The Working Equitation Division at the 2018 Andalusian World Cup was the largest in the show’s history, and the third largest Working Equitation competition held to date in North America. In all, 62 entries gathered at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, to celebrate a WE United A-Rated show in a fabulous setting with spectacularly beautiful obstacles.
The three lowest levels (Introductory, Novice A and Novice B) were split into Amateur and Open Divisions, while the four highest levels (Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Advanced, and Masters) were offered exclusively as Open classes.
Andrea Sullivan and Iberian cross Ce’u do Fino won the Championship title in the 6-entry Introductory Amateur class, with Alethia Saladino and her Andalusian Pascoa earning Reserve Champion. Jessica Mosbaugh was a force to be reckoned with in the 9-entry Introductory Open class: taking Champion honors with her Paint Mac’s Jack of Hearts and Reserve Champion with Friesian Heritage Horse Legendary S.
Amanda Latta-Portillo rode her pony Prince Charming to the Championship victory in the 10-entry Novice A Amateur class, with Shannon Yee and Fell Pony Braeberry Ruby finishing as Reserve Champions. The two were tied for the win at the end of the competition, where the average of Dressage and Ease of Handling scores is used as a tie-breaker.
Sarah Pinney and her Andalusian Cielo were Champions in the 7-entry Novice A Open class, with Lisa Harding and Australian Stock Horse Sandhaven Celebration earning the Reserve Champion title. Like the top two Introductory Amateur riders, Sarah and Lisa were tied for points at the end of the competition, where Sarah’s slightly higher average Dressage and Ease of Handling score earned her the ultimate victory.
Kirsten Baumber rode her Friesian Utobje AEF to the Championship title in the 1-entry Novice B Amateur class, while Miguel Undabarrena captured the Championship with Lusitano Imperio do Castanheiro and the Reserve Championship with Gunipre in the 5-entry Novice B Open class.
Canadian adult amateur rider Kendra Martland piloted her Spanish Norman (Andalusian x Percheron) gelding Montaque to the Championship title in the five-entry Intermediate A class, while Carlos Carneiro rode his Lusitano stallion Flash to the Reserve Championship title .
Carlos Carneiro also captured the win in the 12-entry Intermediate B Open class, this time on Cielo da Cartuxa, a Lusitano owned by Sierra Nevada Lusitanos. Arlene Cunningham and Estado earned the Reserve Championship title in the class.
Carlos Carneiro and Andiamo 2005, a Lusitano stallion owned by George Domb, swept the 2-entry Advanced class to earn the Championship title, with Randy Byers and Carbon coming in 2nd for the Reserve Championship.
The 4-entry Masters level class was a tough race, but in the end Carlos Carneiro and Sierra Nevada Lusitanos‘ stallion Verdilhao earned the Championship title, with Reta Conner and Dutch Warmblood Winner earning the Reserve Championship.
The A-rated WE United competition was judged by Michael Vermaas of Texas and two WAWE judges: Andre Ganc, Brazil, and Juan Jose del Valle, Mexico. Doreen Atkinson served as the Technical Delegate, while Barbara Price was Gate Steward throughout the three-day extravaganza.
The show ran quite smoothly under the capable management of WE Show Manager Katherine Calkins and her crew from the J-6 Ranch Equestrian Center.
Before the show, organizer Kevin Kidder emphasized the importance of making the event a fun one, with laughter and positive energy throughout. The management team did not disappoint!
The highest Dressage score (69.62%) was earned by Utah member Trisha Kerwin-Bell riding her Andalusian Daturo II in the Intermediate B class. The 2nd highest Dressage score (69.56%) was earned by California member Carlos Carniero on Sierra Nevada Lusitanos’ Cielo da Cartuxa, also in the Intermediate B class.
The highest Ease of Handling score (73%) was earned by Arizona member Reta Conner in the Masters level class on the Dutch Warmblood Winner. California member Carlos Carneiro and the Lusitano stallion Andiamo 2005 earned the 2nd highest Ease of Handling score (70.58%), competing in Advanced.
The fastest Speed time (127.153 seconds) was earned by Arizona member Tammy Williams on her Lusitano Davidoff DC, competing in the Intermediate B class. The two barely edged out California member Shannon Yee on her speedy Fell Pony Braeberry Ruby (128.792 seconds), who were competing in the Novice A Amateur class.
Fourteen-year-old Oregon member Tristan Cruden, the only Youth rider in this year’s AWC Working Equitation section, held his own against the adults. He and his Quarter Horse mare SR Lady of Chance finished 5th overall in the Novice A Amateur class.
Multiple countries were represented at this event: In addition to the international judges and many US riders, we had Tania Radda from Brazil; Angela Langen from Germany; Carlos Carneiro from Portugal; Ashley Bishop, Kendra Martland, and Jill Barron from Canada; Miguel Undabarrena from Mexico; Cassandra Adams from the Nederlands, and both Mark Mason and Kim Peterson from Australia.
A warm thank you to all who participated as volunteers, competitors, staff, and spectators!