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March 2020 - IEHJA News
Written by by Patti Schooley
Monday, 02 March 2020 18:56
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IEHJA honors champions and medal winners.

by Patti Schooley

On Sunday, February 16, the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association held its annual awards banquet at the Santa Anita Park. Attendees enjoyed brunch, awards presentation and a day at the races, all hosted by Ann Lorkowski, DVM.

 


IEHJA members, their family and friends cheered enthusiastically as awards were presented to both champion and reserve in the hunter, equitation and jumper divisions with ribbons to sixth place. Champions received monogramed barn jackets while reserve won vests. New this year were the IEHJA monogramed knit scarfs awarded to the third-place finishers. All received striking multi strand ribbons appropriate to their placement.

IEHJA Medal Final winners were acknowledged having received their coolers and medal sashes at the IEHJA year-end championship show. Medal Year End High Point winners were awarded bridles and embroidered saddle pads for champion and reserve placement. IEHJA trainers were also recognized for their riders’ medal finals and year-end high point medal standings receiving gorgeous pictures frames. USHJA Outreach Awards at the gold and silver level were also presented with Sam Tate winning three silver and one gold. Way to go Sam!

The winners of the Showdown Perpetual Trophy and the IEHJA Scholarship were also recognized.

IEHJA thanks its current sponsors for their support of the annual awards banquet, year-end championship show and its many other activities. Paradise Electric Scooters provided the grand prize for our famous “ride, scoot and bounce” event at the 2019 year-end show. Banquet and additional show prizes were provided by Cavalor Feed and Supplements, Finish Line Horse Products, Hay Connection, Inland Valley Pet Supply, Kahoots Feed and Pet Supply, all located in Norco, Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio, artwork by Cami Jo and gift creations by Sophie. A Special thanks to California Riding Magazine, the official print sponsor of IEHJA.

View additional awards banquet photos at www.iehja.com. Also check out our 2020 show calendar at the same website.

 

.75 low ch & AA jumper division R-L Champion Briannah Mcgee, reserve Masha Tafoya and Campbell Lear.

Autum Perez accepting her fourth place ribbon in the walk trot division.

Baby Green champion Hunter Franklin with third place winner Toni Henderson and fourth place Joyce Noel place ribbon in the walk trot division.

Jennifer Hallett, Emma Bryson, Tina Brady, Markley Chaffin accepting fifth for Makala Tidball and Forrest Franklin winners of the low ch & AA Eq. Division.

Jr. & AA Cross rail winners Juliette l’ Anson, Page Cleveland, Kiera Kuy, Campbell Lear accepting the white ribbon for Delaney Rosales and Joyce Noel.

Master of ceremonies, Anne Lorkowski.

Medal Finals & Yr End Hi Pt Trainer Awards L-R Gretchen Clark, Shannon Pagliuso, Janie Steiner, Lorilea Franklin, Nicole Lear and Vickie Rowe.

Mountain View Farms-South riders peaking through the pillars at Santa Anita Park.

Rusty Stirrup winners champion Christina Coulombe, third place Chanel Rhodes and fourth place Jerry Roche.

Walk trot reserve champion Makenna Hull.

 
January 2020 - IEHJA Update
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 31 December 2019 20:00
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Championship year-end show is enjoyed by all.

Galway Downs hosted The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association’s Championship Year End Horse Show November 7th-10th.  Eighty-three horses and their riders engaged in fierce competition to win a blue, red, yellow or any color ribbon with the goal to accumulate enough points to win a division championship. Twenty-six championships were at stake in the Jumper, Hunter and Equitation Divisions.

