May 2016 - Horse Show & Venue News
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:53

Sonoma Horse Park

Ned and Hope Glynn’s Sonoma Valley Stables is sponsoring a new Grooms Initiative that will award cash prizes to these often-unsung heroes throughout the Sonoma Horse Park’s 2016 season. Grooms for the winners of all Hunter Derbies and Grands Prix will each win $250. “The grooms of these wonderful animals deserve to be recognized and rewarded,” says Ned. “Their work is essential.  A winning horse has a team behind it. We are proud to recognize this important part of the team.”

The seven-week Sonoma Horse Park show series begins May 11 and finishes Sept. 25, with $25,000 or $40,000 Grand Prix every week and two $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies.

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Menlo Charity Show

This legendary event has been recognized by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame as one of the top 10 horse shows in the nation in 2015. The honor is determined by exhibitors, trainers, owners and riders. Aug. 9-14 are the dates for this year’s show, always held at the Menlo Circus Club in the Bay Area’s Menlo Park.

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Blenheim EquiSports

Championships and Challenges abound at this organizer’s already underway circuits in San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas. Some are new and some are returnees.

Two of three remaining weeks to earn World Championship Hunter Rider points arrive this May 10-15 and June 8-12, and BE is happy to again host the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular and Gala during the June Classic 1, with a June 11 showdown in San Juan Capistrano. June 22-26, the same venue hosts the Zone 10 West Coast Pony Hunter Challenge and the Emerson Burr Horsemanship regional test. “Pony Palooza” winds up with the $5,000 Markel Pony Hunter Derby during June 29-July 3.

The USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast, July 25-26 at Showpark, will be enhanced this year with the Hunterdon Cup coming West for the first time.

On the Hunter Derby front, the BE season hosts five USHJA International and five Nationals. For the babies, the Sallie B. Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding Championships will have their West Coast staging Aug. 31 in Del Mar.
And chances to qualify for the North American League (NAL) finals this fall in Las Vegas abound throughout the BE-organized shows.

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