In the largest licensed Working Equitation competition to be held in Kansas to date, 28 competitors came together to test their skills at the 2nd show in the 2017 Working Equitation Kansas Buckle Series. The event, organized by Cindy Branham, took place in Topeka, Kansas with Texas WE United “R” judge Tarrin Warren, officiating.
Cindy Branham and Lucky, a mustang owned by Bill Hachmeister, took home top honors in the 13-entry Introductory class, with Kate Fowler, the top-placing amateur in the class, placing 2nd out of all riders on her Clydesdale Rebecca Jill.
Amateur rider Jo Teter and her mule Teter’s Copy of Bandy placed first overall in the six-entry Novice A class, with youth rider Madison Branham riding Joshua the Mustang coming in second.
The 5-entry Novice B class was won by amateur rider Kim McBroom on Oakley Twisten Lark, with Jo Teter and her mule Teter’s Dazzle winning the Speed round to finish a close second, overall.
The two-entry Intermediate A class was won by amateur rider Linda Frazier on the Quarter Horse Rosie’s Chexy Lady MC, while Bill Walton and Peptos San Vanna, another Quarter Horse, took home top honors in the two-entry Intermediate B class.
Points earned at this competition launched Cindy Branham and Kate Fowler into the #1 and #5 position for Introductory Level American Riders, respectively. Kate’s Clydesdale Rebecca Jill moved into fourth place in the nation at the Introductory level, while Bill Hachmeister’s Lucky, a mustang, moved into the 5th position, nationwide. Iowa rider Kara Honeysuckle-Mehaffy and her 4-year-old Paint mare Diaman H De La Creme earned enough points to move into a three-way tie for 6th-place Introductory-level Horse/Rider pair in the nation, concurrently securing Kara the 6th-place standings for American riders on the 2017 Leaderboard.
In addition, Nebraska rider Jo Teter moved into a two-way tie for #1 American Rider in the Nation at the Novice level, while her mules Teter’s Dazzle and Teter’s Copy of Bandy are now 2nd and 9th place, respectively on the 2017 Leaderboard. Youth member Madison Branham moved into 3rd place in the Nation for Youth riding at the Novice level after this event.
At the Intermediate level, Kansas member Linda Frazier and her Paint mare Rosie’s Chexie Lady moved into 4th place in the National Standings for Horse/Rider pair and Horse, while Linda moved into third place in the Nation for Intermediate-level American riders.
Three riders also earned qualifying scores toward their Lifetime Rider Medals at this event. Linda Frazier’s 62.68% score in Intermediate A Dressage and 63.25% in Novice B Ease of Handling has moved her to the website listing of members progressing toward their Silver and Bronze Medals, respectively.
Kim McBroom’s Novice B scores of 67.50% in Dressage and 69.25% in Ease of Handling launched her firmly on to the website’s list of riders progressing toward their Bronze Medal. Kim has now earned the two required scores over 65%, as well as two additional scores, leaving her with a total of four more scores of 62% or higher needed to earn her medal.
Jo Teter also earned two more qualifying scores for her Dressage rides at this event, with a 66.13% on one of her mounts and a 63.46% with the other. Jo is now only two qualifying scores away from earning her Bronze Medal.