Sydney Morgan leads in performance points, and the Cougars take first place in a North Valley district competition in McMinnville.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Canby equestrian team won its first district meet Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in McMinnville.Rank cows, lame horses and injured riders did not stop the Canby equestrian team from winning its first district meet Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in McMinnville.

Team events are often a strong point for the Cougars, whose 18 riders were competing against 13 other schools in the North Valley district, and this meet was no exception.

A Canadian flags team made up of Jordan Hitchcock, Amber Cook, Ronee Eckert and Callie Walker took first place to start the day. Canby's two-man birangle team of Aunika Turner and Cook took seventh place, adding points to the team total.

The drill team showed off its complex routine, earning second place. And the in-hand obstacle relay teams came in third and fifth. Hitchcock joined freshman Delaney McRobbie to place third in working pairs.

The timed events, held Feb. 2, helped Canby secure the win.

Junior Ricky Vita led the meet with the most timed-event points. He took first in individual flags and keyhole, and he added fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishes in barrels, Figure 8 and poles, respectively.

CHS senior Emmaly Widmer snagged third in steer daubing and Figure 8 and took fourth in barrels.

Turner was just behind Vita on individual flags at second and took fourth on pole bending. Junior Katie Stanfield cracked the top 10 in four of her timed events, highlighted by her a fourth-place finish in individual flags.

Performance points were racked up by a wide variety of riders.

Freshman Julia Forell was eighth in showmanship and 10th in dressage.

Sydney Morgan owned the trail course, wining the in-hand and equitation classes. With a third-place finish in showmanship, fourth in driving and sixth in Western, she led the entire meet in performance points.

Brittany Scott rode saddle seat for the first time and took second place. First place in the event went to Hitchcock, who also took fifth in working rancher and eighth in dressage.

Caitlyn Tietz, Canby’s most seasoned hunter/jumper, had to scratch one of her events when one of her horses became lame. Using another horse, Tietz came in eighth in showmanship and ninth in in-hand trail.

The Cougars secured fourth and fifth place in team penning. The fourth-place group included Widmer, Turner and Hitchcock, while the fifth-place team featured Stanfield, Tietz and Walker.

Canby OHSET will continue its season Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Jennifer Hitchcock contributed to this report.

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