 


Rose Carver, riding three different horses, won a division champion on each. Emma Bryson, riding her own horse Chicago, was also a multiple winner. Landing in other champion or reserve positions were Makenna Hall, Mikayla Tidball, Jasmine Wheatley, Noelle Roberts, Joyce Noelle, Niki Zarcades, Jhonique Baez, Mary Slouka, Christina Brady, Kristie Kurtze, Jessica Abbott, Briannah Mcgee, Lynn Lacaze, Christina Columbe, Chanel Rhodes, Lori Marquardt, Makenna Hamner, Miranda Castorena, Gabby Franklin, Sam Tate and Briniry Werhli. Special recognition goes to Amanda Sorling and Eden Choi both beginning riders winning reserve champions and competing in their first Championship show.

 

Grand Prize award of a Paradise Electric Scooter presented by Sue Gysin to the winning Willowbrok team. Photo: Tina Fitch Photography

Emma Bryson rocked the equitation ring winning two division champions with Hunter Franklin and Jennifer Hallett in reserve positions. Jhonique Baez riding Zymon and Olivia Lee on Sydney round out the equitation winners.

Brianna Mcgee and Masha Tafoya were multiple winners with Brianna taking division champion in the Low Children’s/Adult Amateur and Schooling Jumpers with Masha taking the reserve. Masha, riding her horse Strawberry Wine, also took reserve in Pre -Training Jumpers while Jessica Abbott aboard her own Dream Catcher took champion. Stepping up her game, Masha took the champion ribbon in the Children’s/Adult Amateur with Carolyn Wickstrand on Solstice in reserve. Athina Zarcades won a three-peat on her horse Come Cie in the Modified Jumpers with Jasmine Wheatley on Gentleman’s Agreement twice in reserve and tied for a third reserve placing with Jessica Abbott. Also taking home the distinctive champion and reserve ribbons were Kayla De St Jean  on Kortesyde and Safa Elzein on Lady in Lace in the .90m Jr/Am Jumpers. Rounding out the Jumper champions was Skylar Hayford and Sam Tate, champion and reserve respectively in the Low Schooling Jumpers. A 1.0m $500 Mini Prix class challenged the competitors with Jessica Abbott, Safa Eizein and Campbell Lear placing first through third respectively.

IEHJA Board members Gretchen Clark and Susan Smithe awarding the Something So Right trophy to Lindsay Snyder. Photo: Tina Fitch Photography

In addition to the Mini Prix, IEHJA held a $500 Fall Festival Hunter Derby that fielded the largest number of competitors. Twenty-four riders coveted the Derby win with Kristie Kurtse, riding Miranda Castorena’s Cromatic, topping the field. The Derby course offered riders a choice of jumping heights from 2’6”, 2’9” and 3’.0” and a two-round format.

The Showdown Perpetual Medal pitted the seven entries over a 2’6”-2’9” jumper style course. The riders, both junior and adult amateurs allowed, were judged on equitation, guidance and control of their horse. A work off of the top two was required. The Medal is sponsored by Joan and Patrick Romo of Mountain view Farms North and South and Jhonique Baez on Zymon won the showdown. Two $100 Hunter Classics were also hotly contested. The Green Rider 2’3” Hunter Classic drew twelve entries with Lori Marquardt riding her own Gamilla Grey taking top honors. Green rider restrictions applied as riders cannot cross enter in any classes with fences exceeding 2’6”. Open to junior and adult amateurs, riders under the age of forty can only enter if they were in their first two years of showing at the 2’6” height. Riders over forty can only enter if they no longer compete over the 2’6” fence height.

The $100 Stirrup Hunter Classic allowed all Short, Long and Rusty Stirrup riders to compete. Miranda Castorena riding her own Cromatic took the first with Briniry Werhli on Zippy Ziggy second and Lauren Cordova on Beckett third.

Jessica Abbott and Justin Clark in the winners circle.

Jennifer Hallett was this year’s IEHJA Horsemanship Scholarship winner. The $250 award was an essay competition open to all junior and adult amateur IEHJA members. This year’s topic, “What is Your Definition of Horsemanship”, was judged on content, how specifically the essay answered the question, spelling and grammar. Congratulations to Jennifer. Lindsay Snyder was awarded the “Something So Right Trophy”. This competition was open to all horse owners that had persevered through personal or horse related difficulties and never gave up no matter what the odds.

