April 28-29, 2018, forty-one competitors gathered at the LA Equestrian Center in Burbank, California, to compete at the open-breed Fiesta of the Spanish Horse Working Equitation competition, organized by Susan Watkins. Doreen Atkinson, S, TX; and Andre Ganc, WAWE, Brazil judged while Trish Hyatt, from British Columbia, Canada served as Technical Delegate. Susan Watkins
Yazmine Orozco rode the Andalusian mare Belinda PBH to a first-place finish in the one-entry Children’s class, earning 61.97% in Dressage and 65% in Ease of Handling. Watch out, folks; this young rider clearly knows what she is doing!
Haley Schlerf and Half-Arabian Lady Tigers Hy Syn came in 2nd in Dressage (62.6%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (66.25%) to take home the Championship in the seven-entry Introductory Amateur class. Andrea Sullivan rode her Iberian cross Ce’u do Fino to a 4th-place finish in Dressage (61.5%) and a 3rd-place finish in Ease of Handling (56.25%) to capture the Reserve Championship in that class.
Jessica Mosbaugh and her Quarter Horse Mac’s Jack of Hearts placed 2nd in both Dressage (66.7%) and Ease of Handling (62.5%) to take home the Championship honors in the nine-entry Introductory Open class. Jessica Fulcher and Thoroughbred Lakeside Manor placed 3rd in Dressage (64.6%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (59.17%) to win Reserve Championship honors.
Amanda Latta Portillo and her two horses battled it out in the Novice A Amateur class, emerging with a Championship on her Andalusian Maximus and a Reserve Championship on the pony Prince Charming.
In the seven-entry Novice A Open class, Nicole Chastain Price and Quarter horse Catattak placed 2nd in all three trials (64.68% in Dressage, 63.89% in Ease of Handling, and a Speed time of 3:55.05) to win the Championship honors. Jessica Mosbaugh rode Quarter Horse Bravo Rascalena to a 1st place in Dressage (67.5%), a 3rd place in Ease of Handling (58.89%), and a 5th place in Speed (6:44.1) to take home Reserve Champion.
Elena Juarez and her Grade Andalusian Elvis finished all three trials to win Champion Novice B Amateur, while Glynna Hoekstra and her Grade horse Kachoo did the same in the one-entry Intermediate A Amateur class to win the Championship title in her division.
Robin Bond and Quarter Horse Rips Ray Jay, owned by Bob Lawson, came in 2nd in Dressage (68.06%) and 1st in both Ease of Handling (75.42%) and Speed (3:33) to win the Championship in the six-entry Intermediate A Open class. Carlos Carneiro, riding Marilyn Hite’s Lusitano Comeco, came in Reserve Champion, with a 4th-place finish in Dressage (65.9%), a 3rd place in Ease of Handling (63.61%), and 2nd place in Speed (4:00).
Anne Nanej rode her Lusitano Orio to a 2nd-place finish in Dressage (55.7%), and a first in both Ease of Handling (57.5%) and Speed (4:05) to win the Championship title in the two-entry Intermediate B Amateur class. Bob Lawson rode his Lusitano Burladero to a 1st-place finish in Dressage (58.59%) and a 2nd-place finish in Ease of Handling (55.97%) and Speed (6:04) to bring home Reserve Championship.
Robin Bond and her Quarter Horse Xander came in 1st in both Ease of Handling (71.53%) and Speed (3:25) and 2nd in Dressage (63.53%) to win the overall Championship in the three-entry Intermediate B Open class. Carlos Carneiro and Cielo da Cartuxa, a Lusitano owned by Marilyn Hite, came in 1st in Dressage (67.37%) and 2nd in both Ease of Handling (71.53%) and Speed. The pair won Reserve Championship.
Carlos Carneiro rode George Domb’s Lusitano Andiamo 2005 to the Championship Advanced title and Marilyn Hite’s Verdilhao to the Championship Masters title.
A number of riders earned qualifying scores toward their Lifetime Rider Medals at this event, including Robin Bond, who earned the final scores she needed to receive her Lifetime Silver Medal.