Equestrian sports: Sequim squad finishes seas at state finals

The Sequim Equestrian Team capped its 2022 season against the top prep riders in the state, vying for medals at the Washington High School Equestrian Team state meet in Moses Lake May 19-22.

Because of relatively small turnout numbers, Sequim’s equestrians teamed up with Port Angeles this spring.

“The girls worked really hard at state and had fun,” Sequim coach Katie Salmon-Newton said. “The only top 10 place we got was Port Angeles’ Sydney Hutton in huntseat over fences, but the girls tried their best against some stiff competition.”

Hutton earned a silver (second) in huntseat over fences and was 24th in huntseat equitation.

Sequim’s Libby Swanberg placed 14th in working rancher, 14th in individual flags, 21st in reigning and 32nd in figure eight.

In team events, Swanberg and Sequim’s Joanna Seelye teamed with Hutton and Maggie Anderson to place 12th in drill freestyle fours, while Anderson and Swanberg took 15th in cow sorting.

Swanberg and Hutton teamed up to place 24th in working pairs, while Sanberg and Seelye were 28th in birangle.

The quartet of Anderson, Hutton, Swanberg and Port Angeles’ Haley Bishop placed 24th in versatility.

Bishop also placed 19th in pole bending.