2019 Cascade Circuit Cup Championships

Last year, we introduced our Cascade Circuit Cup Awards to recognize outstanding horses and riders over our entire rated show season. The awards, given to the horses accumulating the most points in each of 5 categories, became a huge exhibitor favorite and are even more popular in 2019!

There are still a ton of horses in the running for this year’s championships, and just one more opportunity to secure your points: at the Cascade Finals September 7th-8th in Cle Elum.  At the show we will tally the final results and announce this year’s award winners.  As a special bonus, points earned at the Cascade Finals are tabulated at 1.5x the normal value.

Reminder: every class at every height is included in points tallying, so every horse is a contender! See our updated award categories and specifications.

Current Standings

Here are the current standings in the 2019 Cascade Circuit Cup Awards. Note that this isn’t a “top 10” list for each category, since every horse listed has enough points going into the Finals they could take home the trophy and all the glory.

See You In September!

Good luck riders!  See you in Cle Elum in September.

From right, Shelly Kerron on MTM Uber, Rachael Davis on Luxury, and Heather MacDonald on Cascade place 1st through 3rd in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the 2019 Swiftwater Invitational in June. Image by Gary Voth.

 

Big Smiles at the Pacific Crest Open & Outreach

Our concurrent pair of July shows, the Pacific Crest Open and Pacific Outreach, were big hits as competitors, trainers, family and friends enjoyed near-perfect weather in Cle Elum. The mix of riders and horses made for busy days, but there was plenty of entertainment and hospitality to keep everyone smiling and having a good time.

In the rings, competition was as exciting as ever. Katherine Wade-Easley won our $2,000 Cascade Mini-Prix aboard Retro Girl, owned by Cascade’s own Jessica Vania. The pair overcame Katherine’s mare Risky Business and the rest of the field in a tight finish. The tables were turned in the Need for Speed presented by Voltaire Design, with Katherine Wade-Easley and Risky Business taking the win ahead of her second entry, Retro Girl. It’s safe to say that all three of these fierce ladies put on a jumper clinic for their appreciative fans.

Katherine Wade-Easley and Retro Girl win the Cascade Mini Prix at the Pacific Crest Open. Image by Gary Voth.

In the Grand Hunter Ring, Shannon Hendrickson and Aloha, owned by Christy Larson, took the blue in our $1,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Brick Road Farms. The pair is no stranger to the Derby winner’s circle, having won our 2018 Cascade Circuit Cup championship for this event. However, they had to overcome a very strong challenge by Jacque Stuckens on FF Spotlight who rode beautifully together across the morning hunt field.

Our Classics winners included Kira Charoenkul on her stylish pony Milo in the Low Childrens/Adult Hunter Classic 2’6″, presented by Dianna Connelly Insurance Services. Emma Robins piloted Bambeco to the win in the Children’s/Adult Hunter Classic 3′, presented by Stübben Custom Saddles.

Our special classes brought loads of fun and smiles to the faces of both exhibitors and spectators alike. First up was our Oh, Dear, I Need a Beer Pro class. Our judges really got into the spirit of things as they asked the pros to complete a series of “wrong” maneuvers and demonstrate handiness over a series of crossrails. Jonathan Shank won the event on Juneau, demonstrating both poise in the saddle and impressive, um, technique with a glass. Kate Sharkey and Useless Bay were a close second, but we have a feeling that every one of our pros felt like a winner after this class!

Sara Davis and Hamlin won the Cascade Canine Jumper Classic presented by Evolution Equestrian, while Rylan Davis won the No Joke, Hold My Coke hippity-hop class for 18 and under. A mother and son dynamic duo! Incidentally, Rylan and Helios were also division Champions in the meter jumpers, so we know he is also skilled with real horses!

Our Pacific Outreach event was very popular this year and fun for all involved. Tracy Bryant picked up the win in our USHJA Outreach Hunter Derby aboard Happy Days, while Ava Holmes and Trouble With Tribute were champions in the Outreach Jumper .95m division.

We wish we could mention every winner of every class… but we hope that whatever your placing you had an awesome time. As always, thank you for choosing to show with us. See you at the Cascade Finals!

2019 Pacific Crest Open & Outreach Photo Gallery

Images by Gary Voth

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.

Understand the 2019 Requirements for Show Entry

A number of rules have changed for 2019 that affect requirements for entering Cascade Horse Shows’ rated events (essentially, all shows other than the Pacific Outreach).  Most of this information is also on our show pages, but if you aren’t sure what you need to do or just need more background, then this post can help.

