Competitors came out in force for the third show in the 2018 Heart of Texas Working Equitation Series, at Watts Way Arena in Washington, Texas May 18-19. The event, judged by Michael Vermaas, S, Texas, saw 32 horse/rider pairs demonstrating their developing partnerships.
Young Lily Keithley made her WE competition debut riding her mom’s Gypsy Vanner Kiss My Angel to a first place finish in the Children’s class.
Alison Sewell and Quarter Horse Cal Lil Lena came in 3rd in Dressage (63.20%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (64.69%) to take the Overall win in the eight-entry Introductory Amateur class. Not far behind, Rachel Buchman and her grade horse Hatya won 1st in Dressage (64%) and 5th in Ease of Handling (55.94%) to take 2nd place overall. Julie Horton and her Appaloosa Valentine To A Te came in 4th overall, with a 5th place finish in Dressage (61.8%) and a 2nd in Ease of Handling (63.44%), in the process earning sufficient points to move to 5th in the National Standings at the Introductory level.
Meanwhile, Doreen Atkinson and her Lusitano JC Jedidiah swept the Dressage (68.6%) and Ease of Handling (66.6%) to win the six-entry Introductory Open class, launching the pair into the top of the National Leaderboard at the Introductory level. Tara Dahnke also had a good show, with a 2nd place finish on her Lusitano Henrique RER (66.4% in Dressage and 63.75% in EOH) and a 3rd place finish on her Half-Andalusian Alejandro 2013 (65.2% in Dressage and 60.31% in EOH). The points she earned at this weekend’s show moved Tara into the #7 spot in the National Standings for American riders competing at the Introductory level.
The dynamic duo of Kiki Pantaze and Sandhaven CatCandu, Australian Stock Horse owned by Kellee Campbell, DVM, swept the four-entry Novice A Amateur class, with 64.78% in Dressage, 66.76% in Ease of Handling, and a Speed time of 209.62 to take the overall win. In the process, Kiki earned two more scores toward her Lifetime Bronze Rider Medal. Oklahoma resident Alicia Little and her Paint mare A Princess Warhawk finished right behind Kiki all weekend, with 2nd place finishes in Dressage (60%), Ease of Handling (56.76%) and Speed 214.06 to take 2nd overall. Michele Dupy and Bayo la Reyna a Lusitano / Kiger Mustang mare came in 3rd overall, with a 56.52% in Dressage, 52.05% in Ease of Handling, and a Speed time of 233.45.
Rebecca Algar and Andalusian Azahar MSM came in 1st in Dressage (61.52%) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (58.52) and Speed to take home the overall win in the two-entry Novice A Open class, while Lisa Harding and Sandhaven Celebration, an Australian Stock Horse owned by Kellee Campbell, DVM, took 1st in Ease of Handling (65.29%) and Speed (192.92), but were disqualified in Dressage, due to a forgotten piece of equipment, and finished the event in 2nd place overall.
Prissy Rumel and Katy Spell battled it out in the two-entry Novice B Open class, with Prissy and her grade Half-Andalusian Morita de Mali coming in 2nd in Dressage (60.86%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (62.35%) and Speed (202.79) to take the overall win, while Katy and her half Lusitano Francesca’s a Cocoa Chica came in 1st in Dressage (61.38%) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (62.05%) and Speed (232.63) to take 2nd place overall. Both Prissy and Katy earned a qualifying score toward their Lifetime Bronze Rider Medals at this event.
Jade Gonzales finished 1st overall in the four-entry Intermediate A Amateur with Quarter Horse/Paint Fineleehetouchedme (67.68% Dressage, 68.61% EOH, and 189.8 Speed) and 2nd overall with Nakota Luppy’s Boyfriend (65% Dressage, 67.22% EOH, and 170.36 Speed). Her sister Deidra Keithley rode her Gypsy Vanner Kiss My Angel to a 3rd place finish overall (63.75% Dressage, 65.55% EOH, and 145.51 Speed).
Stacey Peuplie rode Rebecca Algar‘s Quarter Horse Sharp Drezzed Man to a 1st place finish in the one-entry Intermediate B Youth class (59.49% Dressage, 63.88% EOH, and 257.7 Speed), in the process earning her first score toward her Silver Lifetime Rider Medal.
Kiki Pantaze and Australian Stock Horse Sandhaven Late to the Party swept the Intermediate B Amateur class with a 61.41% in Dressage, a 66.66% in EOH, and a Speed time of 164.75. Jennifer Godwin rode her Hanoverian Feiner Fantasy to a 2nd place finish, with a Dressage score of 58.21%), Ease of Handling score of 60%, and a Speed time of 212.66 to win 2nd place overall in the two-entry Intermediate B Amateur class.
Tarrin Warren rode her Quarter Horse TNT Countin Mountains to a 1st place finish overall in the two-entry Intermediate B Open class, coming in 1st in Dressage (60.13%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (60.55%), and 1st in Speed (138.15). Lisa Harding came in 2nd on Kellee Campbell’s Australian Stock Horse Sandhaven Shameless, with a 59.87% in Dressage, 62.22% in Ease of Handling, and a time of 142.17 in Speed.