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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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Ally Roberts (Lisa Edlin photo)

Ally Roberts hangs out with her equine buddy. (Lisa Edlin photo)

(Jennifer Roberts photo)

   Roberts is joined by fellow riders Camden Miller (left) and Ashley Menges (back, right). (Jennifer Roberts photos)

Roberts trophies get their own stall.

The trophies, ribbons and awards get their own stall.


Winnin’ ribbons and takin’ names.

Now it’s time to do the Puyallup, again.

Coupeville High School athletes Ally Roberts and Ashley Menges didn’t horse around last weekend, sweeping through numerous riding events at the Island County Fair.

Roberts (and her faithful steed) captured Senior Performance High Point, while also winning titles in Performance Showmanship, Trail (where she netted a perfect score), Discipline Rail, and Gaming Showmanship.

She was also a Reserve Champion in Stock Seat Equitation.

Menges notched reserve status in Stock Seat Equation and Trail, while also collecting a string of blue ribbons in her other classes.

Roberts punched her ticket to the state fair (which runs Sept. 2-25 this year), while Menges is a second alternate.

It’s been a busy summer for the duo, who have been juggling riding with volleyball as they prepare for the kickoff of a new spiker season at CHS.

Menges is a sophomore, while Roberts is a senior, and both are expected to help anchor the Wolf varsity.

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Megan Thorn flies over the hurdles as a 7th grader at CMS. (John Fisken photos)

Megan Thorn flies over the hurdles as a CMS 7th grader. (John Fisken photos)

Thorn throws down an impenetrable wall, giving teammate Cassidy Moody room to operate.

   Thorn throws down an impenetrable wall, giving teammate Cassidy Moody room to operate during an 8th grade hoops game.

Life on the range calls to Megan Thorn.

“I love to ride my horses, they are my other life.”

A competitor with the Whidbey Western Gaming Association, Thorn, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall, has appeared several times at the Island County Fair.

With a fair amount of time devoted to her animals, their care and competing with them, she plans to reduce her sports load from middle school as she steps up a school.

After playing basketball (she was a scrappy ball-hawk) and running track at CMS, Thorn is planning on only playing soccer for the Wolves.

“In the beginning of the year I was going to do soccer and basketball, but due to being busy with my horses in the spring time I decided I will only be playing soccer,” she said.

“I love basketball and track but my favorite sport would be soccer,” Thorn added. “I have always played soccer since I was little.”

Part of the allure of soccer has been the chance to be a vital part of a team which needs to work together to succeed.

“I enjoy having a team, people I can count on, people I can ask questions to or just people I can talk to if I need someone,” Thorn said. “I like being an athlete because of the people I get to meet and become friends with.”

On the field, she considers her speed and her willingness to be a team player (“I play wherever someone puts me”) as strengths.

“I need to work on being confident on how I play,” Thorn said. “Just play the game, don’t overthink what I am doing.”

As she jumps into high school life, her focus on mixing “playing strongly and having fun” with nabbing good grades in the classroom remains very much in place.

Those traits were instilled in her by parents Blake and Gretchen Thorn.

“The biggest impact I have would be my parents; they are always supporting me with whatever I do,” Megan said. “I love them so much, and I thank them every day for being there for me.

“They made me who I am.”

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Ashley Menges (left) and Ally Roberts bask in the glow of their awesomeness. (Jennifer Menges photo)

   Ashley Menges (left) and Ally Roberts bask in the glow of their awesomeness. (Jennifer Menges photos)

Menges and her faithful companion.

Menges and her faithful companion, Bentley.

Roberts and her trusty steed. (Jennifer Roberts photo)

Roberts and Tiger, her trusty steed. (Jennifer Roberts photos)

Boom, baby!

Boom, baby!

"Oh, I won a few, too. No big deal..."

“So … we rented a second van for all our awards. No big deal.” (Menges photo)


One word, three syllables, a perfect description of Cow Town’s reigning horse gaming champions.

As the Island County Fair ended Sunday, Coupeville High School standouts Ally Roberts and Ashley Menges emerged, covered in ribbons and staggering under the weight of numerous trophies.

Next stop, the state fair in Puyallup Sept. 11-14, where both Wolves will claim a prestigious first stall.

The duo, who compete with the North Whidbey Blazin’ Saddles, were extra-impressive in Langley.

Roberts, who will be a junior at CHS, took a grand in gaming showmanship, bareback, English equitation, discipline rail, English and discipline rail western.

She also claimed overall high point for her age division and the #1 spot on her senior performance state team.

Menges, who is about to jump into her freshman year of high school, snatched up three grands, a reserve and four blues.

Then, to top it all off, she also earned a grand champion performance showmanship belt buckle, intermediate high point and the aforementioned first stall for state.

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