Prairie HS equestrians place at state meet



Third-place finishes for the drill team and for Alivia Stone in showmanship highlighted results for the Prairie High School equestrian team at the state championships.

During the Washington High School Equestrian Teams state meet, all 16 Prairie riders also qualified to compete at a new regional meet this summer. The state meet took place May 9-11 in Lynden.

The drill team placed third at state after earlier winning its district competition. Riders for the Prairie drill team were Taylor Adams, Lacey Ailshie, Emily Bozarth, Emily Giffoni, Stephanie Ivarsen, Kiauna Johnson, Casey Kampe, Devon Lobato, Chloe Nevins, Madison Pongon, Paige Rinta, Shelby Taylor, Beca Thomas and Kylie Vroman.

Prairie qualified in seven events for the Pacific Northwest Invitational, a new competition scheduled for June 28-29 at Redmond, Ore. In addition to the drill team and to Alivia Stone in showmanship and hunt seat (fifth place), Prairie athletes qualifying for the invitational because of success at the state meet were: the in-hand obstacle relay team of Kiauna Johnson, Paige Rinta, Alivia Stone and Jacob Stone (fifth at state), Casey Kampe (fourth place in roping), Kylie Vroman (fifth in over fences), and Devon LoBato and Kylie Vroman (fourth in working pairs).

For a list of Prairie results at the state meet, see the Community Sports Scoreboard. Prairie was the only high school to report its state meet results to The Columbian.