The inaugural Cross-National Cup, a show licensed by WE United, was held at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena complex July 13-15, 2018. In all, 102 competitors, representing 6 nations and multiple US states, participated.
Kim Peterson, R, Australia served as President of the Jury, accompanied by judges Rebecca Algar, R, California; Nicole Chastain Price, r, California; Polly Limond, r, California; and Barbara Price, r, California. Elizabeth Morosani, North Carolina, served as the Technical Delegate, while Ashley Bowers, Arizona, was the on-site Show Manager. Julie Alonzo was the Show Secretary, Kristine Strasburger handled the point tallies and placings, Rebecca Cruden worked the microphone as announcer, and Samuel Cruden worked as Gate and Paddock Steward.
Dressage was held on Friday, Ease of Handling on Saturday, and the Speed Trial and Awards Ceremony took place Sunday.
With 37 competitors, the Introductory class was the largest at the event. At the end of the weekend, Canadian Mandy Blais and Half-Andalusian Taseko took home the Championship, while Australian Cheryl Miller on the BLM Mustang Beam Me Up Scotty was Reserve. Californian Lisa Scebbi on Friesian Sport Horse Zillertal Atom came in 3rd overall. California member Andrea Sullivan on Iberian Cross Ce’u do Fino was 4th. Wisconsin member Kris Blacklock rode borrowed Canadian Horse Lili Chantecler to a 5th place finish overall. Oregon member Julie Sweetenand her huge mule LFV’s Solar Eclipse earned 6th place overall. Oregonian Nicole Coon and the Paint An Original Impression finished 7th. Cheryl Martinez and her Paint Jokar’s Crown Royal, of Oregon, came in 8th. Washington resident Erin O’Shaughnessy order her Quarter Horse Shining Spartan to a 9th place finish. Canadian Darcy Henkel rode her Morgan/Friesian My Inspiration to 10th place.
Youth member Josephine Hunter, of Oregon,rode River Ripple to the Champion Youth, Introductory Level honors.
NOVICE A RESULTS
Novice A, with 36 entries, was also a huge class. The Novice A Championship was also earned by a Canadian: Kenton Miller of Olds, Alberta, on his Friesian stallion Zamfire. Reserve Champion was Australian Mark Mason on borrowed Lusitano Delirio DC. Kristina Eckert, from Oregon, came in 3rd overall on her Canadian stallion Metistar Taj Mahal Amaro. Californian Bryan Ludensearned 4th overall on Friesian stallion Lark of Honor Bright. Another Californian, Shannon Yee, rode her Fell Pony Braeberry Ruby to 5th place overall.
Australian Sandy Langsford rode the borrowed BLM Mustang Beam Me Up Scotty to a 6th place finish. Australian youth Lucy Campbell rode borrowed Quarter Horse Driftin Juniper to 7th place. Washington resident Denise Lukins rode her Haflinger Mahon II FLH to 8th place overall. Washington member Adrienne Raymond rode her Appaloosa Plaudits Nightshade to 9th place finish, and Oregon Youth member Tristan Cruden and his Quarter Horse mare SR Lady of Chance came in 10th place overall.
Lucy Campbell took home the award for Champion Youth, Novice level, while Tristan Cruden earned Reserve and Kansas youth Madison Branham on the borrowed Quarter Horse Peppy’s Neat Spin came in 5th out of 36 in the Speed to earn 3rd place Youth honors.
NOVICE B RESULTS
Novice B, with 9 entries, was a very competitive class. Oregon resident Ashley Smith rode her Lusitano gelding Delirio DC to the Championship. Cassandra Adams, who drove up from Southern California and rode under the flag of her homeland, the Nederlands, rode Baroque Pinto Boudewijn Bp26 to the Reserve Champion title. Oregonian Emily Elias rode Thoroughbred Three Engardes to a 3rd place finish overall. Californian Tara Davis and Quarter Horse Twolena’s Rose Ofadoc came in 4th overall. New Zealander Susan Tulloch rode borrowed Appaloosa mare Indignant Hy Faline to 5th place overall. Canadian Darrell Roberds rode grade horse Solea to 6th place. Australian Nadine O’Sullivan captured 1st in both Dressage and Ease of Handling on borrowed Andalusian CDC Memoria but disqualified in Speed to finish 7th overall. Canadian Linda King rode her Hanoverian Curtain Call to an 8th place finish, while Oregonian Madelene Anderson and her Norwegian Fjord Loki earned 9th place.
INTERMEDIATE A RESULTS
California member Cassandra Adams rode Friesian Dutch Horse Friends Arjen to the Championship title in the 8-entry Intermediate A class. Alison Burnet, from Oregon, won the Reserve Championship title on her Lusitano Lourinho AFA. Canadian Trish Hyatt and Quarter Horse The Playboy Kingcame in 3rd overall. Oregon resident Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian CDC Memoria came in 4th overall. Jill Lovelace and Quarter Horse Driftin Juniper, of Oregon, earned 5th place overall. Oregonian Caitlin Huntress and Lusitano Chaman PL came in 6th overall. Oregon member Ellen Chappell and her Lipizzan mare Arria earned 7th. Australian Michael Godding rode borrowed Andalusian stallion Sephiroth to finish 8th.
INTERMEDIATE B RESULTS
Carlos Carniero, a native of Portugal who now lives and trains out of California, rode Marilyn Hite’s Lusitano Cielo da Cartuxa to the Championship title in the five-entry Intermediate B class. Canadian Kerry Marit and Andalusian Ministro V were Reserve Champions. Oregon resident Caitlin Huntress rode her warmblood Fleetwood to a 3rd place victory. Cheryl Rife and her Azteca mare Nova came in 4th overall. Bob Lawson, from California, and his Lusitano Burladero came in 5th.
Carlos Carneiro also won the Champion Advanced level, this time on Lusitano stallion Andiamo 2005, owned by George Domb.
Carlos Carneiro and the Lusitano stallion Verdilhao, owned by Marilyn Hite of Sierra Nevada Lusitanos, won the Master’s Level Championship. Morgan Wagner and her Appaloosa gelding Endo the Blind were Reserve Champions at the Masters Level, and Cari Schwartz and her Trakehner mare Exsarena came in 3rd overall.
In 2019, the Cross-National Cup will rotate to Alberta, Canada. In 2020, it will take place in New South Wales, Australia. The goal of the event is to provide a forum for sharing ideas and equestrian traditions while fostering international friendships and camaraderie.