Horse show draws international crowd

The Yukon Horse and Rider Association’s Horse Show was an international affair once again. In addition to horse and rider teams from Whitehorse and Haines Junction, the 36th annual event welcomed back teams from Haines, Skagway and Juneau, Alaska.

The Yukon Horse and Rider Association’s Horse Show was an international affair once again.

In addition to horse and rider teams from Whitehorse and Haines Junction, the 36th annual event welcomed back teams from Haines, Skagway and Juneau, Alaska, over the weekend at the show grounds off the North Klondike Highway on Bea Firth Road. Last year’s show only featured Yukon teams.

With the Alaskans back in the mix, the show also saw an increase in participation with 53 team combinations.

“I was really pleased by the spectator turnout,” said show manager Sherillynne Himmelsbach. “We certainly did not have that many spectators last year. In fact, I don’t think we’ve had that many spectators in a long time. They came all three days and that was really amazing.”

The Horse Show, which featured gymkhana, hunter, jumping, trail and western classes, also included the extreme cowboy trail open for second year. The extreme cowboy competition put horse and riders’ ranch-based skills to the test with everything from jumping to barrel racing to trailer loading – skills often required by a working ranch horse.

The three-day event was capped with a 4H Drill Team demonstration on Sunday.

New this year was the presentation of the YHRA Sportsmanship Trophy, donated by Alan and Cathy Stannard. Whitehorse’s Marina Boulerice, who rode Medallion, was selected for the award.

“The judge was impressed by her perseverance and beautiful smile when she was taking her horse over the jumps in spite of the fact the horse was quite reluctant to do it,” said Himmelsbach. “Also, the committee took a look at her behind-the-scenes sportsmanship, reviewing with the coaches and seeing how she was handling herself behind the scenes with her horse. For that reason it was felt she exhibited good horsemanship, showmanship and sportsmanship.”

RESULTS:

Gymkhana champions

Junior B champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Paige Stockley

Horse – Harry

Junior B reserve champion

Rider – Dara Reeves

Horse – Roullette Red

Junior B Yukon reserve champion

Rider – Jordyn Cowan

Horse – Saige

Junior A champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Sarah Diment

Horse – Dempsey Aurora Sky

Junior A reserve champion

Rider – Mallory Hanson

Horse – Yukon Zena Warrior

Adult champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Angelique Bjork

Horse – Tulsa Poco Black Cat

Adult reserve champion

Rider – Jeff Diment

Horse – Bandit

Western horse champions

Champion/Yukon champion

Horse – Hickory Cracker Jac

Rider – Maureen Nielsen

Reserve champion

Horse – Dun Made Money

Rider – Jauna Doland

Yukon reserve champion

Horse – Mandolin HBR

Rider – Janilyn Kooy

Western equitation champions

Junior B champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Kate Debuse

Horse – Sparky

Junior B reserve champion

Rider – Dara Reeves

Horse – Roullette Red

Junior B Yukon reserve champion

Rider – Jordyn Cowan

Horse – Denali

Junior A champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Mallory Hanson

Horse – Yukon Zena Warrior

Adult champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Janilyn Kooy

Horse – Mandolin HBR

Adult champion

Rider – Jauna Doland

Horse – Dun Made Money

Adult Yukon reserve champion

Rider – Maureen Nielsen

Horse – Hickory Cracker Jac

Extreme cowboy trail champion

Rider – Angelique Bjork

Horse – Tulsa Poco Black Cat

English equitation champions

Junior B champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Elizabeth Inglis-Comeau

Horse – Lady Grey

Junior B reserve champion

Rider – Paige Stockley

Horse – Harry

Junior A champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Laura Holmes

Horse – Highlands McDuff

Junior A reserve champion

Rider – Katarina Fekete

Horse – Jordan

Adult champion/Yukon champion

Rider – Terri Inglis

Horse – Dun Made Money

Adult reserve champion

Rider – Heidi Neufeld

Horse – Ice Pixie

Hunter 2’6” champions

Champion/Yukon champion

Horse – Lady Grey

Rider – Elizabeth Inglis-Comeau

Reserve champion/Yukon champion (tie)

Horse – Gracie

Rider – Elese Duncan

Horse – Blue Wheel Sundowner

Rider – Meghan Larivee

Hunter 2’9” champions

Champion/Yukon champion

Horse – Ice Pixie

Rider – Heidi Neufeld

Reserve champion

Horse – Hollywood

Rider – Terri Inglis

Hunter 3’0” champions

Champion/Yukon champion

Horse – Carmen

Rider – Maren Sinclair-Eckert

Reserve champion

Horse – Highlands McDuff

Rider – Laura Holmes

Hunter 3” champions

Champion/Yukon champion

Horse – Carmen

Rider – Maren Sinclair-Eckert

Grand halter show championship

Champion

Horse – Roullette Red

Owner – Dara Reeves of Juneau

Reserve champion

Horse – Hollywood

Owner – Terri Inglis of Whitehorse

Yukon bred champion

Roullette Red

Owner – Dara Reeves of Juneau

Breeder – Gail Reiderer of Whitehorse

Sportsmanship trophy

Marina Boulerice

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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