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The Sandy rider wins the Saddle Seat event for the fourth straight year at the state equestrian meet

PHOTO COURTESY: STALLMAKER PHOTOGRAPHY - Sandy High senior presents her horse Cash on her way to first place in the Saddle Seat Equitation event at the Oregon Equestrian high school state meet earlier this month.

Sandy High senior Jenee Spencer surprised herself by winning the Saddle Seat Equitation event during her rookie season at state four years ago. That spawned a big goal that came to fruition two weeks ago in Redmond.

"After I won it that first year, I was hit with the thought that 'Oh, I could be a four-time champion'," Spencer said. "I've been working every day since to achieve that goal."

Spencer wrapped up her high school riding career by posting a 193 score from the judges, who look at 13 various categories scored on a 10-point scale. Riders take their horse through a patterned performance across the arena.

"I got a pair of 9s from the judges," Spencer said. "My extended trot was my best part of the performance. It's all about efficiency and being precise."

Teammate Kylee Carmony finished second in the event, while Marshall Fallon placed fifth. Sandy scored 50 team points in that event alone.

Dalton Mayzee and Spencer earned top-10 spots in Pole Bending, while Taylor Blackwell finished seventh in the Individual Flags race.

Sandy finished ninth in the large-school division with 119 points. Spencer was fifth on the High-Points list (31) in Versatality.

Barlow High's Jenessa Teachout was the High-Point rider in Performance Events at the state equestrian meet earlier this month. She finished with 84 points — 24 more than second-place Jenelle Neumann out of Mountain View.

She tied for the top mark (177) in Hand Trail, was second in Hunt Seat Equitation, tied for second in Showmanship, fourth in Driving and fifth in Trail Equitation.

Ronnie Broadfoot finished third in Keyhole, and Mia Salerno was third in Steer Daubing.

Barlow's trio of Teachout, Broadfoot and Blakelee Meredith corralled 8 of 9 cows on their way to third place in Team Penning.

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