WE United held a B-Rated licensed competition as part of the 2017 WE United Judge Seminar taught by WAWE International Judges António Vicente and Mário Pimentel, both of whom traveled from Portugal to instruct those interested in pursuing their working equitation judge licenses in an intensive five-day seminar.
Mário Pimentel served as the official judge at the competition, while António worked with judge candidates throughout the event.
The competition had 19 entries across six levels: Introductory through Advanced.
Tristan Cruden and SR Lady of Chance, a Quarter Horse mare, won both Dressage and Ease of Handling in the five-entry Introductory Open class to take home the overall win. In the process, the pair moved into the top spot in the nation on the WE United Leaderboard at the Introductory level.
Jill Lovelace rode her Quarter Horse gelding Driftin Juniper to first place finishes in both Dressage and Speed to clinch the victory in the four-entry Novice A class, with Carrie Parker riding the mule Bodie came in 2nd.
Marilyn Rodriguez on her Haflinger gelding No Falling Star squeaked by Ellen Chappell and her Lipizzan mare Arria in Novice B open. Jill Hamann-Bannister and her Quarter Horse gelding Omni’s Easy Jet led the way in the three-entry Intermediate A class.
Morgan Wagner and Endo the Blind, her Appaloosa gelding, finished first in Dressage and Ease of Handling and second in Speed to carry the win in the three-entry Intermediate B class. Morgan’s scores (66.45% in Dressage and 65.56% in Ease of Handling) also mean that Morgan Wagner is now the second rider in the United States to earn her Silver Lifetime Rider Medal in Working Equitation. The points earned at the competition extended the lead the two of them currently have over other Intermediate level riders in the national standings. Congratulations, Morgan!
The two-horse Advanced class was won by Carlos Carneiro and the Lusitano stallion Andiamo 2005, with Chesna Klimek and Pippen, her Haflinger gelding turning in the fastest speed round of the day. His performance at the show moved Andiamo 2005 into the top spot on the WE United Leaderboard for the Advanced level.
Both Advanced-level competitors scored high enough to qualify for the WE United National Championship show taking place September 1-4, 2017. In addition, their scores (69.59% in Dressage and 71.94% in Ease of Handling for Carlos and 64.44% in Ease of Handling for Chesna) brought both Advanced-level riders closer to earning their Gold Lifetime Rider Medals in the sport.