The Prairie Arena Complex at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon , once again welcomed Working Equitation fans from three states to a fun-filled weekend.
Kim Roe, r, Washington, judged the Introductory-level riders while Cari Schwarz, r, Oregon, judged Novice through Intermediate classes.
Rebecca Cruden doubled as Technical Delegate and announcer, Samuel Cruden was Paddock and Gate Steward, and Julie Alonzo managed the show.
The show, part of a series of fund-raisers to help support Youth riders interested in showing at the North American Championships, earned $400 toward the effort to cover the costs of the Championships. A family foundation that asked to remain anonymous has pledged to match all funds raised toward this effort. (thank you!)
This show might well be dubbed the show of the Youth and Rescue horses, judging by the number and stellar performance of both in attendance!
Five children participated in the event: three competed and two rode schooling rides. Reagan Riggs rode her grade Mustang/Rescue Horse MCR Ain’t Afraid to be Lazy to sweep the Children’s class, earning 68.61% in Dressage and 63.75% in Ease of Handling to capture the overall Champion title at the show. Annika Davis and Lonestar Milly came in 2nd in Dressage (66.11%) and Ease of Handling (61.25%) to win Reserve Champion overall, while Ariana Flood and Olena’s Smart Bar recovered from a challenging start to their dressage test to finish 3rd overall, scoring 52.19% in Ease of Handling.
New-comer Mia Rollings and her Quarter Horse Triple Royal Tee placed 3rd in Dressage (63.96%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (74.38%) to win Overall Champion in the four-entry Introductory Youth class. Ashley Lanning and Quinn’s Star won Dressage (65.63%) and came in 3rd in Ease of Handling (66.56%) to take home the Reserve Champion award at the show. Bailey Yee rode her Fell Pony Felllegend Flower to a 2nd place finish in both Dressage (65.42%) and Ease of Handling (71.56%) to finish 3rd overall. Brennan Adams rode Haflinger Nakita Ljeb to a fourth place finish in Dressage (59.38%) and Ease of Handing (63.44%) to earn 4th place overall.
In addition to the Introductory Youth class, the show offered both a Maiden class for competitors who had not yet earned Advancement Points and an Open class at the Introductory level.
Stacey Riggs and rescue horse Ain’t Afraid to be Lazy won the Overall Champion ribbon in the 14-entry Introductory Maiden class, finishing 1st in Dressage (70.83%) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (70%). Maartje Kasdorp and Frankie, another rescue horse, came in Reserve Champion, placing 3rd in Dressage (65.63%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (73.75%). California member Shannon Yee rode her Fell pony Braeberry Evening Dove to a 3rd place finish overall, having come in 2nd in Dressage (68.13%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (66.56%). Linda Fitzgerald rode Sky to a 4th-place finish, with a 6th in Dressage (58.13%) and a 3rd in Ease of Handling (66.88%). Kathy Orr introduced her horse Little D to the sport, in the process taking 5th place overall, having placed 4th in Dressage (62.71%) and 6th in Ease of Handling (63.13%).
Charleen Wallstrom and rescue horse Zafira placed 6th overall, having finished 5th in Dressage (61.46%) and 7th in Ease of Handling (61.56%). Diana Harris rode Skuggi far Friskopp, the first Icelandic Horse to compete in the sport, to a 7th place finish, having earned 7th in Dressage (57.92%) and 8th in Ease of Handling (61.56%). Carol Higgs and her rescue horse Rags finished 8th overall, having placed 11th in Dressage (52.50%) and 5th in Ease of Handling (63.44%). Graham Hansen and his Quarter Horse Red came in 9th overall, earning 8th in Dressage (57.08%) and 10th in Ease of Handling (54.69%). Lisa Flood and Jedi finished the show in 10th place, placing 10th in Dressage (54.38%) and 9th in Ease of Handling (59.69%).
