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Announcing Our 2023 Season (With Something New!)

Thank you to our wonderful community for the thrills, fun, and excitement you shared with us in 2022. We were especially touched by the warmth and generosity you showed to our new partner and competitions manager Jennifer Hansen as she took up the reins at Cascade. A quality horse show is harder to produce than it seems, and our entire management team and staff felt your appreciation, which makes the behind-the-scenes effort worthwhile.

Last season brought some welcome changes (new vendors, streamlined ring schedules, new sponsors, shorter days, yay!), as well as new Spotlight classes that many of you told us you loved. Seeing so many talented teams come together to ride the Cascade Memorial Cup for the benefit of their chosen charities was amazing. Reading the engaging essays submitted by our young junior riders for the Shannon Hendrickson Memorial Grant (presented by Sea Mountain and Chubb Insurance) was a season highlight for us.

To that end, we are eager to bring you even more in our upcoming 2023 show season. And for this new season, we are making some changes we think you’ll appreciate: We are moving the Pacific Crest Open up by two weeks to run consecutively with our Swiftwater Invitational and Alpine Preview shows, so we can now offer you three weeks of showing in June. In addition, our season-ending Cascade Finals is now extended to 4 days (USEF approval pending).

With one extra day off before the 4-day Pacific Crest Open, we plan to offer educational opportunities at the beautiful Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum, and encourage you to explore the area, trail ride, hike, shop local businesses and of course enjoy Cascade Horse Shows hospitality!

Save these dates!

We are excited to be bringing back all the thrilling competition, generous hospitality, and the unique camaraderie you look forward to at Cascade shows. So, mark your calendars now for the most fun hunter jumper horse shows of the season!

Swiftwater Invitational
June 14 – June 18, 2023


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National Hunter (Channel 1) | US Equestrian Jumper 2
Our season opener is always a fan favorite and the perfect entry point for your Cascade showing experience.


Alpine Preview
June 21 – June 25, 2023


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National Hunter (Channel 1) | US Equestrian Jumper 2
Our popular 2nd week June show is packed with thrilling competition and our signature spotlight classes.


Pacific Crest Open (and Outreach)
June 29 – July 02, 2023


4-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian Regional Hunter (Channel 2) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned Outreach Event
This show is a summer highlight and never fails to bring smiles to exhibitors and spectators alike. We’ll continue to offer our popular USHJA Outreach classes as well as USEF rated competition.


Cascade Finals
September 7 – September 10, 2023


4-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian Regional Hunter (Channel 2) | US Equestrian Jumper 2
Our final show of the season blends fun with exciting competition and determines the winners of our Cascade Circuit Cup awards.

 

Cascade Finals Stall Reservations Open, Prize List Posted

We are excited to share that we have opened stall reservations for our Cascade Finals horse show, scheduled September 9-11 at the Washington State Horse Park. Our prize list is now available for download, and entries will open on Friday, August 12.

Since we announced that we were extending this show by an extra day, interest from our community has been high. To better accommodate everyone who may wish to join us, we have extended our closing date of entries to August 22, 2022.

We are looking forward to bringing you another great showing experience this September, filled with fun and challenging classes, abundant free hospitality, and of course, that welcoming Cascade Horse Shows vibe. Don’t miss your chance to round out your Cascade Circuit Cup Championship points total for the year. All points earned at the Finals count 1.5 times!

Stall reservations are needed before submitting entries to the show. We encourage you to make your reservations soon! We are also accepting RV site requests, golf cart requests, and hay, feed and shavings orders at this time.

We can’t wait to see you all in Cle Elum this September!

2022 Cascade Finals Gains an Extra Day of Showing

In celebration of the warm response you gave our June and July shows, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our season finale Cascade Finals horse show from two days to three days. We have added new Spotlight classes and made some other changes we are sure you will enjoy.  This popular event takes place September 9-11 at the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum.

