ELMA — The Elma Equestrian team held its home meet March 15-17 and placed fourth at the Elma fairgrounds.
The team known for their flair with their drill team is just as capable with individual and team events of speed and skill.
With District II Washington High School Equestrian Teams from Bethel, Eatonville, La Center, Yelm, White River and Elma, the number of riders ranged from two to 80 across the three-day competition and 26 events. For Elma and their co-op schools, Oakville, Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Wishkah Valley, the weekend of showmanship and gaming brought several wins to add to their tally so far this year.
The three-day competition, raising competitors before sunrise each day, started with performance events on Friday with events such as Showmanship, Huntseat and Bi-Rangle, and moved into a full schedule of Gaming on Saturday. In Gaming, riders compete in several events, one right after the other, in equestrian skill events that test speed, agility and of course demonstrate the partnership between rider and mount. Some of the listed events were Figure 8, Keyhole and Canadian Flags.
The early morning performance events ran so smoothly that the entire schedule was at one point three-hours ahead of schedule for Saturday. For the athletes, coaches, and support crew, it was a happy turn of events to have such a smooth run at the meet and possibly able to complete early to have additional rest and practice before the final day of the meet. But, for the viewing audience, who use the promoted schedule to come and support the event, it was possible that they may have missed a few special events.
Full meet results will run in next weeks issue.