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.

Jessica Abbott and Berlin in the winners circle.

This year IEHJA sanctioned 25 horse shows throughout the Southern California region. Add to that shows sanctioned by other hunter/jumper associations and you have a huge competitive pool ready to participate at the end of year show. Come join the competition, there are classes for every rider level, marvel at the quality of prizes and awards and participate in the fun!

Beckett with Caitlin Lee aboard at IEHJA Finals. Photo: VonDell Images

The IEHJA Fall Festival is renowned for its “after hours” barn activities that promote good natured team competition and rider camaraderie. It starts with the Friday night meet-and-greet dinner hosted by the IEHJA board of directors. The main barn aisle is cleared, and a banquet table Is loaded down with delicious dishes for rider, family and friend consumption. In past years, fiercely competitive (and hysterically funny) bouncy ball and stick horse races have been held.

This year the IEHJA board of directors decided to take this one step further and created an official show class called “ride, drive and bounce”. This Friday night team event will consist of three members; one to ride a hunter course, one to drive (type of transportation to be a surprise) and last to bounce to the finish line. A cash prize will be awarded to the fastest team with the fewest jumping faults. This event will take place under the lights in the covered dome of the upper arena.

Jasmine Wheatley and Forever Young.

Friday is also the jumper extravaganza. All jumper classes will be held in the lower arenas to facilitate trainers and riders alike. Jumper classes run in height from 2’3” to 1M. and should prove exciting. If you only want to jumpers, come for the day (a small day fee charge applies) and stay for the Friday night fun. Maybe form your own “ride, drive and bounce” team to contend for the cash award.

Saturday starts off with the full scope of hunter classes in both the indoor and outdoor arenas. Cross-rails are a very popular division as the entry point to the horse show experience. IEHJA encourages cross-rail participation for all beginning rider members because they are our future show jumpers. From cross-rails classes to green rider to handy hunters to the modified, low children, child/AA and the stirrup classes, Saturday is an action-packed day. Add in the USHJA Medal Classes, the Fall Festival Hunter Derby and the Green Rider Hunter classic (with cash awards)  and the popular hunt team pairs and there is something for everyone.

Hannah Rohr wins multiple championship ribbons.

Not to be out done, Sunday starts out with the IEHJA Medal Finals. Riders in the Medal Finals have competed throughout the year in IEHJA sanctioned classes and have either won their division or accumulated enough points to qualify. Also, on Sunday IEHJA awards its scholarship to the winner of the essay contest and the themed tack room decorating award. The low hunter and the hunter equitation divisions are also held as well as the second half of Saturday’s hunter, cross rails and stirrup divisions. Another busy day for riders, trainers and horses too!

Check out the IEHJA website at www.iehja.com for more information on the Fall Festival end of year horse show. Stall reservations must be made by separate arrangement by contacting show manager Gretchen Clark at 909-798-9479. The first 10 trainers reserving and paying for five or more stalls will receive one free stall. See you at the show!