December 2018 - Tri-Valley Horse Show Association
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:47
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End of an era for longtime Los Angeles area organization.

photos: Kristin Lee Photography

After many, many years in the Southern California hunter/jumper market, the Tri-Valley Horse Show Association staged its final Championship Show & Medal Finals Nov. 3-4 at the Camelot Riding Club in Newhall and it will cease operation as of 2019.

 

 

The horse show world is “a changing place,” explained long time board member Julie Conner.  Participation at Tri-Valley shows has been in decline for some time and “the relevancy of the association is just not there. We could try to re-invent ourselves, but nobody on the board was interested in pursuing that.” Tri-Valley’s perpetual trophies will be donated to the Los Angeles Hunter/Jumper Association to help support growth at the lower levels of competition.

Topaz, ridden by Emma Dowler, who won the Mare Jane Watson Horsemanship Medal Final. She is trained by Julie Conner-Daniels.

Chiquita, ridden by Caroline Pugh. Trained by Angelica Glosup.

Worth The Wait, ridden by Emily Kelley. Trained by Julie Conner-Daniels.

“At one point, we had a ton of members and the shows were very well attended,” Julie explains. The proliferation of other horse shows, the high cost and scarcity of venues and the high cost of competing all contributed to dwindling attendance for Tri-Valley.

Meantime, a good time was had by those who turned out for the season finale.