WENATCHEE – Monica Alloway and Hollie Dahl, members of the Cascade High School Equestrian Team, broke the WAHSET District 1 record for steer sorting on Sunday. WAHSET stands for Washington High School Equestrian Team and the Cascade team is a co-op of students from numerous high schools in the Wenatchee Valley including Chelan, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee.
WAHSET District Record
Alloway attends Cashmere High School and Dahl is a student at Entiat. Although 25 miles separate the two towns, they’ve been coming together at the Appleatchee Riding Club to practice steer sorting for the past two years. The practice paid off on Sunday when they turned in a district record time of 60.66 seconds for moving steers, in the proper order, into an adjacent pen. To be sure, it’s a difficult task when you factor in that horses need to respond quickly to the movement of steers that like to operate on their own timeline and agenda.
Last weekend was the first of three district 1 meets scheduled for Appleatchee Riding Club in Wenatchee. The next three-day meet will start a couple weeks from now – Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd.
Outside the Wenatchee Valley, District 1 pulls high schools equestrians from areas including Mt. Spokane, Mead, Colville, Cheney, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Royal City, Othello, Reardan, and Davenport. They come together to compete in numerous events including break-away roping, steer dobbing, barrel racing, poles, dressage, obstacle relay, and many more.
The top qualifiers will compete at the State Finals in May held at the Grant County Fair Grounds in Moses Lake.
Equestrian Teams See Growth
Equestrian sports are drawing more interests from high school athletes. Dianne Pixlee, the Ephrata HS coach, says their team broke off from the Smokiam team a few years back and have seen more kids turn out each year. The Ephrata team jumped from just three team members to over a dozen this year. She says that the kids love working with their horses and they get to compete in a variety of fun events. Coach Pixlee has two daughters who compete for Ephrata. Her daughter Sydnee says that it has been a great experience for her and it’s something everyone should try.
- Interview with Kathy Wendlandt, WAHSET State Chair
- Interview with Ephrata HS Coach, Dianne Pixlee and equestrian, Sydnee Pixlee
- WAHSET District 1 Results – Wenatchee (3/21/17)
- Washington HS Equestrian Team State Website
- State Calendar of Events