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Coupeville senior Madison Krieg has spent the summer riding to glory with her new horse. (Photos courtesy Krieg)

Claiming a championship saddle at the huge Bailey’s Barrel Bonanza.

Krieg and her steed, Hottie, come flying down the course.

Want to find Madison Krieg? Look for the nearest horse.

The Coupeville High School senior is a natural-born talent in the world of equestrian riding, and her summer was chock-full of big meets, big finishes and getting to know her newest steed.

Krieg’s fourth horse is a high-energy winner named Hottie, and the duo have been tearing up the circuit since coming together.

“I have had her for about three months and they have been probable the most exciting months of my horse career!,” Krieg said.

The duo kicked off their partnership with a 4th place finish at July’s Whidbey Island O-Mok-See in Langley, taking down some “serious competition” at a gaming show which includes multiple events such as poles, figure eight and barrels.

After that, Krieg and Hottie spent the hotter months bouncing from show to show, including the Monroe Fair, piling up ribbons and awards as they went.

The biggie was Bailey’s Barrel Bonanza in Rochester, which attracted 500+ riders “from every age, and people that have come from very far distances with some very, very fast horses.”

Despite only being together for a short month at the time, the duo claimed 1st place in their division, earning a championship saddle, the first of Krieg’s career.

“That was amazing!,” she said.

Krieg and Hottie wrap the summer series next weekend at the PNW Les Schwab O-Mok-See in Seattle, but that doesn’t mean their riding days are done.

“That’s when the real fun begins, because my final year in WAHSET (Washington High School Equestrian Team) will start!,” Krieg said. “I can’t wait and I know me and Hottie will have a blast this year!”

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Megan Thorn and Rebel show off their Western Gaming ribbons after competing at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. (Photo courtesy Thorn)

Ride hard, ride fast and make ’em remember your name.

Coupeville High School junior Megan Thorn, with a lil’ help from her trusty steed, Rebel, rocked the Washington State Fair, running away with three ribbons in Western Gaming competition.

The duo finished 4th in poles, 7th in barrels and 8th in key pole while riding in Puyallup.

The big finish at the year’s biggest event capped a whirlwind first year together.

Thorn and Rebel have spent the past 12 months getting to know each other, and have quickly become an extension of each other when they are in the arena.

“Had an awesome year at state!,” Thorn wrote on Facebook. “I couldn’t even imagine my year without him. I can’t wait for Rebel and I to improve even more.”

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Megan Thorn and her trusty steed, Rebel, are state bound after tearing up the Island County Fair. (Photo courtesy Thorn)

On a horse, with reigns in hand? That young woman is unbeatable.

Working in perfect tandem with her horse, Rebel, Coupeville’s Megan Thorn ruled the Island County Fair and is now bound for state.

The duo, who compete in poles, figure eight, two barrel flags, international flag, key pole, and Texas barrels, set the pace and never looked back.

Hurtling across the course with fire in their eyes, Thorn and Rebel earned gaming high point, beating all competitors in Western Gaming.

Now, the CHS junior and her trusty steed will compete at the state fair in Puyallup Sept. 13-16.

Thorn, who is also a member of the Wolf girls soccer squad, will be joined at state by Ashley Casey, who home schools in Coupeville.

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   Megan Thorn and her horse, Cheyenne, celebrate a successful equestrian season. (Photo courtesy Gretchen Thorn)

Champions ride from Coupeville.

Horse sports have attracted the interest of numerous CHS athletes in recent years, with Wolf alumni such as Madison Tisa McPhee, Brendan Coleman and Ally Roberts going on to ride competitively in college.

Back on the Island, the current batch of riders continue to put up strong times and performances, and are being honored for their achievements.

Saturday the Whidbey Western Games Association, whose season runs from Mar. through Oct., handed out its year-end awards, with three Wolves bringing home hardware.

Thora Iverson claimed 1st place in the Pee Wee division, while Megan Thorn and Madison Krieg finished 3rd and 7th, respectively, in the Juniors division.

Thorn was also tabbed as a Princess when the association named its 2017 royalty.

While the WWGA season is done, Krieg, Thorn and CHS foreign exchange student Charlotte Nolle will continue to ride as part of a high school equestrian team.

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   John Filer, skilled horseman and noted Chris Pine-lookalike, waits for his event to begin. (John Fisken photos)

Filer and his equine companion fly over a jump.

Horses as far as the eye could see.

Hundreds of steeds (and their riders) trotted into competition July 7-9 at the 41st annual Whidbey Island Horse Trials.

A scan of the results shows two Coupeville riders, Cynthia Bales and Tami Jones, with Bayles riding Accolade to a first-place finish in her division.

There were 19 divisions overall, with 291 riders involved.

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