The Sequim Equestrian Team is all smiles at the first district meet of the 2020 season in Elma this past weekend. Pictured are (back row, from left) Lexi King, Hannah Kokoschko, Grace Niemeyer, Emma Albright and Keri Tucker, with (front row, from left) coach Bettina Hoesel, coach Sydney Balkan, Abby Garcia, Abbi Priest, Lilly Thomas, coach Haylie Newton and coach Katie Newton. Submitted photo

The Sequim Equestrian Team is all smiles at the first district meet of the 2020 season in Elma this past weekend. Pictured are (back row, from left) Lexi King, Hannah Kokoschko, Grace Niemeyer, Emma Albright and Keri Tucker, with (front row, from left) coach Bettina Hoesel, coach Sydney Balkan, Abby Garcia, Abbi Priest, Lilly Thomas, coach Haylie Newton and coach Katie Newton. Submitted photo

Sequim equestrians kick off season at district meet

They’re off and riding.

The Sequim Equestrian Team earned some top individual and team honors at the squad’s first district meet of the season, held Feb. 27-March 1 in Elma, facing teams and competitors from nine schools ranging from Bellingham to Vancouver, Wa.

Sequim riders took home three first place finishes — Emma Albright in figure eight, Grace Niemeyer in jumping and Lilly Thomas in driving — plus two seconds and 11 top-five placings overall.

The team’s second district meet is set for March 19-22 in Tacoma.

District 1 meet results:

• Individual events

Barrels — 26. Emma Albright, 36. Grace Niemeyer

Dressage — 2. Hannah Kokoschka, 5. Abby Garcia, 6. Niemeyer, 13. Lexi King, 18. Keri Tucker

Driving — 1. Lilly Thomas

Figure 8 — 1. Albright, 8. Thomas, 20. Niemeyer, 26. Kokoschka

Huntseat Equitation — 4. Kokoschka, 13. Garcia, 14. Tucker, 19. King

In-Hand Trail — 6. Thomas, 21. Garcia

Individual Flags — 10. Albright

Jumping — 1. Niemeyer, 4. Kokoschka, 5. Garcia

Keyhole — 7. Kokoschka

Pole Bending — 7. Albright

Reining — 7. Thomas, 13. King

Showmanship — 17. Garcia, 21. Lexi King

Steer Daubing — 9. Tucker

Trail — 6. King

Working Rancher — 5. Tucker

• Team events

Birangle — 6. Albright-Niemeyer, 17. Thomas-Tucker

Cattle Sorting — 2. Thomas-Tucker

In-Hand Obstacle Relay — 8. Garcia-King-Kokoschka-Thomas

Team Canadian Flags — 6. Albright-Niemeyer-Thomas-Tucker

Working Pairs — 5. Albright-Niemeyer, 6. Thomas-Tucker.

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