What is changing?

Microchipping

The biggest rule change for 2019 involves microchipping. All horses competing in USHJA sanctioned competitions must have a compliant microchip to compete. This requirement protects owners from fraud and ultimately benefits the animals too. There are a few exceptions: horses entered in USHJA Outreach classes, USEF Opportunity classes, leadline, and walk-trot do not have to be microchipped. Microchipping costs vary according to the veterinarian, but can often be performed starting at around $20. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.

Safe Sport Training

Another change for 2019 is the requirement for USEF Safe Sport Training. According to the USEF, “all adult US Equestrian (USEF) members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training to be eligible to participate in USEF activities”. Which of course includes Cascade shows. The good news is that this can be done conveniently online through your US Equestrian member dashboard.  Please be sure to do this before joining us in Cle Elum!

What else do I need to do to enter?

Having fun is the most important requirement. Image by Gary Voth

Other requirements such as having valid USEF and USHJA memeberships are not changing, but are important to know before attending our shows. Here is a summary of the things you’ll need to do for our rated events:

  • All entrants must have valid, active USEF and USHJA memberships.
  • Completion of USEF Safe Sport Training is required for adults (18 years and older) to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. See the FAQ for more details.
  • Microchipping: A compliant microchip is required for all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA sanctioned competitions, as per above. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.
  • A completed and signed Release Form must be included with each show entry. If you complete your entry online, please make sure to also fill out the Release Form and send directly to Cascade Horse Shows per the instructions on our show pages.

Any final requirements?

Yes, the biggest one of all: have fun! You are the reason we do this, and it’s our commitment to make our shows as fun and rewarding as possible.  We can’t do it without your support, so thank you for choosing to spend time with us.  We we wish you the best in your 2019 show season!

Making Your Showing Experience Easier

At Cascade Horse Shows, we work hard to ensure that your showing experience is as rewarding as possible. That not only means creating a fun and exciting atmosphere at our shows, but also making it easier for you (or your trainer) to sign up for the essentials that make your visit to the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum memorable.

Reserve your golf cart now! Image by Gary Voth

That’s why we are proud to unveil our new online reservation forms. These forms make it easier than ever to:

  1. Reserve your RV space
  2. Reserve a golf car for the show
  3. Order hay, feed, and shavings for your stalls
  4. Sign up for official show photography

Best of all, you can do all of this right from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, without having to download, print, or fax us anything!

When you use our online forms you’ll receive a convenient confirmation email summarizing your order.

Reminder: Get your forms in early, as our RV spaces and golf cars always sell out quickly!

Of course, for those of you who prefer it, we still have our traditional PDF forms available, and you will find these via convenient links from the online forms themselves, and from our great new Competitor Portal.  We’ve even enhanced our PDF forms this year: all of them are “fillable”, meaning you can enter data into the forms themselves using Adobe Reader or other compatible software, and then email the finished version to us if you choose.

These are just some of the ways we are working to make your experience with Cascade Horse Shows even better. We look forward to seeing you all in Cle Elum!

 

New! Add Cascade Horse Shows To Your Home Screen

By now you’ve seen our new, modern web site.  But did you know that you can add Cascade Horse Shows as an app directly to the home screen of your iPhone or Android phone?  And even better, when installed as an app, you’ll have direct access to our new Competitor Portal so you can find all the information you need at a glance, including entries, daily schedules, class lists, results and more!

We do this using a bit of modern magic called Progressive Web Apps (PWA), a new way of creating applications based on web standards. But best of all, it’s easy to get started. Here’s how to do it:

From Your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Cascade Horse Shows in Safari
  2. Tap the Share button
  3. From the list of actions at the bottom, choose Add to Home Screen
  4. Done!

From Your Galaxy or Other Android Smartphone

  1. Open the Cascade Horse Shows in Google Chrome
  2. Tap the Settings (…) icon
  3. Choose Add to Home screen
  4. In the following screens, tap Add, then OK
  5. Done!

Please spend some time with our new mobile-friendly Progressive Web App, and let us know what you think. (Our web designers say “you’re welcome!”)

Welcome to the New Cascade Horse Shows Web Site!

Optimized for mobile too.

Thanks to the support and dedication of our fantastic competitors, trainers, vendors, and sponsors, Cascade Horse Shows events have become the most looked-forward-to Hunter and Jumper shows of the season.  As our shows have grown, so has the need to keep you informed and give you quick access to the information you need to be successful.

