Gathering around their state championship trophy are, front row, from left, Allison Ott, Alaina Salas, Kennedy Hoch, Karrington Hoch; back row, Rachel Zills, Kai Liptow, coach Joan Silloway, Becca Bogucke, Anna Montey and Camryn Fell.
Gathering around their state championship trophy are, front row, from left, Allison Ott, Alaina Salas, Kennedy Hoch, Karrington Hoch; back row, Rachel Zills, Kai Liptow, coach Joan Silloway, Becca Bogucke, Anna Montey and Camryn Fell.

   The coaching staff of the Ripon High School equestrian team kept a running total of points during the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA) state championship last weekend.

   This tally enabled the team to know last week Friday and Saturday where it stood in points compared to the other schools.

   But once it got to the Sunday afternoon, the updates stopped in order to create suspense.

   The wait was worth it.

   The Tigers captured their second-straight state title, defeating 11 other teams in Division B. They scored 156 points, which was 36 points more than runner-up Mauston and 43 points ahead of third-place Neenah.

   Ripon’s championship-winning team was comprised of seniors Kennedy Hoch and Alaina Salas, juniors Kai Liptow and Anna Montey, sophomore Allison Ott and freshmen Karrington Hoch and Becca Bogucke.

   Senior Rachel Zills and sophomore Camryn Fell were groom people this year, which is something new to the club. They were responsible for some or all aspects of the management of horses and/or the care of the stables themselves.

   The meet took place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

   “I was watching the girls’ faces and they were all in a little circle hugging each other and every time they would call a place they were like, ‘Oh, I think we’re going to do it. I think we’re going to do it,”’ Ripon head coach Joan Silloway said of the awards presentation. “It was just so exciting; I can’t even explain it. It’s just awesome because they work so hard all summer.”

  While the Tigers comfortably won, Silloway noted it was far from a sure thing entering the final day of the state championships.

Read the full story, which includes information on individual finishes, in the Nov. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.