If you want another Genoa high school team to cheer for other than football or
golf, you should have stopped by Vail Meadows Equestrian Center on Cedar Point Road in Oregon, Sunday, Oct. 4.
The Genoa equestrian team was to compete in the Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association state meet at Vail Meadows. The team qualified out of District II along with Fremont and Perrysburg. Teams qualifying out of District I are Sylvania and Anthony Wayne, and out of District III, Napoleon, Tinora and Defiance.
The Genoa coach is Kim Skriba, who is from Genoa and also is 4-H Horse Club advisor in Ottawa County. Genoa team members are sophomore Emily George (second year on the team), freshman Jessie Neff (first year), and freshman Hannah Wagner, who is a Woodmore student (first year team member, Woodmore doesn’t have an equestrian team). OIHA rules require participants to be in grades 9-12.“We won our division with two freshmen and a sophomore,” Coach Skriba said. “I am very proud of the efforts and dedication of the girls and their parents who made sure they were there on time and ready at each meet. Each Sunday the meets started at 9 a.m. and finished at about 6 p.m. Each week, the girls collectively did 22-24 classes with their horses ranging from performance classes to speed classes.”
The state meet showdown was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. Besides three districts competing at the state meet, there are also three divisions.
Teams are divided into different divisions depending on team size. A Division I team has 10 or more riders, a D-II team has five to nine riders, and a D-III team has two to four riders. Genoa competes in D-III. The teams compete with teams in their division for points. Points are earned by placing in the classes with first place worth eight points, second place seven points, etc.
The 17 classes they will be competing in are Western Showmanship, Saddle Seat Showmanship, Seat Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Saddle Seat Pattern Class, Saddle Seat Bareback Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation, Equitation over Fences, Hunt Seat Bareback, Western Horsemanship, Western Riding, Western Bareback, Trail (any seat), Barrels, Poles, Two-Man Relay Race and Keyhole.
Other local teams with equestrian teams in District II include Eastwood, Lake, Oak Harbor, Bowling Green, Central Catholic, Erie, and Otsego. District I also includes St.Ursula, Evergreen, Notre Dame Academy, Springfield, and Swanton. Other District III schools are Defiance, Fairview, Napoleon and Tinora.