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Local equestrians bring home state honors


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Gaston, Banks and Forest Grove high school equestrian team finalists headed to Redmond last weekend to compete in the Oregon High School Equestrian Team state championships. Banks riders Agathe Einhorn placed fourth in dressage and Andrea Schaug placed 11th. The Gaston team placed 11th in the states small-team category. Gastons four-person drill team (pictured here) came in 11th place. Gastons Hannah Bonebrake also placed third in pole bending and 13th place in figure eight. Lindsay VanDyke placed ninth in the individual keyhole competition. Forest Grove High Schools team placed fifth in the states large-team category. Their 10-person drill team -- Kylie Bettis, Marlee James, Alex Jones, Cassie Jones, Anna Dillavou, Abigail Dillavou, Brittaney Springer, Kat Rieger, Brianna Holmes, Balynn Bateman -- placed third in the state. James and Bettis won high point awards for their team events and sixth place in their duo two-man birangle event. Jordan VanFleet placed fifth in driving. James also placed sixth in showmanship and ninth in dressage. Jones placed eighth in saddleseat. Holmes and Daisy Pratt placed sixth in working pairs (pictured here). Several team members qualified for the Oregon-Washington regional championship in June.