We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine November 2018 - Page 26

Southwest

CLASSIC

Story by Julie Alonzo

Photos by Kellee Campbell, DVM

www.weunited.us

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at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX.

In all, 23 horse/rider teams from four states (California, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin) competed, while members from six states (Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, and Texas) helped staff the event.

Introductory Level

California resident Angela Langen rode to a first-

place finish in the three-entry Introductory level

class, with an average Dressage score of 67.40%

and an average Ease of Handling score of 72.91%

on the Lusitano Gabarito da Cerca, owned by

Sierra Nevada Lusitanos. Kris Blacklock, who

drove from Wisconsin for the event, was a close

second in both trials on her Quarter Horse mare

Boon Ocean Blue, with an average Dressage score

of 66.60% and an average Ease of Handling score

of 71.10%. She rode her Rocky Mountain gelding

Gambler’s Jackpot to a third-place finish with an

average Dressage score of 62.60% and an

average Ease of Handling score of 66.88%. Angela

was recognized as the top Open rider in

Introductory class, while Kris won the Champion

Amateur rider award.

n October, WE United celebrated the inaugural running of the Southwest Classic, an A-Rated Working Equitation Show judged by Wayne Hipsley, S, Kentucky and Polly Limond, R, California at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX.

Inaugural Running of the

Michael Vermaas and Alazan HGA galloping over the bridge in the Speed trial

Above, the Sandhaven Dream Team, always a force to be reckoned with!

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