Peter Haley and his Appaloosa mare Harlequin Daisy won Overall Champion honors in the 9-entry Introductory Open class, having come in 3rd in Dressage (63.75%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (77.81%). Heather Humelbaugh and her Half-Andalusian mare CDC Besita won Reserve Champion with a 2nd place finish in Dressage (64.79%) and a 3rd in Ease of Handling (70%). Darlyne Wells rode her Arabian HH Ascot to a 3rd place finish overall, having come in 1st in Dressage (65.00%) and 6th in Ease of Handling (63.13%). Jill Barker rode her Quarter Horse A Mighty Awesome Mr. to a 4th-place finish, with a 5th in Dressage (61.88%) and a 2nd in Ease of Handling (74.38%). Sonya Margerum and BL Mustang The Frenchman took 5th place overall, having placed 6th in Dressage (56.67%) and 5th in Ease of Handling (63.44%).
Dan Dahlke and his grade horse Sugar placed 6th overall, having finished 7th in Dressage (55.21%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (63.75%). Meagan Hansen rode her Andalusian CDC Sonrisa to a 7th place finish, having earned 4th in Dressage (62.29%) and 8th in Ease of Handling (58.44%). Bridgett Klingler and her Thoroughbred Port Stanley finished 8th overall, having placed 9th in Dressage (50.21%) and 7th in Ease of Handling (60.00%). Anne Storm and her Andalusian Querida SG came in 9th overall, earning 8th in Dressage (52.92%) and 9th in Ease of Handling (46.88%).
Washington member Adrienne Raymond rode her BLM Mustang Beam Me Up Scotty to the Overall Champion win in the 9-entry Novice A class, earning 3rd in Dressage (64.32%) and Ease of Handling (64.17%) and 2nd in Speed (171.53). Vera Jagendorf and her Andalusian Armano came in 2nd in Dressage (64.55%), 5th in Ease of Handling (60.28%), and 4th in Speed (205.02) to earn Reserve Champion honors. Laura Stutesman and her Half-Andalusian/Half Mustang Vidandric made their Working Equitation debut with a 6th place in Dressage (59.55%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (64.44%), and 3rd in Speed (180.69) to win 3rd place overall. Emily Elias rode Haflinger Nakita Ljeb to a 4th place finish overall, taking 7th in Dressage (58.86%), 4th in Ease of Handling (62.78%), and turning in the 2nd-fastest Speed time of the entire weekend (149.83). Erin O’Shaughnessy and Quarter Horse Shining Spartan came in 5th overall, having earned 5th in both Dressage (61.36%) and Speed (210.59) and 7th in Ease of Handling (57.22%).
Kathy Orr and Mouse placed 6th overall, with a 9th place finish in Dressage (55.91%), 6th place in Ease of Handling (58.33%), and 7th in Speed (305.41). Karin Hansen and her Andalusian Padre placed 7th overall, coming in 8th in Dressage (57.50%) and Ease of Handling (50.28%) and 7th in Speed (285.06). Tory Kelly and Smooth Heiress won both Dressage (64.77%) and Ease of Handling (65.28%) but missed an obstacle in Speed and thus finished 8th overall. Julie Sweeten and LVF’s Solar Eclipse started the show strong, placing 4th in Dressage (61.82%), but had to scratch on Sunday.
Denise Lukins and her Haflinger Mahon II FLH made their Novice B debut in style, earning 66.43% in Dressage, 65% in Ease of Handling, and finishing the Speed course in 197.34 seconds.
Heather Humelbaugh and Lusitano Delirio DC took home the Overall Champion in the three-entry Intermediate A class, earning 1st place in Dressage (63.29%) and Speed (136.73 seconds) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (61.11%). Emily Elias rode Hanoverian Fresno to the Reserve Champion honors, having won 2nd in Dressage (62.00%) and Speed (155.14) and 1st in Ease of Handling (65.56%). Lizann Dunegan and Andalusian Miguel BTSF came in 3rd (60.29%, 53.61%, 224.76).
Featured image: Youth member Annika Davis and Lonestar Milly