As members of Area 3 we have a lot to be thankful for. In the past 15 years we've seen interest in western riding grow and have enjoyed opportunities to attend a lot more events, some virtually on our door-step. Area 3 has a track-record of being strongly represented at the WES National Championships and we're delighted that Devon riders do us proud. So why this group?
Well it's pretty simple; we believe that it's essential for us to have access to top-class training and to be able to enjoy our sport in a friendly, supportive environment. Most importantly, we want to do more to help those who are genuinely committed to our sport to become better horsemen and women. That takes effort, and we encourage all of you out there who really want to make that commitment to join us!
Judith Hubbard is a UKCC Level 3 Coach, and also a WES Approved Instructor and Judge. In 2011 she co-founded the web-based Western Rider Development Programme to offer a comprehensive online training facility for western riders. She also became the WES County Representative for Devon.
Judith has competed at national level since 1995, winning numerous hi-points and championships on several horses including her own anglo-Arab mare Blue Savannah. She is perhaps best known for her partnership with the beautiful Arabian stallion African Sky, with whom she won numerous national titles.
In 2009 she and American Quarter Horse gelding Forest Jac (owned by Judy Jones) enjoyed a very successful WES National Championship Show where they were placed consistently and won the Open Horsemanship class. This was a remarkable achievement on such a young horse, as Forest Jac was 4 at the time and was competing in Championship and Open classes. At just 14 hands he was also the smallest horse there! Judith also achieved the WES reserve National Hi-Point in Open Horsemanship, and was runner-up to our good friend Chrissie Mayhew.
In 2010 Judith was unable to compete in the WES National Show due to an injury. Despite missing several shows as a result Judith had another successful year with Forest Jac, winning the AQHA International High Point Open Division Junior Green Trail. In 2011 Judith and Forest Jac had another successful WES Nationals, where they placed in every class they entered. Even more importantly they had a great time at the show, and also at the AQHA Breed Show where Forest Jac once again made a big impression for such a little horse.
In 2012 Judith's focus has mainly been on the Western Rider Development Programme, so Forest Jac has only been shown once, at the WES National Show in Warwickshire. They competed in trail, pleasure, ranch horse pleasure (a new class for 2012 which they thoroughly enjoyed), showmanship and horsemanship and performed very consistently. They placed in every class and were rewarded by winning the reserve Open High-Point (they were runners-up to Chris Dalton on Hesa Classy Shadow - see picture to the right) and also the Novice Horse high-point. But as you'll see elsewhere on this site - they weren't the only ones doing Devon proud at this prestigious show!
If you need to get in touch with Judith please make contact via the guestbook page.