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Yukon riders mount up for first sanctioned horse show

Even after well over three decades, the Yukon Horse and Rider Association continues to improve its annual show.

Even after well over three decades, the Yukon Horse and Rider Association continues to improve its annual show.

The YHRA’s 37th annual Summer Show was for the first time a sanctioned event under the sport’s editorial governing body.

“This was our first year running a sanctioned show, meaning we were operating under a set of rules approved by our local governing body, Equine Association of Yukon,” said YHRA president Elsie Wain. “It is our provincial sport governing body, operating under the umbrella of Equine Canada.… I’d say it moved us up a little bit in professionalism. That was a big deal this year for Yukon Horse and Rider, to be able to achieve that.”

A total of 58 horse and rider teams, five more than last year and including eight from Juneau, took part in this year’s event held at the show grounds off the North Klondike Highway on Bea Firth Road.

It wasn’t without incident. On Saturday a horse, after it competed, ran face-on into the rail of a fence for unknown reasons, suffering a significant head injury.

Whitehorse’s Angelique and Howard Bjork sprang into action, cancelling their plans to compete and helping get the horse to a veterinarian clinic.

The horse was later hauled to a clinic in Calgary and the Bjorks received the YHRA Sportsmanship Award for their selfless actions.

“(The horse is) going to make a full recovery, but it was pretty darn serious,” said Wain. “Howard and Angelique dropped their classes, had people put their horses away, and really provided tremendous support to both the rider and the injured horse … They got their own trailer out, hauled the horse to the vet clinic – Angelique actually rode in the back of the trailer to keep the horse calm.

“They are really the friends and neighbours everybody would want in an emergency.”

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Show Champions

Hunt seat equitation champion and reserve

Paige Stockley – junior champion

Elizabeth Inglis – junior reserve

Laura Holmes /Ashley Borgel – youth champion

Celeste Findlay – youth reserve

Terry Inglis – open champion

Kathryn Morrison – open reserve

Hunter division open champion and reserve

2’6” division

Lady Grey – champion

Harry – reserve

2’9” division

Hollywood – champion

3’ division

Moonlight’s Montage – champion

Highland’s McDuff /Moonshine – reserve

Western equitation champion and reserve

Janilyn Kooy – champion adult

Heidi Miller – reserve adult

Malorie Hanson – youth champion

Leah Neyhart – youth reserve

Kate DeBuse – junior champion

Presley Bjork – junior reserve

Halter Champion

Maria Elena owned by Leah Neyhart (Juneau) – grand champion

Snow Elf owned by Northern Tempo Equestrian (Whitehorse) – reserve champion

Mandolin HBR owned by Janilyn Kooy, bred by Gail Reiderer, Heart Bar Ranch (Whitehorse) – Yukon bred champion