Thirty-two hearty competitors braved the rain to join together for one of the largest Working Equitation competitions held in the United States to date. The event, sponsored by Working Equitation Oregon, was judged by Rebecca Algar, Texas.
Denise Lukins and her Haflinger Mahon II FLH placed first in Dressage (73.33%) and third in Ease of Handling (68.75%) to win the 10-entry Introductory class. The high-score of the day (across all classes) was earned by first-time WE competitor Samantha Westby and her Quarter Horse Snippers Remedy. The two earned a fantastic 78.13% to win the Introductory Ease of Handling trial, coming in second overall in a very competitive class.
The 14-entry Novice A class was incredibly tough. In the end, however, Kristina Eckert and Canadian Farm Jerrycho Manon took the win, with a first place finish in Dressage, third place finish in Ease of Handling, and second place finish in Speed. Their win brought the two to the #1 spot in the Nation for Novice Level Horse/Rider pairs. Just behind this dynamic duo was Kent Wright and Snippers Remedy, whose first place win in both Ease of Handling and Speed made up for lost ground in Dressage. Kent also piloted the third place horse, El Bonito. Points earned on both horses helped launch Kent into 2nd place in the National Standings for Novice-Level American Riders. Not to be out-done by shorter-eared equines’s Bodie, a mule owned by Major Dafoe and ridden by trainer Carrie Parker came in 4th place overall out of 14 in the Novice A class.
Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse Driftin Juniper took second in Dressage and won both Ease of Handling and Speed to take home the overall win in the three-entry Novice B class, while Heather Humelbaugh and F.T. Sheer Perfection’s winning dressage ride helped the two earn a berth at the 2017 National Championships.
Jill Hamann Bannister and Omni’s Easy Jet swept the two-entry Intermediate B class, in the process qualifying for the National Championship and moving higher on the National Leaderboard.
Two riders (Morgan Wagner and Cari Schwartz) moved up to the Advanced level at this competition. While Morgan and Endo the Blind took first place in the Dressage Trial, Cari and Exsarena earned more points to win first place overall at the Advanced level.
A number of competitors had already qualified for Nationals at earlier competitions, but those who qualified for the WE United National Championships coming up September 1-4, 2017 at this competition include:
Denise Lukins & Mahon II FLH
Samantha Westby & Snippers Remedy
Emily Joliff & Peppy’s Opinion
Nancy Romine & North Forks Tywysog Merlin
Linda Martin & Trigger
Kent Wright & Snippers Remedy
Heather Humelbaugh & F.T. Sheer Perfection
Jill Hamann-Bannister & Omni’s Easy Jet
In addition, the following riders earned one or more scores needed for their Lifetime Rider Medals: