AHS Equestrian Team Information
What a fantastic season we had in 2014/2015! The Grizzlies achieved great personal and team success in all three SOHSET district meets and qualified for OHSET State Championships in Drill, working pairs, bi-rangle, barrels, figure 8, and reining. Through all the hard work, icy practices and the ups and downs of competition, you should be very proud of your performances and attitudes. As always, our goals for AHSET this last season were to build a supportive and competitive team, represent our school respectfully, improve our horsemanship and equestrian skills while having fun and have both personal and team success as we enjoy time with our teammates and horses. We look forward to another fantastic Ashland Equestrian Team season!
Head coach:Richard Walsh, Assistant Laura Stutesman, and Assistant Ashley Peters will be this years coaches.
Laura Stutesman Training Stables is the "Home of the Grizzly Equestrians". Thanks to manager Laura Stutesman for donating her facility for team practices (Nov 1st - May 20th).
** Please respect the trainers and other activities in the arenas and be sure to clean up after yourself and your horse when using the facility. **
The practice schedule will be posted on the team web site (ashlandequestrians.com) You must contact the head coach prior to the practice, if you cannot attend practice.
Equestrian Team practice provides athletes with an opportunity to prepare for competition. Practices will evaluate our pattern awareness, allow us to experience the event-specific obstacles and focus on team events. An athlete who wishes to compete at a high level will likely ride their horse 4-5 times each week and be working with a trainer weekly to improve their equitation and competitive skills.
Athletes are limited to 5 individual events, but may compete in as many team events as they wish. Athletes should strive to compete in as many events as they can and we request that each athlete compete in at least 5 events at each meet. All athletes must participate in some team events.
|Saddle Seat Equitation
|Hunt Seat Equitation
|Hunt Seat over Fences
||In-Hand Obstacle Relay (IHOR)*
|Stock Seat Equitation
* - team events
If an athlete prepares and performs at a varsity level, they will earn a varsity letter at the end of the season. Preparation includes training with their horse, knowing your patterns and events, participating in our practices, being a positive member of our team, and striving for the best performance for themselves and their team at the meets.
SOHSET District Meets at the Jackson County Expo:
OHSET State Meet at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond OR
The average cost of SOHSET participation is ~$650 per athlete, which includes State and district fees, practice facility rental, equipment, uniforms and other costs. This figure is above and beyond your personal clothing, tack and horse care expenses (feed, board, vet, farrier, grooming, etc.).
Estimated Total fees for 2015/2016 is approximately $650.00 (broken down as follows but may vary)
OHSET/SOHSET Member Dues $440.00
Includes district fees, state insurance fee and one stall for each of 3 District meets. All new athletes will receive a new jersey for the 2015/2016 season.
All equestrian team member families are required to join the AHS Booster Club. Please add $30 to your membership dues check if you have not joined the Booster Club for the 2015-2016 school year. Only one Booster Club membership is required per family. Current Booster Club members need not apply again.
Ashland Booster Club $30
Additional stalls $50 per meet
Members showing more than one horse will be responsible for additional stall fees of $50 for each additional horse per meet.
Shavings $15-20 per meet
We will not be selling shavings this year.
Sweatshirts and Jackets
New athletes will receive a team jacket free of charge. Replacement jackets may be purchased for an additional fee. Each year the team produces a hooded sweatshirt and t-shirts with the team logo and offers these to athletes and families for around $30 for the sweatshirt and $10 for the t-shirts. We're likely to do this again this year
We cannot do this without your help. Many parents have been highly involved in team functions over the past years and realize the benefits this organization has for their student athletes. Parents can contribute in many ways, such as fundraising, helping out at the meets, supervising practices or other tasks. Each athlete's parents must volunteer to coordinate a major support element described below, as well as contributing to a meal, gate/scribe duty and other support task.
All athletes are required to participate in the SOHSET fundraising events and any team fundraising events
While each of these items may require the efforts of more than one parent, we must have at least one or two parents to coordinate the activities in each of these areas:
Team/Athlete Registration Equipment Manager 2+ parents
- Equipment storage & delivery to meets
- Building event obstacles and equipment (e.g, drill equipment)
- Design and purchase uniforms, sweatshirts, jackets, t-shirts, etc.
- Athlete numbers & stall cards
Coaching / Practice Arena Guidance
Booster Club Coordinator - Attend a few booster club meetings throughout the year
- Coordinate food booth volunteers for 2-3 basketball games
- Submit funding request forms
Web site, publicity, Thank you's
Support for SOHSET meets and OHSET State meet
* I'm sure there's more...
At the Meets
Set-up Thurs nights
Transport team equipment to the meet, set-up awnings, tarps, saddle racks, tables, etc.
We will need parents to assist in setting up an event or two and to act as scribes and gate keepers at each of the 3 District meets.
Each family is highly encouraged to contribute at least one lunch at a district meet.
A few athletes and parents available to attend arbitration and protest meetings.
Coaches are there to prepare the athletes for the competitions and keep things on schedule. Parents are responsible for their athletes at all times.
If you are going to drive an athlete that is not your own child to or from a team function, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and Volunteer Driver Information Forms in your registration packet and return them to the Athletic Director's Office.
Per AHS policy, athletes CANNOT ride with other athletes to and from team functions (practices, meetings, meets, etc.). We have been STRONGLY advised to adhere to that policy, so please everyone, let's not have athletes driving athletes to or from AHSET functions.
Winter Sports and Outside Activities
Participation in an AHS Winter Sport or an outside activity that may limit their AHSET involvement could affect an athlete's participation in the equestrian team. AHS policy prohibits participation in two sports in the same season, so you must ensure that your involvement in the AHSET does not interfere with your practice or competition commitments for a Winter Sport. The athlete must still pay all required AHSET fees, but participating in a Winter Sport or outside activity may affect the team events in which you participate. Athletes must inform the AHSET coaching staff of an outside activity or Winter Sport involvement to ensure they are prepared for any OHSET meets they plan to attend.
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