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Courtney Borden: 'We have never had any treatment described in the accusations being thrown at Mrs. Wacker.'

My daughter Braelee has been taking lessons with Angie Wacker since the age of 5. She will be 14 this June. Almost nine years we have been a part of the barn at Angie and Kevin Wacker's. That is 468 weeks we have been a part of tCourtney Bordenheir organization, and at no point have I ever felt that Angie or anyone else at the barn has ever had anything but safety and the best interest of the riders in the forefront.

When we started, my daughter had only ever ridden a horse once or twice before. Over the years, she has grown into not only a skilled rider, but a more confident person as well because of her activities with the horses and Mrs. Wacker at the barn.

Over the years, we have progressed from summer camp to weekly lessons, to the leasing of one of the horses at the Wacker's barn. Over the last four years, we have leased a horse from Angie and Kevin. This has enabled my daughter to participate in 4-H for the last four years as well as participate in numerous horse shows and events. Ever since Braelee was in second grade, she has been looking forward to the time when she could join OHSET and ride for Angie on the team.

In a time when so many other things are being taken from our kids, I am not about to tell her that one more thing is about to be taken as well: the goal of riding for her coach Angie Wacker.

Angie's devotion to the kids, horses and programs are unmatched. A horse competition is unlike any other sporting event. Often on show/competition days, she is up before the sun to make sure the horses are cared for and ready. Then the management to ensure that all riders have the necessary tack for their particular events (because each event requires different equipment). Once all the horses and equipment have been loaded, then begins the drive. Oftentimes, competitions are at least an hour away from the barn. Once arriving at the show, she now has to ensure that every rider correctly and appropriately tacks up their horse. Once the show/competition begins, it is not uncommon for the show to last 10-12 hours. Yes, you read that right: 12 hours. Once the show is over, the untacking process begins, followed by the trek home and the putting away of the animals. Did I also mention that she volunteers her time to do this? What other sport requires a 14-16 hour commitment from a coach just for one event/game? None, that is your answer. To say that Angie isn't looking out for her students' growth, well-being and overall development is outright laughable.

Over the years, I have seen lots of people come and go from the barn and one thing rings true. We have always been told how lucky we were to have started with Angie when my daughter was so young, and I would have to agree. We have never had any treatment described in the accusations being thrown at Mrs. Wacker.

Courtney Borden is a Molalla resident in Clackamas County.


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