October 2018 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 17:58


Watching the FEI World Equestrian Games on FEI-TV, from the safety and comfort of typically lovely Southern California September weather, it’s been a big reminder how lucky we are to be equestrian enthusiasts in California.

In dressage and show jumping, there’s a long list of riders competing who we’ve been lucky to watch and learn from as clinicians or competitors on our coast. Dressage silver and bronze medalists, the U.S.’s Laura Graves and Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin have presented clinics here in the last few years. Germany’s long reigning dressage queen Isabell Werth earned team and individual gold at WEG, making it all the more exciting to have her in San Diego Oct. 13-14 for a clinic presented by Scott Hayes Productions. Jumping competition was just getting started as we went to press and it’s equally fun to watch several foreign riders compete that we are familiar with thanks to World Cup league competition and our big money classes. Thanks to all organizers for staging shows that have given us a glimpse of these international contenders.

Exciting as it is, the WEG isn’t the only intriguing competition going on. Our show circuits are chock full of medal finals and year-end championships. This issue includes lots of news from those already completed, with features on several riders who are early stars of the fall season. Hope you enjoy meeting Jaime Krupnick Geffen, Emma Pacyna, Gracie Friend, Amber Pearson, Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Helen Bouscaren’s Ebay in this issue.


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We were told he was an ex roping horse. He was evaluated under saddle by our trainer and found to ride easy and well under saddle. He is in his 20s, but acts way younger than his age. Santa is healthy, sound, and full of vigor. Stout 15.2 hands tall. Santa’s adoption fee is a $500 donation. See Santa on the website at www.falconridgerescue.org under Horses For Adoption.