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Copyright 2003-2004 BSEA
Billings, Montana

2004 Big Sky Equestrian Association Combined Test Series

June 12, 2004
Sheila Ruble, Judge
Warfield Park
Billings, MT

* all photos by Kelli Dempster

Marissa Van Atta and 'Abby'
Marissa Van Atta and 'Abby'.

The first of three in the BSEA Combined Test Series was held June 12th at Warfield Park in Billings, MT. The dressage phase of the CT was held in the morning. There had been considerable rain the day before, and even though the first test wasn't ridden until 10 am, the ring was quite wet. Fortunately by the afternoon the stadium ring had dried and the footing was wonderful.

Marissa Van Atta and 'Abby'
Marissa Van Atta riding 'Abby'.

In the Elementary Division Patty Davis of Cody, Wyoming pulled away from the pack early on with a dressage score of 32.0 penalties. Her mount for the day was a 20 year old, gray, Appendix Quarter horse named Ghost. She went on to win the division on zero jumping penalties.

Mallory Fischer and 'Joey''
Mallory Fischer cantering 'Joey' while Nona Austin looks on.

Arie van der Heiden riding Sarre Beau lead the way in the Beginner Novice Division right from the start also. Arie, a trainer from Sundance, Wyoming, finished on his dressage score of 34.5 penalties.

Lara Van der Heiden and 'Show 'em off Sam'
Lara Van der Heiden and 'Show 'em off Sam' with Arie Van der Heiden watching.

The Novice Division was also won by a rider from Sundance, Wyoming. Kim van der Heiden, riding Show'em Off Sam, put in a very steady dressage test and a clean stadium round. Their score for the day was an enviable 30.0 penalty points.

Lara Van der Heiden and 'Show 'em off Sam'
Lara Van der Heiden and 'Show 'em off Sam' executing a trot movement in Novice Test C.

While there was only one competitor in the Training Division, Jamie Gilbert (Gillette, WY) would have been hard to beat. She and her Thoroughbred, Spencer, had a very cadenced dressage test in less than perfect footing. Later in the afternoon, Jamie returned to the ring to ride a flawless stadium round.


Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper'
'Hopper' and Kristi Mobley.

The next Combined Test in the series will be held on July 3, 2004. This test will have the dressage and cross-country phases, with schooling of the cross-country course offered after the finish of the CT. The closing date for entries for this CT will be on June 28th.

Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper'
'Hopper' in an uphill canter with Kristi Mobley aboard.

The third and final Combined Test in the series, to be held August 21, 2004, will offer a stadium and cross-country combined test. Schooling of the cross-country course will also be offered on this date.

A copy of the entry form for the remaining combined tests can be downloaded from the Big Sky Equestrian Association web site, www.bigskyequestrian.org or you may call Kelli Dempster at 406.357.2428 or email her at [email protected].

Kelli Dempster

 

Results


Elementary Division
Rider Horse Dressage Score Stadium Penalties Final Score Final Placing Hometown
Patty Davis Ghost 32.0 0 32.0 1 Cody, WY
Mallory Fischer Joey 40.0 0 40.0 2T Billings, MT
Lara van der Heiden Show'em off Sam 40.0 0 40.0 2T Sundance, WY
Kristi Mobley Hopper 42.5 4 46.5 4 Olive, MT
Marissa Vanatta Abby 48.0 0 48.0 5 Billings, MT
Patty Davis and 'Ghost'
Patty Davis sitting deep on 'Ghost'
Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper'
Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper' trotting on the short side.
Patty Davis and 'Ghost'
Patty Davis and 'Ghost' on their way to a score of 32.0 in the Novice Test C.
Beginner Novice Division
Rider Horse Dressage Score Stadium Penalties Final Score Final Placing Hometown
Arie van der Heiden Sarre Beau 34.5 0 34.5 1 Sundance, WY
Kristin Stolpe Sabrina 44.0 0 44.0 2 GilletteWY
Lacy Croell In Slo Mo 47.0 0 47.0 3 Sundance, WY
Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper'
Kristi Mobley and 'Hopper'.
Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer'
Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer' coming across the diagonal.
Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer'
Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer'.
Novice Division
Rider Horse Dressage Score Stadium Penalties Final Score Final Placing Hometown
Kim van der Heiden Show'em off Sam 30.0 0 30.0 1 Sundance, WY
Kristin Stolpe Carousel Dreamer 38.0 0 38.0 2 Gillette, WY


Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer'
Kristin Stolpe and 'Carousel Dreamer'
Jamie Gilbert on 'Spencer'
'Spencer' at the halt while Jamie Gilbert salutes the judge.
Jamie Gilbert on 'Spencer
Jamie Gilbert entering the arena on 'Spencer'.
Training Division
Rider Horse Dressage Score Stadium Penalties Final Score Final Placing Hometown
Jamie Gilbert Spencer 32.0 0 32.0 1 Gillette, WY
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer'
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer' on their way to a 32.0 score in Training Level test D.
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer'
Jamie Gilbert trotting a circle on 'Spencer'.
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer
'Spencer' and Jamie Gilbert executing the free walk.
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer'
Jamie Gilbert and 'Spencer'.

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