The beautiful Pepperglen Farm in Norco, California, welcomed 19 competitors to a very full day of Working Equitation on February 24, 2018. Nicole Chastain Price, r, California, officiated over the B-Rated competition licensed by WE United as Judge and Technical Delegate.
Amateur owner Gina LaRock and her BLM Mustang Mingo swept the six-entry Introductory Amateur class, with 1st-place finishes in Dressage (63.40%) and Ease of Handling (65.63%). Nancy Fite rode her BLM Mustang Mikie to a 2nd-place finish overall with a 54.80% in Dressage (3rd place) and a 57.50% in Ease of Handling (2nd place).
Jeff Ohaco and grade horse El Campeón’s Monterrey, owned by El Campeón Farms, finished 1st in both Dressage (63.80%) and Ease of Handling (62.81%) to sweep the four-entry Introductory Open class. Michele Purpora-Tardi rode Quarter Horse Jay’s Kooky Cutter to a 2nd-place finish overall in that class, with a 3rd-place in Dressage (63%) and a 2nd-place in Ease of Handling (57.81%).
Bryan Ludens and the Friesian stallion Lark of Honor Bright, owned by Aimee Ziller, captured the overall win in the six-entry Novice A class, finishing 1st in both Dressage (63.70%) and Ease of Handling (63.68%) and 3rd in Speed (3:10.7). Jesseca Hutchings rode the Quarter Horse One Smart Dual to the 2nd place finish overall in that class, with a 2nd-place finish in Dressage, a 3rd in Ease of Handling, and a 1st in Speed (2:05.3).
Robin Bond swept the two-entry Intermediate A class riding Bob Lawson’s Quarter Horse gelding Rips Rey Jay, earning a 63.61% in Dressage, a 65.80% in Ease of Handling, and finishing the Speed course in 2:21.0. Susan Watkins finished close behind on her dual-registered Kiger / BLM Mustang Kiger Dios Estoy Aqui KCA with scores of 61.67%, 63.16%, and 2:51.6, respectively.
Robin Bond also swept the one-entry Intermediate B class on her Quarter Horse gelding Xander, turning in scores of 62.31%, 65%, and 2:15.6.
In addition, Show Organizers provided special recognition of the following competitors:
Several riders earned qualifying scores toward their Lifetime Rider Medals, including Bryan Ludens, Jesseca Hutchings, Robin Bond, and Susan Watkins.
The 2018 Leaderboard has been updated to reflect points earned at this event.