Forty-four horse/rider pairs tested their mettle at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena over the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend. Kim Roe, r, Washington, judged the 14-entry Introductory class, the 2 entry Novice B class, the 4-entry Intermediate A class, and 5 riders there schooling a variety of levels (from Introductory to Masters). Cari Schwartz, r, Oregon, officiated over the 18-entry Novice A class. Erica Peet, L, Illinois, shadow judged all 44 participants, gaining valuable experience toward her promotion to ‘r‘ judge.
When the dust settled Sunday evening, Cheryl Martinez and her Paint Jokar’s Crown Royal had narrowly edged out Nicole Coon and her Paint An Original Impression for the top place in the 14-entry Introductory class. Cheryl and Jokar’s Crown Royal’s 1st place finish in Dressage (63.6%) and 3rd place finish in EOH (64.69%) earned the pair 27 points, while Nicole’s 2nd place finish in both Dressage (63.4%) and EOH (65.31%) added up to 26 points for the Reserve Championship. Keri Gorman, first-time WE competitor, rode her BLM Mustang Honey B Heart to 3rd place overall.
Another BLM Mustang, Moira McCarthy’s Pippin, was the Overall Champion in the 18-entry Novice A class, with a 5th place in Dressage (64.35%) and a 1st place in both Ease of Handling (69.41%) and Speed (3:13.65). Debbie Hogevoll, on Paint horse Nice N Sonny, came in 2nd overall, with a 3rd place finish in Dressage (65.87%), and 2nd place finishes in both Ease of Handling (67.94%) and Speed (3:21.5). Denise Lukins and her Haflinger Mahon II FLH came in 2nd in Dressage (66.09%), 3rd in Ease of Handling (66.47%) and 5th in Speed (3:45.1) to win 3rd place overall in this very competitive class.
Ashley Smith and her Lusitano Delirio DC swept the two-entry Novice B class, with 63.97% in Dressage, 64.41% in Ease of Handling, and 3:08 in Speed. Emily Elias rode Three Engardes to a 2nd-place finish with 63.1% in Dressage, 60.88% in Ease of Handling, and a Speed time of 3:22.
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse Driftin Juniper swept the four-entry Intermediate A class, earning 68.19% in Dressage, 66.94% in Ease of Handling, and finishing the Speed round in 3 minutes, flat. Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria came in 2nd in Dressage (62.5%), 3rd in Ease of Handling (61.67%) and 2nd in Speed (3:13) to win 2nd place overall. Ellen Chappell and her Lipizzan mare Arria came in 3rd overall, with a 4th in Dressage (60.83%), a 2nd in Ease of Handling (66.67%), and a 3rd in Speed (4:02).