Hold your horses

Equestrian team makes it to Regionals for the second year in a row

Megan Morris

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Racing the baton back home, senior captain Kendall Westgate competes in the two-man relay class. “Two-man relay is definitely one of my favorite classes because I love working with my partner, Megan Morris,” Westgate said. Morris and Westgate placed first in the three times they competed in this event at Districts.

Lauren Devereux, Staff Writer

After placing first in Districts, the equestrian team trots onto Regionals. 

“It was really cool because my freshman year none of us knew how to do anything and to see us all winning a bunch of classes and everyone has the right outfits and tack; it just shows so much improvement,” junior equestrian Samantha Quartuccio said. 

At Districts, which took place on Sept. 19-20 at Goodells County Park, the team was District 12 Division A’s champions. The meet  offered different classes to compete in, like: showmanship, saddle seat, hunt seat, equitation over fences, trail, western horsemanship and speed.

“The competition was very difficult, but that is what makes the show experience so fun,” senior captain Kendall Westgate said. ”I’m very excited for Regionals to see the team places and to see how I place.”

The riders’ next step is to haul their horses to Fowlerville on Oct. 2-4 to compete in Regionals. If they place in the top two, they will move on to States.

“I am looking forward to the competitions and watching the riders do their best at Regionals,” equestrian coach Holly Westgate said, “and having fun while striving for States.”