To that end, we are very excited to unveil our new and improved home on the World Wide Web!  Our new web site is designed to be easy to navigate, highly informative, and to provide you with quick access to essential show resources.  It also now features a fully responsive design to provide a great experience on smartphones, tablets and PCs.

We are also proud to showcase our completely new Competitor Portal.  Designed exclusively for exhibitors and trainers, it provides quick access to essential information about our shows for those who are competing in them.  In addition, our news blog gives us an opportunity to share feature articles of interest to our community.

Please spend some time getting to know our new web site. Let us know what you think. Our goal, as always, is for you to have a fantastic showing experience. See you all in Cle Elum!

Our Community Is Our Superpower

When people come together to achieve something beyond themselves, a community is born. When the community invests together, visions become reality.

We stand in awe of our extraordinary community of supporters who help us create a uniquely enjoyable showing experience. An experience that inspires competition in the ring, and camaraderie outside of it.

Our Fantastic Professional Community

We would like to thank all the dedicated horse people who came together last season and join us again this season to help make Cascade events the most highly anticipated shows of the year:

Carol Hinckley, Brick Road Farms
Shelly Kerron, Legacy Hunters & Jumpers
Katherine Wade-Easley, Sundance Equestrian
Morgan Carr, Encanto Valley Farm
Denise Youell, Farpoint Farm
Tami Masters, Starfire Farm
Amanda Gelderman-Brant, Evolution Equestrian
Shannon Hendrickson, Signature West Farms

Nancy Free, Brass Ring Farm
Kim & Jacque Stuckens, Magnolia Ridge Training
Lisa Shane, Absolute Hunters & Jumpers
Lauren Crawford-Breum, HangTime Hunters & Jumpers
Quinn Partridge, Thumbs Up Farm
Leah Schifferl & Kim Mccreight, Cypress Farm
Hadley Johnson, Allynbrooke Hunters & Jumpers

Our Amazing Business Community

We’re also proud to be supported by a community of outstanding business owners and representatives who not only provide top notch products and services, but go the extra mile to make your experience personal. They deserve your patronage:

Debbie Dillon, Horseware of Ireland
Lori Houston, Whittier Trust
Kimberly Tenhulzen, Tenhulzen Real Estate
Eve Willett, Red Pony Insurance
Mike Akers, Olson’s Tack Shop
Lindsey Spurgeon, Voltaire Design
John Mabbott, The Grange of Issaquah
Jennifer Sparks, DVM
Susan Bernard, Cascade Animal Clinic
Brenda Jacroux, Chez Jacroux
Marla Hamilton-Lucas, Horses In Black
Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage
Sarah Eisler, City Girl Equestrian

Abbie Block, Absolute Horse
Ansara Patterson, Geneva Financial
Jamie Kosele, Stubben Saddles
Dianna Connelly Insurance Services
Kristi Zimbelman, Performance Horse Therapy
Chuck & Debbie Estrin, Rocking ‘E’ Feeds
Teal Shoop, Sterling Essentials
Jim Spane, Spane Buildings
Mikie Coffman Shepler, Ride the Ducks
Kelsey King, American Mechanical Corp.
Jennifer Hansen, Woodbrook Hunt Club
Natalie Shaw, Purina & Wilco Farm

Take a Moment and Say Thanks

You’ll see most of these people, if not all, at our upcoming shows. They may be standing at the in-gate coaching their riders. They may be cheering for their son or daughter. They may be serving you a plate of awesome food or pouring you a refreshing drink. They may be presenting you with a fancy cooler & neck ribbon, a shiny silver platter or some super cool product. Please take a moment and say hi, and say thanks!

SAVE THE DATES | 2019 Cascade Shows

We are thrilled to announce the dates for 2019 Cascade Show Season. Five shows filled with exciting competition at every level, and with something unique to get in the action for everyone: pros, parents, amateurs, even the dogs.

Guaranteed to be the most fun you have all year // over-the-top hospitality // relaxed horse friendly venue // excellent prizes // outstanding sponsors // unique one-of-a-kind classes // inclusive vibe!

We appreciate that you have a choice of shows to attend throughout the year. We promise to do everything within our power to bring you the best experience possible. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us in the Cascades!

USEF-rated hunter jumper shows. USHJA sanctioned. Prize list coming soon.

Hosted at the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum, WA.