Category Archives: Equestrian

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


Kitsap equestrians qualify for individual events at state

Not only did Kitsap’s six members of the equestrian drill team win the district title and qualify for state, the riders from Klahowya and South Kitsap also qualified for state in individual and team events.

Here’s how they did:

Brielle Stevens and Austyn Kent of Klahowya, won a district title in the working pairs category and earned a gold medal. Stevens also won a district gold in saddle seat and a bronze in hunt seat. She is also a state qualifier in dressage.

Klahowya’s Austyn Kent earned a silver medal at district in dressage and saddle seat. She also qualified for state in barrel racing.

Sara Hyatt of South Kitsap qualified for state, and won a district title, in the keyhole race category. South Kitsap’s Kendra Petasek and Autumn Hyatt won silver in birangle.