Photo Credit: Jo-Anna Nestegard;

 

Photo Caption: Cora Nestegard and her trusty equine partner Dually compete in the working rancher event where they took 1st place.
Photo Credit: Jo-Anna Nestegard; Photo Caption: Cora Nestegard and her trusty equine partner Dually compete in the working rancher event where they took 1st place.

This past weekend, the Eatonville High School equestrian team dusted off their saddles, loaded up their horses and headed to the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds in Elma, WA for their first meet of the 2020 season.

They really didn’t have to dust the saddles off though. They have been practicing since October of last year for this first meet.

The team took first place overall out of the 6 other teams that participated.

The Cruisers were able to capture the top spot in 6 of the events.

When asked how her team did at their first meet, head coach Tira Hancock had this to say, “Overall, we did well for the first meet of the season. Very proud of these kids and their equine partners. We have been practicing every week since October and all their hard work was shown this weekend. We have dedicated coaches, parents, and volunteers who support these kids, and an amazing community who supports fundraisers to help the families provide this amazing opportunity for their children. Our team has incredible sportsmanship and operates like a family with everyone caring for and helping each other.”

Here is a breakdown of the top 3 finishers in the various events for the Cruisers.


Individual Events

Event

Rider Name

Placing

Total Riders

Hunt Seat Over Fences

Erica Blackburn

1st

8

Trail Equitation

Cora Nestegard

1st

13

Working Rancher

Cora Nestegard

1st

7

Individual Flags

Vada Flagg

2nd

40

Hunt Seat Over Fences

Savanah Names

2nd

8

Hunt Seat Equitation

Hailey Pederson

2nd

24

Trail Equitation

Kenzie Buttner

3rd

13

Dressage

Savanah Names

3rd

14

Reining

Cora Nestegard

3rd

8

Working Rancher

Kalyssa Rounds

3rd

7


Team Events

Event

Riders

Placing

Total Teams

Canadian Flag Race

Vada Flagg

1st

14

Gionna Mervyn

Lily Safko

Zachary Schackleford

Freestyle 6+

Jenna Edmondson

1st

3

Taylor Hellum

Bella Monta

Danica Nestegard

Alexis Pattison

Sophi Phelan

Mariya Railean

Jocelyn Wachter

Two Man Birangle

Vada Flagg

1st

36

Gionna Mervyn

In Hand Obstacle Relay

Kenzi Buttner

2nd

12

Cassidy Long

Cora Nestegard

Hailey Pederson

Team Sorting

Cassidy Long

2nd

25

Chloe Miller

Team Sorting

Hailie Ames

3rd

25

Jenna Edmondson

Team Versatility

Savanah Names

3rd

10

Paige Ortega

Alexis Pattison

Hailey Pederson