The Grand Haven varsity equestrian team successfully defended its regional championship this past weekend in Ludington.
The two-day, double judged event was hosted by the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association.
Grand Haven scored 320 points over the two days to advance to the state championships, which will be held Oct. 10-13 in Midland.
Grand Haven will be competing against the 10 best teams in the state for the MIHA championship title.
The Bucs’ Olivia Ortiz had an outstanding regional meet, scoring wins in Saddle Seat Pattern, Saddle Seat Bareback, Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunt Seat Bareback. She garnered 111 points for her team and averaged 9.25 points per class.
Lily Atkinson tallied 94 points for the team, thanks to wins in Showmanship, Trail and Cloverleaf Race. She averaged 5.25 points per class.
Kyah Shumake scored 44 points, including a win in Showmanship as she averaged 5.5 points per class.
Rya Greene added an additional 71 points and averaged 5.9 points per class.
Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.