Twenty-four competitors, five clinic “Training Wheel Ride” participants, and two people doing schooling rides, as well as an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers braved the December frost to join together for a weekend of laughter and celebration at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, OR, December 16-17, 2017.
The event was judged by California ‘r’ Judge Polly Limond. Cari Schwartz acted as Show Manager, and Tristan Cruden served as Gate & Paddock Steward. Michael T. Photography and Diana Inch were both on hand to capture lasting memories of the event with their photography.
In the nine-entry Introductory class, Heather Humelbaugh and Billy Forever Shines, her 7-year-old Paint horse, came in 2nd in Dressage (65%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (with the weekend’s high score of 68.44%) to take home 1st place overall. Sarah Kress and Lanza, an 8-year-old Hanoverian owned by Dama Curtright, won 1st in Dressage (65.4%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (62.81%) to finish 2nd overall at the Introductory level. Ida VanWormer and her 8-year-old Quarter Horse Zippin Midnight Moon came in 3rd, while Erin O’Shaughnessy and her 13-year-old Quarter Horse Shining Spartan brought home the 4th place ribbon. Cheryl Martinez rode her 15-year-old Paint Jokar’s Crown Royal to a 5th place finish overall.
In the seven-entry Novice A class, first-time WE competitor Emily Elias and her 17-year-old Haflinger Nakita Ljeb (“Lieben”) came in 4th in Dressage (62.30%), 1st in Ease of Handling (62.78%), and 2nd in Speed (3:02.0 minutes) to take home the blue ribbon. Ashley Smith and her 9-year-old Lusitano Delirio DC came in 3rd in Dressage (63%) and Ease of Handling (60%), and 1st in Speed (2:39.0 minutes) to win 2nd place overall. Karin Hansen and her 14-year-old Andalusian gelding Padre came in 3rd overall, Kristina Eckert and 10-year-old Canadian Horse LDR Poncho Wow Factor came in 4th, while Denise Lukins and her 17-year-old Haflinger Mahon II FLH came in 5th place overall.
Jill Lovelace and her 14-year-old Quarter Horse Driftin Juniper came in 6th in Dressage (58.61%) and 1st in both Ease of Handling (68%) and Speed (2:48.5 minutes) to win the seven-entry Intermediate A class. Makenzie Holley and Ellen Chappel’s 10-year-old Lipizzan mare Terra-Blanca, came in 3rd in Dressage (60.83%), Ease of Handling (65%) and Speed (3:04.1 minutes) to come in 2nd place overall. Julie Alonzo and 8-year-old Andalusian mare CDC Memoria finished 4th in Dressage (60.83%), 5th in Ease of Handling (62.50%) and 2nd in Speed (3:04.1 minutes) to come in 3rd overall. Rochelle O’Connor rode Susan Campbell’s 9-year-old paint gelding Navigational Escort to a 4th place finish, while Morgan Wagner and her Andalusian stallion Sephiroth came in 5th overall.
Morgan Wagner and her 17-year-old Appaloosa gelding Endo the Blind turned in solid performances in the Intermediate B class, earning 62.30% in Dressage and 63.61% in Ease of Handling.
A special treat for all in attendance was watching Cari Schwartz school her Trakehner mare Exsarena through the Masters level courses. The two performed a beautifully choreographed Dressage test and demonstrated their partnership as they danced through the Ease of Handling course.
Emily Elias and Ashley Smith earned qualifying scores toward their Bronze Lifetime Rider Medals, while Jill Lovelace, Makenzie Holley, and Julie Alonzo earned qualifying scores toward their Silver Lifetime Rider Medals.
Dea Guthrie & Brienne; Jill Barker & A Mighty Awesome Mr., Jessica McGuire & Remington Steal, Anja Salazar & Schokoload, and Graham Hansen & Red participated as clinic riders, assisted by coaches Debbie Parshall, Samantha Westby, Carrie Parker, and Julie Alonzo. Horses competing in WE for the first time included CDC Sonrisa, Milo, Jokar’s Crown Royal, LDR Poncho Wow Factor, Nakita Ljeb, and Nice N Sonny. First-time competing riders included Cheryl Martinez, Emily Elias, and Debbie Hogevoll.