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Time to ride high

The Clarkston EquestrianTeam, from left, Becka Leek, Sarah Pobuda, Emma Johnson, Riana Leek, Coach Birch, Denise Garbe, Coach Pobuda, Emily Pobuda, Lili Pyscher, Rachel Vieira, Coach Molina. Photo provided (click for larger version)
September 14, 2011 - The Clarkston Equestrian Team is ready to launch their 2011 season after finishing as district and regional champions last year.

With their sights on the state championship this season, they open with their first meet, Saturday in Imlay City.

The riders then compete in a back-to-back meet at the Oakland County Fairgrounds in Davisburg, Sept. 24-25.

Eight members make up this year's team: Denise Garbe, Becka Leek, Riana Leek, Emma Johnson, Emily Pobuda, Sarah Pobuda, Lili Pyscher and Rachel Vieira.

"We are small in number, but we are mighty," added Darci Molina, assistant coach and alumni member.

Emily Pobuda and Riana Leek are returning as senior captains and will lead the team in Showmanship, Saddleseat, Western, Hunt Seat and Bareback.

Senior Denise Garbe, a second year team member who brought her horse from Germany, will lead in Jumping and also ride in Saddleseat and Hunt Seat.

"While the team is smaller in number of riders this year, its strength is versatility," said Coach Tim Pobuda.

Sophomore Emma Johnson and three freshman riders, Becka Leek, Rachel Vieira and Sarah Pobuda finished strong in summer show season and are excited to contribute with performances in Showmanship, Saddleseat, Huntseat, Jumping, Western and Speed.

Tim added the three freshman showed their strong riding skills throughout the summer and during practices, with Becka in showmanship and riding in Western classes, Vieira in jumping and showing in Hunt Seat and Sarah in speed classes.

They are helped by non-riding team member Lili Pyscher.

"All of the girls are willing to push their boundaries and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals," said Tim.

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