North Marion qualifies for state championships in nine different events
With five seniors on this year’s equestrian team, North Marion entered the 2017 season with big expectations on its shoulders.
But few could have predicted the amount of success the team has enjoyed in the past few months, not just from its veteran riders, but up and down the roster.
With a number of state championship qualifications riding on the final district meet of the season on April 13-16, the Huskies took home a second-place finish with their eight-person drill team, securing a bronze medal in the final regular season standings that will send the entire equestrian team to state next month.
In total, North Marion finished fifth at the 10-team equestrian meet, competing mostly against larger schools from the surrounding Willamette Valley.
The third meet of the regular season held at the state fairgrounds in Salem solidified the final standings for the North Valley district that North Marion is a part of.
The Huskies finished the regular season by qualifying for the state championship in nine events — six individual events and three team events.
Individual state events: Trail Equitation, Western Horsemanship, Driving
North Marion’s most seasoned state competitor returns for her third trip to the state meet in Redmond by qualifying in three individual events and all three of the Huskies’ team events.
Knight’s second-place finish in trail equitation at the third meet was just enough to give her a two-point edge for first place in the final league standings, her lone individual gold medal in districts this year.
She added a silver medal in western horsemanship by virtue of a third-place finish at the third meet, where she also placed second in driving to qualify for state with a bronze medal.
State events: Saddle Seat Equitation, Canadian Flag (team), Working Pairs (team), Drill (team)
Chapin qualified for state individually as the top rider in the North Valley in the saddle seat equitation competition, winning two of three league meets this year.
She joins Knight as the only North Marion riders to qualify for state in all three of the Huskies’ state-qualifying team competitions.
Individual state events: Steer Daubing
Walker finished the regular season as the league’s top competitor in steer daubing, winning the first two competitions and finishing with a second-place time in the final meet to earn a gold medal by a sizeable margin.
She too is part of the Huskies’ four-team Canadian flag team and drill team that is going to state.
Individual state events: Pole Bending
Ledesma made up for a tough start to the season to qualify for state in pole bending with an incredible finish in the third district meet.
After taking a five-second penalty that bumped her from fourth to 21st in the first meet, Ledesma made a miraculous comeback in the final two meets to qualify for state by a two-point margin.