Philomath High School junior Rio Jensen won the state title in dressage Thursday at the Oregon High School State Equestrian Team championships at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond.
Jensen came in with a total score of 364 points on her two rides — the first for a scorching 185 and the second at 179. She ended up winning by just a half-point over Hillsboro’s Kiera Daughtrey.
The U.S. Dressage Federation defines the event as training with the purpose "to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider." The rider's position and ability are key elements to success in dressage.
Jensen qualified for state after appearing in only two of the three district meets because of a knee injury.
Jensen has qualified to appear in her third straight Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship, scheduled for June 15-17 at Moses Lake, Washington. The regional meet invites the top five teams and individuals from each event out of the state meets in Oregon and Washington.
Jensen won the dressage at last year’s PNWIC meet at Redmond.
Senior Taylor Schultz also competed in dressage and was 25th at 265.5 on rides of 131 and 134.5.
PHS freshman Carly Dowless competed Saturday in reining and finished in a tie for 22nd with 127 total points. She had rounds of 60 and 67.
Senior Terra Ordway qualified for state in individual flags but did not compete because of a conflict with softball.