Perhaps the most exciting class of the show was Jump, Scoot and Bounce which was held Saturday evening after the Hunter Derby. This team event has become a hallmark of the  IEHJA Championship Show with teams comprised of competitors, family and friends. Essentially a relay, the first team member rides a designated course. In this instance it was a gallop around the arena with the rider dismounting and tagging the scooter driver. The driver had to complete an obstacle course and was penalized for time faults and knocking tennis balls off course delineators. The third team member, usually the youngest and most supple, then mounted a bouncy ball and made a mad dash to the finish line. If you have never experience riding a bouncy ball let’s just say they’re hard to propel forward and kill your legs. The team from Willowbrook Riding Academy had the fastest time and won the grand prize mobility scooter donated by Paradise Electric Scooters. Sue Hilton Gysin presented the scooter to the Willowbrook team comprised of Gabby Franklin, mom Lorilea and Sam Tate.

Kristie Kurtze jumping Cromatic. Photo: Tina Fitch Photography

IEHJA thanks all its winners and all the competitors that participated in the Year End Championship Horse Show. A big nod of gratitude goes to the trainers and family and friends that support every competitor. This show could not have happened without the support of its sponsors; Paradise Electric Scooters, The Hay Connection, Cavalor, Finish Line, The Sporting Life Magazine and of course Riding Magazine. IEHJA also recognizes the great photography provided by Tina Finch Photography. Follow IEHJA on its website, iehja.com or on Instagram. View next year’s show calendar and up and coming events such as the Annual Red-Carpet Awards Banquet at Santa Anita Racetrack on February 16, 2020. Hope to see all of you competitors and more and next years Championship Show which will again be held at Galway Downs.

Article provided by Patti Schooley for IEHJA.

 
August 2019 - California Dressage Society
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 August 2019 21:55
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Peak of activity throughout the state.

July was a busy month for CDS, on both ends of the state. The Junior/Young Rider Championships, South, took place at Galway Downs in Temecula on July 13-14. That same weekend, an Equine Insurance/Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) was going on at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove.

 

 
June 2019 - IEHJA News
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:36
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Association supports new memorial trophy honoring a special horse & partnership.

by Patti Schooley

The “Something So Right” Memorial Trophy is being offered as part of the Showcase Show Series held at Showcase Training Stables in Redlands CA. This was the home barn of Simon, shown under the name of Something So Right and his adult amateur owner Lauren Mauldin.

 

 
May 2019 - IEHJA Winter Show Roundup
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:29
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IEHJA Riders shine despite a rainy start to the show season.

by Patti Schooley

Southern Californians are so lucky, our show season can start in December and run for a full 12 months! The IEHJA season starts out in December with the Willowbrook Riding School Saddle Series in Desert Hot Springs.

 
April 2019 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:50
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Annual awards banquet is a big hit.

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association held its annual Red Carpet Awards Banquet on Sun., Feb. 17 at beautiful Santa Anita Racetrack. Attendees enjoyed a catered lunch as the 2018 Division Champions and Reserve Champions were presented to the Hunter, Equitation and Jumper winners. Also presented were the winners of the IEHJA Medals Final, IEHJA Medals Year End High Point, Medal Finalists and Year End High Point Trainers, presentation of the Showdown Perpetual Trophy and the USHJA Outreach Medals. A special presentation was made to the winning “Jump, Scoot and Bounce” team and the “Fall Festival” Year End Horse Show Hi Point trainer. Cruzzin Mobility Scooters sponsored both awards. Other sponsor recognition was given to Slews Chews, Hygain Feeds, Shaplys, Hunt Seat Paper Co., Hemp City, Dover Saddlery and California Riding Magazine. IEHJA thanks its sponsors, volunteers, riders and their families for a successful 2018 show season.

 
February 2019 - IEHJA Awards Banquet
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 02:07
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Lorilee Franklin of Willowbrook Riding Club to be Presented Coveted Award on Feb. 17 at Santa Anita Racetrack.

