May 2020 - IEHJA Updates: Newly Sanctioned Shows
Written by by Patti Schooley
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:04
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Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona hosts three, one-day show series.

by Patti Schooley

Trainer Buffy Lake spoke enthusiastically about the upcoming Ramona Valley Hunter/Jumper Show Series as a chance for riders to experience “high level show competition” without the pressure associated with an A circuit show. Buffy, along with several other San Diego trainers and show managers are offering shows that are fresh, fun, affordable and family oriented. The one-day format allows for the latter, but the array of classes, technical requirements and course design prepares riders to move up competitively. Buffy also works diligently to hire judges with different perspectives to enhance the show experience. The emphasis on horsemanship and riders helping one another makes this an exciting show series.


Buffy calls herself “an old school trainer” having grown up riding with Karen Healey and Archie Cox. She bases part of her training on the skills and knowledge she obtained from her two mentors. She also gained experience in the world of Thoroughbred racing where she learned to care for horse injuries and different feed programs. She rode and won in the AHSA and PCHA circuit and the Maclay Finals and Nationals. Buffy acknowledges that horse shows can be one measure of a rider’s progress, but they must be fun and enjoyable above all else!


The Ramona Valley Hunter/Jumper Show Series and Buffy Lake’s goals correspond directly with IEHJA’s: “To provide competitive horse shows that are well regulated and geared to all riding levels….emphasizing proper horsemanship and horse care, good sportsmanship and a fun family environment.” Good horse show governance, management and facility quality are all reviewed prior to IEHJA sanctioning.

Creek Hollow Ranch is a state-of-the-art equestrian training and boarding facility with a large and small covered arena ideal for shows. Buffy Lake and her team are experienced show managers eager to draw riders to this new venue. IEHJA members can use this show series to qualify for Medal finals, earn points towards IEHJA championship standings and for the USHJA Affiliate Outreach Program. Greater San Diego medals and points can also be earned by that association’s members. IEHJA strongly recommends that riders join both associations in order to compete in and earn points in sanctioned classes while attending one horse show. IEHJA membership is online only at

The Ramona Valley Hunter/Jumper shows are scheduled for June 14, July 5 and August 30. In these uncertain times riders should check with show management to confirm viability of these dates.

Buffy Lake can be reached at 760-953-1061, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Creek Hollow Ranch is located at 25279 Creek Hollow Drive, Ramona, CA 9206.