Show Reports
October 2019 - Fast Growing Dressage Program
Written by by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:58
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LEGIS League Hosts its Second Annual Dressage Finals at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center.

by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera

Competitors finished out their summer strong at the second annual LEGIS League Dressage Finals at the Starr Vaughn Summer Dressage Finale (Aug. 23-25) hosted at Michele Vaughn’s beautiful facility located near Elk Grove, Ca.

The LEGIS League is a popular awards program sponsored by LEGISequine.com, Horsemen Insuring Horsemen. Since its inception last year, LEGIS League Dressage has doubled its membership, and expanded to include 12 categories – encompassing all levels from Training Level through Prix St. Georges for juniors, amateurs, and professionals.

 
October 2019 - Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center’s Wild West Fest
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:57
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Second annual celebration brings equestrian family fun to hundreds of cowgirls and cowboys of all ages.

Nestled in a high Sierra meadow above Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center hosted a day of family fun at its second annual Wild West Fest on the Sat., Aug. 31. A crowd of more than 500 enjoyed equestrian performances, kids’ pony rides, Western-inspired activities, crafts, and games, live country music, and a tasty Western-style BBQ.

 
September 2019 - North American Youth Championships
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:45
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Local jumping and dressage pairs make their cross-country trips to international championships worthwhile.

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It all came down to the last round, but the Canadian team clinched victory in the USHJA North American Young Rider Show Jumping Team Championship at the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY on August 2.  The Championships were held July 30-August 4 and included both dressage and jumping. (The eventing counterpart was staged during The Event at Rebecca Farm in late July. See story, this issue.)

 
September 2019 - Dancing Kings Farm P.R.E. Celebration
Written by photos by Ashton Kingsley Photography
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:12
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photos by Ashton Kingsley Photography

In the first of what is likely to become an annual event, Team DKF — Tina and Shae Lovazzano, and Manuel Peña — brought a world-wide view of the P.R.E. horse to their farm in Gilroy on July 7th. It was an inspired event, including ANCCE champions from in-hand presentations of stallions, to a cobra of mares, to the top P.R.E. mare in the country, as well as riding demonstrations of working equitation and traditional dressage, along with dancing horses and singing vaqueros. Flags from Spain, Portugal, and Mexico were presented in recognition of the dedication to the P.R.E. horse shared by this California team.

 
September 2019 - Hansen Dam Summer Junction
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:53
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And now for something completely different…

Hansen Dam Horse Park invited riders to practice their usual riding style or dabble in a different discipline during its inaugural Summer Junction in August. Jumps of all styles, include a few cross-country obstacles were available as was coaching and demos in dressage and reining.

 

 
August 2019 - Franktown At Its Finest
Written by photos: Alden Corrigan Media
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:15
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First-timers and returnees are stars of 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby.

photos: Alden Corrigan Media

The 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby opened on Friday, June 21, a day earlier than the normal Saturday and Sunday schedule. This year’s event welcomed many new entrants, all of whom are enjoyed the atmosphere and calm setting that is Franktown Meadows. The iconic Sierra Nevada mountain range is the stunning backdrop for this spectacular Derby weekend and draws leading professional and amateur riders from across the country. Riders strolled around the grounds prior to the day’s competition, all eagerly anticipating the opportunity to take to the pristine Franktown Meadows grass Derby Field.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - The Spring Event at Woodside
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:51
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Emotional Advanced win for Sara Sellmer & PDQ Leigh: James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso KD top Intermediate division.

Winning an Advanced division anytime is a big deal. It was even bigger for Canadian professional Sara Sellmer, who did so at the Spring Event at Woodside aboard Jill Walton’s PDQ Leigh. In 2016 at the same venue, Sara’s horse, TF Kreisler, died following an incident on the CCI*** course and Sara hadn’t been back since.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - USHJA WCHR Hunter Spectacular
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:06
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Jenny Karazissis gets a second win of special class, this time aboard Really.

After two rounds of exceptional hunter performances Jenny Karazissis and Michelle Cobb’s Really were crowned the 2019 champions of the $25,000 USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Their high score of 91.5 in the second round and 180.12 total combined score secured their victory over Katie Taylor and Bravado Farms LLC’s L’Con Reyes with a score of 176.12, and Leslie Steele aboard Glen Haven Farm LLC’s Park City with a score of 175.25.

 
June 2019 - 32nd Annual CALNET
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:17
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Abilities and great attitudes were showcased and celebrated at an event that all equestrians can be proud of.  

photos: Kim F. Miller

One hundred thirty riders and at least 200 volunteers celebrated the 32nd annual CALNET State Championship for Riders with Disabilities, May 17-19 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. It was organized by Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, aka “Ride On LA,” and spearheaded by Ride On’s Bryan McQueeney and Sara Jones. The San Fernando Valley Rangers and their Sidekicks helped with everything from safety to handing out ribbons, as they have for an estimated 30 of the show’s 32 years.

 
June 2019 - Talk Derby To Me
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:57
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Fun dressage freestyles warm-up the crowd during a race watching party.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Before the Kentucky Derby results set the world on its ear, Giracci Vinyards and Farms staged its 5th annual Talk Derby To Me event. Held at a beautiful Orange County training and special events facility, the day was special indeed. While the big race and big hats were themes, Nicole Bhathal organized the pre-race entertainment with six dressage freestyles ridden by friends and fellow Southern California dressage mavens. With no judging and lots of lively music, the performances were perfect for the decked-out audience of horsey and non-horse people. Free-flowing champagne, smiles and sunshine enhanced the atmosphere.

