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Padrick signed a letter of intent to compete on Fresno State's equestrian team in reining

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Padrick (senior) has signed a letter of intent to attend Fresno State and compete as part of the Bulldogs equestrian team. Wilsonville senior Lexee Padrick has signed a letter of intent to compete on the Fresno State University equestrian team. The signing took place Monday, Nov. 13 at Wilsonville High School. Padrick will ride under the Bulldogs head coach Eric Hubbard, competing in the reining event.

The move to Fresno will require Padrick to leave behind her personal steed in exchange for Fresno State's stable.

"You don't get your own (horse), it's the teams," Padrick said. "At practice, we'll get different horses that we get to ride every week, and when we go to competitions we'll ride the teams horses. It's different than with my own horse because I get to practice with my own horse whenever I want, but for Fresno we get to ride the horse once a week. If we go to Texas A&M and we're competing, or anywhere, we get five minutes to practice on them."

For Padrick the signing, and the eventual move to the San Joaquin Valley, are an exhilarating opportunity to do something she had set her mind to many years ago.

"I'm a little nervous to go down to Fresno State and be with girls I've never been with before," Padrick said. "I'm really excited to start a new team and ride with my new coach, coach Hubbard. It's honestly nerve-racking."

Padrick has been competing in equestrian since the first grade, and reining since the seventh grade. Despite the nerves, she is ultimately thrilled with the outcome.

"It was a dream come true, and I'm so excited to start my life down in Fresno," Padrick said with a smile.

Wilsonville's equestrian team, which is part of the Tri-River Valley conference, will have its first meet Feb. 15-18 at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville.

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