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.


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.


■ 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.


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 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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