Kai Liptow, right, receives the Aimee Thompson Memorial Scholarship at the state championship. She was one of four riders to receive the award.
Kai Liptow, right, receives the Aimee Thompson Memorial Scholarship at the state championship. She was one of four riders to receive the award.

   The Ripon High School Equestrian Club finished in the middle of the pack at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA) State Championship Show last weekend in Madison.

   It scored 103 points to place sixth out of 12 teams in Division B, which is comprised of schools featuring between six to 10 riders.

   Waunakee won the division with 153 points and was followed by Palmyra/Eagle (121), Rio (119), Plymouth (114), Mauston (107), Ripon (103), East Troy (97), Menomonie (71), Bloomer (41), D.C. Everest (29), Denmark (25) and River Valley (11).

   While Ripon was unable to capture its third-straight state championship, head coach Joan Silloway was proud of its effort.

   “I feel like all the girls did very well; they never gave up,” she said, noting the team was younger this season than past years. “And we are very fortunate that we can have at least one student in every class.”

   Silloway added, “It has been such an amazing honor to share the love and hard work that these girls have put into the equestrian club this season.”

   The show, which took place at the Alliant Energy Center, started last week Friday with the trail classes. It consisted of obstacles such as bridges, poles, lead changes, backing in and out of chutes and opening and closing gates, with each pattern taking around three to four minutes to complete.

Read the full story, which includes information on notable finishes, in the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.