The Poway Valley Riders Association in Poway, California, had a full slate of 19 competitors at their one-day B-Rated WE United competition on April 8, 2018, with judge Barbara Price officiating.
With six entries, the Introductory Amateur class was the largest of the event. Amanda Pelloth and her Friesian Umada TCF placed 1st in both Dressage (69.80%) and Ease of Handling (64.38%) to sweep the class for an overall win. Alethia Saladino and Eliska, her Lusitano, came in 2nd place overall, placing 2nd in both Dressage (64.20%) and Ease of Handling (60%).
Sarah Pinney and her Andalusian Pascoa earned 1st-place ribbons in Dressage (71.80%) and Ease of Handling (70.63%) to sweep the four-entry Introductory Open class. In doing so, the two earned 7 points toward their mandatory advancement. Susan Watkins rode the P.R.E. Tempranillo XIII to a second place finish in Dressage (60.80%) and a 3rd-place finish in Ease of Handling (54.38%) to finish 2nd overall in that class.
Bryan Ludens rode Friesian Lark of Honor Bright to a 1st place finish in Dressage (68.91%) and Ease of Handling (65.88%) and a 2nd-place finish in Speed to finish in first place overall in the three-entry Novice A Open class. Susan Watkins and Tormenta Kiger came in 2nd overall in that class, finishing 3rd in Dressage (61.74%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (57.94%) and 1st in Speed.
Elena Juarez and Elvis were the sole entries in the Novice B class, but finished with respectable scores of 63.40% in Dressage, 56.77% in Ease of Handling, and a clean Speed round, adding a Qualifying Score toward Elena’s Lifetime Bronze Rider Medal.
Robin Bond and Rips Rey Jay, a Quarter Horse owned by Bob Lawson, won the four-entry Intermediate A Open class, finishing 2nd in Dressage (67.78%), 1st in Ease of Handling (72.22%), and 1st in Speed. In the process, the two solidified their lead on the Regional Leaderboard for Region 2. Polly Limond rode Flying Tiger, a Grade Andalusian owned by Patti Rust, to a 2nd-place finish overall in the class, taking 1st in Dressage (69.17%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (66.11%), and 2nd in Speed.
Polly Limond also rode Diva’s Lady, a German Riding Pony owned by Barbara Luck, to win the one-entry Intermediate B class, earning scores of 73.59% in Dressage, 75.83% in Ease of Handling, and completing the Speed round cleanly. The two earned 7 points toward mandatory advancement through their high scores.
For the purpose of tallying points for the WE United National and Regional Year-End Awards, results for Open and Amateur riders were combined (this enables riders at competitions where classes are split between Open and Amateur divisions not to be at a disadvantage compared to riders where only Open divisions are offered).
As has almost uniformly been the case, Amateurs fared quite well riding against the Open riders. In fact, four of the top five places in the Introductory Level were held by Amateur riders!