Its been a busy Summer at WPR! Para Reiners have been preparing and showing and 2015 has exceeded expectations in growth and development - and we are barely 7 months through the year!
The first official WPR classes to be offered in the Northwest were held at the West Coast Classic in Chilliwack BC July 11-13. 5 riders each posted great scores on Saturday and Sunday in separate sections of Grades 1&2 and 3&4.
Catherine Sherwood riding Natalie Vonk’s Our Dualler posted a score of 69 on Saturday to tie for first place, and a 70 on Sunday for the win and to walk away with the Grade 1 & 2 championship with Nancy Gill and Lucky Kato and Tara Kowalski and Molly close behind. In Nancy and Lucky Kato’s first trip into the reining pen on Saturday she tied for first with a 69, and would take the Reserve championship with a Sunday score of 69. Tara Kowalski on Molly posted a fantastic Saturday score of 68.5 and was our very first Grade 1 competitor in a WPR sanctioned event!
Erin Alberda made it 2 years in a row at the West Coast Classic, following up her 2014 win with the 2015 Championship on Rafter D Reiner’s Berry Shiny. Berry & Erin posted scores of 71 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday to claim the championship. We also welcomed Nancy Huntley and her Wranglers Pep O Lena into the WPR family coming in with the Reserve Championship with scores of 69 and 70.5
Meanwhile in the Midwest, Jennifer Flanagan and the Northern Stock Horse Organization have been busy putting WPR on the map at the NSHO shows, including the Eau Claire Bit & Spur Pleasure Show and the Polk County Ranch show in August. Jennifer and her Doc’s Handy Ruby have posted championship scores each time out! Thank you to Jennifer and the NSHO for being big supporters of WPR!
A special thank you as well to our sponsors, supporting affiliates and individual supporters! Great things are coming for WPR, including more shows that have been added in 2015 (see our Events page for the latest additions) and we are extremely excited for the WPR Challenge at the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas in September! We are expecting an international group at the HRRC, including riders from Australia, Germany and of course Canada and the USA, with more to be added! If you are interested in helping to sponsor our efforts at WPR please contact us for more information! We need your support!