The Buccaneers’ equestrian team won the state championship two years ago, and placed runner-up last year.
So what does 2014 have in store for Grand Haven?
More of the same, according to head coach Jo Kosanic.
“We are very excited for the season to begin,” Kosanic said. “We have had some very competitive teams over the past six years, and this team is no exception.”
The Buccaneers will field a very young group this year, with the five-member team consisting of two freshmen and three sophomores.
Those sophomores got their feet wet last year and are ready to get back at it when the Bucs open their season at the Shoreline All Breed Youth Show, which takes place Aug. 30-31 in Ludington.
Those sophomores include Rya Greene, Kyha Shumake and Lily Atkinson.
Greene and her horse, Sydney, will compete in Hunt Seat and Western classes while Shumake and her horse, Mandy, will compete in Saddle Seat and Western classes.
Atkinson will ride her horse, Truman, in Hunt Seat and Western classes and will switch over to her second horse, Harley, in Jumping and Gymkhana (timed) events.
The two freshmen are not new to the sport — both have spent the last three years competing on Grand Haven’s middle school team.
Cassidy Ryder and her horse, Madison, will ride Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat and Western, while Mara Tillman and her horse, Nacho, will ride the Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat classes.
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