Members of four Klamath County high school equestrian teams have qualified for the Oregon High School Equestrian Team State Championships, according to a news release. The riders represent Bonanza, Henley, Mazama and Lost River high schools. State qualifiers include:
n Abby Orella, Bonanza: gold medalist in breakaway roping, silver medalist in barrel racing, bronze medalist in steer daubing and keyhole race, state qualifier in birangle
n Grace Orella, Bonanza: bronze in individual flags, state qualifier in birangle
n Katie Schroeder, Bonanza: state qualifier in barrel racing and birangle
n Shelby Gibbs, Bonanza: state qualifier in birangle
n Kayden Spicher, Henley: state qualifier in barrel racing
n Janah Moorer, Mazama: silver medalist in steer daubing and trail
In addition to the individual qualifications, the athletes qualified in several team events:
n Abby Orella, Shelby Gibbs and Breanna Blodgett of Lost River: district champions in team penning
n Abby Orella, Shelby Gibbs, Katie Schroeder and Breanna Blodgett: reserve champions in Canadian flags
n Madelyn Bloom, Kaitlyn Bloom and Grace Orella: reserve champions and district record breaking time in team penning (automatic state qualification)
n Abby Orella, Grace Orella, Kaitlyn Bloom, Madelyn Bloom, Janah Moorer: bronze medalist in freestyle 5-plus drill team
Abby Orella was named the district reserve champion for all gaming events. Bart Fleming, cattle coach for all of the Basin teams, was named Coach of the Year for the Southern District.
The state competition will be May 9-12 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.