Twenty-six horse/rider pairs (23 competing and 3 taking advantage of the opportunity to have gain more WE experience by signing up for the Coached Schooling Ride option) enjoyed a very full day of working equitation at the WE Oregon Thanksgiving Weekend Show I on November 24, 2018.
Judge Nicole Chastain, r, California, officiated, with Tracey Erway volunteering her time as scribe the full weekend. Rebecca Cruden served as on-site Show Manager, announcer, and point tabulator while Samuel Cruden was the Gate/Paddock Steward and Tristan Cruden assisted throughout the day. Several youth and their parents volunteered as well, re-setting obstacles and running score sheets, earning credit toward future entry fees.
Dana Seekins and her grade horse Purple Reign took 3rd in Dressage (63.40%) and 1st in Ease of Handling (67.19%) to win 1st place overall in the 11-entry Introductory class. Donna Luoma rode her Half-Andalusian Three Days Late to a 1st place in Dressage (65.40%) and 3rd in Ease of Handling (63.13%, collective marks of 41) to win 2nd place overall. Heather Humelbaugh and her Half-Andalusian CDC Besita came in 2nd in Dressage (64.40%) and 4th in Ease of Handling (63.13%, collective marks of 40) to win 3rd place overall. Jill Standish Barker and her Paint/Palomino A Mighty Awesome Mr. came in 4th in Dressage (62%) and 2nd in Ease of Handling (63.44%) to win 4th overall. Meagan Hansen and her Andalusian CDC Sonrisa came in 5th in Dressage (61.2%) and 6th in Ease of Handling (56.56%) to finish 5th overall. Julie Sweeten and her mule LVF’s Solar Eclipse took 9th in Dressage (58.5%) and 5th in Ease of Handling (62.81%) to place 6th overall. Graham Hansen and his Quarter Horse Red placed 7th in Dressage (61%) and 9th in Ease of Handling (53.13%) to finish 7th overall. Cari Schwartz and her Andalusia Alcazar earned 10th place in Dressage (57.2%) and 7th in Ease of Handling 56.25%) to finish 8th overall. Bridgett Klingler and her thoroughbred Port Stanley made their competition debut, with a 6th place finish in Dressage (61.2%) and an 11th place finish in Ease of Handling (49.38%) to bring home 9th place overall. Dan Dahlke and his grade horse Sugar came in 8th in Dressage (59.40%) and 10th in Ease of Handling (49.69%) to place 10th overall.
In the 8-entry Novice A class, Kristina Eckert come in 1st on the Friesian mare Hope (Dressage: 68.04%, 1st; EOH: 64.12%, 2nd; Speed: 2:44.66, 3rd) and 2nd on her Cheval Canadien Metistar Taj-Mahal Amaro (Dressage: 62.17%, 4th; EOH: 66.76%, 1st; Speed: 2:40.72, 2nd). Heather Humelbaugh and her Paint gelding Billy Forever Shines came in 3rd place overall (Dressage: 63.91%, 3rd; EOH: 58.82%, 5th; Speed: 2:34.56, 1st). Emily Elias and the Hanoverian Fresno came in 4th overall in their WE debut (Dressage: 64.28%, 1st; EOH: 64.12%, 3rd; Speed: 3:14.50, 4th). Erin Mathews and her Paint Cheyenne Quest finished 5th place overall (Dressage: 61.09%, 5th; EOH: 61.18%, 4th; Speed: 3:44.95, 5th). Diana Inch and Indignant Hy Faline earned a 6th-place ribbon for their overall placing, while Megan Miller and her Half-Andalusian RBR Tony Montana came in 7th overall.
Lizann Dunegan and her Andalusian gelding Miguel BTSF, sole entries in the Novice B class, earned a 63.62% in Dressage, 60.88% in Ease of Handling, and completed the Speed course in 2:14.04, the fastest time of the day.
Julie Alonzo and her Andalusian mare CDC Memoria placed 1st in Dressage (62.20%) and Speed (2:18.04) and came in 2nd in Ease of Handling (56.67%) to win 1st place overall in the 3-entry Intermediate A class. Jill Lovelace and her Quarter Horse gelding Driftin Juniper finished 2nd in Dressage (61.39%) and Speed (2:19.31) and took home 1st place in Ease of Handling (62.78%) to win 2nd place overall. Ashley Smith and her Lusitano gelding Delirio DC earned 58.75% in Dressage, 55.28% in Ease of Handling, and finished the Speed course in 4:28.5 to win 3rd place overall.