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Cedar Springs equestrian division B reserve champions


Cedar Springs Equestrian team are Division B reserve state champions. Pictured L to R: Assistant Coach Dan Dunham, Morgan Chaffin, Gloria Alavarez, Melana Kettler, Parker VanDyke, Chloe Myers, Taryn Troupe, Emily Egan and Head Coach Katie VanDyke. Missing are grooms Casey Fiske and Lorraine Ives.

It’s been a great year for the Cedar Springs Equestrian team, which culminated with them competing at state last weekend and being awarded the title of Division B state reserve champions.

The Cedar Springs riders started out this season by winning all three district meets, besting their competition by over 200 points to earn the title of District 5, Division B Champions earlier this year. They then went on to compete at regionals.

The three top earning point riders from left to right: Gloria Alvarez and her horse Tyler; Parker VanDyke and his horse Deuce; and Chloe Myers and her horse Joe.

Regionals took place in Mason, MI October 2nd – 4th. “Our team had an amazing weekend, earning us the title of regional champions and moving us onto State, which was held this past weekend October 15-18 in Midland, MI,” explained Coach Katie VanDyke. “Again, our team worked so well and had great rides, earning us the title of Division B Reserve Champions. We narrowly missed the Championship by 14 points!”

Cedar Springs competed against 9 other teams in Division B at the state championship. Their top three point earning riders were Parker VanDyke, Gloria Alavarez and Chloe Myers.

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Equestrian team!

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Equestrian team takes 8th at State


Congratulations to the 2019 Cedar Springs Equestrian team, who for the first time in over a decade, had an opportunity to compete in the state finals last weekend and finished in the top 10.

Top row (L to R): Carly Dunham,Paige Oosting, Melana Kettler, Taryn Troupe, Gloria Alverez, Chloe Myers, Grace Pavelka, Sam Waite, Morgan Chaffin, Emily Eagan and Casey Fiske. 
Courtesy photo.

The team ended their season with an 8th place finish in Division B at the State Finals held this past weekend in Midland, Michigan.

The team competed at three district meets at the beginning of September, which earned them the title of Reserve District Champions and advanced the team to regionals. Regionals was a three day competition held the last weekend of September in Mason, Mich. 

“The weather was not favorable and the team struggled to find their groove but the girls were determined,” said Coach Katie VanDyke. They came from behind and were able to claim the reserve regional champions in Division B and advanced the team to the state finals. 

“It had been 12 years since Cedar had qualified for state,” remarked VanDyke.

 The state competition was spread out over four days with multiple events each day. “We had a few factors that made our trip to state difficult,” explained VanDyke. “Two of our team members’ horses were hurt and unable to compete. The weather was rainy and cold but the girls didn’t let that get in their way! 

“The heart and sportsmanship that this team has is absolutely amazing. I would like to congratulate our top three point earners from State:  junior Chloe Myers, junior Melana Kettler and senior Carly Dunham. I would also like to thank our many sponsors and parents who supported us. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do this,” said VanDyke.

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Equestrian ends season on a high note


The Cedar Springs Equestrian team took fourth at regionals last weekend. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Equestrian Team had three competitions this year and finished second over all in District A on September 16, at the Kent County Fairgrounds. The top two teams in each division then went on to regionals.

On September 28-30, 11 riders and their mounts traveled to Mason, Michigan for the Regional competition at Ingham County Fairgrounds. They finished fourth in the Region with 256 points. 

“It was a long, chilly weekend competing against some of the top riders in the state. I am so proud of our team coming in fourth at Regionals!” said Coach Katie VanDyke. 

The team competed in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Western, Trail and Speed divisions. They had 45 placings in 15 events, taking first in Saddle Seat Pattern, Western Equitation, Western Bareback, Saddle Seat Pattern and Flag Race.  

If you are interested in competing next year, please check out Cedar Springs Equestrian Team on Facebook or ask in the Cedar Springs High School Athletic Office. 

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