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 and



Insider’s view of the warm-up arena, where they say classes are won or lost. Fortunately for all, the warm-up was covered for sun protection and prevention of heat stroke.


Tina Lovazzano warming up her P.R.E. gelding Leon XXIX for their Intermediaire 1 Freestyle, showing the concentration and relaxation that we all want to achieve in the warmup.

Words of wisdom, equally applicable to life in general and horse show nerves, as worn by one of the show spectators. The BOK Ranch provides therapeutic horseback riding programs from its home at The Horse Park at Woodside.

A study in black and white, captured by photographer Sam Kwong, whose eye is always on the lookout for the visual beauty at horse shows.

Jessica Kipp and her Formulator took home the blues from their First Level, Test 3 rides with scores from 66.667% through 73.333%.

Heather Rankie and her Westfalen Pinstripe won their Adult Amateur, Third Level, Test 2 classes on both Friday and Saturday.

Cynthia Makishima and her 12-year-old KWPN mare Chanel won Saturday’s Intermediaire 1 Freestyle on 69.75%.

Anne Howard and her 21-year-old Rondo, who returned to competition this year after more than two years off due to injury, won Friday’s Grand Prix Freestyle on 69% and Saturday’s Grand Prix on 67.5%.