Drill Team B (left to right): Tailor Obrist on Looney; Emma Messer on Mohave; Julie Thomas on Ray and Gracie Kemp on DeeDee.

For the first time since coronavirus restrictions shut down in-person events, the Battle Ground High School equestrian team participated in its first Washington High School Equestrian Team (WAHSET) meet. 


Cow Sorting Team B (left to right): Lexi Stewart on Annie and Angel Halle on Blittz; Team A (middle right to right): Gracie Kemp and Julie Thomas)

With new health regulations surrounding the coronavirus pandemic high school equestrian teams, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), practices and meets were allowed to resume again when Washington state entered Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Reopening Plan. All participants and attendees were required to follow distancing protocols, mask up and respond to a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire. Attendees and volunteers were also required to pre-register for the event. More information on WAHSET and COVID-19 protocols can be found online at wahset.info/. The next meet will take place April 22-25 and 200 spectators will be allowed. 

The Tiger equestrian team participates in District 3 and competes against Camas, Enumclaw, Kelso, North Thurston and Woodland. In March, the team participated in its first meet and took home one team first place and a solo first place.

Individual Events

Willow Babcock: Seventh in Showmanship and eighth in Dressage

Angel Halle: Tenth in Showmanship

Emma Messer: Sixth in Reigning and ninth in Keyhole

Tailor Obrist: First in Individual Flags, third in Figure 8 and fourth in Keyhole


Willow Babcock with Rosie & Angel Halle with Luna.


Team Events

Freestyle Fours Drill Team B (Gracie Kemp, Julie Thomas, Emma Messer and Tailor Obrist): First place

Freestyle Fours Drill Team A (Lexie Stewart, Willow Babcock, Angel Halle and Mckenzie Smith): Fourth place

Birangle Team A (Gracie Kemp and Tailor Obrist): Fourth place

Cow Sorting Team A (Gracie Kemp and Julie Thomas): Fifth place

Canadian Flags Team B (May Philips, Alexis Stewart, Willow Babcock and Angel Halle): Sixth place. 


Gracie Kemp on DeeDee.


The team plans to continue practices in safe and distance ways and plans to participate in the April WAHSET meet at the end of the month. 


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