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Killian, Smith ride away with state championships
Jalen Smith won two state championships over the weekend in Lebanon in pole bending and arena flags.
Warren County Saddle Club members were in full gallop over the weekend at the state championships in Lebanon.Local riders came home with a number of trophies, highlighted by the first state championship for Kent Killian and two state titles for teen Jalen Smith.Killian earned his state title in pole bending, his first-ever championship in 44 years of competition. Killian is well respected in this area for all the time he has spent helping local youth learn how to ride and all the energy he has devoted to the sport. He is a charter member of the Warren County Saddle Club, helping form that organization back in the 1960s.Killian has earned a number of second-place finishes at the state level during his career, but this is his first title.Jalen Smith earned his state titles in youth pole bending and youth arena flags.