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April 26, 2013
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Letter: Douglas County equestrians demonstrate skill and team spirit

Team spirit in equestrians

Kudos to the Douglas County students who are members of South Valley - Oregon High School Equestrian Team. The local group under the Roseburg High School team banner includes students from Roseburg High, Sutherlin, Oakland, Glide and other Douglas County communities.

In February, March and April, the Roseburg team traveled to the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene and competed for three days each month. They vied against students from Sheldon, Willamette, north Eugene, Junction City, Reedsport, Marshfield, North Bend, Cottage Grove, Springfield, south Eugene, Pleasant Hill, Thurston, Churchill, Coquille, Elmira, Mapleton and Siuslaw.

High in team spirit, our students demonstrated their equestrian skills in English, Western and ranching. They competed in roping, team penning, dressage, showmanship, jumping, barrel racing, working in pairs, pole bending, flag racing and many other competitions and games. The students are mentored by former OHSET members and their supportive parents. They can actually earn a letter, just like a football player, for their participation.

These students are totally responsible for their horses, tack and participation in the events in which they will compete.

Their team spirit in the March Grand Entry Drill had me in tears of pride as they carried the RHS flag and rode their horses with RHS colors — orange leg wraps and orange glitter on the horses’ rumps. Two students were chosen from all entries to carry the USA and Oregon flags and we sang the National Anthem. Every RHS rider participated, whereas some of the Lane County teams only had sparse representation in the Grand Entry. I was so proud of the Douglas County students; their team spirit shown brightly.

Claudia C. Hunter


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