Equestrian team does well at state meet
REED CITY – Reed City's equestrian team scored a perfect 10 at the state meet conducted earlier this month at Midland.
All 10 of Reed City's riders placed in at least one class.
Among the highlights featured Miranda Battle as a state champion in trail, Laura Voelker as a state champ in flags and a reserved champ in two man relay, along with Ciarra Engstrom, who was also third in jumping, and Ginny Miller, who was a reserve state champ in western fitting and showing.
Members of the team included Battle, Lily Heald, Engstrom, Kameron Connell, Miller, Adrianna Pelton, Voelker, Kayla Pollaski, Madeline Harrington and Chelsea Connell
Miller, a senior, has been a reserve champ in the past. But she said she improved in her showmanship. “We worked pretty good as a team,” she said, referring to her horse.
Team sponsors were Mr. Pibs, Country Vet, Big Rapids Farm and Garden and Reed City Area Public Schools.
As a team “we got fifth out of 10, that was pretty exciting,” Miller said. “It was her third at time at the state meet.
Having been there before “takes a lot of pressure off,” Miller said. “It's the same as a regular meet. I set a goal I wanted to keep my title since the last time I was there and a I kept it.”
Miller also plays soccer.
Voelker, is a freshman, who competed on the junior equestrian level in the past.
“High school is more competitive,” Voelker said. “ It's her third year in the sport and this ranks as the No. 1 highlight.
“I exceeded (her expectations),” Voelker said. “I was very happy being state champion.”