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24 WE puts fun D special to the horsetrader

EL MAR—Seventy-seven entries from across the nation descended on a beautiful

Suzi Vliestra’s Haflinger mare, Aurelia of Genesis, had a terrific show in Del Mar.

Robin Bond was busy—and successful—throughout the weekend.

Southern California weekend at the Del Mar Horse Park Oct. 10-13 for the 2019 North American Working Equitation Championships, an A-Rated show licensed by WE United. Judges Doreen Atkinson, Andre Ganc and Barbara Price along with Jill Barron of Alberta, Canada, scored three days of equitation in a competi- tion that had a friendly-yet-competi- tive feel that is reminiscent of simpler days. There were three divisions— open, amateur and youth—with eight championship classes: Children’s Level, Introductory, Novice A, Novice B, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Advanced and Masters. Show Secretary Christine Ramsey-

Snyder of Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona held down the fort in the show office throughout the event, while show chairs Polly Limond and Julie Alonzo teamed up to make sure the event was well-organized. Suzi Vliestra brought her Haflinger

mare, Aurelia of Genesis, in training with Mikey Harchol of Poway, and took home some top honors—as well as great memories. “This has been our first year in

into showing North American Working Equitation Championship Show comes to California

working eq with Lia and it’s been great,” said Vliestra. “Mikey started showing Lia in working eq in the spring, then I joined the fun in the summer. “The Working Eq gang is a really

welcoming group of people who cheer for everyone and encourage each other,” she added. “And because the scoring is objective and numerical- ly-based, like traditional dressage, you’re really competing against your- self instead of each other which helps keep it friendly.” What’s more, she added, is that “any- one can do working eq—any horse and rider with their regular show clothes and tack can find a level and get start- ed with the equipment and skills they have at the moment. It’s a blast!” Vliestra’s mare earned the North

American reserve championship and also took home $1,550 for a win in the Dressage/Ease of Handling Sweepstakes. In addition, she took breed honors as the High Point Haflinger. For horses registered with the International Andalusian and Lusitano Association, the High Point Amateur award went to Andalusian Nydia H, owned and shown by Oregon member Jodi Klier-Butler. The Andalusian and Lusitano High Point Open honors went to an Andalusian,

Weather, camaraderie and good horsemanship made for a delightful show.

Announcer John DeBevoise kept atendees informed and entertained.

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