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

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