The 2018 Competition season opener took place December 2-3, 2017 at Watts Way Arena, with 25 entries competing in 12 classes.
Maddie Harding rode her pony Pecos Bill to a 1st place finish in the one-entry Children’s class, while youth riders Riley Pirkle on Broomer’s Lil Lena and Meredith Villarial on Georgia’s Starbuck battled it out in the two-entry Introductory Youth class. When the dust settled, Riley came away with the blue. In the two-entry Introductory Open class, Lisa Harding rode Sandhaven Celebration to the win, with Susan Dossett and Il Postre coming in second.
With six entries, the Introductory Amateur class was the largest of the day. Michelle Harris rode Jane to a 1st place finish, with Julie Horton and Valentine to AJ coming in 2nd.
Youth rider Stacie Peuplie rode Sharp Drezzed Man to win the one-entry Novice A Youth class, while Rebecca Algar won the two-entry Novice A Open class on Azahar MSM, and Prissy Rumel finished 2nd on Morita de Mali.
Fern Tomassy battled himself for 1st and 2nd place in the two-entry Novice A Amateur class, coming in first on Solar Eclipse and 2nd on Bellona.
Katy Spell was the lone entry in the Novice B class at this competition, riding Francesca’s a Cocoa Chica to the win.
The one-entry Intermediate A Open class was won by Lisa Harding riding Sandhaven Shameless, while Kiki Pantaze rode Sandhaven Late to the Party to win top honors in the five-entry Intermediate A Amateur class and Jade Gonzales finished in 2nd on Finleehetouchedme.
Andrea Galbraith rode Dylan Casimoro to a 1st-place finish in the one-entry Intermediate B Amateur class, while Doreen Atkinson showed Obadi del Dios to win the one-entry Master’s level class.
As the first competition of the 2018 Competition year, this event marked the first time riders accrued points toward mandatory advancement (see United States Rules for Working Equitation, p. 4-5). Once a horse/rider pair has earned 30 points at a given level, they must advance to a higher level in the following competition season. We include the points earned toward advancement in our results reporting, for easy reference.
All WE United members competing at the competition on horses registered with our organization earned points toward the 2018 Regional and National Year-End Awards, but no scores counted toward Lifetime Rider Medals because the show was not licensed with WE United. People who were not members of WE United at the time of the competition have 30 days to join or renew their memberships for their points to count toward the 2018 Year-End awards.
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Congratulations, Heart of Texas Series organizers on another great year of competitions!