October 2019 - IEHJA News: Come One, Come All
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:50

association news

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.


Galway Downs also has enough ring space to hold a limited number of hunter classes on those first two days of competition. Between 14-16 hunter classes will be held each day commencing at 8 a.m. The $500 Mini Prix will be held Friday after jumper classes end. A rider must be entered in two other classes at the show to be eligible for the Mini Prix. Our goal is to minimize class conflicts so trainers can compete and still oversee their junior and adult amateur riders.


On Thursday night the IEHJA Board of Directors will host a meet and greet dinner for competitors, their families and friends. This buffet style dinner is very popular with attendees and leads to good times and friendly rivalry in the barn aisles. Come join the fun and bring your appetite! A Friday night special event to be announced.

The Hunter arenas heat up on Saturday and Sunday. The $100 Stirrup Classic and the $100 Green Rider Classic will both be held Saturday. At the completion of the day’s hunter rounds the $500 Hunter Derby will be offered. The course will be set at graduated heights and provide rider challenges with bending lines, long or short approaches and more natural type of jumps. Greater San Diego Medal Classes will be offered and interspersed throughout Saturday and Sunday. The IEHJA Medal Finals will start Sunday morning at 7:30 am, riders must be pre-qualified to compete in this medal series. All other classes are open to all.

Show judges are Katherine Griffiths and Ellen Gates. Premiums will be mailed the first of October with entry deadline at the end of the month. Or, a rider can sign up on www.horsehowtime.com. Questions regarding the show, stabling arrangements or other items should be directed to Gretchen Clark at 909-798-9479 or cell at 909-809-0131. Learn more about IEHJA at www.iehja.com.

See you at the show!