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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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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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