September 2020 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 20:16

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Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials: Sept. 18-20 in Paso Robles

Advanced to Intro and CCI2*-S to CCI4*-S are on tap for these Horse Trials that had an unprecedented turn-out last year. Of course, this is a very different year, but the appetite for competitions that can be safely staged seems to be huge, so there are expectations of another big event.

The Baxter family that owns and operates Twin Rivers Ranch and the eventing competitions have added enforcement of COVID safety protocols to their resume of continual upgrades to the property and fostering a fun, family vibe for all exhibitors. Hugh Lochore brought his course design expertise to the Advanced tracks last year and rider feedback from those who ran them in March was very positive.

The inaugural Spring CCI4*-L set for April had to be scrapped because of COVID, but summer events have been successful, safe and popular.

Most likely spectators still won’t be allowed, per USEF and county guidelines, but volunteers are much needed as always and there’s no better seat in the house than jump judge, score runner or gate person.

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CDS & Region 7 Championships: Sept. 24-27 in Del Mar

The 53rd Annual California Dressage Society Championships are set to go, and are concurrent with the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships, as usual. What’s new is the venue: the Del Mar Horse Park in San Diego, a carefully considered relocation following COVID restrictions in Los Angeles that affected the original plan to stage the Championships at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Glenda McElroy is at the organizational helm and, of course, COVID-19 protocols and practices will be strictly adhered to.

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Sacramento International: Sept. Sept. 23-27 and Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Sacramento

West Palms Events is one of many hunter/jumper show organizers flying through hoops most of the year to keep people and horses safe and shows on the calendar, even if in a scaled down form. The Dale Harvey-led team has staged shows at the Woodside Horse Park and Del Mar Horse Park from mid-summer on, with events also planned for Hansen Dam Horse Park in Lake View Terrace and, of course, the Murieta Equestrian Center in the Sacramento area’s Rancho Murieta.

The Longines FEI World Cup qualifier that is usually the centerpiece of the Sacramento International’s two weeks was cancelled but the rest of the show is on. Welcome Week, Set. 23-27, hosts the NorCal Finals to get things off to a strong start.

Somehow in their free time, West Palms organized livestreamed Zoom meetings with Michael Nyuis Scholarship recipients and two stars. Transplanted Californian Lauren Kardel spoke about being a black equestrian and Olympian McLain Ward answered the group’s good questions. Very cool to be able to listen in on those chats!

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