[CC][C:L10][RP PHASE ENDED] Western Pleasure

  • Competition Committee
    Patriot Ranch's Pleasure Darlin'
    09.09-09.11.2018 11:59 PM EST
    Judged by Lura Wynters


    • All entry fees must be paid in full to the CC WESTERN PLEASURE account on the main site for your entry to be processed.
    • Please include the 'Show Name' in the Payment Memo.
    • The system does not accept punctuation in payments at this time. If you put, for example, $50.00 when you send payment, you will be sending $5,000! Just type in $50 with no decimal places. Please pay once for your entire entry, not per horse!
    • Payments must be made by the same member who entered the horse.
    • Horses may not be cross-entered in different levels at the same show.
    • Riders may compete up to two horses in each class.
    • Horses must be registered with the appropriate discipline to be eligible to compete.
    • Member can enter up to 5 horses per level with 50 horses total.
    • If there are more than 14 participants in one class, it will be split. Classes with fewer than 10 participants will have phantom horses added to meet the minimum requirement.
    • Go to the WESTERN PLEASURE Leaderboard to check your horse's current level. Horses may enter below their level but those entered above will be disqualified and entry fee confiscated.
    • Error change requests/discipline declarations are not guaranteed to be completed by end of show, especially those submitted on its final day.
    • Undeclared horses will be disqualified and entry fee confiscated.
    • Duplicate entries will result in a DQ and will not be refunded. If the same horse is entered by multiple members, only first entry is taken into account and any following entries will be disqualified.

    Classes & Fees

    • JUVENILLE (1): $75 entry fee
    • TRAINING (2): $150 entry fee
    • ROOKIE (3): $225 entry fee
    • AMATEUR (4): $300 entry fee
    • BEGINNER (5): $375 entry fee
    • NOVICE (6): $450 entry fee
    • INTERMEDIATE (7): $525 entry fee
    • OPEN (8): $600 entry fee
    • PRO (9): $675 entry fee
    • WORLD (10): $750 entry fee

    Entry Card

    Raw entry list

    Questions, comments, and entry corrections should be posted as replies to this thread.

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    • This phase will remain open for 14 days from the time of this post.

    • You can submit any photo, story or a combination photo and story, as long as the entry is original and has not previously been used.

    • Horses need to be entered in the randomized phase to qualify.

    • Horses that have been disqualified may enter and collect points.

    • A total of 5 horses per member can be entered in the Role Play phase.

    • Entries must be submitted via the Roleplay Phase Entry Form to be counted and earn RP Rewards.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Story entries must be at least 300 words long and related to the show or the entry will not be counted. Entries longer than 300 words will not receive extra achievement points.

    • Photos can be inspired by how your horse did in the competition portion of the show or you can do anything related to the show - e.g. arriving at the show, watching a class, etc.


    • One entry will award 2 points (photo or story).

    • If both a picture and story are submitted, 1 extra point is awarded for a possible total of 3 points per horse.

    • Each entry in the Roleplay Phase will award 20 Achievement Points ($1,000 prize money). For more information on Achievement Points please see The Achievement Points Guide



    Entries must be submitted via the Roleplay Phase Entry Form to be counted and earn RP Rewards

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    Furrina RH & Réka Nyilas
    Level 1 - 6th Place

    Furrina is a Kabarda mare and you might be thinking to yourself “What breed is a Kabarda?”. Apparently they are from Russia. I didn’t know that when we bought Furrina years ago. I just liked her coat and she had a good build. First we competed her in Mounted Arts, Mounted Archery and Mounted Martial Arts if I remember correctly. Then the disciplines sadly got canceled so Furrina spend a while just as a pleasure horse. But she liked competing and it was sad to see her not really working, instead just wasting away in the fields. But we also had no clue what other disciplines would suit her. We tried a couple out. She hated jumping, wasn’t athletic enough for endurance and dressage didn’t suit her well. She worked well in a western saddle so a western discipline it was. Furrina doesn’t have a strong cow sense. Instead we tried Western Trail and she liked it. After some time we also added Western Pleasure and it is her new favorite thing. She is doing really well for herself. In Western Trail she has been placed in every single show she entered since March. I honestly don’t understand how they are so good. And I find it really funny when people at the shows ask which bloodline or stud she is from because they assume she is a quarter horse. I don’t really see the resembles but I guess it is the most logical breed to assume. Anyway they are always surprised when we tell them, No she isn’t a prized QH but a rare russian breed. Furrina is just a one of a kind horse. In this show they got another placing. Furrina was in a good mood and so the ride was really pleasant for Réka. In the end there were other better pairs but they still did well.