Competitors from Willowbrook Riding Club should be doubly proud of the ribbons they won at the IEHJA End of Year Show. Not only did each ribbon recognize and award the individual riders’ accomplishments but also contributed to the total score for hi-point trainer. Together, Willowbrook riders won enough champion, reserve champion, medal finals and ribbons, from first place blue to eighth place brown, to claim the award for Lorilee. The prize, a scooter donated by Cruizzin Mobility Scooters, will be useful at shows and around the barn. At a top speed of 7 mph (even off-road), Lorilee can be at one arena to the next or at one end of her barn to the other in a matter of minutes! Congratulations to Lorilee and the Willowbrook riders.

 

 
January 2019 - The IEHJA Fall Festival End of Year Show is a “Cruzzin” Success!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:05
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Riders compete in unique Ride, Scoot & Bounce Event with winning team taking home $1000 prize money.

IEHJA and sponsor Cruzzin Mobility Scooters, put on a first of its kind Ride, Scoot and Bounce event at the November 16-18, 2018 End of Year Horse Show. This Friday night event, held under the lights at the City of Industry Expo Center, was fiercely competitive and hugely entertaining.

 

 
October 2018 - IEHJA Update: It’s Showtime!
Written by by Patti Schooley
Thursday, 27 September 2018 19:35
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Year-ending Fall Festival set for November.

by Patti Schooley

The City of Industry Expo Center will again host the IEHJA Fall Festival end of year horse show Nov. 16-18, 2018. This event, open to all riders, culminates a very competitive 2018 show calendar.

 
September 2018 - Local Pony Clubbers Rock
Written by by Lindsey Allen
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:25
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Southern California Region Wins at USPC West Coast Championships.

by Lindsey Allen

"All regions line up on the east side of the arena for opening ceremonies in alphabetical order!”

My sister and I were among the first to reach the designated area, but we hesitated to form a line. As the organizer proceeded to recite the names of the United States Pony Club regions present, we exchanged amused smiles with the other girl from our region. Southern California was indeed to the rear of the line as we had thought. But it wasn’t just near the end. It was the end. Thus began our 2018 Pony Club Championships West experience at Donida Farm Equestrian Center in Auburn, WA, Aug. 6-10.

 
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.

 
October 2019 - IEHJA News: Come One, Come All
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:50
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Galway Downs is new location for IEHJA Year End Show Nov. 7-10.

by Patti Schooley

Inland Empire Hunter/Jumper Association president Gretchen Clark is excited to hold this year’s Fall Festival at beautiful Galway Downs in Temecula. This new venue “offers the facilities necessary to grow our year end show,” she states. Now, jumper classes can be offered both Thursday the 7th and Friday the 8th. Clark expects this two-day format to attract more jumper riders particularly from the local area. “It no longer made sense for Inland Empire to hold its year end final in Los Angeles County. The bulk of our competitors come from the Inland Empire, Greater San Diego and Orange County.” The Temecula location is central to these competitors.

 

 
August 2019 - Toast to New Show
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:48
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Competitors enthusiastic about first Wine Country horse show.

by Patti Schooley

Galway Downs hosted 250-plus riders at this June 13-16 event. IEHJA was one of the sanctioning organizations offering hunter, jumper and medal classes, with GSDHJA offering $1000 Jr/AM Hunter Derby and $1000 Open Hunter Derby and Apple Cider Young Rider Hack among many specialty classes. The Wine Country Horse Show provided double points to GSDHJA members.

 

 
June 2019 - Interscholastic Equestrian Association Finals
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:32
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West Coast teams maintain their growing profile at middle and high school competition finals back East.

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association hosted its National Hunt Seat finals with over 350 young riders in grades 6-12 at the iconic Holland Arena in Harrisburg, PA – home to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. From April 26-28, riders from across the United States showed outstanding poise, professionalism, sportsmanship and equestrian ability as they competed in both individual and team classes over fences and on the flat to determine the winners.

