Local riders take honors in state equestrian meet

Enumclaw took third amongst all the other large programs.

Sophia Collins and Daniela Iacopi compete in cow sorting. Larger photos are below. Contributed photo

Sophia Collins and Daniela Iacopi compete in cow sorting. Larger photos are below. Contributed photo

Equestrians from both Enumclaw and White River high schools headed to the Moses Lake Fairgrounds in mid-May for the annual statewide competition.

Hosted by Washington High School Equestrian Teams, the meet not only determines the state’s top competitors but also qualifies equestrians for the Pacific Northwest Individual Championship. PNWIC is an annual competition between student equestrians from Washington and Oregon and the regional meet rotates between the two states. This year’s event is set for June 14-16 in Redmond, Oregon.

Enumclaw High qualfied a dozen equestrians for PNWIC. All are going as part of the state champion drill team; they are Kristine Bremmeyer, Kayla Brock, Sophia Collins, Miesa Floyd, Trinity Forristall, Rylee Geddes, Kate Hayett, Daniela Iacopi, Emma LeSueur, Hailey Robinett, Vanessa Sanders and Emma Schmidt.

Also, Sanders qualified individually in pole bending and Iacopi and Collins earned a regional berth in cow sorting.

At the conclusion of the state meet in Moses Lake, Enumclaw High’s team sat in third place among the state’s large programs. White River finished 10th in the mid-size category.

Here’s a rundown of how riders from the two schools fared during the May 16-19 state meet in Moses Lake. Listed are those with a Top 20 placing.

• Dressage: Alyssa Seldal (WR), first place.

• Team Sorting: Enumclaw, third place (Sophia Collins, Daniela Iacopi).

• Pole bending: Vanessa Sanders (E), third; Kelsie Brock (E), 19th.

• Canadian Flag Race: Enumclaw, seventh (Vanessa Sanders, Emma Schmidt, Miesa Floyd, Lexie Powers); White River, 14th (Rachael Shaffett, Rachel Poussier, McKenna Coate, Gracie Neu).

• Saddle seat equitation: Jaxon Hagedorn (WR), seventh; Kelsie Brock (E), 17th.

• In-hand Trail: Sophia Collins (E), tie eighth.

• Steer daubing: Kayla Brock (E), ninth; Hailey Robinett (E), 13th.

• Keyhole: Vanessa Sanders (E), ninth; Miesa Floyd (E), 11th.

• Figure 8: Daniela Iacopi (E), ninth.

• Hunt seat equitation: Rachel Poussier (WR), tie ninth; Nikiah Moss (WR), 16th; Alyssa Seldal (WR), 19th.

• Hunt seat over fences: Alyssa Seldal (WR), fourth; Mina Waidmann (E) 10th.

• Working pairs: Enumclaw, 10th (Vanessa Sanders, Miesa Floyd).

• Stock seat equitation: Rachel Poussier (WR), tie 11th.

• Trail equitation: Rachel Poussier (WR), 12th.

• Reining: Daniela Iacopi (E), tie 10th; Rylee Geddes (E), 14th.

• In-hand obstacle relay: White River, 14th (Ella Rose Hoffman, MacKenzie Lacrosse, Karmen Ward, Alyssa Seldal).

• Barrels: Vanessa Sanders (E), 14th; Hailey Robinett (E), 20th.


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Vanessa Sanders makes a turn in pole bending. Contributed photo

Vanessa Sanders makes a turn in pole bending. Contributed photo

Vanessa Sanders makes a turn in pole bending. Contributed photo

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