With 28 entries in nine classes, the 2017 Fiesta of the Spanish Horse all-breed Working Equitation competition ushered in the start of the WE season in California. The show was organized by Susan Watkins, USAWEA, and was dual-licensed by WE United and the Confederation for Working Equitation. Brazil’s André Ganc served as the Judge for the A-Rated competition while Rebecca Algar, TX, was Technical Delegate.
Amanda Latta rode her Andalusian mare Afrodita M. Suay to a first-place finish in the Novice A – Amateur class, narrowly edging out herself on the pony Prince Charming to capture the win. Between her two entries, Amanda earned her first three qualifying scores toward her Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal (62.73% in Dressage, and 65.28% and 64.17% in Ease of Handling).
Cassandra Adams captured the six-entry Novice A – Open class on the Baroque Pinto Boudewijn BP 26 owned by Christine Brohman. In addition, Cassandra’s earned her first two scores toward her Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal at the show, with a 62.95% in Dressage and 69.72% in Ease of Handling. The points earned at this competition moved Boudewijn BP 26 onto the 2017 Leaderboard.
Nicole Chastain Price came away with her first four qualifying scores toward her Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal (64.77% and 65.19% in Dressage and 63.89% and 62.22% in Ease of Handling).
Glynna Hoekstra and Kachoo took first place in Novice B – Amateur, while \ Susan Watkins rode her Kiger Dios Estoy Aqui KCA to a first-place win in the Novice B – Open class.
Youth rider Summer Star and her mare Reina Amberina finished all three trials in the Intermediate A – Amateur class for a win. The four-entry Intermediate B – Open class was won by Carlos Carneiro on Cielo Da Cartuxa, a Lusitano owned by Marilyn Hite of Sierra Nevada Lusitanos.
Carlos returned to claim the championship title in the Advanced Open class riding Andiamo 2005, a Lusitano stallion owned by George Domb. Their win extended the lead this dynamic duo currently hold on National Standings at the Advanced level.
Carlos also earned six qualifying scores toward his Silver Lifetime Rider Medal (67.32%, 66.94%, and 66.24% in Dressage and 73.33%, 70%, and 78.89% in Ease of Handling) and two more qualifying scores toward his Gold Lifetime Rider Medal (70.27% in Dressage and 79.52% in Ease of Handling).
The next WE United licensed competition in California will be taking place in Ramona on May 20th. Please contact WE United Region 2 Director Polly Limond for more information.