Ashland riders earn bronze medal at state

The Ashland High School Equestrian Team completed a strong showing at the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams State Championships at the Jackson County Fairgrounds last week, culminating in a bronze medal finish in Saturday's Short Program Drill Team event.

Seniors Amanda Steele, Emily Steele, Kachina Rowland, Salina Piddington and Michele Kandaris and junior Zoe Heald delivered a fast-paced and dramatic five-minute program.

A crowd favorite, the Grizzlies had the audience cheering as they completed their stunning roll-backs, crossing patterns and suicide passes.

The OHSET State Championships brought approximately 500 riders from 120 high schools in Oregon to Jackson County to compete in team and individual events from both english and western riding disciplines.

In addition to the drill team's success, Ashland collected two district championships and sent a record nine athletes to this year's state championships.

"We saw solid performances from all our riders," Ashland coach Todd Steele said.

Ashland seniors Nitia Wheeler and Victoria Goguen finished eighth in the two-rider birangle relay race and the Grizzlies had top 10 finishes in Team Penning (9th) and Working Pairs (10th). Ashland also placed 11th in Reining and Working Rancher.

"These athletes have worked very hard throughout their AHS equestrian team careers to improve their horsemanship and prepare for these games," Steele said. "It has been tremendous to see them have such success amid stiff competition at this year's state meet."

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