In all, 19 competitors and 6 additional schooling / clinic riders joined together in a celebration of horsemanship January 27-18, 2018 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon for Region 1’s second licensed competition of the 2018 competition year.
Oregon judge Cari Schwartz, r, stepped up in multiple roles at the event, serving as Judge, Technical Delegate, and on-site Show Manager.
Julie Sweeten and her mule LVF’s Solar Eclipse scored a 60.40% in Dressage and 68.13% in Ease of Handling to win the six-entry Introductory class. Meagan Hansen and her Andalusian mare CDC Sonrisa came in second, with a score of 60.60% in Dressage and 60.94 in Ease of Handling.
The eight-entry Novice A class was incredibly competitive. In the end, though, Ashley Smith and her Lusitano gelding Delirio DC narrowly edged youth rider Tristan Cruden on his Quarter Horse mare SR Lady of Chance out of the overall win. Ashley and Delirio earned 3rd place in Dressage (65.65%) and Ease of Handling (67.22%) and 1st in Speed (3:42). Tristan and SR Lady of Chance came in 1st in Dressage (66.09%), 4th in Ease of Handling (66.67%), and 5th in Speed (4:23) to take home 2nd overall.
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse gelding Driftin Juniper took 3rd in Dressage (63.47%, Collective Marks: 49), 1st in Ease of Handling (64.44%) and 2nd in Speed (4:03) to lead the way in the five-entry Intermediate A class. Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria took 2nd in Dressage (63.47%, Collective Marks: 51), 3rd in Ease of Handling (60.28%) and 1st in Speed (3:34) to finish 2nd place overall.
A number of riders earned points toward their Lifetime Rider Medals at this event. Ashley Smith, Tristan Cruden, Denise Lukins, and Debbie Hogevoll all earned two scores toward their Bronze Lifetime Rider Medal, while Emily Elias earned a qualifying Ease of Handling score. Among the Intermediate-level riders, Jill Lovelace earned two qualifying scores toward her Lifetime Silver Medal, while Julie Alonzo and Jennifer Lenz each earned one qualifying score.
Points from this show have been added to the 2018 Leaderboard.