Port Angeles and Sequim’s high school equestrian Freestyle-fours drill teams each earned medals. From Port Angeles, Cassi Ann Moore, Abby Hjelmeseth, Madison Carlson and Zoe Thompson won gold. From Sequim, Keri Tucker, Miranda Williams, Grace Niemeyer, Yana Hoesel and Abbi Priest won the bronze. These medals contributed to overall points during the three district-qualifying meets of the season, which means both teams will be competing at the upcoming state finals. (Katie Newton)

Port Angeles and Sequim’s high school equestrian Freestyle-fours drill teams each earned medals. From Port Angeles, Cassi Ann Moore, Abby Hjelmeseth, Madison Carlson and Zoe Thompson won gold. From Sequim, Keri Tucker, Miranda Williams, Grace Niemeyer, Yana Hoesel and Abbi Priest won the bronze. These medals contributed to overall points during the three district-qualifying meets of the season, which means both teams will be competing at the upcoming state finals. (Katie Newton)

HORSEPLAY: Local riders place at equestrian meet

WASHINGTON STATE High School Equestrian Team’s District 4 held its third and final qualifying meet in Vancouver, Wash., last month.

Congratulations to Emma Albright for setting a new District 4 record in individual flags with a time of 8.302 seconds. Way to go, girl!

And a job well done to the Port Angeles team for winning the title of District 4 champions.

A hearty pat on the back to Sequim’s Miranda Williams and Yana Hoesel for each receiving a WAHSET District 4 $500 scholarship.

I look forward to hearing the results from the state finals, held in Moses Lake from Thursday through Sunday, May 19.

Sequim results

• Jumping: Grace Niemeyer, first place.

• Driving: Lilly Thomas, fourth place.

• Showmanship: Thomas, sixth place; Khelea Cloetens, 15th place.

• In hand trail: Thomas, fourth place; Cloetens. Ninth place; Chloe VanProyen, 10th place.

• In hand obstacle relay: Abbi Priest, Cloetens, Thomas and Keri Tucker, second place.

• Reining: Niemeyer, first place; Priest, 14th place.

• Trail: Tucker, seventh place.

• Working rancher: Tucker, second place.

• Dressage: Niemeyer, third place; Tucker, eighth place.

• Working pairs: Niemeyer and Williams, third place; Tucker and VanProyen, fifth place; Priest and Hoesel, 12th place.

• Drill team freestyle 4s: Tucker, Williams, Niemeyer and Hoesel, third place.

• Barrels: Yana Hoesel, 13th place; Niemeyer, 18th place.

• Figure eight: Hoesel, eighth place; Williams, 20th place.

• Pole bending: Hoesel, fifth place.

• Keyhole: Williams, seventh place; Priest, ninth place.

• Individual flags: Williams, ninth place; Hoesel, 17th place; Tucker, 18th place.

• Birangle: Hoesel and Niemeyer, eighth place; Tucker/Priest, 11th place.

• Team Canadian flags: Hoesel, Williams, Niemeyer and Tucker, fourth place.

• Steer daubing: Tucker, sixth place.

• Cattle sorting: Hoesel and Niemeyer, sixth place; Thomas and Priest, 10th place; Williams amd Tucker, 17th place.

Sequim’s District 4 season end standings

• Jumping: Niemeyer, first place and gold medal.

• Driving: Thomas, fourth place and state alternate; Cloetens, sixth place.

 Showmanship: Thomas, ninth place; Cloetens, 19th place.

• In hand trail: Thomas, fourth place and state alternate; Cloetens, seventh place; VanProyen, ninth place.

• In hand obstacle relay: Priest, Cloetens, Thomas and Tucker, fourth place and state alternate.

• Reining: Niemeyer, fourth place and state alternate.

• Trail: Tucker, fifth place.

• Working rancher: Tucker, third place and bronze medal.

• Dressage: Niemeyer, fourth place and state alternate; Tucker, 10th place.

• Working pairs: Niemeyer and Williams, fourth place and state alternate; Priest and Hoesel, ninth place; Tucker and VanProyen, 10th place.

• Drill team freestyle 4s: Tucker, Williams, Niemeyer, Hoesel and Priest, third place and bronze medal.

• Barrels: Hoesel, 18th place.

• Figure eight: Hoesel, seventh place and state alternate.

• Keyhole: Williams, fourth place and state qualifier; Priest, 10th place

• Individual flags: Hoesel, fourth place and state qualifier; Williams, 16th place; Tucker, 20th place.

