NW Autumn Classic

Last week we attended the NW Autumn Classic in Monroe. This show is  host to the Zone 9 Finals, the WCHR year end awards for the Northwest Region and the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finlas! Bill Moroney and Christine Tauber officiated over this weeks competition and what a week it was! This year in an effort to boost Jumper entries the Hunters moved outside, now usually in September we have our most dependable weather, we are usually enjoying a beautiful Indian Summer, but of course this year Mother Nature threw in a few twists  just for the thrill. We were not deterred by the humidity, rain or mud  for as they say "the show must go on".

Horses were wonderful and gave their best throughout the week. We lost a couple of shoes and finished some rounds splattered in mud but we had a wonderful time. The awards were spectacular and there were lots to be handed out each day. Thanks goes out to Dianne for the coolers, Melody for the awards, Nancy for the WCHR awards and Cara for the Maclay gift bags , we needed a utility trailer to haul it back home! They held wonderful parties almost every evening and the welcome center was enjoyed by all. Everyone worked hard to make this a wonderful experience and I for one believe they succeeded.

Thank you to all the moms who organized the wonderful party in honor of Hannah's participation in the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. Each year our riders work very hard to qualify and the wonderful show of support is what makes Archway special.

On Sunday we had a down pour that lasted for  30 minutes, then the flooding, then 30 minutes later all was well and the show continued with sunshine overhead. Crazy weather, you will see a few pictures in the slide show.

As results were announced we had our share of the bounty, following are some of the highlights and our slide show. ENJOY!


My Girl - Rylie Porter- Childrens Pony Hunter and Childrens Pony Equitation

Sky High - Corene Smith- Zone 9 Regular Hunter Finals

Silver Lining- Corene Smith- Small Hunters (won all classes)

Priceless- Jenna Barker- Pre Childrens Eq

Reserve Champions:

Remington- Nicole Tidwell- Childrens Hunter 15-17;

Serendipity-Payton Smith- Small Pony and WCHR Pony Rider;

Casabella- Hannah Thornton- 1.10 Jumpers,

Mali Kerslake - Pre Childrens Eq;

Patty Osberg -Pre Adult Eq;

Special Awards:

Nicole Tidwell winner WSHJA Good Seat & Hands Finals, 3rd WCHR Childrens Hunter, 6th Owner Award

Natale Hill winner THIS Regional Finals

My Girl -Rylie Porter - 3rd -Zone 9 Childrens Pony Finals

Gummi Bear - Payton Smith- 4th- Zone 9 Finals

Hannah Thornton- 10th ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals


Kelsey and Hannah are heading to LA. Good Luck to Hannah  in the  USEF Pessoa Regionals and the USEF Talent Search!!