OHSET - Oregon High School Equestrian Team
February 27 - March 1
Despite downpours, Canby Equestrians see sunshine with the second meet under their belts. The Cougars are off and running! Canby won Meet Two, held in McMinnville February 27-March 1. Canby’s team includes eighteen equestrians competing against athletes representing thirteen schools (making up the North Valley District).
Eleven of the eighteen Canby equestrian athletes have qualified for state going into the third and last district meet. Sydney Morgan is leading the district in total points for the performance events. Morgan (senior) placed first for In-Hand Trail, Trail Equitation and Showmanship. Caitlynn Tietz (senior) tied Morgan in In-Hand Trail. Jordan Hitchcock (senior), placed second in Saddle Seat, and fourth in Dressage, Western Horsemanship and Working Rancher. Julia Forell (freshman) is running third in the district as a Rookie (1st year in OHSET). Brittney Scott also did well in Saddle Seat, coming in third. Both Hitchcock and Scott will compete in Saddle Seat at State.
Using full-sized horses, the Canby In-Hand Obstacle Relay Teams went head-to-head with two teams of mini horses (mini’s have a big advantage due to the complexities of the course). Canby’s A team came in third, made up of Jordan Hitchcock, Caitlynn Tietz, Sydney Morgan and Darby O’Hearn. The B team placed fifth, comprised of Lanee Bare, Julia Forell, Brittney Scott and Ricky Vita. Then came Canby’s Drill Team, which rocked the arena with their high impact free style performance. Made up of a six riders, the team, led by captain Ricky Vita, includes Amber Cook, Jordan Hitchcock, Brittany Scott, Joanna Vincent and Emmaly Widmer. The team came in second by a slim margin.
Canby was running close with Silverton by the end of day two, but Canby’s Gamers took charge. Coming out of Meet Two, Ricky Vita (Junior) is first place district-wide in timed events, placing third in Pole Bending and Individual Flags. By Sunday the rain moved in, making the Oregon State Fair Grounds a mud pit. Despite the cold and wet conditions Canby had a strong show. Canby swept Individual Flags with Callie Walker (sophomore) first place , Katie Stanfield (junior) second, and Annika Turner (junior) fourth, (Vita took third). Walker, who had to borrow a horse due to a lameness issue, also placed first in Pole Bending and fifth in Figure Eight. Amber Cook (sophomore) placed first in Keyhole and Emmaly Widmer third in Steering Daubing. In the timed team events, Canadian Flag Race Team B took first consisting of Cook, Eckert, Hitchcock and Walker and the Two-man Birangle with Vita and Widmer took fourth.
Canby is looking forward to Meet Three, April 4– 6 also in Salem. Rain or shine come join the excitement.
January 30 - February 2
Canby Equestrians Edge Out the Competition
Rank cows, lame horses, and injured riders did not stop the Cougars from winning their first District Meet held in McMinnville. The team of 18 riders from Canby High School compete against 13 other school teams in the North Valley District.
The first of three meets let the Cougar pride, teamwork and dedication show. Team events are always a strong point for Canby and this meet was no exception. Canadian Flags Team B, made up of Jordan Hitchcock, Amber Cook, Ronee Eckert, and Callie Walker took 1st place to start the day. Canby’s Two-man Birangle team of Aunika Turner and Cook took 7th place, adding needed points to the team total. The Drill Team, ridden by Widmer, Vita, Scott, Hitchcock, Turner and Joanna Vincent, showed off their complex routine, earning 2nd place. Both In-Hand-Obstacle-Relay teams came in 3rd and 5th. Freshman Delaney McRobbie, with Hitchcock as a partner, were 3rd place in Working Pairs.
The gaming, or timed events, held on Sunday, helped Canby secure the win. Junior, Ricky Vita, led the meet with the highest timed event points. He took 1st in Individual Flags and Keyhole, 5th, 6th, and 7th in Barrels, Figure 8, and Poles. Emmaly Widmer, a senior, placed 3rd in Steer Daubing, Figure 8, and a fourth in Barrels. Turner was just behind Vita on Individual Flags at 2nd and took 4th in Pole Bending. Katie Stanfield, a junior, hit the top ten in four of her timed events, leading with a 4th place finish in Individual Flags. Performance points were racked up by a wide variety of riders. Freshman Julia Forell had an 8th in Showmanship and a 10th in Dressage. Sydney Morgan owned the trail course, wining both “in-hand” and equitation classes. With a 3rd in Showmanship, 4th in driving, and 6th in Western, Morgan led the entire meet in performance points. Teammate, Brittany Scott rode Saddle Seat, for her first time, and took 2nd place. First place in Saddle Seat went to senior, Hitchcock who also had an 8th in Dressage and 5th in Working Rancher. Caitlyn Tietz, Canby’s most seasoned hunter/jumper, had to scratch the Hunt Seat Over Fences when her horse became lame. Using her other horse, Tietz had an 8th and 9th in Showmanship and In-Hand Trail.
The the crowds came out for the cows! The Steer Daubing and Roping began Saturday afternoon and the fans stayed all night, despite the frigid temperatures. Team Penning was a busy event with 31 teams competing, each running three times, ending close to midnight. Canby proudly secured 4th and 5th placings with team A (Widmer, Turner, Hitchcock) and team B (Stanfield, Tietz, Walker) respectively.
Canby's OHSET team will compete in Salem at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Feb. 28th -March 2. Community supporters and spectators are always welcome.