Twenty-nine horse/rider pairs braved the cold December temperatures to enjoy a weekend of working equitation fun at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena in Eugene, Oregon December 15-16, 2018. Two riders used the opportunity to school their horses at the event, leaving a total of twenty-seven competitors.
Eight-year-old Ellie Bloom and her Norwegian Fjord Lakka enchanted the crowd with their steady (and adorable) performance at the Children’s level. The two earned 52.5% in Dressage and 64.38% in Ease of Handling to take 1st place overall in the Children’s Level class. Points earned at this show also brought Ellie and Lakka to the National Leaderboard, where they currently hold the #1 spot in the nation for the Children’s Level.
Introductory Level, Juniors
Three juniors battled it out in the Introductory Level Junior Division. In the end, Gwendolyn McIlrath and BLM Mustang The Frenchman (who finished 2nd in Dressage with 58.88% and 1st in Ease of Handling with 66.25%) captured the Overall Champion title for the weekend. Brennan Adams and Nakita Ljeb, a Haflinger, came in 1st in Dressage (59.17%) and 3rd in Ease of Handling (58.44%) to take Reserve Champion overall. Meanwhile, Ashley Lanning rode Friesian Sporthorse Quinn’s Star to a 3rd place finish in Dressage (57.92%) and a 2nd place finish in Ease of Handling (65%) to come in 3rd place overall. All three of these Junior Riders did well enough that they are not only on the National Leaderboard for Junior riders; they are also ranked among the Top Ten National Standings for all riders (adults included!). Pretty impressive, girls!
Introductory Level, Adults
Thirteen horse/rider pairs competed in the Introductory Open class, and the competition was tough! Donna Luoma and her Half-Andalusian Three Days Late finished 1st in Dressage (64.58%) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (70.63%) to win the Overall Championship at this level, while Rochelle O’Connor rode Andalusian CDC Va Por Ti to his show-ring debut, with a 3rd place finish in Dressage (61.67%) and a 1st place finish in Ease of Handling (72.19%) to take Reserve Champion overall. Another new-comer to the sport, Danielle Dishinger and Quarter Horse Drive Like Mike, placed 3rd overall (62.02% in Dressage, 2nd place; 67.19% in Ease of Handling, 3rd place). Meagan Hansen and her Andalusian mare CDC Sonrisa placed 5th in both Dressage (60.21%) and Ease of Handling (62.5%) to finish 4th overall. Continuing with the “new to WE rocking the show ring” theme, Laura Clarry and her Quarter Horse Hot Flaming Ally placed 4th in Dressage (61.04%) and 7th in Ease of Handing (59.38%) to finish 5th place overall. Kristina Eckert rode her Canadian gelding Luckylou Nadja Captain-Jack to his competition debut, earning 10th place in Dressage (55.42%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (64.06%) to finish 6th overall. Dan Dahlke and his Grade horse Sugar came in 7th overall, placing 8th in Dressage (58.54%) and 6th in Ease of Handling (60.31%). Darlyne Wells rode her Arabian HH Ascot to an 8th place finish overall, taking 6th in Dressage (59.72%) and 9th in Ease of Handling (57.81%). Michelle Fox rode Grade horse Jack to finish 9th, earning 9th place in Dressage (56.67%) and 8th place in Ease of Handling (59.96%). Bridgett Klingler and her Thoroughbred Port Stanley came in 10th overall, finishing 7th in Dressage (58.96%) and 13th in Ease of Handling 54.38%).
Novice A Level
Six horse/rider pairs competed in the Novice A Open class. Emily Elias and her BLM Mustang The Frenchman swept the division, coming in 1st in all three trials, earning 63.18% in Dressage, 67.16% in Ease of Handling, and finishing the Speed trial 2:11.90 to win the Overall Championship at this level. Debbie Parshall and her Warlander Listo’s Constatine (Sully) were in close pursuit, earning 2nd place in Dressage (61.14%) and Ease of Handling (62.81%) and 3rd in Speed (3:19.8) to take Reserve Champion overall. First-time WE competitor Julia Glock and Thoroughbred Chelsern, placed 3rd overall (56.14% in Dressage, 4th place; 59.06% in Ease of Handling, 3rd place) and 3:10.5 in Speed, 2nd place. Ellen Oare and her grade Rocky Mountain Horse Henry placed 3rd in Dressage (58.86%), 4th in Ease of Handling (58.13%), and 5th in Speed (4:07.6) to finish 4th overall. Karin Hansen and her Andalusian gelding Padre placed 5th in Dressage (53.41%) and 6th in Ease of Handing (54.06%), and 4th in Speed (3:26.1) to finish 5th place overall. Diana Inch rode her Appaloosa mare Indignant Hy Faline to finish 6th overall, placing 5th in Ease of Handling (54.69%) and 6th in Dressage (46.36%) and Speed (6:09.9).
Novice B Level
Kristina Eckert rode her Canadian stallion Metistar Taj*Mahal Amaro to the Overall Champion title, placing 1st in both Dressage (59.82%) and Speed (3:50.1) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (59.12%). She rode Friesian mare Hope to a Reserve Championship, placing 1st in Ease of Handling (65%) and 2nd in both Dressage (53.75%) and Speed (4:11.4).
Intermediate A Level
Ellen Chappell rode her Lipizzan mare Arria to the Overall Champion title, placing 1st in both Dressage (64.29%) and Ease of Handling (65.59%) and 2nd in Speed (3:08.2). Ashley Smith rode Lusitano gelding Delirio DC to a Reserve Championship, placing 1st in Speed (2:45.1) and 2nd in both Dressage (63.43%) and Ease of Handling (62.35%).
Cari Schwartz, r, Oregon was the judge, while Tracey Erway volunteered her time as Technical Delegate. Rebecca Cruden served as announcer and on-site show manager, her sons Tristan and Samuel Cruden took turns serving as Gate/Paddock Stewards, and Julie Alonzo volunteered as Show Secretary. Several different hearty volunteers took turns scribing at the weekend’s show, while others helped as arena crew and score-sheet runners.