The Highlander Ranch show grounds at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, welcomed twenty-four competitors to the first show in the 2018 Heart of Texas High Point Series on February 17-18, 2018. Rebecca Algar, R, served as both Judge and Technical Delegate.
Maddie Harding rode her pony Pecos Bill to a 1st place finish in the one-entry children’s class, finishing both Dressage and Ease of Handling and in the process earning four more points toward her #1 National standing for Children’s Level.
Julie Horton and Valentine To A TE finished fourth in Dressage and first in Ease of Handling to take home top honors in the four-entry Introductory Amateur class, with Michele Harris and Tivitos Lil Gal coming in second after their 2nd place finish in both Dressage and Ease of Handling. With the two tied in total points at the end of the competition, Julie’s slightly higher average Dressage/EOH score captured the win.
The four-entry Introductory Open class also saw some pretty stiff competition, but in the end Doreen Atkinson and JC Jedediah won both Dressage and EOH to finish ahead of Susan Dossett and Ms Disgo Moon, who came in 2nd in both trials.
Kiki Pantaze and Sandhaven CatCandu came in 1st in both Dressage and Ease of Handling but disqualified in Speed to take the overall win in the two-entry Novice A Amateur class ahead of Michele Dupy and Bayo la Reyna.
Another Sandhaven horse, Sandhaven Viper ridden by Catherine Pickens, took top honors in the five-entry Novice A Open class, with a 2nd place finish in Dressage and 1st place honors in both EOH and Speed. Stablemate Sandhaven Celebration and Lisa Harding finished 1st in Dressage, 2nd in Ease of Handling, and 4th in Speed, for an overall 2nd place finish. Michael Vermaas and Regulus RDL came in 3rd place overall.
Kate Spell and Francesca’s a Cocoa Chica took home top honors in the two-entry Novice B Open class, while Prissy Rumel and Morita de Mali came in 2nd.
Deidra Keithley and Kiss My Angel won the two-entry Intermediate A Amateur class, while Jade Watt Gonzales and Fineleehetouchedme came in 2nd. Jade, riding Luppy’s Boyfriend, took home top honors in the one-entry Intermediate A Open class as well.
Kiki Pantaze and Sandhaven Late to the Party turned in solid performances to win their one-entry Intermediate B Amateur class.
Prissy Rumel and Priscilla’s Flight won their one-entry Advanced class, while Doreen Atkinson and Obadi del Dios won the one-entry Master’s class.
Several of the horses and riders moved higher up in the National and Regional Standings as a result of this competition. Congratulations, all!