2019 Onondarka Medal Finals to Take Place at Del Mar International Welcome Week
Written by CRM
Friday, 03 May 2019 00:00

Del Mar International Welcome Week Will Host Onondarka Medal Finals in 2019 - Mark Your Calendars for October 9-13

West Palms Events is pleased to announce that the 2019 Onondarka Medal Finals will take place at Del Mar International Welcome Week, October 9-13, 2019, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This prestigious medal final is open to competitors age 12 and under and is held over fences at 3'. The Onondarka finals consist of three rounds plus a work-off, all of which require sophisticated equitation skills from our youngest riders.

Now in its 57th year, the Onondarka Medal was established in 1962 with the mission of furthering principles of classical horsemanship for equestrians 12 and under. "In 1962, all the big medal classes were for riders through age 17," explained Don Simington, trainer at Onondarka Riding School. "My dad [creator Harry Simington] wanted to give the younger riders a place to perform and compete against peers their age. We wanted them to have something to work towards, to inspire them to ride their best."

The Onondarka Medal Finals has a distinguished history. Many past winners have gone on to successful careers as grand prix riders and trainers, including Susie Hutchison, Francie Steinwedell, Lisa Quintero, Emily Esau, Kasey Ament, and Mavis Spencer.

Avery Kalafatas, Winner of the 2018 Onondarka Medal Final, aboard Benetton. Photo by McCool Photography.

West Palms Events wishes to thank the Simingtons for allowing us the opportunity to present the Onondarka Medal Finals at the Del Mar International Horse Show.

Press release provided by Lindsey Long for West Palms Events.