Thirty-four horse/rider pairs from six different states (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin) gathered at the Rockin RC in Topeka, KS, to compete in the 10th largest Working Equitation Competition to be held in the United States to date, July 28-29, 2018.
Diversity was the name of the game at this event. Not only did riders come from many different places, an amazing variety of breeds were represented. As one might expect, there were Quarter Horses and Paints, but Mustangs were also incredibly well-represented, as were grade horses. Several part-bred Arabians participated, and Rocky Mountain Horse Gambler’s Jackpot not only made an impression with his striking chocolate palomino color, he also came in 6th in the 15-entry Introductory class.
Fifteen entries competed in the Introductory class, with Kris Blacklock and her four-year-old Quarter Horse mare Boon Ocean Blue traveling from Wisconsin to bring home top honors. Kansas member Jane O’Boyle rode her horse grade Rebel to finish 2ndoverall. Marty Stewart, of Missouri, came in 3rdoverall on Gunner, her Grade Lusitano, while Iowa resident Kara Mehaffy rode her Paint mare Diaman H de la Crème to finish 4thoverall.
The Novice A class saw less geographic diversity, with all top 4 competitors hailing from Kansas. Jane O’Boyle rode her Quarter Horse gelding Docs Buz N Leo to take home the overall win in the 11-entry Novice A class. Cindy Branham rode her black four-year-old Aztec the Mustang to finish 2ndoverall*. Dan Keil and his half-Arabian RCC Nottingham finished 3rdoverall, while youth member Madison Branham rode Patriot the Mustang to the 4thplace finish overall.
Linda Frazier and Poncho were 1stplace overall in the Novice B class, while youth rider Madison Branham rode Joshua the Mustang to a 1stplace finish in Speed to come in 2ndoverall.
Three riders battled it out in the Intermediate A class, with Kansas member Kim McBroom and Appendix Quarter Horse Oakley Twisten Lark winning 1stplace overall while Kansas resident Linda Frazier and her Quarter Horse Rosie’s Chexy Lady came in 2nd. Oklahoma member Caroline Holloway and her paint horse Jetalito Dash finished the day in 3rd place overall.
Bill Walton and Quarter Horse Peptos San Vanna finished in 1stplace overall in the two-entry Intermediate B class while Cindy Branham and Tucker the Mustang came in 2nd. Texan Randy Byers and his grade horse Carbon participated as the lone entry in the Advanced level.
*Note: Although Cindy’s placings are reported here, she did not earn any points toward year-end awards at this competition, as her rides were classified as “schooling” rides because she was listed as the show manager at the event (which the latest version of the rules do not allow).
Photo of Dan Keil and half-Arabian RCC Nottingham, of Kansas by Kari Harris Photography.