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Everything you could ever know about your high school equestrian team
Carli Ann WAHSET Gaming Coach
All of LSHS’s WAHSET team members: Molly Colvin, Ava McGee, Breanna Parks, Ashleigh Neihart, Paige Phillips, Lily Dow, and Roslyn Radford.

WAHSET stands for Washington High School Equestrian Team. Being a part of the equestrian team is a lot of work, but worth it in the end. Few people know what WAHSET is or that we even have a high school equestrian team. WAHSET is a unique and exciting program that combines the thrill of equestrian sports with the camaraderie of high school competition. It provides an opportunity for students who are passionate about horses to showcase their skills and compete against other schools in a variety of events.

One of the great things about WAHSET is that it offers a wide range of disciplines for students to participate in. From dressage and show jumping, to barrel racing and cow sorting, there’s something for everyone. This allows students to explore different areas of horsemanship and find their niche within the sport.

In addition to the physical aspect of the sport, WAHSET also emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork. Students not only compete individually, but they also have the opportunity to compete as a team, representing their school. This fosters a sense of unity and camaraderie among the participants, as they work together to achieve their goals. “The camaraderie and teamwork within WAHSET is one of my favorite things about it. When I have a rough event, my team is always there to support me. Whether you break a record or get disqualified, your team is there to cheer you on through it all. There’s always someone there to lend a hand when your tack breaks or your horse goes lame,”said sophomore Molly Colvin.

One of the key aspects of WAHSET is the emphasis on safety. Equestrian sports can be physically demanding and potentially dangerous, so safety is always a top priority. Participants are required to wear appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and appropriate pants, and events are closely monitored to ensure the well-being of both the riders and the horses.

The competitions themselves are exhilarating and filled with excitement. Students have the chance to demonstrate their skills and compete in a supportive and encouraging environment. It’s not just about winning, but also about personal growth, sportsmanship, and building lasting friendships with fellow equestrians.

WAHSET events often take place at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center and the setting adds to the overall experience. The sights and sounds of horses galloping, the cheers from the crowd, and the adrenaline rush of competing create a truly electric atmosphere.

WAHSET is not just about the competition. It’s also about personal development and learning. Students have the opportunity to work closely with their horses, honing their riding skills, improving their communication, and deepening their understanding of these magnificent animals. The bond between rider and horse is a special one, and WAHSET helps foster and strengthen that connection, “I try and ride at least 3 nights a week to keep my horse in shape I also try and eat a better-balanced diet so I have more energy and can be more focused. My horse also gets lots of different supplements so she feels better. A couple of days before the shows I will bathe both horses and get them as clean as possible and keep the white parts of them clean so there aren’t dirt stains on them when we compete,” said sophomore Corina Ramirez.

Another fantastic aspect of WAHSET is the sense of community it creates. Students from different schools come together, forming friendships and bonds that extend beyond the arena. They support and cheer for each other, creating a positive and uplifting environment. It’s a place where equestrians can come together, share their love for horses, and inspire one another to reach new heights. “It’s really fun and everyone is really supportive,” said sophomore Ashleigh Neihart.

Participating in WAHSET can also open doors for students who wish to pursue equestrian sports at a higher level. It provides a solid foundation of experience and skills that can be beneficial for those looking to compete in college or even pursue a professional career in the equine industry. If you have a passion for riding horses and want to play for your school, I highly recommend WAHSET.

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