Grand Haven equestrian team finishes runner-up at districts

Tribune Staff • Sep 27, 2017 at 1:15 AM

The Grand Haven equestrian team finished its district competition as runner-up last weekend, finishing just 12 points behind host Ludington in the final standings.

The two squads had faced off in the B Division the entire season leading up the district competition with similar results each outing.

In the first meet, Ludington bested Grand Haven by six points with a 206-200 win. At the second meet, Ludington again nosed out Grand Haven by a mere three points, 198-195. In the third and final meet, they again come out on top by the thinnest of margins with 209-206 win over the Buccaneers.

Ludington finished the season with a total of 613 points, while Grand Haven finished second with 601 and Fremont came in third with 467.

The Orioles and Bucs will now move on to regional competition this weekend at the West Michigan Fairgrounds in Ludington.

“With half our team being new riders, it was more important to focus on strengthening our entire team than to just post wins,” said Grand Haven coach Jo Ann Kosanic. “I’m pretty confident we will fare well at Regionals this weekend.”

Senior Cassidy Ryder and her horses, Custom Made To Order and Mighty Pretty Storm, recorded 10 wins and a total of 133 points.

Junior Ashlynne McKee and her horse, Hot N Gorgeous, added four wins and 116 points. Sophomore Paige Beland with her horses, CL Super Wons Lass and All American Edge, had three wins and contributed 115 points.

Junior Sara Sokoly and her horse, All That Cash, had three wins and 84 points. Sophomore Alex Wolff with her horse, Bars Midnite Whiskey, had one win and contributed 56 points.

Sophomore Gabby Cates and her horse, Face A Last Leaguer, contributed 41 points, while senior Olivia Cornelisse and Boomer gathered 32 points and sophomore Hannah Smith with My Party Don’t Stop added 25 points to the team total.

Always strong in Showmanship, the team had a class sweep the second meet when all four of their riders placed 1-4 in Western Showmanship with Cassidy Ryder, Sara Sokoly, Hannah Smith and Ashlynne McKee finishing in the top four spots, respectively.

They also had a class sweep in Trail at the third meet when all three of their riders placed 1-3 with Ashlynne McKee, Alexa Wolff and Paige Beland taking the top three spots, respectively.

Cassidy Ryder won Hunt Seat Showmasnship at all three meets and Sara Sokoly won the Western Riding Pattern at all three meets.

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