The Rockford equestrian team had four of their 19 riders earn a spot on the District V Dream Team. District V is comprised of 18 teams and approximately 115 riders from area schools. The teams are split into four divisions and competed in shows this past fall. The top 10 riders from the entire district earn a place on the Dream Team. Along with this honor, the riders earned individual awards as well. Karly Macqueen won High Point Overall champion for Division A and High Point Reserve champion for Saddle Seat for Division A. Kira Brown won High Point Overall champion in Saddle Seat for Division A and High Point Overall Reserve champion for Division A. Alexis Thome won High Point Overall champion for Division B and High Point champion for Saddle Seat for Division B. Jackie Thome won High Point Overall Reserve champion for Division B and High Point Reserve champion for Saddle Seat for Division B.
Rockford Equestrian Team
by BECKY ERSTE-HOLMBERG The Rockford equestrian team is working hard competing in districts, which has one more week to go at the Red Flannel Saddle Club in Cedar Springs. The top two teams in each division will move on to regionals. Rockford has gone to state competition the last three years, and hopes to make this year their fourth. There are four divisions which are determined by size: “A” being the largest and “D” being the smallest. Rockford has two teams this year, one in Division A and one in Division B. Coach Sabrina Nyenhuis is assisted by Nicole Hammer, Erin Weaver, Kristina Pothoven and Cathy Nitschke. There are many events the athletes compete in, such as jumping, showmanship and speed, to name a few. There are both western and English riding. The participating schools that competed last weekend in districts were Allendale, Belding, Catholic Central, Cedar Springs, Creative Technology Academy, Forest Hills, Grant, Jenison, Lowell, Rockford, Sparta and Tri-County. Last year, the final standings from district competition found Lowell and Cedar Springs being the top two teams in Division A, with Rockford and Lowell being the top two teams in Division B. Come cheer on your favorite team on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Red Flannel Saddle Club in Cedar Springs. See who goes on to regionals at the Barry County fairgrounds in Hastings on October 3-4, and finally to the state competition in Midland for a four-day competition October 15-18.