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Monday, September 21, 2009

Oregon Dressage Championships

Well it was another hot weekend down in Oregon at this years Oregon Dressage Championships held at Devonwood Equestrian Centre. The barn went down with 7 horses and we all had a great time. The temperature was up in the high 90's and we were cooking for a large portion of the weekend.

I was fortunate to qualify and make it down with 4 horses this year. Wistar, Warado, Wrevolution, and Regalo. All four of the horses were wonderful and I felt very happy with their performances. Wistar competed in the GP and the GP Freestyle. The Freestyle was held on Sat in the afternoon during the some pretty warm weather. He was a good boy and worked hard earning Reserve Champion in the division. The next morning was the GP and it was much cooler. He felt more with me and gave a solid test for a score of a 66%

Warado was stellar through the weekend. He was able to secure a win on all three days in his third level open classes with a 72.7% on the final Sunday ride and the ODS Third level championship.

Wrevolution was my little greenie. He behaved himself for two full days but on the third day he just had to give a little excitement to the crowd. The first day in the open show at Training level he was great and was very ride-able. He is four this year and incredibly athletic which is part of the reason why I think he will make such a phenomenal GP horse in the future. He also has a great mind but at times he reminds me that he is four and has an overly athletic moment or two.

In the Oregon championships you must ride two test over a two day period for the lower levels. On sat Wrev won the class with a 71% and was looking good for a championship. On Sunday we had an "athletic moment" with the judge commenting that he thought I was up for the good stay in the saddle belt buckle award. That horse continues to amaze me. I just love him! He ended up finishing fourth with a combined score of 68% and a good end to the season.

Regalo my final mount for the weekend was also a super mare. She had just the two championship tests rides and handled the venue and the test like a pro. After day one Regalo finished second behind Debbie Evans and her lovely gelding by just 2 tenths of a percent. The next day she put in a very solid test for a 71.7% and the first level championship. Her owner Johnna Stevens was so excited, it was really sweet.

We had a couple of Summervale Farm team members riding it up this past weekend as well. Bev Huddleston on the 6 year old Wistar son Ellusive took home a 5th place finish in the amateur training level championship division and 4th place in the first level division. Tekla and Bonsai finished 8th place at first level and 6th place at second level in the championship amateur divisions. Paige and her pony Dan' O finished Reserve Champion in the open PSG championship class and 4th in the Intermediare Championship, and Kristin on Larsie rocked out their first Intermedaire test in the open show. Congratulations to everyone at the show. There was some beautiful rides by many of the competitors.

Update on the summer progress

It has been a while since my last posting and I apologize for the delay. The horses are doing great. We have been to quite a few local shows this summer. In June the barn went to Donida Farm in Auburn, WA for a show. Wistar did a GP Freestyle test there scoring a 74% and Warado some third level test. We also took one of our lovely sales mares Regalo who competed at first level and Wrevolution who did some training level test. All four horses did well and it was nice to get them out again after our great time spent learning from Steffen in San Diego.

We then did the Donida Farm show the end of July. Wistar did a GP test and his freestyle there which also went well scoring a 68.9% in the GP and a 70% in the Freestyle. The test are feeling much more confirmed in this second half of the season.

The first weekend in August was our very own Summervale Farm show which went great and every one seemed to have a wonderful time. We took the opportunity to get some of our young horses out and it was very good exposure for them.

The following weekend I was able to take Wistar and a couple of clients to the Spokane Sport horse show. This was a great venue and we all had a fantastic time. Wistar had a strong GP scoring a 72.5% and Paige Romney who rides her darling pony Dan' O and is only 14 was able to secure the FEI Highpoint in the FEI at Intermediare One with a 66% over the two day show. Tekla and her adorable gelding Bonsai also had a great show and we really enjoyed the trip. Next up is the ODS Championships in Sherwood, Oregon. You can see all of my scores at and how our clients are doing at thanks and looking forward to talking with you all soon!