Twenty-seven competitors turned out for the B-Rated Working Equitation Competition hosted by Working Equitation Oregon at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena on Sunday, August 13. Cari Schwartz, r, Oregon, judged the event, powering through nearly 12 show hours in what was clearly a labor of love for the sport.
Thirteen-year-old Tristan Cruden of Cottage Grove, Oregon, piloted his Quarter Horse mare SR Lady of Chance to a first-place finish in the 7-entry Introductory class, out-performing a very competitive group of adults, and once again securing his spot at the top of the National Leaderboard in the process. Samantha Westby and her Quarter Horse gelding Snippers Remedy came in a close second, trailing Tristan by a single point in the overall results. The points she earned at the weekend event moved Samantha into the #2 spot in the nation for riders competing at the Introductory level. Julie Sweeten and her mule LVF’s Solar Eclipse won the dressage trial to finish 3rd overall at the Introductory level.
Competition was extremely close in the 13-entry Novice A class. Australian competitor Mark Mason rode Shannon’s Gold Remedy, a Quarter Horse mare owned by Rebecca Cruden, to the overall win. Their first-place finish in Ease of Handling and consistent performance in both Dressage and Speed moved Denise Lukins and her Haflinger gelding Mahon II FLH into 2nd place overall. Carrie Parker piloted pinto mare Misty River, previously a reining horse, into the 3rd place spot overall.
Jill Hamann-Bannister rode her Quarter Horse gelding Omni’s Ease Jet to a 1st place finish in the 6-entry Intermediate A class, while Makenzie Holley and Ellen Chappell’s Lipizzan mare Terra Blanca finished 2nd, and Ellen herself and her Lipizzan mare Arria came in 3rd.
The following competitors earned scores toward their Lifetime Rider Medals: Mark Mason, Denise Lukins, Carrie Parker, Ashley Smith, Kent Wright, Kristina Eckert, Michael Godding, Kathy Orr, Karin Hansen, Lily Godding, and MacKenzie Hogue (Bronze), and Jill Hamann-Bannister, Makenzie Holley, Ellen Chappell, and Kim Peterson (Silver).
A number of competitors qualified for the National Championship at this competition as well: Katie Skyles (Introductory); Carrie Parker, Lizann Dunegan, Michael Godding, Karin Hansen, and Lily Godding (Novice A); and Ellen Chappell, Kim Peterson, and Bob Lawson (Intermediate A).