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Local equestrians take home top honors at Carlsbad horse show


Equestrians of all ages riding for Las Cruces' Red Sky Farm “made an impressive showing” at the Carlsbad Horseman's Association Hunter/Jumper show Oct. 16 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, Red Sky Farm owner and trainer Susie Ouderkirk said in a news release.

Winners and top finishers were

  • 12-and-under rider Jordyn Sanchez won the walk/trot hunter under saddle class and was third in the walk/trot open class out of 12 horse/rider combinations. She was riding Kangaroo, a 7-year-old thoroughbred gelding. Jordyn ended the day with the reserve championship in the walk/trot division.
  • Red Sky Farm assistant trainer Lauren Meske rode Captain Iceberg, a 12-year-old thoroughbred gelding, to first place in the walk/trot handy hunter class and second place in equitation over fences and on the flat.
  • Bethany Skattum of Las Cruces rode her thoroughbred gelding, Finn, to second place in the hunter hack and equitation over fences classes.
  • Alamogordo rider Caitlyn Moore earned first place in hunter under saddle and second place in equitation over fences on Red Sky Farm's Juniper Rain, a thoroughbred mare.
  • Red Sky junior rider KK (Katlin) Ohle finished with second-place prizes in hunter over fences and equitation on her own Happy Go Lucky, a 17-year-old thoroughbred mare.
  • Ann E. Peck rode Red Sky Farm's Dunkin, a 17-year-old appaloosa gelding, to third-place prizes in hunter over fences, hunter under saddle and hunter hack. It was Dunkin's first time in the show ring.
  • Lanie Whelpley rode her own thoroughbred gelding, Devil's Chocolate, to first-place prizes in the most competitive classes of the day, winning the hunter over fences, equitation and handy hunter and bringing home the level two championship to Las Cruces. Lanie and Devil's Chocolate, aka Pippin, an 18-year-old thoroughbred gelding, have been a partnership for more than 10 years.
  • Young riders Keeley Moore and Hailey Moore of Alamogordo rode Devil's Chocolate and Juniper Rain respectively to second- and third-place finishes in the lead line class.
  • Ouderkirk rode her own Juniper Rain to a first-place finish in the level-two hunter under saddle class.

"It was a great show with a lot of talented horse and rider combinations from New Mexico and Texas, so we feel lucky and grateful for the wins," said Ouderkirk, who has owned and managed Red Sky Farm Hunter/Jumpers in Las Cruces for more than 35 years. "We couldn't have done it without our barn help, Reagan Warren and Monet Hunt. We are so thankful for their tireless work behind the scenes."

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