July 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:47

Fran Steinwedell in Hall of Fame

Frances B. (Fran) Steinwedell, a devoted supporter of show jumping in the US for decades, was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held June 1 during the Devon Horse Show. In addition to her ownership of several top Grand Prix horses, she has helped pave the road to success for talented riders such as her daughter Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Olympian and California native Anne Kursinski.

Fran Steinwedell is inducted into the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, during the Devon Horse Show in May. With her is Francie Steinwedell-Carvin, who runs Meadow Grove Farm with her husband Dick Carvin. Photo: The Book LLC

Throughout her junior years, Steinwedell schooled, hunted, and showed horses in the Midwest. In 1946, she received a certificate of honor from the Chicago Sun newspaper after she co-produced one of the first all junior horse shows. In the 1970s she showed Amateur-Owners in California receiving some year-end awards. Her daughter won both the Medal and Maclay Finals and went on to represent the US in Europe before opening her own business.

Over the years, Steinwedell loaned several horses to the United States Equestrian Team (USET). Her most noteworthy included Livius, double Gold medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games; and Starman who was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2012. Starman helped the US win the Silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and won the Grand Prix of Aachen in 1991. Starman was named Show Jumping Horse of the Year by The Chronicle of the Horse in 1990. Steinwedell was also part of the ‘Eros Group’. Eros carried Kursinski to many Grand Prix wins globally as well as to team Silver in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Anne was also inducted into the HOF this year.)

Steinwedell was president of the Flintridge Riding Club where she worked with Jimmy Williams to develop the sport on the west coast. She initiated the Grand Prix of Flintridge, the second Grand Prix ever held on the west coast and one of the first FEI World Cup Qualifiers in the west. She was also a founding member of the American Grandprix Association (AGA), and she has served on many boards including the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA) for 20 years, West Coast Equestrian (WCE), USET, where she is an Honorary Life Trustee, and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame with whom she was a founding member and on whose board she continues to serve. Steinwedell was PCHA Horsewoman of the year in 1992.

Steinwedell was the first person ever to reach 35 years as a member of the USET Gold Medal Club which has honored her for her many years of outstanding support.

Press release provided by the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.


Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS. Photo: Tamara

Craig Stanley and Infinity CWS. Photo: Tamara

A Stanley Sweep

Craig Stanley had a rather terrific outing at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center May Dressage Derby in Northern California’s Vacaville. Riding two babies of his star mare, Caliente DG, Craig earned three first place finishes with 4-year-old Infinity CWS and another three firsts with 5-year-old Habanero CWS. Infinity’s wins came in the Training Level, Tests 2 and 3, and the USEF Four-Year-Old Test. Habanero sizzled in the First Level, Tests 2 & 3, and the FEI Young Horse Final for Five-Year-Olds. All scores were over 80 percent, with the peak being Habanero’s 86.176 in the First Level, Test 3.

For more information on Craig’s story, check out our profile of him in our April 2017 issue.


Lindsay Ramar-Costigan On A Roll

Lindsay Ramar-Costigan & Mr. Harrison. Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Amateur rider Lindsay Ramar-Costigan logged her first Grand Prix victory, the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix at the Blenheim June Classic I in early June. She repeated the victory just a week later in Northern California with a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at the Sonoma Horse Park June 17. She did it with her relatively new partner, Mr. Harrison, and with the help of trainers Mariano and Nina Alario of Estancia Farms also in Petaluma.


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