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Three riders advance to state meet

Equestrian team finishes fifth in medium team division at district
The Crook County High School equestrian team competed in the district championships this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, qualifying three individuals for state.
   Sarah Madison led the way with a district championship in the in hand trail event. Alyssa Jensen will join her at state after finishing third in in hand trail. Also going to state is Kaity Sparks who qualified by finishing in the top 10 percent in barrel racing. Sparks finished seventh out of more than 80 riders in the event.
   "All the girls did exceptionally well, said team advisor Merile Glass. "Even if they didn't place they improved their times or their scores. It was just a great weekend all around."
   Competing in the medium team division, Crook County finished in fifth place with 101 points. Madras won the division with 301 points. Rounding out the top five were The Dalles/Wahtonka with 295 points, LaPine with 289 points and Bend with 197 points.
   Glass noted that in addition to her win for in hand trail Madison also was 12th in dressage using a borrowed horse which was a tremendous accomplishment.
   The state championship is scheduled to run May 15-18 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.