Whitehorse horse show gets new digs in 35th year

For the past five years each of the Whitehorse Gold Rush Open Horse Shows were said to be the last at the show grounds in the Whistle Bend area.

For the past five years each of the Whitehorse Gold Rush Open Horse Shows were said to be the last at the show grounds in the Whistle Bend area.

Turns out, last year they were finally right.

The 35th annual show, hosted by the Yukon Horse and Rider Association (YHRA) this past weekend, was held at the privately owned farm of the late Sharon Jensen, off the North Klondike Highway on Bea Firth Road.

“It’s a brand new location because our lease with the city has been terminated this year, because of the Whistle Bend development,” said Judy Linton, vice president of the YHRA. “We’ve known it’s been coming for a while. We’ve had a number of extensions on the lease, but finally, this is it…

“We decided to work with the people who run the indoor facility to put the show on this year, and see how it goes, and in the meantime we’re going to be working on a couple options for a more permanent location.”

The 35th show featured gymkhana, hunter, reining, jumping, trail and western classes. Some new additions included a ranch pleasure class and a new “cowboy challenge” in western, a more challenging “extreme trail class,” and a Yukon bred class exclusive to horses bred and raised in Yukon.

“If they are born and raised in the Yukon, then they qualify for a special Yukon bred championship,” said Linton. “We’re trying to promote our great Yukon horses.

“So there are some new classes, trying new things, and trying to get some new people involved.”

Between 50 and 60 horse and rider teams, including a couple from Watson Lake, took part in the show. That’s far less than the 98 teams who rode in 2010.

The YHRA decided to hold a separated show for bronze level dressage this weekend at the same location.

“Part of the reason why (numbers are) down is because a lot of our riders are now in our dressage show next weekend,” said show manager Mary Jane Warshawski. “That is growing. And there’s a new element to that, it’s called western dressage … In the last couple of years western dressage has become big and we have a new western dressage association and they will be part of the show next weekend.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Champions list

Halter Yukon Champion

Beretta’s Smokin’ Gun owned by Maureen Nielsen

Halter Yukon Bred Champion

Cinder showed by Kate DeBuse

Hunter Equitation 2’9/3’0 Yukon Champion Adult

Brooke Nielsen riding Blazon Kodiak

Hunter Equitation 2’9/3’0 Yukon Champion Junior A

Ashley Borgel riding Moonlights Montage

Hunter Equitation 2’9/3’0 Yukon Champion Jr B

Jetta Bilsky riding Bobby McGee

Hunter Equitation 2’3/2’6 Yukon Champion Adult

Terri Inglis riding Hollywood

Hunter Equitation 2’3/2’6 Yukon Champion Jr A

Maren Sinclair-Eckert riding Carmen Electra

Hunter Equitation 2’3/2’6 Yukon Champion Jr B

Jetta Bilsky riding Bobby McGee

Gymkhana Yukon

Champion Tier I

Amanda Dendys riding Santa Domingo

Western Yukon

Champion Adult

Brooke Nielsen riding

Blazon Kodiak

Western Yukon Champion Jr A

Katarina Fekete riding Bowan

Western Yukon Champion Jr B

Maggie O’Connor- Brook riding Patches

Yukon Bred Champion

Chitina owned by Inge Sumanik

Cowboy Challenge

Open Champion

Brooke Nielsen riding

Blazon Kodiak

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In a Feb. 17 statement, the City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology used for emergency response. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Three words could make all the difference in an emergency

City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology

Jesse Whelen, Blood Ties Four Directions harm reduction councillor, demonstrates how the organization tests for fentanyl in drugs in Whitehorse on May 12, 2020. The Yukon Coroner’s Service has confirmed three drug overdose deaths and one probable overdose death since mid-January. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three overdose deaths caused by “varying levels of cocaine and fentanyl,” coroner says

Heather Jones says overdoses continue to take lives at an “alarming rate”

Wyatt's World for Feb. 24, 2021.
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 24, 2021.

Approximately 30 Yukoners protest for justice outside the Whitehorse courthouse on Feb. 22, while a preliminary assault hearing takes place inside. The Whitehorse rally took place after the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society, based in Watson Lake, put out a call to action over the weekend. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Courthouse rally denounces violence against Indigenous women

The Whitehorse rally took place after the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society put out a call to action

The now empty lot at 410 Cook Street in Whitehorse on January 19. As developers move forward with plans for a housing development that would feature 16 micro-units, they are asking city council for a zoning change that would reduce the number of required parking spaces. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Parking problems predicted

Zoning amendment would create more on-street parking issues, residents say

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18.	(Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

The Yukon government and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce have signed a letter of understanding under the territory’s new procurement policy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
First Nation business registry planned under new procurement system

Letter of understanding signals plans to develop registry, boost procurement opportunities

US Consul General Brent Hardt during a wreath-laying ceremony at Peace Arch State Park in September 2020. Hardt said the two federal governments have been working closely on the issue of appropriate border measures during the pandemic. (John Kageorge photo)
New U.S. consul general says countries working closely on COVID-19 border

“I mean, the goal, obviously, is for both countries to get ahead of this pandemic.”

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Start of spring sitting announced

The Yukon legislature is set to resume for the spring sitting on… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

(Submitted)
History Hunter: Kwanlin Dün — a book of history, hardship and hope

Dǎ Kwǎndur Ghày Ghàkwadîndur: Our Story in Our Words is published by… Continue reading

Most Read