Equestrian Action

Onekama ended Class D Districts in second place (Reserve Champion) and will compete at Regionals next weekend. Team members are Kayla Kosiboski and Abi Sorrells.

The team is coached by
Jon Sorrells.

Abigail Sorrells & Kayla Kosiboski

September 2012


Onekama High School 2012-2013


Manistee's Fugere wins district, Onekama team places second.


As the lone representative of the Manistee Equestrian Team, Jamee Fugere had a lot riding on her shoulders during this month’s Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association district championships.

But on the shoulders of her horses, Bugger and Lisa, Fugere pulled off a solid solo performance, winning the six-team Division D district to advance to this weekend’s regional at the Mason County Fairgrounds.

The Onekama Equestrian Team, consisting of Abigail Sorrells and Kayla Kosiboski, won the district’s reserve championship behind Manistee, also punching its ticket to the regional round.

Fugere, a Manistee High School senior, had slack to assume after the graduation of last year’s teammates Shawnna Tetzlaff and Jarred Janicki. The three-member squad advanced to the state championships a season ago, which is what Fugere will look to do on her own this time around.

“Her goal heading into it is to do her best, and hope her horse cooperates,” said Fugere’s mother and coach Shannon. “Of course you want to win, but you’ve got to do your best in order to do that.”

As Manistee’s lone member, and the only rider without a teammate in her division, Fugere competed in 16 of the 17 events spread out over the past two weekends during district competition. By herself, she took the title.

“I’m very proud,” Shannon said. “She’s very dedicated — goes out and rides her horse every day after school to keep up with everything, and then we go to a practice in Ludington once a week.”

Out of necessity, Fugere had to acclimate herself with some new events, including ones involving speed.

“She’s doing things this year that she’s not done before, and that’s what it’s all about,” Shannon said. “Now that her fear is gone, she’s getting more comfortable (in the new events).

“She’s had to add the speed classes where you run full bore,” she added, citing the need to ride Lisa in those events instead of Bugger — the horse Fugere’s been riding for the past 10 years. “This is the first time she’s ridden a really fast horse that runs, and she gets better with it every time.”

As a coach, Shannon Fugere said the adjustment to moving from Division C to D, which consists of teams of one to two riders, has been interesting.

“It’s different, but I’d say it’s easier,” Shannon explained. “There’s less stress involved with one rider, because you don’t have to figure out which class each will do best in — you’re not going ‘where do I think you’re going to win.’

“It’s like you have no choice; you’ve got to do them all.”

Sorrells, an Onekama sophomore, knows about competing alone. She won last season’s Division D district title by herself, but this year won the reserve championship with a teammate.

“She gets to go through it with a teammate this year, so that makes it more fun,” said Sorrells’ father and coach Jon of the new addition in sophomore Kosiboski. “Kayla’s been riding for several years, but this is her first on the team.

“She’s done real good, and Abby’s just hoping that this time, with the two of them, they can make it to state this year.”

Kosiboski will be riding her horse Houston while Sorrells will show Baron and Dandy, all of which are groomed by Kelsey Kosiboski.

The regional competition will run Saturday and Sunday at the Mason County Fair Grounds, from 9 a.m. to 5 

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Regionals Update: Onekama team

takes third

The Onekama Equestrian team, comprised of two sophomores, Abigail Sorrells and Kayla Kosiboski, which won a reserve Division D district championship, fell just short of a state berth by placing third of seven teams at this past weekend’s regional.  Onekama's team is coached by Jon Sorrells.

Jamee Fugere, the lone representative of the Manistee Equestrian Team, won the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association’s Division D regional at the Mason County Fairgrounds over the weekend.

Fugere, a Manistee High School senior, will next attend the MIHA state championships to be held Oct. 11-14 at the Midland County Fairgrounds.