Equestrians Institute (EI) hosted the first event on Area VII’s 2014 calendar and the inaugural USEA horse trials at the Washington State Horse Park last weekend. As the first event of the season, entries filled quickly, with a wait list for levels from Starter to Training/Prelim.
Still tired and a little sore from the weekend’s workload, Meika Decher, the eventing director of Equestrians Institute, reflected on her Polestar Farm blog: “Overall, the Equestrians Institute H.T. event went very well. We had 265 competitors at a new venue, and all in all, it ran smoothly, on time and with a lot of happy riders.”
Many horses and riders had positive experiences at this year’s opening event. “Organizers and volunteers did an outstanding job,” trainer Michele Pestl said. “It was a very well-run first event — a success for EI and the Washington State Horse Park.”
Event mom Sally Brown says her daughter, Krisalyn, had a fantastic first-ever event in the Starter division with her 8-year-old pony, Linoleum. “It was a great event, and they did a really good job putting it on,” Sally said. “I wish more of (the events) had Starter division like here.”
Competitors, spectators and volunteers snapped candids from the weekend, with many smiles all around. Thanks to everyone who helped capture the fun!