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At the second OHSET equestrian meet of the season the Crook County team competes well

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Nikki Culver participates in barrell racing at the Central District Oregon High School Equestrian Team meet on Sunday in Redmond.  the meet ran Friday through Sunday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.

The Crook County High School Equestrian Team competed in their second meet of the season over the weekend in fifth place in their division.
   Madras won the medium team division with 367 points while The Dalles/Wahtonka was second with 349 points. LaPine finished third with 291 points, Bend had 264 and Crook County finished with 127.
   Redmond was the meet's overall winner, racking up a whopping 674 points.
   "I was very pleased with how we did," said team advisor MeriLe Glass. "We were working with some borrowed horses because we have some injured horses so I was very pleased."
   With one more Central District meet left before state, Crook County has already qualified one performer for the state meet, and Glass noted that two others are still within striking distance of state qualifying spots.
   Sarah Madison has automatically advanced to the state tournament by placing first in the In Hand Trail event for two meets in a row, while Alyssa Jensen and Kaity Sparks are both high in the standings in multiple events.
   The teams' final meet before state will again be at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond April 10-12, with year-end awards being given on April 13. Events start at 8:30 a.m. each morning. Then the team will finish out their season on May15-18, at the state meet, which will also be held in Redmond this year.
   "We have a pretty young team," said Glass. "We will lose three seniors this year. I want to thank Ted Hull because he donates his indoor arena for us to practice in for the whole season, and my coaches Nancy Wiggins and Linda Brown."
   Glass noted that her team currently does not have any competitors for the working cattle events.
   "We are strong in equitation and speed events, but we have no cattle kids right now," she said. "And our kids are actually doing exceptional. They've been sick, the horses have been sick and one girl has lost her horse so they did just exceptional this week."
   Complete results for the Central District OHSET equestrian meet will appear in Fridays sports roundup section of the Central Oregonian.