Working Equitation Oregon hosted their second WE United licensed competition for the 2017 competition year February 18-19 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon. The event had 23 competitors and another two riders participated with schooling rides. Judge Barbara Price traveled from California for the event. As a special treat, professional photographer Michael T. Photography came down to chronicle the event.
Ida Van Wormer and her Quarter Horse mare Zippin Midnight Moon placed 1st in Dressage and 2nd in Ease of Handling to take the win in the eight-entry Introductory level class. In 2nd place overall, Youth rider, Tristan Cruden and his Quarter Horse mare SR Lady of Chance trailed only two points behind, with their 4th place finish in Dressage and 1st place in Ease of Handling.
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse gelding Driftin Juniper placed 3rd in Dressage and 1st in both Ease of Handling and Speed to take top honors in the Novice A class of five. In the Novice B class, Jill Hamman-Bannister and her Quarter horse gelding Omni’s Easy Jet placed 4th in Dressage, 2nd in Ease of Handling, and 1st in Speed to take home the 1st place Overall win, in the process earning the final scores she needed for her Bronze Medal Lifetime Rider Award.
Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria moved up to Intermediate A at this show, and took home the blue in the two-entry class. All three riders in the Intermediate B class turned in incredible performances, with Cari Schwartz earning the final score she needed for her Silver Medal on her self-trained Trakehner mare Exsarena. Nicole Grous and her Lusitano gelding Zar Ris proved too much for the competition this time out, though, as the two of them took home 1st place overall.
This show really showcased the diversity of working equitation. In addition to the Quarter Horses and the Andalusian, Lusitano, and Trakehner mentioned above the competition included two Lipizzans, two Mules, an Appaloosa, a Haflinger, a Norwegian Fjord, a Drum, a Canadian Horse, an American Warmblood, and several Paints.