 
April 2019 - USHJA Grants
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:53
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Ninety thousand dollars in grants available to hunter/jumper association members.

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to open applications for more than 50 Zone grants and scholarships, offering over $90,000 in funding to support members’ aspirations.

 
April 2019 - Pony Club Update
Written by by Allie Carpenter
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:43
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Local members qualify for championships.

by Allie Carpenter, Regional Supervisor USPC So Cal Region

Each February, members of the United States Pony Club Southern California Region meet for a day of Horse Management competition at a local park in the hopes of qualifying for USPC Championships.  This August, competitors in three divisions will be headed to USPC Championships Central at the Colorado Horse Park after earning top scores at the regional quiz rally. The regional rally was held at Springacre Park in Irvine on Feb. 23 and was hosted by Bridges Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center of San Juan Capistrano.

 
January 2019 - Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association News
Written by by Shayne Wireman
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:15
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A good year will be celebrated during Jan. 12 banquet.

by Shayne Wireman

The 2018 GSDHJA Championship Show was packed with fun events and special classes, and with over 300 horse entered, it was a busy week! Additional sponsorships help provide some nice improvements such as viewing tents, and box seats were available in the grandstand. Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance was the title sponsor, and they hosted the Exhibitor Welcome Party, while Across The Rails Riding Academy and Jasmin Stair Stables hosted the Pizza Party, and Concord Equestrian Center hosted the Ice Cream Social.

 
January 2019 - SoCal Regional Pony Club News: Rally Time!
Written by photos: Olivia Putrin
Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:44
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New San Luis Rey Pony Club Riding Center knocks its first Rally out of the park.

photos: Olivia Putrin

Pony Club. These two words are synonymous with the growth and development of youth in equestrian sports and the organization itself is the largest equestrian organization in the world. Pony Club makes a huge impact on young equestrians every day, and when 4* event rider and coach, Olivia Putrino (formerly Loiacono) noticed there was a need for a Center in her area, she decided it would be a great addition to her program.

 

 
September 2018 - IEHJA: The Heat Is On
Written by by Patti Schooley • photos: Team Barn Mom Photography
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:27
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Members battle heat & each other chasing in points hunt for Fall Festival.

by Patti Schooley • photos: Team Barn Mom Photography

The “lazy days of summer” is certainly a misnomer when applied to the IEHJA summer horse show season. In Southern California it’s hot, it’s humid and the riders are certainly not lazy as they train and show in uncomfortable conditions. Most normal people (and by that, I mean non-horse owners/riders), do not understand a rider’s competitive passion.

 
August 2018 - IEHJA Update: Summer/Fall Show Season
Written by by Patti Schooley
Friday, 27 July 2018 03:35
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Still time to accumulate points for IEHJA end of year annual horse shows.

by Patti Schooley

Riders still chasing points or medal qualification need to look no further than the IEHJA show calendar. There are 11 one or two-day sanctioned shows scheduled between August and the end of October providing for plenty of competitive opportunities. With venues located in Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties, IEHJA offers a convenient location no matter where you live in Southern California. Additionally, most IEHJA horse shows have multiple sanctioning bodies including GSDHJA, OCHSA and USHJA. Medal classes are also offered by these same sanctioning bodies. Not a member of IEHJA? Sign-ups available on line at iehja.com or at individual show offices. The IEHJA competitive season ends with the “Fall Festival” scheduled for November 16-18 at the City of Industry Expo Center. This year end show is open to IEHJA members and non-members alike.

 
June 2018 - Show Report: Pony Club Mega Rally
Written by by Kimberly Rhodes
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:05
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Young equestrians shine at El Sueno Equestrian Center.

by Kimberly Rhodes

The Camino Real Region Pony Club Mega Rally was held April 21-22 at the prestigious El Sueno Equestrian Center in Ventura County’s Somis. The Pony Club members competed in their choice of dressage or jumper classes as teams of three or four riders and a stable manager.

 
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