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.


Going by the number of competitors you would think that the Wine Country Horse Show was an end-of-year/finals show. Riders came from all over Southern California drawn by the scope of classes, prize money, medals, derbies and the attraction of competing in the first  Wine Country horse show. IEHJA competitors were no exception with contingents from Desert Hot Springs, Redlands, Anaheim, Riverside, San Diego and Murrieta.


IEHJA fielded several division champions including Gabby Franklin riding Havana Showgirl in the Baby Green Hunters, Jessica Abbott on her own Dream Catcher in the .85 Open Jumpers and Briannah McGee jumping Patch of Mischief in both the Pony Jumpers and the Low Children’s Jumpers. Gabby also rode Rafael in the $1000 GSDHJA JR/AM Hunter Derby for a ninth-place finish and Declan to a fifth in Low/AA Handy Hunters and seventh in the Low/AA hunters. Jessica showed Dream Catcher in the .95 Jumpers placing seventh and eighth. Jessica also showed Kristina Campbell’s Aston in the Baby Green Division winning a sixth, seventh and eighth place. Briannah McGee had a busy day not only riding Patch of Mischief but also Rhea Sunshine in the Children’s Hunter Division 13 &  under to sixth and eighth place finishes and in the Working Hunter Equitation Over Fences for a fourth and eighth place ribbons. These wins, as were all the ribbon awards, were notable due to the size of the classes and the high level of competition.

Reserve Champion was awarded to Kristina Campbell riding her own Aston in the Cross-rail 2x Around for 13 & over while Emma Bryson on Chicago tied for reserve in the Low Children’s Hunter 14-17. Shes A Looker, ridden by Makenna Hanmer, took the reserve placement in the .7 Open Jumpers while Masha Tafoya and Strawberry Wine did the same in the Low A/A Jumpers. Kristina proved her and her horse’s stamina competing in thirteen classes with a first, second and fourth just some of her placements. Mckenna also rode Shes A Looker to sixth and seventh place finishes. Masha had a first, two thirds and a fifth in the Low A/A Jumpers contributing to her reserve champion ribbon.

The IEHJA Medal classes showcased many of our riders including Lauren Cordova on Seanessy placing third in the 2’3” Medal with Katelin Gossman fifth, Makenna Hanmer sixth, Elizabeth Blount seventh and Brinley Werhli eighth. Forever Young with Kaitlin Lee aboard placed first in the IEHJA flat Medal while Nicole Sannes on Like Clockwork was third and Kristina Campbell in fourth. Kaitlin placed second in the 2’9” Medal riding the same horse with Ariana Hadeqgh on Kissing Kate taking first place and Briannah McGee in third. Congratulations on your medal wins!

Brinley continued her winning ways competing in a total of 15 classes! She won a third and fourth, two sevenths and four eighths. For fun Brinley competed in the “Mucking About” Team Relay with Katelin Grossman which involved a stick horse, bouncy ball and jumper course. Lauren Cordova was also in the ribbons in both the Short Stirrup and Green Rider divisions. Katelin Grossman competed against Lauren in the Short Stirrups and Green Riders and rode jumpers on her horse Sir Bentley. Nicole Sannes rode to a fourth and sixth in the Long Stirrups and had three placements in the Green Rider 13-17 classes. Forever Young, ridden by Kaitlin Lee had a busy day riding in fifteen classes and was in the ribbons in the Low Children’s Hunter & Handy Hunter14-17 and the Children’s Hunter & Handy Hunter 14-17 classes. Ariana Hadeqgh and Kissing Kate rode in the A/A Hunter Division winning a fifth and three sixths, second in the Maiden Equitation Over Fences 15-17 & over and a fourth and fifth in the Limited Equitation Over Fences and Flat 15 & over.

Other IEHJA riders in the ribbons Included Carolyn Wickstrand and Solstice placing second in the “Apple Cider Young Rider Hunter Hack” and earning two more seventh place ribbons; Elizabeth Blount placed seventh in the “Apple Cider Young Rider Hunter Hack” class on Kryptonite; Hunter Franklin and Rafael had two eighths and a seventh placement and Sam Tate riding his own horse Summer Vacation competed in thirteen classes winning ribbons in nine. Other notable riders included Juliette L’Anson on Axl Rose competing in eight classes with a first, three seconds, a third and a sixth-place ribbons. Eden Choi, riding in her first horse show aboard Everything Is Coming Up Daisies competed in 14 classes and placed respectively with a third and fourth and several seventh and eighth places. Congratulations on all the great rides!

IEHJA proudly supports the member riders and horses that participated in the Wine Country Horse Show and thanks show management for a well-organized event and Galway Downs for the beautiful venue. Galway Downs will also host the North Inland County Show Series on September 29th, and October 27th. Showcase Show Series will hold its final show on September 22nd in Redlands and the South Coast Show Series will hold three events in Bonita on August 3rd-4th, September 7th-8th and 28th-29th. Desert Hot Springs will host the Willowbrook Saddle Series on October 19th-20th  and the Victory Show Series has three events scheduled for August 4th, September 8th and 26th-29th. All shows are sanctioned by IEHJA and points count towards the IEHJA “Fall Festival” End of Year Horse Show held November 8th-10th at Galway Downs.

For a complete listing of IEHJA sanctioned horse shows got to our website at See you at the next show!