• Birangle: Hoesel and Niemeyer, 11th place; Tucker and Priest, 16th place.

• Team Canadian flags: Hoesel, Williams, Niemeyer, Tucker and Priest, third place and bronze medal.

• Breakaway roping: Hoesel, third place and bronze medal.

• Steer daubing: Tucker, ninth place; Williams, 11th place; Priest, 15th place.

• Cattle sorting: Hoesel and Niemeyer, third place and bronze medal; Williams and Tucker, 10th place; Thomas and Priest, 16th place.

Port Angeles results

• Reining: Cassi Ann Moore, third place; Natalie Blankenship, 13th place.

• Huntseat over fences: Ben Robertson, fourth place.

• Showmanship: Blankenship, 12th place.

• Huntseat equitation: Abby Hjelmeseth, ninth place; Madison Carlson, 14th place.

• Stockseat equitation: Blankenship, fourth place; Hjelmeseth, seventh place.

• Trail equitation: Blankenship, second place.

• Working rancher: Blankenship, first place; Robertson, third Place; Zoe Thompson, fourth Place; Hjelmeseth, ninth place.

• In-hand obstacle relay (4-man team): Blankenship, Moore, Hjelmeseth and Thompson, sixth place.

• Dressage: Robertson, 13th place.

• Working pairs: Moore and Robertson, sixth place; Blankenship and Thompson, honorable mention; Hjelmeseth and Carlson, honorable mention.

• Freestyle fours (drill team): Moore, Hjelmeseth, Carlson and Thompson, first place and gold medal.

• Pole bending: Moore, first place: Albright, 13th place; Madison Carlson, honorable mention, Thompson, honorable mention; Robertson, honorable mention.

• Figure eight: Albright, first place; Carlson, 10th place; Hjelmeseth, honorable mention.

• Individual flags: Albright, first place and District 4 record breaker with a time of 8.3; Moore, second place.

• Canadian flag race (4 man team): Carlson, Hjelmeseth, Albright and Moore, first place.

• Two man birangle: Moore and Thompson, second place; Carlson and Hjelmeseth, fifth place; Albright and Blankenship, honorable mention.

• Keyhole: Albright, first place; Carlson, honorable mention; Thompson, honorable mention.

• Barrels: Thompson, second place; Moore, third place; Albright, 10th place; Carlson, honorable mention.

• Cow sorting (2-man team): Moore and Thompson, third place; Carlson and Hjelmeseth, 14th place.

• Breakaway roping: Moore, first place.

State qualifiers

• Reining: Moore.

• Stockseat equitation: Blankenship, first alternate.

• Trail equitation: Blankenship, first alternate.

• Working rancher: Blankenship.

• Pole bending: Moore.

• Figure eight: Albright.

• Freestyle fours drill team: Moore, Hjelmeseth, Carlson and Thompson.

• Individual flags: Albright; Moore.

• Canadian flag race: Carlson, Hjelmeseth, Albright and Moore.

• Two-man birangle: Moore and Thompson.

• Keyhole: Albright.

• Barrels: Moore and Thompson.

• Cow sorting: Moore and Thompson.

• Breakaway roping: Moore.

OPEN

Olympic Peninsula Equine Network (OPEN) recently took in eight severely neglected horses.

Six came from a large neglect seizure in Oregon.

Then two older Halflingers arrived from an elderly woman who could no longer care for their needs.

All the horses are in desperate need of veterinarian and farrier service, which OPEN received at a discount for hosting a vet clinic offering discounted prices to horse owners.

OPEN is in need of help to care and feed those horses. If you’d like to help this 501(3)(c) nonprofit, please send donations to P.O. Box 252, Sequim, WA 98382.

On Saturday, the Help a Horse Fundraiser for OPEN begins at 6 p.m. rehabilitation and adoption center. There will be dinner, a silent auction and dancing to the music of local favorite, The Jim Hoffman Band.

Fox Bell Farms Wedding & Celebrations is hosting the event, 137 N. Barr Road in the Agnew area of Port Angeles.

For information, contact Mike Vaillancourt at 360-912-2118 or goldenmikedj@gmail.com.

Learn more about OPEN at olypenequinenet.org or call 360-207-1688 and leave a message.

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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, please email Griffiths at kbg@olympus.net at least two weeks in advance. You can also call her at 360-460-6299.

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