We are working hard on the prize list and will publish it soon. But for now, here is a sneak peak:

Featured Spotlight Classes

We have more fun and competitive classes in store for you in September, including:

  • USHJA National Hunter Derby, our signature Derby event presented by Brick Road Farms
  • Cascade Hunter Derby, at 2’6″ with 2’9″ high options
  • Cascade Mini Prix, our premier Grand Prix-style jumper event set at 1.15m
  • Voltaire Design Need for Speed, exciting 1.10m and 1.20m jumper speed rounds
  • Rosé All Day Amateur Classic, our deliciously fun fan-favorite, run in the style of a classic hunter hack with a twist!
  • Field Hunter Classic, a rewarding single-round event over a Derby-style course with handy elements
  • Woodbrook Hunter Pace, the awesome Woodbrook Hunt Club is back to run its popular Hunter Pace over the beautiful Washington State Horse Park cross-country grounds
  • .90m and 1.00m Open Jumper Classics
  • And more!

We are happy to share that for this show we are moving hunter and equitation competition back into the covered arena, and our jumper competition will return to the outdoor post and rail arena on the west side of the park. Also, thanks to the generous support support of IOS Ranch, young horses (4-5 y/o) and OTTB Thoroughbreds show free! (Some limitations apply; details will be available in the prize list when published.)

Opportunity Classes

For those who would like to show with us without requiring USEF membership, we will have non-rated hunter, jumper, and equitation classes at a variety of heights to choose from. This show will be a great opportunity for those new to the hunter jumper sport, or anyone who simply enjoys showing for fun.

Sponsor Opportunities Available, Feedback Welcome

There are still sponsor opportunities available for this show. If you are interested in supporting great, family-friendly showing in Washington State, please reach out to Jessica Vania via the show office at .

We are putting the finishing touches on our prize list for this event. Our competitions manager Jennifer Hansen would love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Please contact her soon at if you would like an opportunity to help shape this show or future Cascade events.

Cascade Circuit Cup Finals

Don’t forget that the Cascade Finals is your last opportunity to earn points toward our 2022 Cascade Circuit Cup awards. Winners will receive valuable prizes and have the distinct possibility of making it onto a future US Olympic Team. (Or at least, the cover of a future Cascade Horse Shows prize list. ?) Plus, all points earned in September will count 1.5x times toward your season total!

In Short…

The Cascade Finals will cap off our 2022 season with more of our fun, family-friendly showing experience in an expanded 3-day format. Don’t miss it!

Announcing the 2022 Cascade Show Season

Thanks to you, 2021 was a breakthrough showing season for us. We hosted more horses, more riders, and more show stables (many from outside Washington State) than ever before. For 2022, we are looking forward to bringing you even more family-friendly Cascade Horse Shows vibes. To that end, we are pleased to announce our 2022 show season, where you’ll find all the thrilling competition, signature classes, generous hospitality, and the camaraderie you experience at Cascade shows.

So mark your calendars and save the dates now for the most fun hunter jumper horse shows of the season!

Swiftwater Invitational
June 15 – June 19, 2022


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (A) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our season opener is always a fan favorite and the perfect entry point for your Cascade showing experience.


Alpine Preview
June 22 – June 26, 2022


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (A) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our popular 2nd week June show is packed with thrilling competition and our signature spotlight classes.


Pacific Crest Open (and Outreach)
July 13 – July 17, 2022


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (B) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our July show is a summer highlight and never fails to bring smiles to exhibitors and spectators alike. We’ll continue to offer our popular July USHJA Outreach classes, now incorporated into the Open.


Cascade Finals
September 9 – September 11, 2022


3-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (B) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our final show of the season blends fun with exciting competition and determines the winners of our Cascade Circuit Cup awards.

Announcing the 2020 Cascade Show Season!

