July 2020 - What’s Happening...
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Wednesday, 01 July 2020 03:45

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These competitions were set to happen as of our June 19 press date. Each is complying with USEF protocols designed to keep exhibitors, staff and spectators safe from COVID-19 and operating in compliance with local regulations regarding the same. Visit the organizer’s website for information or forms you may need to complete before attending any of these events.

Temecula Valley National Summer Series: June 30 - July 4 in Temecula

Nilforushan Equisport Events not only got their National series rescheduled, they got the new two-week series rated by the USEF. The first week took place June 24-28.

Level 4 Jumpers and National Hunters becoming pointed resulted in part because each week offered over $80,000 in prize money, greater than the usual $25,000 for unrated shows.

Presented by Interactive Mortgage, the Summer Series is staged at Galway Downs Equestrian Center. The Nilforushans are offering their own economic stimulus by giving trainers a 2% rebate on the cost of their barns’ entries and stalls. “NEE hopes these funds will be helpful in allowing trainers to keep working with their clients and traveling the horse show circuit with a bit less stress,” says their press statement.


Twin Rivers Summer Horse Trials: July 2-5 in Paso Robles

The much-anticipated Spring International, with a new CCI4*-L, in April was not to be, but the Baxter family and many exhibitors are happy that the Summer Horse Trials are nicely on track with Intro through Advanced divisions.


West Palms & Gold Coast: July 2-5; July 8-12; July 16-19 in Lakeview Terrace

Hunter/jumper organizers West Palms Events were sorry to leave their normal 4th of July stomping grounds, the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, this year. But when Orange County approvals lagged, they were happy to find a new host in the Hansen Dam Horse Park in the Los Angeles area’s Lakeview Terrace. The West Palms Welcome Backs #1 and #2 are USEF A rated, and the Gold Coast July is USEF B rated.

All three shows will be managed by West Palms in association with the Langer Equestrian Group. The first two weeks are highlighted by a $22,500 Grand Prix classes and the third week has a $10,000 Grand Prix.


Starr Vaughn Dressage: July 10-12; Aug. 14-15; Aug. 21-23 in Sacramento area’s Elk Grove

The first week is a qualifier for the USEF National Dressage Championships and all three shows are point-earners for the LEGIS League Dressage Series. The LEGIS Final takes place the third week, Aug. 21-23, with the added attraction of a Junior Invitational Competition.


No Show & More: July 15-19 in San Juan Capistrano

The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park got city clearance to resume equestrian competition in late June. This month, that means the popular No Show takes place on July 11, followed by the resumption of Blenheim EquiSport’s national shows series, starting with the Summer Festival Horse Show July 15-19.


Galway Downs Summer Horse Trials: July 17-19 in Temecula

Three months of no shows have enabled the Kellerhouse Presents team and Galway Downs Equestrian Center to give the venue some extra sprucing up. Clinic and schooling participants had a sneak peak at new show stabling, upgraded arena footing and new fencing. Exhibitors get their chance during the new Summer Horse Trials with Advanced-Intermediate through Introductory divisions on the docket.


Sonoma Horse Park: Starting July 17 in Petaluma

Doubts about exhibitors’ interest in returning to shows under COVID precautions evaporated with quick sell-outs for the HMI EQ Classic I and Giant Steps shows that highlight the Horse Park’s summer season. Things kick off with the Classic AA-rated competition July 17-19, which includes the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships West and the Gladstone Cup Equitation.  


Rosé In May: Aug. 6-9 in Paso Robles

With two successful show already under their belt, the Paso Robles Horse Park continues its re-shuffled season with the B-rated Rosé In May Aug. 6-9. Welcome Classics originally set for spring begin Aug. 26, followed by a full slate of hunter/jumper shows through December.