 
May 2019 - Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Monday, 29 April 2019 15:44
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Emilee Libby is “not the bridesmaid” and the event draws great turn-out & high praise.

by Kim F. Miller

Emilee Libby very much wanted to protect the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CCI4*-S lead in what would be her biggest win with the 10-year-old Jakobi, and two major distractions didn’t stand in their way.

First, Emilee noticed runners-up Tamie Smith and Wembley circle late on their course as she approached the startbox. Once underway, the loudspeaker announced that Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin had parted company.  “It was actually more nerve wracking,” said the 31-year-old Emilee. “I was worried whether she was OK.”

 
September 2019 - Menlo Charity Highlights
Written by photos by Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:52
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Heritage show benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is another big hit at the Menlo Circus Club.

photos by Alden Corrigan Media

The 49th Menlo Charity Horse Show came to a close as over 200 volunteers were carefully packing up and storing everything from table cloths to jumps, while at the same time planning for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration next year.

The gorgeous Northern California weather made for a spectacular week of three-ring competition across the country club setting at the Menlo Circus Club.

 
September 2019 - Keep Calm & Canter On
Written by by Amelia Enzminger
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:42
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The in’s and out’s of NAYC through the lens of a junior competitor.

by Amelia Enzminger

For junior and young riders across the continent, qualifying for the North American Youth Championships is among one of the greatest accomplishments in our careers thus far. Riders battling for a spot on the Zone 10 team know all too well the excitement of traveling from show to show, gathering as many points as possible in the Junior and Young Rider Selection Trials. Showing throughout the California coast all for the chance to fly our horses across the country to compete for a spot on the podium.

 
September 2019 - San Francisco Peninsula CDS Chapter 49th Annual Show
Written by photos by Sam Kwong
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:00
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“Happy to be back at Woodside”

photos by Sam Kwong

“I’m so glad to be showing again at Woodside!” Some variation of that exclamation was heard time and again on July 19 and 20, when the San Francisco Chapter of the California Dressage Society held its 49th Annual Show at The Horse Park at Woodside. After a couple of years on hiatus, and quite a few years at other facilities, the SFP Annual Show drew a sell-out rider list to the two-arena, two-day show. It was so popular that plans for the 50th Annual Show are already underway to be even bigger and better. These are just a few of the many scenes that played out both inside and outside the competition arenas, courtesy of photographer Sam Kwong. Complete show results are available on www.sfpcds.org and www.california-dressage.org.

 

 
September 2019 - Summer Event at Woodside Highlights
Written by photos by Sherry Stewart and MGO Photography
Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:45
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The first M-Training Challenge is fully embraced.

photos by Sherry Stewart and MGO Photography

The inaugural Modified Training Challenge turned out to be a big hit, with 40-plus pairs turning out for the new division held during The Summer Event at Woodside Aug. 9-11. The idea was to encourage, prepare and celebrate horse and riders ready to step up from Training level eventing, but not quite ready for the big jump in difficulty, in all phases, to Preliminary.

 
July 2019 - A Lovely Day of Dressage
Written by by Sydney Callaway
Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:00
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Arroyo Del Mar’s Musical Freestyle Exhibition & Open House

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by Sydney Callaway

Nestled in the Rancho Santa Fe hills of San Diego, the Arroyo Del Mar facilities provide a zen-esque atmosphere to its elite dressage trainers and boarders. The masterminds behind the facilities are familiar figures to the dressage world and podiums. In 2005, Shannon Peters convinced her husband, Steffen Peters, to open their own training and boarding facilities. What felt like a risky endeavor at the time now exemplifies the Peters’ style: orderly, successful, and classy.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - Temecula Valley National Horse Show II & III
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:17
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New hunter/jumper show finishes second season on a high note.

by Elaine Wessel

Following the second week of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show in mid-June, two more weeks of riding returned to Galway Downs from May 22-26 and May 29-June 2. The highlight event of the third week was the $40,000 MediVet Equine National Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 25, which ended with John Pearce adding yet another victory to his trophy case in Temecula, as he and Firestone S overcame the field as the swiftest double-clean pair to secure the greatest stake of the prize money. As the best-performing rider under the age of 25, Alex Volpi navigated Foster 39 to first prize in the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic.

 
June 2019 - Kentucky Trek
Written by photos complements of Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:28
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Two California-based rider pairs fare well at one of the world’s toughest events.

photos complements of Sherry Stewart

The West Coast was well-represented at late-April’s Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*, one of only six such competitions in the world. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 finished 18th and Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo were 20th in a field of the world’s best. Thanks to Sherry Stewart for these photos of the “Westies.”

 
June 2019 - Del Mar National Dressage
Written by photos: Terri Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:09
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Sweeps dominate Spring’s marquee dressage competition.

photos: Terri Miller

Local favorites dominated the highest divisions for the 74th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Dressage week, which concluded April 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

 
May 2019 - Twin Time
Written by photos: Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:31
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Twin Rivers Spring International Event draws huge turn-out while Tamie Smith & Meg Pellegrini continue winning ways.

photos: Sherry Stewart

The West Coast eventing season is underway big time with international events at Galway Downs in Temecula and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles happening within two weeks of each other. Great turn-outs from throughout the region and beyond distinguished both events.

 
December 2018 - It Worked!
Written by article & photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:41
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Las Vegas National & the AON/USHJA National Championships

article & photos: Kim F. Miller

An idea hatched about four years ago came to fruition in Las Vegas Nov. 14-18, as the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships hitched its wagon to the Las Vegas National Horse Show, now a fixture on the West Coast circuit thanks to the great stewardship of organizers Blenheim EquiSports.

 

 
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