If the Lake equestrian team took first place at Sunday's Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (OIHA) state meet at Vail Meadows in Oregon, there would be a very good reason.
The Lake Equestrian Team won the State Meet at Vail Meadows on Sunday, Oct 3. They are now OIHA State Champions in Division I.
“They're dedicated and they show all year,” said Lake coach Connie Workman, who is also a district chairperson. “They're not just in the three (district) shows or the week at Fair. They show at open shows and at open competitions all summer long. They are very devoted and I have great parents, and they are really into it. They've done a good job and really earned their way.”
Workman's daughter, Jenna, a senior at Lake, is one of the riders for Lake's eight-member equestrian team. Jenna will ride J.D., a 15-year-old quarterhorse, at the state meet.
Other team members who attend Lake are junior Morgan Collins, sophomore Ashley Landers and freshmen Ellen Johns and Alissa Knieriem. Lake's squad also includes Riley Herman, a sophomore at Woodmore, Northwood senior Holly Slater and Gibsonburg junior Demitrius Ernsberger.
Lake qualified for the state meet after taking first place at District 2's third and final show event of the season at the Wood Country Fairgrounds.
“There are three meets in each district,” Connie Workman said. “There are three districts in northwest Ohio, and we're in District 2, Division 2. There are three divisions within each district, depending on the size of your team, so you only compete against teams of your size. There are 10 teams in our district.”