CHS Equestrian team in first district meet

Colville High School Equestrian riders turned in some great results their first district meet in Wenatchee March 17-19. Eleven teams (a total of 93 riders) comprise District 1 Washington Association of High School Equestrian Teams. Each rider participates in five individual events and as many team events as they want. Events include English and Western Performance, Hunt Seat Over Fences, In Hand Showmanship, Trail, Drill, Timed Gaming events and Cattle events. Performance rider, Natalie Gumm, placed second in Dressage. Kialeeh Harris came in third in Reining competition. Timing events competition in barrels saw Madison Sphuler in sixth place, followed by Brianne Blanchard in seventh. In Individual Flags, Madison Sphuler took third, Kialeeh Harris sixth and Austin Bacon tenth. Madison Sphuler took fifth, Karsyn Pierce eighth and Kamryn Curtiss ninth in Idaho Stake race. Pole Bending placings put Kialeeh Harris in second, Madison Sphuler in fourth and Kamryn Curtiss in sixth. Karsyn Pierce came in eighth in Keyhole. For cattle events, Kamryn Curtiss and Austin Bacon took third in team sorting; Karsyn Pierce grabbed a second in Steer Daubing. In Two man Birangle, the team of Madison Sphuler and Kialeeh Harris took fourth, with Natalie Gumm and Karsyn Pierce taking 10th. In the final event of the three-day meet, Canadian Flags, Colville’s four rider team of Madison Sphuler, Austin Bacon, Kialeeh Harris and Karsyn Pierce finished in first place with a time of 41.923.

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