High Country Working Equitation hosted another successful licensed competition on August 4-5, 2017, with Doreen Atkinson, S, Texas, officiating. Although slightly smaller than Colorado WE fans have come to expect, the competition was fierce and the energy high, with a lot of laughter and encouragement all around.
For the purpose of WE United’s point tracking (for year end awards, etc.), results are presented with both Amateur and Open riders combined (this allows members to earn more points toward year-end awards and keeps the HCWE events on an even playing field with how competitions are structured in other parts of the country). In our show report, however, we will report placings for Open separate from Amateur, as this is how the High Country Working Equitation Club chooses to organize their events.
Lyndsey Fitch rode Cider to a first place finish in the one-entry Introductory Open class, while Jo Bottorff and Nu Kind of Diamond finished first in the two-entry Introductory Amateur class.
Lauren Gueswel showed Nu Kind of Diamond to a first-place finish in the one-entry Novice A Open class (the pair would have placed second out of six overall if the Open and Amateur classes would have been combined). Lauren also earned a qualifying score toward her Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal, with her 66.14% in Dressage. Barbara Harris and Fortunate Destiny not only won the five-entry Novice A Amateur class, they also would have placed first overall if Amateur and Open would have been combined, and the two also earned two more scores toward Barbara’s Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal, turning in a 62.73% in Dressage and a 65.75% in Ease of Handling.
In the two-entry Novice B class, Nebraska resident Jo Teter and her mule Teter’s Dazzle swept all three trials to take the overall win. In between her rides on Teter’s Dazzle in Novice B and Teter’s Copy of Bandy in Novice A, Jo moved into the #1 spot in the National Standings for Novice Level American Rider, edging out Washington resident Kent Wright, who had just moved into the lead. The race for the top places in the nation is definitely heating up!
Lauren Gueswel rode Quarter Horse Smart Uno Olena to a first-place finish in the two-entry Intermediate B class.
Sheri Prucka, who traveled from Utah, rode her Lusitano Bachiller RIS to a first-place finish in the one-entry Intermediate A class and her Lusitano Xampu Interagro to a second-place finish in Intermediate B.