January 2019 - Fundraising Clinics at Fresno County Horse Park & Galway Downs; Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival; HITS Coachella
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 December 2018 21:57

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Course Building Benefit Clinic
Jan. 5-6 in Fresno

New Zealand Olympic eventer Jock Paget headlines the Fresno County Horse Park’s fourth annual cross-country course building benefit clinic. A $425 package includes two group lessons with Jock, two nights stabling and facilities’ use, 2019 membership to the Park, Saturday night dinner tickets and a picture with Jock. There is also an option for a private Friday lesson with Jock, and $275 packages that include two lessons, dinner, etc., with your choice of a long list of top California-based riders. These include Bea diGrazia, Dayna Lynd-Pugh, Robyn Fisher, Shannon Lilley, Bunnie Sexton, Natalie Rooney Brady and several others. Options with each include working on dressage, show jumping or cross-country.

For more information, visit www.fresnocountyhorsepark.com.

HITS Coachella
Jan. 15 – March 17 in Thermal

The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit established its roots in Indio, in the mid-1990s, and years later, in 2007, the shows moved to the AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal. It’s now eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes of nearly $3 million.

Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week) from mid-January through mid-March, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds. With classes for every level rider, HITS Coachella also features weekly Grand Prix, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship.

HITS is excited to announce the all new Marshall & Sterling Team Challenge, making its West Coast debut at the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. The Team Challenge adds sections for Children and Adult Hunters and Jumpers riders to the more than two dozen divisions already recognized. All this culminates with the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, a tradition that began in 2013.

For more information, visit www.hitsshows.com.

Galway Downs Fundraising Clinic
Jan 18-20 in Temecula

Renowned eventer Ian Stark and USET eventing chef d’equipe Erik Duvander are the out-of-town attractions for Galway Down’s 21st annual fundraising clinic, and the coaching line-up also includes many of our region’s top riders. Ian will be giving private lessons all weekend, starting on Friday; and Erik and Ian will speak on the U.S.’ high performance plan during Saturday night’s dinner. Auditors are welcome to listen in on Ian’s coaching throughout the weekend, and on that of the weekend’s full slate of other coaches. Alice Sarno, Auburn Excell-Brady, Barb Crabo,

Tamie Smith and Bec Braitling are just a few of the names on this long list.

To sign up to ride or for more information, visit https://squareup.com/store/delmareventing.

Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival
Six weeks, starting Jan. 23 in Temecula

Now in its second year, the AWCDF expands from four to six weeks, four in the winter/spring and two in the fall. All six are CDI/National competitions with qualifying divisions for just about every championship known to man, including the Pan Am Games this fall. The Festival has four World Cup Finals qualifiers; three during weeks I, II & III; and a fourth in the fall. Plus, divisions for Young Riders, Young Horses and everything from there on up.

Last year, the Festival had only its first of four weeks at Galway Downs and the rest were held at the Del Mar Fairground. This year the whole series will be held at the ever-evolving Temecula venue. Upgrades in footing and stabling are making the facility a Mecca for equestrian competition of all kinds and AWCDF organizer Scott Hayes adds a layer of elegance in presenting the sport and taking top notch care of exhibitors, sponsors and fans.

Visit www.westcoastdressagefestival.com for more information.

January Events Described Elsewhere in this Issue

USHJA Emerging Athlete Gold Star Clinic with Katie Prudent, Jan. 17-20 in Temecula.

California Dressage Society Annual Meeting and Horse/Human Health Fair, Jan. 19-20 in Anaheim.