Oregon is famous for its firsts–first with a bottle bill, first with assisted suicide, first with petitions, and so on. But did you know that Oregon, southern Oregon to be exact, was the first to have high school equestrian teams?
The equestrian team concept began in the area about 20 years ago and now includes many states, although Oregon is the most active. Currently Oregon has nine districts. The southern Oregon district, of which Eagle Point is a member, includes 13 teams. Each district has three, three day meets with the state event in May.
Events include both western and English, drill teams (two and four member along with a larger one), in hand and trail events along with gaming events test a variety of equestrians’ skills.
The Eagle Point team has already qualified for state but will be participating Apr. 15-17 in district to increase their points. This will be the third district for them this year. All members are qualified for the state event in Redmond in May.
Qualifying and funding are two entirely different issues. The equestrian program while carrying the torch for Eagle Point High School, is not a funded program. It will cost each student around $1,100 for the state meet. This includes lodging, food, stalls and entry fees, but does not even include travel expense.
he team members are seeking support. Checks may be made to EPHS ET and mailed to EPHS ET % Lori, 40 Osprey, Eagle Point, OR 97524.