Oregon City's Mikayla Wacker stars at POAC National Congress
Mikayla Wacker of Beavercreek had to drive almost 2,000 miles to attend the POAC National Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in late July, but she made sure the long trip was worth it.
Wacker rode her horse Mighty Dazzling Doll to win national championships in Pole Bending and Keyhole in the 14-18 age group. Wacker also won reserve national championships in Straight Barrels, Figure 8 Barrels and Scurry.
Wacker rode her older sister Alexa's horse, Star Warrior, to a national championship in Handy Horse and a reserve national championship in Single Pole. She racked up 21 top-10 placings between the two horses and Star Warrior carried her to the overall timed events championship for ages 14-18. Wacker also was named the overall timed events champion for the 10-13 age group in her last trip to nationals in 2017.
She was also named the no. 6 all-around rider for the 14-18 age group, which included all events in the weeklong show, but Wacker only competed in the timed events portion. After the competition, Wacker said she was proud to have finished so high in the all-around standings; while most other riders competed in all events, Wacker earned her spot with consistently high enough placings in her limited number of events.
Alexa Wacker rode Star Warrior to a sixth-place finish in both Reining and Ranch Riding in the 19-and-over age group. There were no timed events for the 19-and-over age group since the POAC is a youth-focused organization.
Also from Oregon City, Braelee Borden rode her horse Dirty Vegas in her first-ever national competition. Dirty Vegas is owned by Angie Wacker, who has also been Borden's trainer since she was 6 years old. Borden won a national championship in Keyhole and a reserve national championship in Pole Bending in the 10-13 age group. She came home with 10 top-10 placings and was also named the overall timed events champion for ages 10-13.
Mikayla Wacker is a 2021 graduate of Oregon City High School, while Alexa Wacker is a 2018 OCHS graduate — both girls won top honors during their four years on the school's equestrian team.
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