August 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:18

Menlo Charity Show
Aug. 8-13 in Atherton

Special classes and social events dominate this Northern California fixture that draws participants from throughout the West Coast.

Pony and adult “paloozas” gather like-minded riders throughout the week for off-the-horse fun and refreshments. The $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix is the marquee event Saturday evening, concurrent with the Bayhill Equine BBQ on the polo field and followed by the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Southwest Regional Awards Presentation, including dinner and an Ariat fashion show. Earlier in the week, there’s the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a welcome dinner for exhibitors on Tuesday.

The biggest financial beneficiary is the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, but every year exhibitors also benefit from the fun, fine staging and excellent competition that are Menlo’s trademarks.

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CDS Junior/Young Rider Championships – South
Aug. 12-13 in Del Mar


The California Dressage Society’s young members have been working all year to qualify for their own annual championship. The Northern Championships took place the last week of July in Rancho Murieta and the Southern edition is set for the Del Mar Horse Park Aug. 12-13, with the San Diego CDS Chapter as host. Along with the great competition between tomorrow’s stars, a highlight of the weekend is expected to be the International-themed competitors party on Friday night. Barns and riders are encouraged to dress up themselves and their tack rooms to reflect a favorite country and provide tasties from that region to party-goers. This fun opener is sponsored by Mary’s Tack & Feed.

Along with the standard youth dressage classes, special divisions exist for US Pony Club members and eventers, plus quadrille, pas de deux and equitation classes. Lots of fun for exhibitors and spectators.

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CPHA Finals
Aug. 16-20 in San Juan Capistrano & Aug 23-27 Del Mar

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association stages two of its major medals finals this month. The Junior and Adult Hunter Seat Medal Finals takes place during the Blenheim Summer Classic II in San Juan Capistrano.

And the CPHA Foundation Equitation Finals follows the next week during the Showpark Summer Classic at the Del Mar Horsepark. Both shows are Blenheim EquiSports events.

Looking ahead, the Southern California Horsemanship Child/Adult Regional Finals are slated for Oct. 19-22 at the Gold Coast show at LAEC. (The NorCal edition ran in mid-June). The WCE Medal Finals follow Nov. 15-20 at the Las Vegas National Horse Show.

Portuguese Bend National Horse Show
Sept 8-9 in Rolling Hills Estates

The annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show is a favorite with exhibitors and spectators alike, and this year’s event will be held Sept. 8-9. This hunter/jumper show offers fantastic classes for riders of all levels in all three divisions. This special event, held at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, is one of a handful of shows in the nation that is designated a Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. The show is a USEF National event with a Level 3 Jumper rating, is rated “A” by the PCHA, and approved by the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association. The PBNHS supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and over its 60-year history, has contributed millions of dollars to various programs at the hospital.

During its 60th anniversary staging Portuguese Bend will host, as usual, the PCHA Horsemanship Finals (14 & Under) and the PCHA Victor Hugo Vidal Adult Finals.

Tractor Dean of West Coast Footings will join the show this year as the footing specialist. Judges include Kip Rosenthal, Cynthia Hankins and Cathy Robinson with courses designed by Michael Roy Curtis.

Prize lists are available at or Online entries can be made through Equestrian Connect or

DASC Championship
Sept. 9-10 in Santa Barbara    

The Dressage Association of Southern California celebrates its 20th year with a highly-anticipated annual Championship at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. As USDF, USEF and DASC recognized show, the Championship features classes from Intro Level to Grand Prix. Special events include a Friday and Saturday evening welcome receptions, silent auction, musical freestyle competition, dressage equitation competitions and awards for the best braids, bling, snacks, socks and tack area.

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