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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Outlaws compete on horseback
By Kathryn Godsiff
The Rimrock Riders Event
Center at Brasada Ranch in
Powell Butte is an eques-
trian venue with two arenas,
grandstands, a café and ample
space for trailers and specta-
tor vehicles. And when it’s
full of cheering teenagers,
their parents and friends, the
happy noise echoes to the big
metal spans that hold the roof.
Such was the scene at
the second Central District
OHSET meet last weekend,
when teams from Sisters and
13 other schools on the east
side of the Cascades congre-
gated to compete in events
ranging from saddle seat
equitation to steer daubing
and barrel racing. The cheers
were for whoever was in the
limelight at the moment.
The meets, usually held
at the Deschutes County
Fair and Expo Center in
Redmond, were relocated due
to the High Desert Stampede
rodeo that occupied the main
arena at the fairgrounds. The
Rimrock Riders Event Center
covers a much smaller area
than the fairgrounds, which
lends itself to a sense of inti-
macy while also challenging
the athletes to rethink some
of their strategy in a smaller
Sisters athletes and their
mounts competed in nearly
all of the 25 events on offer.
Talent is evenly spread
between the performance
events and gaming, with par-
ticular strengths in driving,
dressage, hunt seat equitation
and Canadian flags (a gaming
event). Athletes may compete
in up to five individual events
and as many team events as
they choose.
Team Coach Annie Winter
said, “The kids have all
improved from the last meet.
They took on the lessons
learned there and have had
good successes.”
She liked the smaller
venue and said that with the
entire team staying on the
grounds for the weekend that
it became a good team-build-
ing time.
Jackson Robinson, the
sole male on the team, is
one of the success stories
of OHSET. A non-rider last
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hand classes with an expe-
rienced gelding borrowed
from Hayden Wester. Now
with a year of riding lessons,
daily work with the horse,
and support of his teammates,
Robinson competes in several
gaming events. His father,
Rob, quipped that he defi-
nitely is the most improved
on the team.
The kids have all
improved from the last
meet. They took on the
lessons learned there and
have had good successes.
— Annie Winter
“It’s a great program for
him. He started with no expe-
rience and now gets to work
with great people,” he said.
OHSET will be back at the
Deschutes County Fair and
Expo Center in Redmond for
the third meet of the season,
April 14-16.
Results from
Central District
OHSET Meet #2
Driving: Emily Ogen 1.
Hunt Seat over Fences: Sophie
Winter 3.
Saddle Seat Equtation:
Charlotte Barton 3.
Hunt Seat Equitation: Ellie
Cooke 2; Mia Cooke 5.
Dressage: Emily Ogen 3; Sophie
Winter 4.
Rebecca Rubbert 4; Emily Ogen
In Hand Obstacle Relay: Sisters
10 — Ellie Cooke, Charlotte
Barton, Emily Ogen, Madison
In Hand Trail: Rebecca Rubbert
Reining: Emily Ogen 8.
Trail Equitation: Emily Ogen 10.
Canadian Flags: Sisters 2 —
Rebecca Rubbert, Brooke Knirk,
Emily Ogen, Sophie Winter.
Working Pairs: Sisters D 11 —
Charlotte Barton, Emily Ogen;
Sisters A 12 — Mia Cooke,
Sophie Winter.
Keyhole: Jackson Robinson 11;
Sarah Rubbert 12.
expected to be
about normal
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51 mph, which occurred on
March 8.
The outlook for April from
NOAA’s Climate Prediction
Center calls for near nor-
mal temperatures and near to
above normal precipitation.
Normal highs for Sisters rise
from 55 degrees at the start
of April to 62 degrees at the
end of April. Normal lows
rise from 29 degrees to 32
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