The small equestrian team from Meridian dominated teams throughout the district meet and took first place, resulting in being named District 6, Division C champions for the fourth consecutive year.

The Mustangs' accomplishments carried them into the Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association’s Regional meet, where they were named regional champions.

Ecstatic with their new title, the girls of Meridian’s equestrian team and their horses moved onto the MIHA State Championships, where they earned a reserve (runner-up) championship out of 10 teams in Division C.

The MIHA State Championship was four days long, Thursday through Sunday, and teams from all over Michigan brought their top riders to compete. Despite the keen competition, the Meridian girls were confident because they had trained for this event all last summer and this fall and were well-prepared.

Meridian’s coaches, Sarah Glann, Kaci Warren and Katy Ankoviak, strategically placed their strongest riders into each class.

Riley Warren, Morgan Glann, and Jenna Holzinger competed in Western and English classes, showing off their and their horses’ strengths. Cammy Ankoviak competed in Saddle Seat classes along with speed classes, such as barrels, poles, and two-man relay, with her partner Maria Tanzini, who also competed in all speed classes.

Each girl added points that helped bring the team into the lead for most of the competition.