The beautiful Big Sky Horse Park in Missoula, Montana was the site of the state’s first licensed Working Equitation competition on June 29, 2019.
The event, hosted by the Missoula Horse Council and judged by Erica Peet, r, Illinois, welcomed horses and riders from Montana as well as Washington, and a good time was certainly had by all.
In all, Trisha Kiefer-Reed and Appaloosa gelding Highly Prescribed swept the eight entry Introductory level, placing first in both Dressage and Ease of Handling while also taking home the special prizes for Highest Dressage and Highest Ease of Handling scores of the day, out of all entries. Jan Harris and her grade horse Shelby came in second overall, placing 3rd in Dressage and 2nd in Ease of Handling, while Melissa Kay Main and her Australian Stock Horse Brumbysrun Tech Warrick came in 3rd overall, having placed 2nd in Dressage and 3rd in Ease of Handling. Kay Greeley rode Quarter Horse Rambling Colonel (Roxy) to a 4th place finish overall, having earned 6th in Dressage and 4th in Ease of Handling. Coming in 5th overall was Marlene Bigsby and the Australian Stock Horse Yahoo Heartbreaker, who placed 5th in Dressage and 6th in Ease of Handling. Trisha Kiefer-Reed rode her Andalusian gelding Tesoro Oscuro to a 6th place finish overall, while Sheila Mealey, who was the main organizer of the event, placed just out of the ribbons at 7th on her gelding Royal Silverstep, who at 25 was the oldest horse in the competition. Ahna Mayo and Australian Stock Horse Yahoo Playmate came in 8th in Dressage to round out the field.
Competition was hot in the eight entry Novice A class, with Kenton Wright of Washington state taking 1st on the Lusitano gelding Hamlet JC, 2nd on the Nez Perce gelding Hemene, 3rd on the Hanoverian mare Damona Hill, 4th on the Arabian stallion Kalaloch, and 5th on the grade horse Sundance. Jody Anderson and her grade horse Sugar came in 6th overall, Holly Haeger and Australian Stock Horse Rockinus Reckless Abandon placed 7th overall, and Wendy Deans and her Quarter Horse mare CD Patty Pep came in 8th.
The fun continues with the state’s second competition at the same venue Sunday, June 30.