They rode to the top
12:11 pm June 28th, 2013
Ally Banks and her horse, Oscar, won the stock seat equestrian event at the 2013 state high school equestrian finals. (Courtesy photo)
Ally Banks, an Eatonville High School senior, has finished her high school equestrian career as a state champion.
Banks and her horse, Oscar, won the stock seat equestrian event at the Washington High School Equestrian Team state finals in Moses Lake May 17-19.
Banks, who has ridden Oscar the last six years, reached the state meet four years in a row, starting as a freshman. She qualified this year with high finishes in three district meets, competing in showmanship, trail, stock seat and in-hand obstacle relay. The latter is a team event.
She started showing horses when she was 6 years old in 4-H. Her first horse, Banjo, still roams the pasture at her family’s home.
Banks will graduate from Eatonville High in June and is pursuing a career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher.