Cobblestone Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, hosted their first B-Rated Working Equitation competition on Sunday, August 20, 2017. The event was well-organized, with great prizes, thanks in large part to the hard work of show manager Ashley Bowers, a licensed Technical Delegate and Working Equitation competitor who sat this one out to help ensure that others had a great experience.
Cheryl Croasmun and Topper made their Working Equitation debut at the Introductory level, turning in very respectable scores of 58% in Dressage and 60.94% in Ease of Handling to win first place Open rider, while daughter Josie Croasmun rode her horse Dreamy to a first place finish in the Introductory Amateur class.
Bryan Ludens and Friesian stallion Lark of Honor Bright won the Novice A Open class, with 69.77% in Dressage and 67.94% in Ease of Handling, as well as the fastest Speed round of the day, at 2 minutes, 45.7 seconds. The 15 points they earned moved the pair into the 5th place in the United States National Standings for Novice-level Horse/Rider pairs. In addition, Bryan earned two more scores toward his Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal at the event, and the high-score of the day (combined Dressage and Ease of Handling scores across all levels).
Also competing in Novice A, Amanda Latta rode both her pony Prince Charming and her Andalusian mare Afrodita M. Suay to first and second place wins in the Amateur class. In the process, Amanda earned the final scores she needed to capture her Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal, and to move into the 3rd place in the United States National Standings for Novice-Level American Riders.
The event also included a Lead Line Ease of Handling class for young children, in which Addison Portillo once again charmed all in attendance with her focus while riding pony Prince Charming.