California Riding Magazine • June, 2011

School Scores!
Rancho Bernardo High School equestrian team gets unique club-sport status.

Julia Sullivan and Ali Woronowicz

This year, Rancho Bernardo High School's Equestrian Club finally received permission from their district, Poway Unified, to compete as a team in the San Diego Scholastic Equestrian League and be recognized as a club-sport, rather than just a club, on campus.

Although this is largely due to the efforts of Debi Gibney with SDSEL, Senior and Co-President/ Co-Captain Ali Woronowicz at RBHS initially started this club during her sophomore year with hopes that the school district would agree despite the liability issues. After two years of waiting, the team is now the first and only team of this kind in the district. Ali hopes that more schools will soon hop on board as she has been contacting riders at other schools to help them with getting their clubs started. For now, Rancho Bernardo riders mainly compete against private school teams in the area. Ali says that the biggest challenge she's faced has been making the new team's existence publicly known to her fellow students on campus. Because this team is still considered a club on campus, community service is still part of the club requirements. Recently these RBHS Broncos raised $320 from a bake sale they held and donated all the proceeds to the Heart of a Horse Foundation.

Some of the team members at a show in Del Mar.

While the SDSEL 2011 show season is coming to an end, Ali is now working with the other Co-President and Co-Captain, sophomore Julia Sullivan, to help prepare her for the club's next year when Julia will hold both of the reins.