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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. Both are timed events and several onlookers noted the speed in which Smith blazed around the courses. He also captured two second-place finishes in the categories of 1-barrel speed, and 2-barrel speed.
His younger brother, Jensen Smith, earned a top 10 finish in every event he entered. Jensen was fourth in poles, fifth in figure 8 flags, sixth in 2-barrel speed, seventh in 1-barrel speed, seventh in keyhole, and seventh in 3 barrels.
In other results:
Hanna Tate was second in figure 8.
Savanah Scott was fourth in western pleasure and 11th in gaited halter.
Kelsi Griffin was seventh in 2 barrel.
Jamie Hutchins was eighth in women’s 3 barrel.
Elly Stamper was ninth in arena flag.
Abbey Moore was 10th in poles.