Thrills and Chills at the 2019 Alpine Preview

Our second 2019 June show, the Alpine Preview, lived up to its predecessors for fun and exciting hunter jumper competition. Even the weather was thrilling, giving us a blustery start to the week, but our horses and riders rode through it with flying colors, as always.

Patrick Billes guided his willing partner Rabenschwarz to victory in the $9,999 Horseware Grand Prix presented by Absolute Horse, with Rachel Geringer aboard Alimera taking second. In the USHJA National Hunter Derby, Shelly Kerron repeated her win from the prior week, this time on MTM Check Me Out, against a strong field including 2nd place finisher John French and Casino T. Artistry, piloted by the steady and composed John French, took first in the USHJA Green Hunter Challenge.

15-year-old Andee Hawk and Summer Breeze were impressive in winning the Voltaire Need For Speed, overcoming challenges from a fast field that included Tami Masters and barn mate Kayla Long. Meanwhile, Nicole Stern and Jesting showed fine hunter hack form in capturing the Rosé All Day Amateur Classic, facing down a dedicated challenge from Kelsey King and Caspian C.  Our inaugural $1,000 Junior/Amateur Hunt & Handy, presented by Infinity Hunters and Jumpers, was won by Phoebe Webb aboard Happy Together, while 17-year-old Madeleine Nielsen won our Horsemanship Challenge, presented by Northwest School of Animal Massage.

As in prior seasons, the Woodbrook Hunt Club was on hand to present the Woodbrook Hunter Pace, and a full field enjoyed the beautiful cross country trails of the Washington State Horse Park.

There was even more excitement on Saturday before the Grand Prix, as 15-year-old Phoebe Webb hippity-hopped her way to victory in our inaugural children-and-juniors-only No Joke, Hold My Coke Classic presented by Long Farms. Following the Grand Prix, Absolute Hunters & Jumpers presented the fan-favorite Absolute Blast Karaoke Classic, while everyone enjoyed our free hospitality events throughout the show week.

2019 Apline Preview Photo Gallery

Images by Gary Voth.



2019 Swiftwater Invitational: Fun, Sun, and Smooth Operators

The season-opening 2019 Swiftwater Invitational, held in Cle Elum June 12-16, was a fantastic way to begin the Cascade Horse Shows season. The weather was warm and sunny, the horses and riders were ready and willing, and the fun factor was high.

Nobel, guided by professional owner/rider Lindsay Uyesugi-Lacey, was in fine form as the pair captured the top prize in the signature $5,000 Whittier Trust Welcome Prix, overcoming tough competition from second-place Jill Blunt and Udam. Shelly Kerron and MTM Uber outrode a strong field to win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Brick Road Farms, while amateur Rachael Davis took the number 2 spot aboard Luxury. The fast-paced 1.20m Voltaire Need for Speed was won by professional Katherine Wade-Easley and her mare Risky Business, edging out Georgia Dillon and Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, Lisa Shane, aboard Taylor Guaron’s Ffenomenal, were on point to win the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Challenge presented by Olson’s Tack Shop, while the dynamic duo of Lina Jernberg and Paige Wagter demonstrated mastery of the $750 Captain Morgan Pro-Am Challenge aboard Reminisce. The Rosé All Day Amateur Classic was stylishly won by none other than Allison Dady Smith and Dublin The Oddz, taking home a case of Swiftwater Cellars rosé wine for their efforts.

Many other fantastic riders and horses distinguished themselves during the show. Congratulations to them and to all of our champions and reserve champions. As always, we thank our sponsors for helping us make it all happen!

2019 Swiftwater Invitational Photo Gallery

Enjoy this gallery of images from the show by photographer Gary Voth.