Madras, Culver co-op to form team

The Madras High School equestrian team completed its second Central Oregon district meet of the season, which concluded Sunday, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond.
   Madras, which co-ops with Culver to form a team, competes in the small team division with its six-rider roster this season.
   Jake Palin had a huge day for the team with a first-place finish in the steer daubing event. The event has the rider come out of the chute with a long pole, or daub, with paint on the end. The rider must stick the daub on an area marked on the steer and leave a mark to record a time.
   Palin marked two steers in a combined time of 4.33 seconds to win the event.
   Palin also placed second in the working rancher event, where contestants and their horses are tested in a variety of different skills to simulate ranch work.
   Palin won the working rancher event in the first Central Oregon meet of the spring, February 22-24 in Redmond.
   If that wasn't enough, Palin had one more second-place finish, this one in breakaway roping. Palin needed just 8.09 seconds to toss his lasso around a calf.
   While Palin was the top individual performer of the meet, Alyssa Booren and Lakota Jensen teamed up to take the win in the birangle riding competition in 26.66 seconds.
   In team penning, Stephanie Allard, Angelica Metteer along with Booren placed second. They penned seven cows using all three pens in 2:28.44.
   Along with Palin's win in the first meet in February, Jensen placed fourth in steer daubing (two daubs, 16.07 seconds) and ninth in the keyhole pattern event with a time of 10.64 seconds. Jensen also placed ninth in flags with a time of 14.31.
   Booren earned a ninth-place spot in the Figure 8 pattern event with a time of 11.92 seconds.
   Palin, Jensen and Skyla Booren placed third in team penning, putting six cows away in 2:32.68.
   Palin and Skyla Booren placed ninth in birangle with a time of 30.55 seconds.
   New to the team are advisor and coach, Amber White, along with another coach, Nicole Wagner.
   The Madras team competes in the Central Oregon district with riders from Bend, Mountain View, Summit, Crook County, Hood River Valley, Dufur, Pendleton, Baker, Heppner, Redmond, Sisters, Lakeview, La Pine, The Dalles Wahtonka and Bend's Trinity Lutheran.
   The next competition, and final before the state championships, are April 19-21 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond.
   The state meet, also at the Fair and Expo Center, is May 16-19.

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