Equestrians second in district drill meet

The Husky equestrian team finished second in drill during its district meet on April 28.

“We qualified to go to state for drill, but we are not going because it costs so much money,” Coach Billie Bjornsen said. “The girls decided since no one qualified for an individual event, we wouldn’t go to Central Point in May.”

Jessalyn Seiber did qualify as a fifth alternate at state, Bjornsen said. “They did pretty good. We had some small problems at this last meet (an uncooperative horse, for one), but other than that, they did really good.

“I was proud of them. This third meet, individually, they did really well with that.”

Seiber and Larissa Bjornsen finished third of 51 in bi-rangle. Tracy Smith and Cera Kem finished 21st.

In keyhole, Larissa Bjornsen finished third of 52. Smith finshed 14th, and Kem finished 18th.

In working rancher, Smith finished 10th of 30.

In stock seat, Kem finished 17th of 60, and Larissa Bjornsen finished 24th of 60.

In showmanship, Kem placed 14th of 65. Larissa Bjornsen finished 17th, and Smith finished 24th.

In barrels, Seiber finished fifth of 60. Smith finished 17th, and Kem finished 24th.

Billie Bjornsen is optimistic about next year’s team, she said. “I know I’ve got three coming back.”

She won’t be coaching though, she said. “I’m just going to be a parent next year.”

Toni Peterson will take over coaching next year, and Teri Rush has taken over coaching gaming and will continue there, Billie Bjornsen said.