Team places second, qualifies many for state championships

by: LINDA LARSON/FOR THE PIONEER - Jessie Furguson placed fourth in pole bending Saturday and is headed to state next month.Once again, the Madras Oregon High School Equestrian Team has proved its mettle.

The Madras OHSET team brought home the second place trophy in its division, qualified many riders for the state event and more importantly, won the sportsmanship award at the third and final Central District High School Equestrian Teams meet at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in the Bank of the Cascades Event Center in Redmond.

Of the 15 teams and 132 riders in the competition, Madras really stood out.

“Our team did amazing this last weekend,” head coach/advisor Amber White said. “I could not be prouder. They showed great teamwork and horsemanship.”

All of that worked paid off as the team excelled in every event in which it was entered.

“I feel that the sportsmanship award is the most important because that's what teamwork is all about, working together, encouraging not only our own team but other teams,” White said. “Helping everyone reach their goals, that's what OHSET is about.”

Top placers for Madras last weekend included Lakota Jensen (first in individual flags, sixth in keyhole, eighth in figure eight, second in barrels and 13th in steer daubing), Amethyst Gibson (second in steer daubing, Jessie Ferguson (sixth in flags, 14th in keyhole, third in figure eight, fourth in pole bending and 16th in barrels), Jacob Palin (second in working rancher and 10th in reining), Angelica Metteer (ninth in keyhole) and Alyssa Booren (fifth in steer daubing and sixth in working rancher.

In team competition, Jensen and Booren took second in birangle, Booren, Metteer and Ferguson ended up third in team penning, the team of Metteer, Taylir Wills, Janna Davis and Riata Green were third in Canadian flags, while Skyla Booren, Davis, Jensen and Alyssa Booren took fourth in freestyle.

“It is really hard for me to not say a little about everybody on the team,” White said. “They all did fantastic. They might not have brought home the gold, silver or bronze that would qualify them for state, but they were all a part of the team that brought home the sportsmanship award and silver for the team and I'm very proud to be a part of this Madras OHSET team.”

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