OHSET - Oregon High School Equestrian Team
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.