Sweet Home’s Wolfe qualifies for state equestrian competition

The Sweet Home equestrian team has qualified one rider for the state competition and has two others who are alternates for the event.

Vance Wolfe has qualified in both the Keyhole and Individual Flags events for the meet, to be held May 18-20 in Redmond.

Wolfe qualified for state by placing in the top 10 percent of riders throughout the state at the final Willamette District meet, held last weekend at the state Fairgrounds, Coach Teri Rush said.

Also qualifying as alternates, which means they will compete if full qualifiers cannot attend, are Larissa Bjornsen and Cera Kem.

Bjornsen qualified as an alternate in Figure Eight, while Kem qualified in Stock Seat and Figure Eight. Rush said Stock Seat is “a western show class that is based upon precision at riding a show pattern and is very difficult to compete in.

“She is the first of any Sweet Home Equestrian Team member to ever receive this honor,” Rush said.

The team has had a good season, she said.

“They have all come a very long way over the past year and worked exceptionally hard to show what Sweet Home is made of and what exceptional athletes we have right here,” Rush said.