Five days of exciting competition at The Event at Rebecca Farm (Kalispell, Mont.) kicked off on Wednesday with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competition for four-year-olds and five-year-olds.
Ten lovely four-year-olds gave the judges a great deal to look at. The horse at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day was Jennifer McFall’s Axiom DF, ridden by her husband Earl. This stunning 16.3 hand Holsteiner stallion by Ariadus out of a Trakehner mare, Lucid Opposition, has tons of presence, a ground covering stride, and a powerful jump, all topped off with a great temperament.
Tricia Dahms of Alberta, Canada is both the owner and rider of Bold Canyon, who took second place in the four-year-old division on a score of 77.9. This impressive 16.2 hand gelding is a Thoroughbred by Lost Canyon out of Boldest Dancer. Rounding out the top three was Meghan Lawrence on her own Shanghai DF sired by Sam’s Ace out of Storm Leaper. Shanghai DF is an off-the-track Thoroughbred and scored 77.5.
Six of the ten four-year-olds received a qualification for the West Coast Four-Year-Old Young Event Horse Championship at Galway Down in November.
Twenty three horses were presented in the five-year-old YEH divison. Ruth Bley rode her own bay Hanoverian gelding, Frankfurt (For Edition - Charen), to a win on a 80.7. In addition to their win at Rebecca Farm, they have qualified themselves to compete in the YEH West Coast Championship.
In second place is Jennifer McFall and her own Classic Twain DF, who won the four-year-old YEH West Coast Championship last year, and has continued his success in the YEH program as a five-year-old. Classic Twain DF (The Twain - Sapphire Magic) earned a qualifying score for this years' Championship as well, as did Betawave ridden by Robyn Fisher, and Another Star ridden by Erin Serafini.