The 2016 Far West multi-breed show welcomed Working Equitation for the third consecutive year, and with 23 entries this year, they are giving serious thought to running the working equitation competition over two days in 2017, enabling them to ensure that everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.
The venue at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, is scenic and well-laid out, with plenty of stabling to accommodate more riders in the future.
Our judge was Doreen Atkinson, R, Texas.
Donna Louma and her half-Andalusian/Lusitano mare Three Days Late won both the Dressage and Ease of Handling trials to sweep the Introductory level class.
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse gelding, Driftin Juniper, captured the win in the 12-horse Novice class, with Caitlin Huntress on her grade Lusitano gelding Dos Equis a scant one point behind.
The very competitive Intermediate level was won by Cari Schwartz and her Trakehner mare Exsarena, with Morgan Wagner and Endo the Blind finishing second by one point.
This competition also marked the first time a Pacific Northwest rider has moved to the Advanced level, with Chesna Klimek and her Haflinger gelding Pippin, the 2015 Intermediate level National Champions, turning in very respectable performances in all three trials.