OHSET Members Hit The Stables Nine students work with and train their horses to enter equestrian competitions in April and May
BY EMMA GOMES art focus editor
The Mac High Equestrian Team (OHSET) consists of 10 members: Christopher Trapp, Mariah Clevenger, Peyton Burke, Gloria Clabaugh, Paige Schwarz, Kiya Wilkinson, Kassidee Bates, Illaria Palermo, Marie Boutier, and Violet Holland who is from Dayton. The team is led by Julie Jensen and David Holland. OHSET is considered a sport but is funded as if they’re a club. Currently OHSET has had one meet on Linn City and now has one meet in at the Salem fairgrounds on March 1-4 and April 5- 8. After that they hope to qualify in the Redmond State Meet on May 10 -13. Events that are done during a competition include, English riding, jumping, gaming, trail, and reining. Competitions normally go on over the course of a weekend, and not everyone has their specific events each day. Everyone’s schedule is different. Julie Jensen, coach of OHSET said, “Some events are judged, whereas others are based on time...Performance events are based on how well we work with the horses.” The biggest parts of these meets are the horses. Junior Christopher Trapp, said, “we do just simple exercises and workouts,
for us and the horses. For training the horses we normally do just patterns as practice.” They practice twice a week at the fairgrounds. Jensen said, “Some kids have trainers individually.” However, in OHSET, you don’t just see horses. Trapp said, “I normally work with Mustangs, but there are all breeds of horses. There are also cows, donkeys, and mules.” The goals of OHSET mainly include having team and individual ambitions that better their skills and abilities in competitions. Jensen said, “The main goal for this team is to qualify in the Redmond State Meet.” The equestrian team, in the past, as won the District 1st place for middle sized school in 2010. In 2011 they won the District Gold medal in Team Penning, the District Bronze medal in Working Fours, and the District Silver medal in bi-rangle. Want to get involved in OHSET? You can contact the activities director. This is considered a fall sport. The cost is $250 registration fee, but you can apply for a scholarship as well.
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