The Wood River Valley was well represented when the Idaho Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA) staged its annual banquet Nov. 13 in Eagle.
Once a year, IHJA members from around the state gather to honor the high point horses and riders in each division with Championship and Reserve Championship ribbons and prizes. Here are local highlights:
Suzanne Hausner's horse "Pascal" won Championships in Low Hunter Fences 3-0, Pre-Green Hunter 3-0 and Hunter Classic 3-0.
Sylvie Krekow and her horse "Swifty" won Championships in Fences 2-3 Jumper and 2-6 Jumper.
Glenn Cooper and her horse "Miss Ellie" were Champions in Hunt Seat Equitation Mini-Medal 2-3.
Tory Pfaeffle and her horse "Tomfoolery" were Champions in Hunt Seat Flat Equitation 13-and-under and Reserve Champions in Hunt Seat Equitation Mini-Medal 2-3.
Tanny Sevy and her horse "Highland Belle" won Championships in Modified Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences 2-6 and Hunter Hack. Tanny's horse "Brandon" was Reserve Champion in Schooling Hunter 2-6 and Low Hunter 3-0.
Samantha Taft and her horse "Lago" were Champions in 2-3 Hunter. And Spooky Taft, riding "By Design," won the Long Stirrup 2-3 Championship.
Emily Dunkin riding "The Great Pumpkin" won Reserve Champion Hunter Hack.
Lindsay Kavanagh and her horse "Dutch Chocolate" won Championships in Children's Hunter 3-0, Advanced Hunt Seat Equitation Junior Amateur, Hunt Seat Flat Equitation ages 14-17, and Open Equitation Over Fences 3-0 Junior Amateur.
In addition, Lindsay was Reserve Champion in Modified Children's Adult Amateur Hunter 2-9, Hunter Classic 3-0 and Open Hunter 3-3.
Katherine Dembergh and her horse "Macallan" were Reserve Champions in Modified Hunt Seat Equitation 2-6. And Ashley Kelbert was Champion in Hunt Seat Flat Equitation 18-and-over.
In another new award that has a local connection, Janne Knight of Boise won the Jim Woodyard Perpetual Trophy for high point jumper rider.
Lorraine Wilcox, owner and trainer at Lucky 13 Ranch in Hailey, organized the ribbons and prizes and ran a wonderful color commentary throughout the presentations.
If you would like more information about the Idaho Hunter Jumper Association, contact Wilcox at 788-9237.
The Boise Saddle and Jump Club annual awards meeting for 2004 was also held at the IHJA fete in Eagle. Two local riders were recognized.
Lindsay Kavanagh was awarded the Esther Simplot Hunter Under Saddle Award, the Darline Trout Memorial Junior Hunter Rider Award for ages 14-17, and the Winfield Pin for all-around hunter high points.
In addition, Glenn Cooper received the Tom Burdick Award for best junior hunter rider under 13.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Kavanagh earned high honors at the Oregon High Desert Classic "A" rated hunter/jumper show staged over two weeks, July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1, outside of Bend, Ore.
In the first week Kavanagh and her horse "Dutch Chocolate" were the Champions in Modified Children's Adult Amateur, Fences 3-3. They captured three first places riding together and two third places.
Lindsay was also Reserve Champion on her horse "Optimistic" in Pre-Children Jumpers Level 2, Fences 3-0, and Reserve Champion on Optimistic in Jumpers Level 1, Fences 2-9. They also earned two Jumpers Level 1 first places, two seconds and two thirds.
During the second week Kavanagh and "Dutch Chocolate" were the Champions again in Modified Children's Adult Amateur, Fences 3-3. Once again, Lindsay and "Optimistic" were Reserve Champions in Pre-Children Jumpers Level 2, Fences 3-0.
The event was held at J Bar J Boys Ranch, a 40-acre site two miles east of Bend. It benefited J Bar J Youth Services and its many programs for central and eastern Oregon kids and families.