The Port Angeles Equestrian Team.

The Port Angeles Equestrian Team.

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Port Angeles, Sequim teams win big at meets

PORT ANGELES AND Sequim High School Equestrian Teams attended their second of three qualifying meets Feb. 24-26 at the Tacoma Unit facility in Spanaway.

PA team coach Manon Heistand said the team kicked butt and the team parents were awesome for keeping us all fed.

PA results

■ Showmanship: Katie Rivers, eighth.

■ Hunt seat: Suzanne Heistand, first; Allison Breitbach, sixth; and Lauren Gallacci, eighth.

■ Stock seat: Heistand, first; and Ashley Farmer, eighth.

■ Trail: Olivia Pluard, third; and Heistand, fourth.

■ Reining: Heistand, first; Farmer, sixth; and Rachel Breitbach, 10th.

■ Dressage: Rivers, third.

■ Equitation over fences: Rivers, second.

■ In-hand trail: Rivers, third.

■ Working rancher: Heistand, first; and Gallacci, eighth.

■ Steer daubing: Nathan Gentry, fifth; and Emily Van­Ausdle, sixth.

■ Figure 8: VanAusdle, first; and Kynzie Hendricks, eighth.

■ Barrels: Hendricks, seventh.

■ Keyhole: Hendricks, first.

■ Poles: Hen­dricks, first.

■ Drill team: Heistand, Gallacci, Allison Breitbach, Rachel Breitbach, Farmer, VanAusdle and Kynzie Hendricks, third.

■ Working pairs: Olivia Pluard and Heistand, third.

■ Canadian flags: Gentry, Lydia Cornelson, Paige Swordmaker and Marissa Wilson, sixth.

■ IHOR: Team B-Rachel Breitbach, Allison Breitbach, Farmer and Gallacci, sixth; Team A-Heistand, Stephanie Lindquist, Pluard and Wilson, seventh; and Team D-Rivers, VanAusdle, Hendricks and Gentry, 10th.

Sequim

Coach Terri Winters congratulates the Sequim Equestrian Team:

Eilena Sharpe, Kat Afton, Matisen Anders, Kyla Gabriel, Anne Meek, Christina Overby, Justine Roads and Devyn Vining.

Winning teams events

■ Drill working 4’s: Sharpe (drill captain), Anders, Overby and Roads, second.

■ IHOR: Sharpe, Anders, Overby and Roads, first.

■ Pairs: Anders/Overby, fifth; Sharpe/Meek, fifth; and Afton/Vining, 11th.

■ Canadian flags: Meek, Overby, Roads and Sharpe, third.

■ Cow sorting: Sharpe/Meek, eighth; and Afton/Vining, 11th.

■ Birangle: Meek/Roads, ninth.

All the girls had top-10 placings in their various individual events, including:

■ In-hand trail: Sharpe, first.

■ Dressage: Afton, first; Sharpe, third; and Gabriel, fourth.

■ Steer daubing and figure 8: Meek, second.

■ Poles: Meek, fourth.

■ Showmanship: Overby, fourth.

■ Jumping: Sharpe, second; and Gabriel, fifth.

■ Reining: Anders, fifth.

■ Hunt seat: Roads, fourth.

■ Saddle seat: Gabriel, third.

■ Stock seat: Overby, third; and Roads, fifth.

■ Dressage: Afton, third.

■ Showmanship: Overby, first.

■ In-hand trail: Sharpe, second.

■ Trail: Overby, second; Roads, seventh; and Gabriel, ninth.

■ Working rancher: Overby, fourth.

■ Reining: Anders, sixth; and Overby, ninth.

■ Stock seat: Roads, third; and Overby, fourth.

■ Hunt seat: Roads, fourth; and Sharpe, sixth.

■ Hunt seat over fences: Sharpe, fourth.

■ Saddle seat: Gabriel, third.

■ Poles: Meek, second.

■ Barrels: Meek, second.

■ Figure 8: Meek, second.

■ Steer daubing: Meek, third.

Overall, the team placed extremely well, with only one district meet left. Almost all riders are qualified for the state meet.

Events

■ 7 p.m. Friday — Back Country Horsemen Buckhorn Range Chapter meeting at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum.

■ 9 a.m. Sunday —Baker Stables Schooling Show, 164 Four Winds Road in Port Angeles. Phone Sue Carver at 360-683-7538.

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Karen Griffiths’ column, Peninsula Horseplay, appears every other Wednesday.

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 write Griffiths at PDN, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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