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South End granddaughter earns equestrian medal

Elle Tilkin of Hockinson, Wash., rides her horse Rocket during the high school equestrian team state finals at the Lynden Fairgrounds. Her parents are from South Whidbey and grandparents still live on the South End.  - Photo courtesy of Pam Kniseley
Elle Tilkin of Hockinson, Wash., rides her horse Rocket during the high school equestrian team state finals at the Lynden Fairgrounds. Her parents are from South Whidbey and grandparents still live on the South End.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Pam Kniseley

Elle Tilkin, a sophomore at Hockinson High School in the Vancouver, Wash., area, earned the High Point Individual Versatility Gold Medal at the recent Washington Association of High School Equestrian Teams state finals held at the Lynden Fairgrounds.

Elle, whose parents Dan and Kathy Tilkin are 1989 South Whidbey High School graduates, and her three teammates won the gold in the gaming event Canadian Flags. She went on to earn individual gold in Dressage and gold in hunt seat over fences.

Kathy was a Centaurs 4-H member for eight years. Dan, Kathy, Elle and Ben live in Hockinson near Vancouver. Dan is an anchor for CBS in Portland and Kathy owns Short Acres Horse Farm.

Elle’s grandparents are Cynthia Tilkin and the late Dick Tilkin of Langley and Jack and Pam Kniseley of Clinton.

 

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