Thirty-five horse/rider pairs (24 competitors and an additional 11 riders schooling as Clinic Participants) celebrated a beautiful Easter / April Fool’s Day / full moon weekend at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena in Eugene, Oregon March 30-April 1, 2018.
Introductory Level: 8 Entries
Heather Humelbaugh and her Paint gelding Billy Forever Shines and Julie Sweeten and her mule LVF’s Solar Eclipse continued their pattern of neck-and-neck competition throughout the weekend (the two have been tied for 1st place in the National Standings for months) by each earning 16 points in this competition (Heather won Dressage with a score of 66% to Julie’s 62.8%, while Julie won Ease of Handling with a score of 67.81% to Heather’s 67.19%). When the dust settled, Heather’s average Dressage / EOH score of 66.60% earned her the blue, while Julie’s average of 65.31% brought home the red ribbon for overall 2nd place in the 8-entry Introductory Open class. Cheryl Martinez and her Paint Jokar’s Crown Royal came in 3rd, while Darlyne Wells rode her Arabian HH Ascot to a 4th place finish and youth rider Josephine Hunt rode her grade gelding River Ripple to a 5th place win overall.
Novice A Level: 9 Entries
Moira McCarthy and her BLM Mustang Pippen came in 1st in Dressage (65.87%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (66.67%) and rode a smart ride to finish 3rd in Speed, in the process winning their 9-entry Novice A Open class. Kathy Orr and her Grade mare Mouse earned an impressive 65.65% in Dressage, 62.94% in Ease of Handling, and the third-fastest Speed round of the day (of all competitors) to take home 2nd-place overall in Novice A. Debbie Hogevoll and her Paint Nice N Sonny came in 3rd overall, while Denise Lukins and her Haflinger Mahon II FLH came in 4th, and Vera Jagendorf and her Andalusian Armano came in 5th.
Novice B Level: 3 Entries
Their sights set on earning qualifying scores for there Lifetime Bronze Rider Medal, three entries battled it out in a very competitive Novice B class. Each of the riders finished 1st in one trial, 2nd in another, and 3rd in another to end the day tied with 7 competition points each. Ultimately, their average Dressage/ Ease of Handling score of 63.14% earned Emily Elias and Appendix Quarter Horse Three Engardes the victory, while Kristina Eckert and Canadian Horse Canadian Farm Jerrycho Manon’s score of 60.88% barely edged out Ashley Smith and her Lusitano Delirio DC, who finished with an average of 60.28%.
Intermediate A: 4 Entries
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse gelding Driftin Juniper once more proved themselves, winning 1st place in both Dressage (66.81%) and Ease of Handling (62.06%, collective mark of 39) to finish 1st overall in their 4-entry Intermediate A class. Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria finished 4th in Dressage (61.39%), 2nd in Ease of Handling (62.06%, collective mark of 38.5) and 1st in Speed, with the fastest time of the day, to take 2nd-place overall. Alison Burnett and her Andalusian gelding Lourinho AFA finished 3rd, and Alexandria Weinbrecht and her Quarter Horse mare Peacock’s Hottie came in 4th overall.
Cari Schwartz, r, Oregon City, officiated as Judge and Technical Delegate, with a wonderful volunteer workforce lending their hands. Special thanks to scribe and potluck coordinator Carrie McCarthy, on-site Show Manager / announcer / scorer Rebecca Cruden, Gate / Paddock Steward Samuel Cruden, timers Josephine Hunter and Meagan Hansen, arena crew Lizann Dunegan and Josephine Hunter, music coordinator Jill Lovelace, photographer / videographer Diana Inch, additional videographer Kathy Orr, designer and donator of new dressage court letters Emily Elias, providers of scrumptious hot meals throughout the weekend Carrie McCarthy, Jill Lovelace, Karin Hansen, Lisa Camp, and the Cruden Family, and all in attendance for assisting with setting up and taking down the obstacles and dressage court.
The popular ‘Training Wheels / Clinic Rider” option enabled us to introduce eleven new participants to the sport in a weekend full of learning. Clinic participants had scheduled ride times and received written scoresheets just like those who were competing, but also received individualized coaching in the competition arena from an experienced WE competitor (either Jill Hamann-Bannister or Julie Alonzo) during their trials. In addition, event organizer Julie Alonzo provided an extra hour of un-mounted instruction prior to the start of the Dressage section on Saturday for those wanting a little more insight into how to ride their dressage patterns.
Several riders earned scores toward their Lifetime Rider Medals at this event as well. Don’t forget to check to see where you stand!