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    Þrándur frá Nýrhestar & Vincent McBride
    Level 3 - 12th Place

    Þrándur or as most people call him Thor, like my favorite superhero, is such a cute little horse. He is a Icelandic pony so he is not traditionally a western horse. Orginialy he was trained for and competed in the icelandic gaited classes but they didn’t get offered anymore. So we were looking around for something else to do with him. Valkyrja another Icelandic Pony at Rhovanion was competing in Western Trail and Western Pleasure. Vincent was really into western riding and all the different classes so he was down with trying it with Thor. Thor did well enough and with a more training he was doing okay. He was never the best and he doesn’t get a lot of really good placing like first or second but he does get placed quite regularly. He isn’t bad at Western Pleasure or Western Trail. He just isn’t the best horse or pony around. Thor is responsive and performs the correct movements. He is just not build to perform perfectly and it doesn’t look as elegant and effortless like for some of the other horses. But they have come quite far. They now confidently compete at Level 5 in Western Pleasure and Level 6 in Western Trail. That does show you that you don’t have to have the “correct” type horse to compete in a discipline. You can compete with an Icelandic pony in western pleasure and have a ton of fun. Today’s show was not different than most shows. They did okay in the western pleasure class but there were a lot of western looking horses and little Thor got overlooked between the bigger horses. But to be honest they also didn’t perform their best. Thor wasn’t feeling the best and was a bit more stiff than usually. But there is always the next show.

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    Joyce RH & Susan Young
    Level 4 - 6th Place

    Joyce is such a sweetheart horse. She is always happy to see you and friendly towards both humans and horses. She even likes dogs and cats, although she is not so sure about cats. Under saddle she is always well behaved. She is a gaited horse so she has an additional smooth gait. Susan likes to go on trail rides with her, sometimes longer ones overnight. Joyce was one of those horses where you don’t believe they are only how many years old. She was always mature and never had any young horse craziness. I have ridden her a hand full of times and she is really smooth and easy to sit. Susan comes from a western background so a western discipline was always at the forefront with Joyce. They started out in Western Dressage, back when it was the biggest western discipline at Rhovanion and they did really well. After they reached all of their goals we talked about switching disciplines. Joyce was still a relatively young horse with around 12 years so retraining wouldn’t be a big problem. She is also a very easy horse to train because of her nice temperament. But they change wasn’t so big. They now compete in Western Pleasure and Western Trail, like many other horses at Rhovanion. It seems to go together really well. If Joyce reaches titles in both disciplines before retirement, which doesn’t look it is going to happen, but I have learnt not to underestimate horses and their riders. At this show they got a nice 6th place. They do get placed quite often. Joyce is a very naturally pretty and good moving horse. So it seems to be easy for her to get good scores for the judges. But they still work hard and deserve every single placing that they get.

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    Loletta RH & Emilia Harris
    Level 3 - 8th Place

    Loletta or Lola is a crazy pony. She is always hyper and excited. Sometimes it gets really difficult to ride her. She is not mean or nasty. She likes to run and sometimes her brain just shuts off. Then she forgets all about you and being ridden and turns into a bronc or a wild horse running for its life. Other times you are not allowed to touch her which becomes really funny when you have to catch her on the field. Oh Lola, she is always entertaining though. At first she was part of our Pony Polo horse and she did really well with that. She was fast and agile. Perfect for a Polo horse. After all the Polo ponies reached their titles we shut down the polo pony team and had to find new disciplines for all the ponies. For some it was easier, for some it was harder. For Lola it was hard. We tried out all the English disciplines, Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping. Lola was not a good jumper and hated all the scary things on a cross country course. Dressage was okay but not her best. So we looked at other disciplines. Since she is a Quarter Pony we thought that a western discipline might be best for her and it was. She doesn’t have a strong cow sense and she is not really big enough to work the cows confidently. The cows were as big as she was. In the end we landed on Western Pleasure and Western Trail, a popular combination at our barn.
    Today’s show was not her best. Lola was nervous because it was quite winding and the judging was done outside. On the left hand she was still mostly okay but after switching onto the right hand she had a big freak-out about something in the bushes. After that she was really stiff and nervous so her marks were not good.

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    Daquira RH & Sarah Thompson
    Level 1 - 1st Place

    Daquira is another rare breed horse, a Spanish Jennet Horse. She is more high energy than most of our other western horses but not crazy hyper. She likes to move forward and run without doing nasty stuff like bolting or rearing. In hindsight Western Pleasure maybe isn’t the best discipline for her. After she had competed in Western Dressage successfully for years and won everything there is to win we wanted to give her and Sarah some new challenges in another discipline. Since Gin Fizz, our other Spanish Jennet Horse competes really successfully in Cutting we thought that might be a good discipline for Daquira. She could run more and get her excess energy out. Western Pleasure came from her past success in Western Dressage. For our barn that is an unusual combination. Most of the other horses compete in Western Trail and Western Pleasure. In theory Daquira shouldn’t be good in Western Pleasure. She is too forward and not collected enough. But she is doing quite well. After a few shows she has collected a couple of placings. This show was awesome for Sarah and Daquira. Everything went exactly how Sarah wanted it to go. They arrived with plenty of time to spare and a clean, happy horse in the trailer. In the warm up ring Sarah already told us that Daquira felt good and that she had a good feeling for this show. They were in a class with a few other horses but not a super huge class. The walk part was simple enough and Daquira stretched nicely into Sarah’s hands. Then the jog. Maybe a bit too fast at times but collected and forward. The last part was the lope. Most times Daquira doesn’t get very good scores for her lope but this time it was her gait.

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