Sequim Equestrian Team members enjoy their first competition of the year in Elma in early March. Team members include (back row, from left) Grace Niemeyer, Miranda Williams, Keri Tucker and Abby Garcia, with (front row, from left) Khelea Cloetens, Yana Hoesel, Lilly Thomas, Abbi Priest and Chloe VanProyen. Submitted photo

Sequim Equestrian Team members enjoy their first competition of the year in Elma in early March. Team members include (back row, from left) Grace Niemeyer, Miranda Williams, Keri Tucker and Abby Garcia, with (front row, from left) Khelea Cloetens, Yana Hoesel, Lilly Thomas, Abbi Priest and Chloe VanProyen. Submitted photo

Sequim equestrians compete in first district meet

With the winter snow finally cleared away, the Sequim Equestrian Team and other District 4 teams kicked off the competition portion of their 2019 seasons with a district meet in Elma on March 3-5.

Sequim picked up seven top-three place finishes overall, with Grace Niemeyer placing first in jumping and Yana Hoesel taking top honors in breakaway roping. The pair teamed up to take second in cattle sorting and Hoesel added a second-place finish in individual flags.

Miranda Williams was runner-up in the keyhole event.

Placing third were Hoesel, Niemeyer, Williams and Abbi Priest in Drill Team Freestyle 4’s, while Sequim’s team Canadian flags team (Hoesel, Niemeyer, Williams and Keri Tucker) also placed third.

The meet saw about 90 competitors from 10 different teams ranging from Bellingham to Vancouver, Wash.

• Sequim results, individual

Barrels — 16. Yana Hoesel, 21. Miranda Williams 21, 31. Grace Niemeyer

Breakaway Roping — 1. Hoesel

Dressage — 7. Niemeyer, 15. Keri Tucker

Driving — 4. Lilly Thomas, 7. Khelea Cloetens

Figure Eight — 7. Hoesel, 17+. Cloetens, Thomas, Abbi Priest, Chloe VanProyen, Miranda Williams

In-Hand Trail — 4. Thomas, 8. Cloetens, 9. VanProyen

Individual Flags — 2. Hoesel, 14. Keri Tucker, 17+. Priest, Williams

Jumping — 1. Niemeyer

Keyhole — 2. Williams, 8. Priest, 17+. Cloetens, Tucker, VanProyen

Pole Bending — 17+. Hoesel, Priest, Thomas, VanProyen

Showmanship — 9. Thomas, 18. Cloetens

Trail — 4. Tucker

Working Rancher — 9. Tucker

• Sequim results, team

Birangle — 14. Hoesel-Niemeyer, 19. VanProyen-Williams, 21. Cloetens-Thomas, 26. Priest-Tucker

In-Hand Obstacle Relay — 7. Cloetens-Priest-Thomas-Tucker

Cattle Sorting — 2. Hoesel-Niemeyer, 11. Tucker-Williams, 15. Priest-Thomas

Drill Team Freestyle 4’s — 3. Hoesel-Niemeyer-Priest-Williams

Team Canadian Flags — 3. Hoesel-Niemeyer-Tucker-Williams

Working Pairs — 7. Niemeyer-Williams, 11. Hoesel-Priest, 16. Tucker-VanProyen.

Sequim Equestrian Team’s drill team — from left, Grace Niemeyer, Abbi Priest, Yana Hoesel and Miranda Williams — competes in a district meet March 3-5 in Elma. Submitted photo

Sequim Equestrian Team’s drill team — from left, Grace Niemeyer, Abbi Priest, Yana Hoesel and Miranda Williams — competes in a district meet March 3-5 in Elma. Submitted photo

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