Local riders take honors in two-state equestrian meet

Riders from EHS and WRHS took first place in the regional event.

Enumclaw High’s drill team celebrates with coach Kurt Browning following a first-place finish during the annual competition between Washington and Oregon. Submitted photo
                                Enumclaw High’s drill team celebrates with coach Kurt Browning following a first-place finish during the annual competition between Washington and Oregon. Submitted photo

Enumclaw High’s drill team celebrates with coach Kurt Browning following a first-place finish during the annual competition between Washington and Oregon. Submitted photo Enumclaw High’s drill team celebrates with coach Kurt Browning following a first-place finish during the annual competition between Washington and Oregon. Submitted photo

Equestrians from both Enumclaw and White River rode to first-place finishes during the recent regional championships.

Officially known as the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship, the June 14-16 meet brought together top high school equestrians from Washington and Oregon. Teams from the two states get together annually for a season-ending competition.

The states alternate hosting PNWIC and this year’s event was in Redmond, Oregon.

Enumclaw’s title came in the drill competition (Freestyle 5+) and went to the squad consisting of Emma LeSueur, Hailey Robinett, Rylee Geddes, Kayla Brock, Vanessa Sanders, Emma Schmidt, Trinity Forristall, Kristine Bremmeyer, Sophia Collins, Daniela Iacopi, Miesa Floyd, Makayla Watterson and Kate Hayett.

Additionally, EHS had Sanders placing sixth in pole bending and the duo of Collins and Iacopi taking eighth in team penning.

The PNWIC drill championship followed Enumclaw’s first-place finish in the Washington state championships, staged in mid-May at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake.

White River’s Alyssa Seldal captured first-place honors in hunt seat over fences. She was joined by teammates Rachel Poussier, who was third in hunt seat equitation, and Jaxon Hagedorn, who finished sixth in saddle seat equitation.

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