Twenty-two competitors enjoyed beautiful weather and a top-notch facility at a well-run licensed competition sponsored by Sandhaven Performance Horses, the second in the 2017 Heart of Texas Series.
The event took place at the Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor, TX, on April 22-23 and was judged by Wayne Hipsley, who traveled from Kentucky to officiate at the competition and provide a seminar for participants on what judges are looking for when they are judging the sport.
With four entries each, the Introductory Youth and Introductory Amateur classes vied for most popular at the show. Youth rider Riley Parker rode Broomers Little Lena for the win in the Youth class while Patricia Nunley-Mertz and Mr. Gunsmoke Dunnit won both Dressage and Ease of Handling to sweep the Introductory class at that level. Susan Dossett and Il Postre followed suit in the Introductory Open class, winning both Dressage and Ease of Handling to take the first place overall.
Their performances at the event moved Susan Dossett and Il Postre into the #5 spot in the Introductory Level National Standings while Emily Hyde made the Leaderboard as #3 Youth Rider at the Introductory Level.
The three-entry Novice A – Amateur class was won by Fern Thomassy on Solar Eclipse, while Prissy Rumel and Morita de Mali took home the blue ribbon in the Novice A – Open class, in the process earning Prissy’s first qualifying score toward her Lifetime Bronze Rider Medal.
Deirdra Keithly and Kiss My Angel won the Novice B – Amateur class, with Pablo Mata and Damasco DC taking the win in the Novice B – Open class.
The Intermediate A – Amateur class of three was won by Jade Watts Gonzales riding Fineleehetouchedme, while Lisa Harding and Sandhaven Shameless rode to the win in the Open division of that level. Andrea Galbraith and Dylan Casimoro were the lone entries in the Intermediate B level, earning very respectable scores in all three trials.
Jade and Terri Watts, and Andrea Galbraith all earned two qualifying scores toward their Lifetime Bronze Rider Medals, while Lisa Harding came away with her first qualifying score toward the elusive Bronze.
In addition, Jade’s performance at this competition moved her into the #1 spot for Intermediate Level riders on the WE United Leaderboard.
In the Masters class, Doreen Atkinson and her self-trained half-Lusitano Obadi del Dios not only won the blue ribbon, they also earned Doreen’s first two qualifying scores toward her Platinum Lifetime Rider medal.