provided by Paso Robles Horse Park • photos: Grand Pix Photography
The Spring Classic Series awarded over $100,000 in prize money and countless smiles.
The Paso Robles Horse Park Foundation (the Park) hosted two weeks of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Rated shows: the Paso Park Welcome Classic on April 13-17 and the Paso Park Spring Classic on April 20-24. Throughout the two weeks, the Park ran multiple American Standard Grand Prix, United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Derbies, Speed Stakes, and Junior/Amateur Hunter Derbies.
The excitement began with Gatsby ridden by Carol Wright winning the $7,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, the first large class of the show on April 15. On Saturday, April 16, Bjorn Ikast aboard Top Castino navigated the course built by Canadian course designer, Michel Vaillancourt, to take home first place honors for the $26,000 Jill Weaver Memorial Grand Prix.
As the second week took shape, Evermore ridden by Rebecca Bruce Glynn took home first place honors in the $7,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The next evening, Bjorn Ikast and Top Castion did it again, winning the Grand Prix. The Park was thrilled to offer competitors courses designed by FEI course designer, Chistina Larangeiro of Portugal.
“In developing these shows we have always focused on pairing our world-class facility with the best in course design and experiences.” Linda Starkman. Founder of the Park Foundation continued, “with the establishment of a premier and personalized competition product we layer on the fun elements for all to embrace the joys of sharing our passion and careers with these incredible horses.”
The Park works diligently to provide a boutique show experience at a world-class facility. Out of an abundance of caution due to the current EHV-1 outbreak, horses were required to have health documentation prior to arrival, as well as health and temperature monitoring while on the Park premises. The horse care teams truly came together to facilitate a safe return to competition for show jumping in California. The Park is set to see a full schedule featuring four schooling shows, three weeks of USEF Regionally Rated shows, and four weeks of Classic Series Nationally-Rated shows this year. All shows are open and free to spectators: visit www.PasoRoblesHorsePark.com for a full schedule.