Tylar Decker of the Sequim High School equestrian team set a new Washington High School Equestrian Team district record for individual flags with a time of 8.71 seconds. The next WAHSET meet will be Thursday

Tylar Decker of the Sequim High School equestrian team set a new Washington High School Equestrian Team district record for individual flags with a time of 8.71 seconds. The next WAHSET meet will be Thursday

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Sequim high-schoolers trot to victory

SPRINGTIME’S UPON US, and so far, it’s looking like a good time for trail riding.

Back Country Horsemen members have been hard at work fixing and removing debris off trails, so a big shout-out to BCH.

Results are in for the Sequim High School equestrian team’s second district meet in Tacoma.

First, a gigantic congratulations to Tylar Decker and her horse, Money, on breaking the district record for individual flags in a time of 8.71 seconds.

She broke the record set in 2008 by Sequim graduate Ady Crosby.

Coach Terri Winters sends her congratulations to the entire team: Eilena Sharpe (team captain), Matisen Anders, Kyla Gabriel, Anne Meek, Christina Overby, Justine Roads, Tylar, Brianna Albright, Kelly Anders and Emily Millar.

Winning teams events

■ Birangle: Tylar/Anne, first.

■ Canadian flags: Anne/Tylar/Brianna/Eilena, second.

■ IHOR: Eilena/Matisen/Christina/Justine, second.

■ Drill working fours: Eilena (drill captain)/Tylar/Brianna/Kelly, third.

■ Cow sorting: Tylar/Justine, fourth; Matisen/Kelly, eighth.

■ Pairs: Kelly/Matisen, sixth; Eilena/Kyla, 10th.

All placed in the top 15 in their individual events, including:

■ Dressage: Justine, first; Eilena, ninth; Matisen, 11th.

■ Show­man­ship: Christina, first; Justine, third; Eilena, eighth.

■ In-hand trail: Kelly, third.

■ Trail: Justine, third; Christina, fifth; Matisen, sixth; Eilena, ninth; Emily, 14th.

■ Working rancher: Christina, third; Emily, eighth.

■ Reining: Matisen, fifth; Christina, eighth; Emily, 11th.

■ Stock seat: Matisen, fifth; Justine, ninth; Christina, 10th.

■ Hunt seat: Matisen, ninth.

■ Hunt seat over fences: Kyla, fifth.

■ Saddle seat: Kyla, fifth.

■ Poles: Tylar, third; Brianna, 10th.

■ Barrels: Tylar, fourth; Anne, fifth; Brianna, 14th; Shape, 15th.

■ Figure eight: Tylar, first; Brianna, seventh; Anne, eighth.

■ Keyhole: Brianna, second; Eilena, 12th.

■ Flags: Tylar, first; Brianna, fifth; Kyla, 14th.

■ Steer daubing: Anne, second.

■ Breakaway roping: Anne, fifth.


It’s time to renew Jefferson Equestrian Association membership, which is $25 a year for individuals.

Email Michelle Grimmer at membership@jeffersonequestrian.org.

For more information, visit www.jeffersonequestrian.org.


■ 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6 — Jefferson Equestrian Association work party at the Horse Park, 1172 Cape George Road in Port Townsend.

Trail clearing continues with an excavator Jeff Chapman of the Buckhorn Ranger chapter of BCH has arranged to borrow.

Volunteers are needed to help run the small excavator in shifts, put up posts, install the new gate, pull Scotch broom and clear the trails.

JEA will provide water, coffee and sandwiches.

■ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28 — Eyes That Smile & Olympic Peninsula Equine Network volunteer appreciation barbecue with Diane Royall at 554 Roupe Road in Sequim.

For more information, phone 360-457-4677 or visit www.eyesthatsmile.org.

■ May 11-12 — Equine dental clinic with Dr. Richard Vetter at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Betty Mysak at 360-379-6931 or mysak@cablespeed.com.

■ May 12 — Olympic Peninsula Zone show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.opz.weebly.com.

■ Aug. 10-11 — Bill Ritchie of the National Mounted Police Services hosts a de-spooking and equine confidence clinic at Olympic View Stables on Finn Hall Road. Register online with Patrick Christensen, yexele@wavecable.com or 360-990-2572.

Cost is $250 for the two-day clinic, $100 deposit to reserve a place. Auditing is $25 a day. Class size is limited to 15 horses.

Phone Carol to reserve your stall: 360-912-4005.

For more information on mounted police service, visit www.mountedpolice.org.


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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