Lee Peterson took the Senior Men’s High Point title at the State O-Mok-See for the fourth year in a row. Riding his horse, Kiter, Lee finished first in Flag Race and Pair Pole with partner Cassie Johnson and placed in four other individual events to compile 440 points. Peterson trained Kiter for speed events and excels in Pole Bending at the local jackpots. He annually attends training clinics with reknowned horsetrainer Pat Wyse of Townsend, formerly of Conrad. Doug Norman and Jay Aspevig also placed in the top ten in Senior Men. For other top performers, see page 28. Look for complete results in a later issue.
Tansy Cassidy won the 8-11 High Point Championship buckle at the 2020 State O-Mok-See in Libby over Labor Day weekend. Tansy had only been riding Kisses, also known as the “Fire Breathing Dragon” mare, for a little over a month after her main horse, JoJo, sustained an injury. Tansy is the daughter of Jodi Norman. “She had a terrible time keeping the Poles and Barrels from tipping over, which is a DQ, at the Cut Bank O-Mok-Sees and barrel races,” said Jodi. “It finally came together at State for her.” Tansy won the Key Race almost matching the record, and also won the Cloverleaf Barrels. She was second in Poles and Pair Poles with her brother, Justus. Tansy placed in every event, compiling 565 points, which was 165 more than the second place finisher. When asked if she was now planning to continue riding Kisses, replied, “No, I want JoJo back!” Bet she rides them both next year!
Kambryn Eubanks, the daughter of Cut Bank’s Dezerae Lorash, won the Junior Princess title at the 2020 Montana Saddle Club Association State Championship Omoksee held over Labor Day in Libby, Mont.Grandparents, Midge and Sherry Lorash, also of Cut Bank, are perhaps her best fans and have made sure Kambryn is always riding high quality horses and getting to the Omoksees. High Dollar, her latest and fastest mount, carried her to a first place in Polo Turn and fourth place in the overall standings in the 8-11-year-old division at this year’s State Championship.