At OVS, competitive riding is a long standing tradition. Competitive riders can participate in regional shows, jumping and dressage clinics, as well as Pony Club rallies and certification. The school is a United States Pony Club Riding Center and students have the opportunity to earn their Pony Club certification.
At the high school level, serious equestrians in grades 9-12 who want to participate in local shows can ride for the OVS Competitive Team. Selection of team members is done by Equestrian Director Stephanie Gustafson on the following basis:
– Enrollment in the regular P.E. Riding Program
– Regular class attendance and fulfillment of assigned duties
– Ability level and readiness for serious competition
– Academic standing (students with academic problems may not be able to spend the extra time required for these activities)
– Spirit, attitude, and cooperation with instructors
There are additional riding fees, which vary by grade level. For competitive riders, the $750 OVS Competitive Team fee includes preferred school-horse assignment, 7th period practice before sports, and weekly private or semi-private lessons during free periods or lunch. Additionally, one show and clinic, at a minimum, will be available per trimester.