Every showing season is exciting for us, but after having a fantastic 2019 (thanks to you!), we are looking forward to bringing you even more family-friendly Cascade Horse Shows vibes next year. To that end, we are pleased to announce our 2020 show season, where you’ll find all the thrilling competition, the signature free hospitality, and camaraderie you experience only at Cascade shows.

So mark your calendars and save the dates now for the most fun hunter jumper horse shows of the season!

Swiftwater Invitational
June 10 – June 14, 2020


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (A) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our season opener is always a fan favorite and the perfect entry point for your Cascade showing experience.


Alpine Preview
June 17 – June 21, 2020


5-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (A) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our popular 2nd week June show is packed with thrilling competition and our signature spotlight events.


Pacific Crest Open
July 9 – July 12, 2020


4-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (B) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our July show is a summer highlight and never fails to bring smiles to exhibitors and spectators alike.


Pacific Outreach
July 9 – July 12, 2020


4-Day USHJA Outreach Show
Unrated | USHJA Sanctioned
Our USHJA Outreach shows brings hunter jumper competition to a wider audience. No USEF or USHJA membership fees required!


Cascade Finals
September 5 – September 6, 2020


2-Day USEF Hunter Jumper Horse Show
US Equestrian National (B) | US Equestrian Jumper 2 | USHJA Sanctioned
Our final show of the season blends fun with exciting competition and determines the winners of our Cascade Circuit Cup awards.

Riders Cap Off a Great Season at the 2019 Cascade Finals

It didn’t take long for September to roll around and with it our highly anticipated Cascade Finals on the 7th and 8th in Cle Elum. As our final event of the season, this exciting show determined the winners of our 2019 Cascade Circuit Cup awards along with USHJA Zone 9 Stirrup Cup Championships.

Jenni Wymer and Sommersby take a victory lap after winning the Red Pony Insurance Mini Prix. Image by Gary Voth.

Leading off, Jenni Wymer and Somersby, owned by Juliet Sears Le Dorze, rode to victory in our thrilling Red Pony Insurance Mini Prix. You know Jenni has to be smiling to see her name etched again on the perpetual trophy for this event, which she has won several times prior. In second place was Raquel Davalos on Martinique. For Raquel, this was a return to showing after a nearly 8-year absence. Clearly, this accomplished Grand Prix rider has not lost her touch (and we are glad to have her back!).

In the USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Brick Road Farms, judges awarded the blue to Shannon Hendrickson and Aloha, owned by Christy Larson, as they demonstrated mastery in the Farpoint Farm Grand Hunter Ring. Finishing in second place was Amanda Gelderman-Brant aboard Luigi. With this victory, Shannon and Aloha became our first ever back-to-back winners of the Cascade Circuit Cup award for the USHJA Hunter Derby.

In the Open Hunter Classic presented by Signature West Farms, Zoe Macbeth finished first aboard Cecilia, while Sally Wolff placed second on Acoustic. Congratulations to all of our Hunter standouts!

Meanwhile back in the Sundance Equestrian Grand Jumper Ring, owner and rider Hanna Morris and Armani SP won our exciting Voltaire Need For Speed class just ahead of Naya Patterson and Phoenix Rising. With this win, Hanna received a beautiful Voltaire anatomic jumper girth valued at $400, and the pair also won our 2019 Cascade Circuit Cup award in the Jumper 1.10m and Up category. In the Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Voltaire Design Saddles, our winners were Ava O’Malley on PK Cooper, while Allison Dady Smith piloted her Irish muse Dublin The Oddz to a strong second place.

Also being named winners of our remaining 2019 Cascade Circuit Cup awards were Emma Robins and Bambeco (Hunter 3’ and Up), Zoe Thomson and Phoenix Rising Star (Hunter up to 2’9″), and Susan Bernard and E-Magine (Jumper up to 1.05m). We will have a follow up post about the 2019 Cascade Circuit Cup soon. Congratulations to all!

2019 Cascade Finals Photo Gallery

Images by Gary Voth

Big Smiles at the 2019 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!