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Madras equestrians trot into first place

Second-year squad edges TDW by just 18 points

by: Submitted photo - Kayla Vincent of Madras leads her horse around the Deschute County Expo Center during the showmanship event of the Central District competition of the Oregon High School Equestrian team competition.

After finishing second in the opening meet, the Madras equestrian team won the medium-school division in last weekend's Central Division competition.
   The Friday-Sunday meet was at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond as part of the Oregon High School Equestrian Team competition.
   Madras earned 367 points to outscore The Dalles-Wahtonka Union by 18 points. In the Feb. 23-24 meet, Madras finished 18 points behind TDW (355-337).
   Competitors can earn 20 points for finishing first with the top 15 places scoring at least two points. Competitors score one point if they finish out of the top 15.
   "To score as many points as we did takes a lot of people scoring a lot of points," said Madras coach Tanya Cloutier. "Everyone improved from the first meet. They all did great."
   Madras had eight top-five finishers including two overall winners. The team of Kaylee Urbach and Adrianne Wagner won the bi-rangle event in which competitors had to race around poles placed 30 feet apart and 120 from the start. They finished in 26.30 seconds, an improvement of nearly six seconds from the previous meet when they finished 17th.
   Urbach added a pair of top two finishes as well. The Madras senior won the individual flags event after finishing second in the previous meet. Urbach was also second in the poles after being fifth in the first meet.
   Kaylee Patterson earned second in steer daubing. Wagner was fourth in barrels and Atcitty Begay earned fifth in breakaway roping.
   The final district meet is April 10-12, also at the Deschutes Expo Center. The final meet will determine district placings as well as competitors to the state meet.
   The top five finishers in each event, based on total points from the three district meets, will qualify for state on May 15-18, also at the Deschutes Expo Center.
   Last season, Urbach, Patterson and Jessica Ramey all competed at state. Urbach finished fourth in the barrels event.