July 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by by Patti Schooley
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:18
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Two new venues, in Norco & Bonita, join the association itinerary.

by Patti Schooley

The 2018 IEHJA Horse Show season just got better with the addition of two new IEHJA sanctioned shows, Parkside Horse Shows and the South Coast Show Series. Parkside Horse Shows are bringing hunter/jumper events back to Norco’s Ingalls Park while South Coast Show Series are being held at Sweetwater Farms in Bonita. These two venues provide new locations for IEHJA members and other Southern California riders to compete and chase points. Local trainers enjoy the proximity to their home barns resulting in more rider participation. Whether you trailer in or ride over to the show grounds, Parkside and South Coastal Series are an exciting and needed addition to the show calendar.

Great gift selection for Parkside winners

Parkside has a long history of producing quality horse shows in West Covina. Wanting to provide shows closer to home, Parkside management decided to move their event to Ingalls Park. This venue provides riders with two covered arenas, plenty of room for horse trailers, stabling opportunities, a large local horse community to draw competitors, permanent restroom facilities and great food vendors. Ingalls Park is also convenient to competitors from Orange County as well as the Inland Empire, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.

Parkside has scheduled three, two-day events for the 2018 horse show season. The first event held May 5-6 was very successful and set the template for future shows. The weekend show allows riders to school on Friday and offers non-judged schooling rounds both Saturday and Sunday. To encourage the one-day competitor, Jr/AA hunter classes were split between the two days. Jumper classes were offered on Saturday and Open Divisions on Sunday. Kay Altheuser judged the Saturday classes and Ellen Gates provided the judging on Sunday. Three $100 Classics were offered for the Stirrup, Green Rider and Low Hunter Divisions. A full complement of IEHJA and OCHSA Medal Classes were offered. Great prizes and awards were provided including a big selection of horse products and home décor items. Delicious food was provided by the Cowboy Way Café.

Great day of competition at South Coast Show Series

Parkside’s next show is set for July 8-9.  Mary Cohen and Kathryn Griffith will be judging this event. Forty to 50 stalls for stabling will be available under the covered arena. Twenty-four-hour security is provided. The last show of the series will be held August 4-5. Riders can sign up on www.horseshowtime.com or contact Betty Bullman, show secretary, at 951-675-5340.

Chris Willson and Charlie Esua comprise the management team behind the South Coast Show Series. Their management philosophy is spot on: “Our goal is providing a quality, affordable horse show. We promote safety and good horsemanship and the overall continuation of our sport.” As Chris Willson states: “The show series has its roots in the county horse show format, but we run it like an “A” circuit show only more affordable.” With that in mind, South Coast Show Series runs as efficiently as possible in the one-day format. Three arenas and three judges running simultaneously reduce “down time” and allow for a full complement of hunter/jumper classes. Hunter classes are assigned two arenas and the jumper divisions are held in the third. Course designs, particularly the jumper classes, focus on horsemanship skills and require the rider to identify the lines between fences. “We want the riders to learn something” while showing states Chris. In line with that thinking South Coast Show Series is attracting national level judges including Hap Hansen, scheduled to judge their November 2 show.

Proud of her pony

South Coast Show Series consists of five shows for 2018. Two were successfully completed on April 8 and June 3. The next show is scheduled for August 5 with September 2 and 23 on the calendar. In addition to IEHJA, the South Coast Show Series is sanctioned by GSDHSA, Legis League, SCHC, and SDSDC. Medal Classes are offered by IEHJA, GSDHJA and the Legis League and money ad backs are available in the jumper divisions. Winners of the ad backs may take the cash or apply it to their horse show bill. Another unique award feature is the first-place ribbon raffle with the winner receiving a $250 CWD gift certificate.

To encourage families and spectators South Coast Show Series provides “good eats.” Winners of local food truck competitions are invited to tantalize attendees with their food. Saturday stabling and warm-up rounds are offered at Sweetwater Farms for those competitors hauling in for the Sunday show. Horse show registration is available on horseshowtime.com. C&C Show Management can be found on Facebook, as can Sweetwater Farms.

IEHJA encourages all members and Southern California riders to sign up for a Parkside or South Coast Show Series Horse Show. A full listing of IEHJA sanctioned horse shows can be found on its website at iehja.com.