeles’ and Sequim’s high school equestrian teams gained three first-place and four second-place finishes at their second meet from
April 9-11. The Port Angeles team, from left, is Amelia Kinney with Gus and Cupcake, Sara Holland with Diesel, Katherine Marchant with Smokey, Coach Nancy McCaleb, Sydney Hutton with Ginger, and Haley Bishop with Speckles and Flash.

Photo courtesy of Katharyn Rivers Port Angeles’ and Sequim’s high school equestrian teams gained three first-place and four second-place finishes at their second meet from April 9-11. The Port Angeles team, from left, is Amelia Kinney with Gus and Cupcake, Sara Holland with Diesel, Katherine Marchant with Smokey, Coach Nancy McCaleb, Sydney Hutton with Ginger, and Haley Bishop with Speckles and Flash.

HORSEPLAY: Equestrian teams do well at district meet

BITTER COLD SEEMED to make for better fun at last weekend’s Washington State High School Equestrian Team competition during which Port Angeles’ Sydney Hutton and Sara Holland — aka Joker and Batman ­— placed first in working pairs as well as first and second in the jumping competition.

Sequim’s Keri Tucker continued her top-five winning streak by earning her second first-place win of the season in Working Rancher.

Overall, both teams tallied 16 top-five wins at the District 4 meet at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.

Team lauded

Port Angeles Coach Nancy McCaleb lauded her team’s successes, saying, “All the team functions were held outside this time — and that was bitter cold — but at least we got to visit together this time!”

With masks on, of course.

While the March meet took place in the large and spacious indoor arena, only the parent who was helping the student was allowed on the fairgrounds due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thankfully, those limitations are loosening, and hopefully, all restrictions on gatherings will be lifted soon.

Sequim’s Keri Tucker, left, Abby Garcia, Susannah Sharp and Rainey Bronsink wait for the cattle sorting competition to begin. (Photo courtesy Katie Newton)

Sequim’s Keri Tucker, left, Abby Garcia, Susannah Sharp and Rainey Bronsink wait for the cattle sorting competition to begin. (Photo courtesy Katie Newton)

April 8-11 results

Sequim Wolves competitors were Abby Garcia, Rainey Bronsink, Keri Tucker and Susannah Sharp.

Competing for the Port Angeles Roughriders were Amelia Kinney, Haley Bishop, Katherine Marchant, Sara Holland and Sydney Hutton.

In Hand Obstacle Relay: Tucker, Garcia, Bronsink, Sharp, sixth; and Marchant, Holland, Kinney, Bishop, ninth.

Team Versatility: Bishop, Hutton, Holland, Marchant, fifth; and Tucker, Garcia, Bronsink, Sharp, sixth.

Showmanship: Tucker, ninth; Sharp, 13th, Marchant, 16th; and Garcia, 19th.

Working Rancher: Tucker, first.

Reining: Garcia, seventh; and Amelia Kinney, ninth.

Sequim Wolves teammates Keri Tucker, left, and Susannah Sharp in the cattle sorting WAHSET district 4 competition. (Photo courtesy Katie Newton)

Sequim Wolves teammates Keri Tucker, left, and Susannah Sharp in the cattle sorting WAHSET district 4 competition. (Photo courtesy Katie Newton)

Working Pairs: Hutton, Holland, first; and Tucker, Sharp, fifth.

Dressage: Marchant, third; Holland, fourth; Bishop, ninth; Sharp, 13th; Kinney, 13th; Tucker, 16th; and Hutton, 17th.

Jumping: Holland, first; and Sydney Hutton, second.

Saddle Seat: Marchant, third.

Hunt Seat: Holland, second; Hutton, sixth; and Marchant, 14th.

In Hand Trail: Sharp, 18th.

Individual Flags: Rainey Bronsink, sixth.

Figure 8: Bronsink, second; Garcia, 17th; Sharp, 21st; and Bishop, 23rd.

Poles: Holland, 13th; Hutton, 18th; and Bishop, 26th.

Flags: Holland, 12th.

Keyhole: Bronsink, third; Bishop, sixth; and Sharp, 11th.

Barrels: Garcia, 17th; Bronsink, 18th; Hutton, 20th; Marchant, 24th; and Bishop, 29th.

Two Man Birangle: Tucker, Bronsink, second; Hutton, Holland, fourth; and Garcia, Sharp, 11th.

Steer Daubing: Tucker, sixth.

Team Sorting: Tucker, Sharp, eighth.

For more information, contact Sequim coach Katie Newton at sequim [email protected] or McCaleb at [email protected]

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Karen Griffiths’ column, Peninsula Horseplay, appears the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

If you have a horse event, clinic or seminar you would like listed, email Griffiths at [email protected] at least two weeks in advance. You can also call her at 360-460-6299.

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