Delta Riding Club celebrated another successful year of competition with a potluck dinner at the Odd Fellows Hall in Ladner earlier this month.
The big winner of the evening was Tamara Jameson, who was named 2011 Aggregate Overall, taking home perpetuals for Overall Senior Rider, English and Equitation, reserves in Western and Trail/Handy Horse, and the coveted Buster Bojo Brown Versatility award from the Brodie family.
In addition to keeper awards, Jameson accumulated $155 in gift cards from club platinum sponsors Greenhawk, Dog and Pony, and Roddicks for class awards. The bubbly 20-year-old rides Cathy Glover's APHA mare, Super Miss Lucy; this was her first year of competition as a "senior" exhibitor.
It was a "veteran" senior exhibitor (and another infectious personality) that took the reserve overall award for the year. Diane Prosser thought, at best, she and her Quarter Horse mare, She's Amusing, would win the Hunter Hack class award. Not only did they score the class award in Hunter Hack, they were reserve aggregate with Prosser finally getting a coveted director's chair that eluded her at the Summer Classic in August.
Prosser's and Becky's last big wins at DRC were back in 2007; this year, they were also overall Hunter and reserve Senior exhibitor and were the members' choice to win the "Horse on Course" Horsemanship award for her compassion for her four legged friends.
Lauren Proudlove and Fall 'En Rain capped off an excellent year of competition, winning the Overall Junior award by just two points over contender Mackenzie Loyer and Foxy Lady.
With just two qualifying shows under their belt, three-time aggregate winner Devon Smith and her APHA mare, SW Roxy Barlink, were champions in Intermediate and Trail. Vanessa Melney and Pacific Mackenzie took home reserve awards in both Intermediate and English.
Megan Schiewe was back in the show ring this year with her threeyear-old Pinto gelding, Tuxedo. She won the overall Walk/Trot award besting barn buddy Teri Agle and Clairvoyant.
Pam White rode Cavalier to her second consecutive overall win in Dressage; Schiewe and Tux were reserve.
Megan Kenny and Hylee Classical QT lost the tie-breaker for the Hunter overall award giving Prosser and Becky a solid run at the big prize.
And after a broken back curtailed her show season this summer, Keya Milaire thought she was out of the running for year ends but not so. She and her palomino gelding, Kahlua Cream, were reserve Equitation overall and chased Jameson on a few class awards as well.
DRC president Bruce Walker has won his share of Members' Choice awards over the years but probably no prize was as sweet as the one this year. The committee honoured him with a "letter" jacket for his years (and years) of dedicated service.
Treasurer Cindy Mackay was voted "most enthusiastic" while Devon Smith won her first Members' Choice ever (sportsmanship). Mom Cathy Glover won the Wayne Schiewe Memorial award for "most supportive parent."