Equestrian sports: Sequim squad starts season strong in Spanaway

Despite some poor weather, the Sequim Equestrian Team got the 2018 season off to a good start at the District 1 meet held Feb. 16-18 in Spanaway.

Sequim High junior Yana Hoesel earned seven top-10 finishes, including first place in Individual Flags and in two team events — Cattle Sorting with Miranda Williams and Drill Team Freestyle Fours, with Williams, Amanda Murphy and Grace Niemeyer.

Hoesel took second in Breakaway Roping and Niemeyer was runner-up in Huntseat.

“Though we are a smaller team this year, we are competitive,” coach Katie Salmon-Newton said.

The first district meet featured about 100 competitors from 10 teams, ranging from Bellingham to Vancouver, Wa.

The next district meet is March 14-17, also in Spanaway.

Sequim results (top 10):

• Individual events

Barrels — 8. Yana Hoesel

Breakaway Roping — 2. Hoesel

Driving — 5. Lilly Thomas

Figure Eight — 8. Hoesel

Huntseat — 2. Grace Niemeyer

In-Hand Trail — 4. Thomas

Individual Flags — 1. Hoesel

Jumping— 4. Niemeyer

Steer Daubing — 3. Amanda Murphy

Working Rancher — 8. Keri Tucker

• Team events:

Birangle — 8. Tucker-Miranda Williams

Cattle Sorting — 1. Hoesel-Williams, 2. Niemeyer-Tucker, 5. Madi Murphy-A. Murphy

Drill Team Freestyle Fours — 1. Hoesel-A. Murphy-Niemeyer-Williams

In-Hand Obstacle Relay — 9. A. Murphy-Niemeyer-Thomas-Tucker

Team Canadian Flags — 2. Hoesel-A. Murphy-M. Murphy-Williams.

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