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“Nash and I are looking forward to joining everyone coming to Magnolia, Texas in celebration of the first National Championship show for the Confederation for Working Equitation. It is very exciting to have a National Championship show at a prestigious venue in Texas.
After discovering the scores from our first Working Equitation competition qualified Nash and I to compete in the first National Championship Show for the Confederation for Working Equitation, I made the choice to enter. We earned qualifying scores in our second show and that helped reinforce the decision to join everyone in Magnolia in October. 
Our main goal for our first National Championship show is to not get disqualified in our classes. It is a simple goal that has worked out good for us so far. 
October will be here soon and Nash and I are working on building our consistency with connection and energy in our practice. We ride out of an arena on trails with friends whenever possible and keep building our connection through exposure to new things. 
We discovered the equestrian sport of Working Equitation the Fall of 2016 through participation in a clinic taught by Tarrin Warren and sponsored by the Wild Horse and Burro Association in Decatur, Texas. Nash and I previously trained and participated in introductory levels of western dressage and Cowboy Dressage shows and I was curious about the addition of the Ease of Handling and Speed obstacles and eventually the cattle working component since I have ridden my other horses in numerous cattle events and actual ranch work. 
I am thankful for all the advance work and preparation that went into the planning and organization of the first National Championship Show for the Confederation for Working Equitation. Having an organized event allowed me to share the schedule, sponsorship opportunities, make plans for travel, and save money for expenses. I also appreciate the structure, coordination and organization in results and record keeping by the Confederation. It is a benefit for all members.
I was planning to attend the show in Magnolia on my own with Nash. After sharing the organized show information with family, my Mom is coming from Idaho to travel with Nash and I and join in our adventure. We have not been at a mulit-day horse show or event together since I showed as a youth in a Morgan horse show in Burley, Idaho in 1978. More than a few things have changed over the last forty years and I’m glad she can still join me in my horse adventures.
Safe travels to everyone on all your adventures. Cheers for fun times with our horses!
Dawn Swensson
and Nash aka Diamond Y Panache, APHA
Paradise, TX “
Photo by Amy Spivey