Unusually severe winter weather forced a large number of early entries to cancel their plans for a weekend of Working Equitation fun, but 19 competitors and 5 additional schooling / clinic participants braved the cold (and ice, and rain, and in some cases snow) to gather at the Oregon Horse Center the weekend of February 24-25, 2018.
The show was judged by Washington resident Kim Roe, r. Rebecca Cruden, Oregon, served as the on-site show manager.
Heather Humelbaugh and Billy Forever Shines (‘Mojo’) turned on the heat, with a 2nd-place finish in Dressage (66.80%) and a 1st-place finish in Ease of Handling (71.25%) to take the overall win in the six-entry Introductory class. Julie Sweeten and her mule LVF’s Solar Eclipse were not far behind, with a 3rd-place finish in Dressage (60.80%) and EOH (59.69%) to finish 2nd place overall.
Ashley Smith and Lusitano gelding Delirio DC won the eight-entry Novice A class, the largest at the event, with a 2nd place finish in Dressage (64.57%) and Speed (3:29.6), and a 1st-place win in Ease of Handling (71.39%). Moira McCarthy and her BLM Mustang gelding Pippin took 1st place in Dressage (64.78%), 7th in Ease of Handling (54.38%), and 3rd in Speed (3:30.2) to finish 2nd overall in this highly-competitive class.
Kristina Eckert and Canadian Farm Jerrycho Manon returned to the competition arena for the first time since September of 2017 to earn a 64.66% in Dressage, a 58.33% in Ease of Handling, and a 4:49.5 time in Speed to take the blue ribbon in the one-entry Novice B class.
Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria won the four-entry Intermediate A class with a 1st-place finish in Dressage (64.19%) and Speed (3:13.15), and a 3rd-place finish in Ease of Handling (63.06%). Rochelle O’Connor and Navigational Escort, a Paint gelding owned by Susan Campbell, finished 4th in Dressage and 2nd in Ease of Handling (66.67%) and Speed (3:48.3) to take home 2nd place overall.
Two members competed for the first time at this event: Rachel Kahane and Pepper finished 6th out of 8 in Novice A, while Dawn Rhoads and LDR Poncho Wow Factor finished 5th out of 6 in Introductory.
Darlyne Wells and Walker, Donna Patterson and Smokn Cajun Pearle, Michelle Fox and Jack, and Diana Inch and Canadian Farm Jerrycho Manon completed all trials in the Introductory level as Clinic Participants. We look forward to welcoming them back as competitors (or repeat clinic riders) at future events.
Crowd-pleaser three-year-old Tiegan Bilyeu participated in his first horse show as a lead line rider.