Last weekend Area VII contested their 2014 Championships at Caber Farms Horse Trials in Onalaska, WA with divisions from Beginner Novice to Intermediate. This year’s Area VII champions included Rebecca Buehler and Brighton at Intermediate, Anna Collier and The Green Machine at Prelim, Karen O’Neal and Mateo at Training, Kelsey Horn and Aelsie Pea at Novice, and Megan Toth and Razzo at Beg. Novice. To qualify for the championship classes competitors had to have finished in the top five at their level within the past year.
Area VII competitors couldn’t be happier with the clear weather; the event had a cheerful and fun feel throughout the weekend. On Saturday night the Area VII adult riders hosted a luau and first-annual Trainer Limbo Challenge, much to the delight of competitors camping on-site. Many competitors reported that the horse trials ran smoothly and expressed their appreciation to owner/organizer John Camlin and his crew.
Anni Grandia competed in the Intermediate Championship and won the Open Beg. Novice division on Yankee Bay. “Caber Farm is one of my favorite events of the season,” says Anni. “The event has a family, fun feel with forward riding courses. John Camlin and his crew do a fantastic job of prepping the grounds and the courses are always tough but forward riding and fair. I personally love the old-school feel of the venue, the courses and the jumps.
Riders that ride forward and accurate were rewarded all the way down to Beg. Novice. Another fun element to the courses is that the Beg. Novice and Novice tracks had mini Prelim and Intermediate fences on them: Novice had a beginning coffin, they both had jumps before and after the water, plus true brush fences. What better way to prep your horses and riders to move up?”
The next show on the Area VII calendar is Aspen Farms Horse Trials in Yelm, WA, which hosts the final qualifying event in the Pro Tour / Adequan Gold Cup series before the American Eventing Championships in late September. Go Area VII!