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Helgeson wins state title in Redmond

The Estacada sophomore gets the high score in the Hand Trail exercise


Estacada High had a pair of top finishers at last month’s Oregon Equestrian state competition. Courtney Helgeson, a sophomore, won the Hand Trail exercise by three points with a score of 189.

“You lead your animal through a series of poles, cones and bridges,” Rangers coach Janeen Parries said. “You want to show your best horsemanship by being as precise as possible. Courtney has shown for quite a few years, works a lot with her animal and is passionate about what she does.”

Helgeson also took sixth in the Driving competition.

Teammate Danielle Moser took second in the Breakaway Roping competition, putting together the quickest time among riders with a single catch in their two runs. She secured second place on her second attempt out of the chute, roping her calf in 4.01 seconds.

“There’s a lot of pressure in that event, and you just hope everything comes together,” Parries said. “She caught it very quickly on her second try and she was very excited.”

Estacada finished with 63 points at the state competition, and both Helgeson and Moser qualified to represent Oregon at Regionals in Redmond at the end of June.

The Rangers won all three regular-season meets to claim the Northeast Region mid-level crown.




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