Region D covers the northwest quarter of the state, and the regional meet features the top two teams from each of the region’s four districts.
Grand Haven jumped out to an early lead among the eight teams participating by placing well in the Showmanship classes.
Despite a strong showing by Lowell, Traverse City St. Grancis and Ludington, the Buccaneers were able to hold onto their lead and finish with 351 points, 60 points better than second-place Ludington.
St. Francis, last year’s state champions, took third with 269 points, while Lowell was fourth with 255.
Gaylord, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Onaway and Grand Traverse Academy also competed.
Grand Haven’s Stephanie Szymas represented the Bucs in Hunt Seat and Western disciplines, while sophomore Corinna Frings competed in Hunt Seat and Gymkhana disciplines.
Freshman Olivia Ortiz represented the team in Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat and Gymkhana.
In the 34 classes at the regional event, Grand Haven posted 11 wins with double wins (wins under both judges) in Hunt Seat Showmanship, Saddle Seat Bareback and Barrel Racing.
The team moves on to the state championship meet, which will be held Oct. 11-14 in Midland.
The Buccaneers are coached by Jo Kosanic and Geena Kosanic.