Show Reports
November 2015 - Del Mar International
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:57
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Beezie & Simon. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Richard Spooner & Cristallo. Clear til the very last fence. Drat! Photo: Kim F. Miller

Beezie Madden & Simon top a terrific weekend of show jumping.

by Kim F. Miller

Can’t beat having two-time Olympian Beezie Madden in the house for the third West Coast leg of the Longines FEI World CupTM North American League. Beezie and her 2013 World Cup Finals champion partner Simon were simply flawless in their win on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Del Mar Arena.

November 2015 - Longines Masters
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:45
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Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh were the last and the fastest in the six-horse jump-off, in front of a super appreciative, full house crowd. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Scott Brash, world #1 for nearly two years, senses right away that his jump-off time might not stand for the win. He and Hello M’Lady settled for second. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh Claim Top Prize in the Longines Grand Prix.

Four days of champion caliber show jumping action at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles culminated in Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix. Thirty-six of the world’s best riders competed in the grand finale of the American leg of the Longines Masters series for $450,000 in prize money, the largest purse in any United States indoor competition. Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh stunned the crowd with a jump-off time of 37.04 seconds to become the first ever winner of the new Longines Masters Series Trophy.

November 2015 - Show Report: Woodside International Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:17
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Lauren Billys, Kelly Pugh & Ruth Bley win their divisions.

Lauren Billys held a 4.6-point lead before the final cross-country phase of the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, and she used every bit of the lead she’d built on the first day to eke out a victory over James Alliston on Tivoli.

Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy added 4.4 time penalties, to win by just .2 penalties (57.5 to 57.7). Alliston also finished third on Parker (60.6).

November 2015 - John French Dominates in D.C.
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:08
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Northern California-based trainer has unprecedented success in the WIHS hunter ring.

Northern California-based John French had unprecedented success in the professional hunter divisions at the Washington International Horse Show, Oct. 20-25 in downtown Washington D.C. He took home three championships, three reserve championships, two Grand Hunter Championships, and the 2015 WIHS Leading Hunter Rider title.

October 2015 - Ransome Reigns
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:30
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Ransome Rombauer and Lalonde

Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West.

report and photos by Kim F. Miller

Ransome Rombauer continued her ascent in the equitation and jumping rings with a victory in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West. They were held during the International Jumping Festival at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, Sept. 18-19, in San Juan Capistrano.

October 2015 - PCHA Medal Finals
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:01
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PCHA 14 & Under Horsemanship Medal Finals winner Grady Lyman, with trainer Karen Stubbs and coach Karen Healey, and some of the many people who make the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show the USEF-sanctioned

Grady Lyman, Virginia Fout & Jesse Schurtleff among stars at Portuguese Bend National Horse Show.

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is far from the only beneficiary of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show. Designated a “heritage” show by the United States Equestrian Federation, the PBNHS celebrated its 58th year, Sept. 4-6 in the Los Angeles area’s Rolling Hills Estates.

It blends top regional competition with genuine community appeal and involvement, including an army of cheerful volunteers all clad in blue and white checked shirts.

October 2015 - Maclay Regionals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:49
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Third time is a charm for Genevieve Meyer.

Qualifying for the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Finals at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, requires a top placing in one of eight Regionals throughout the country. Four of those eight qualifying competitions awarded winners Saturday, Sept. 12.

October 2015 - Show Report: Inaugural International CDI-W
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:21
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Debut event at Epona Farms sees Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 top 81%.

“Spectacular” seemed to be the word of the weekend, recounting the first ever International CDI-W, held at Michael Fowler’s Epona Farms in Thousand Oaks. Highlighting the excitement was Steffen Peters’ winning score of 81.325% in the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd.

September 2015 - Show Report: CPHA Medal Finals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:52
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Grady Lyman and Sinatra’s Ruhm win Juniors; Jayme Ormand and Zilveren Top the Adult division.

Medal Finals season kicked off during the Blenheim Summer Classic, Aug. 13-16, with the California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals. Judged by John Roper, Tony Sgarlata, and Scott Hofstetter, the three round competition ended with flair in the indoor ring adjacent to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano.

August 2015 - Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Written by Stephanie Nicora
Monday, 03 August 2015 20:27
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West Coast eventers come out in force to be part of Camelot Equestrian Park’s first USEA-rated competition.

by Stephanie Nicora, reprinted courtesy of Eventing Nation • photos courtesy of MWM Photography

As most equestrians are aware, the loss of land is a serious problem when looking at the future of our sport. This is why the July 4th weekend in Northern California’s Butte Valley was so exciting — not only for Area VI, but for the future of eventing.

July 2015 - Show Report: Woodside Preliminary Challenge
Written by by John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:42
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Hooks and Stutes rise to the top.

by John Strassburger & Heather Bailey

November 2015 - Show Report: NorCal Medal Finals
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 15:56
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Great turn-out, horsemanship progress and prizes on display in season finale.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association Medal Finals Horse Show concluded on Oct. 11, at Brookside Horse Park. The show was sold out and the Medal Finals themselves had a record number of finalists.

November 2015 - Belle Calkin Triumphs at Foxfield Finals
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:11
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Proud traditions of first-rate horsemanship and fun celebrate 44th year at world famous riding school.

photos and article by Kim F. Miller

From the moment members of a local Boy Scout troop ushered us to a shady parking spot on the cross-country course to the moment they ushered us out, the 44th annual Foxfield Medal Final was a delightful day of challenging horsemanship and nice people in a beautiful setting.

October 2015 - California Dressage Society Championships
Written by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:41
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Triple digit heat is no match for Golden State stars.

by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Despite triple-digit temperatures, more than 300 competitors found a way to beat the heat and celebrate a final day of outstanding championship competition at the 48th Annual California Dressage Society (CDS) Annual Championship Show and Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 Championships, held Sept. 17-20 in Rancho Murieta.

October 2015 - Show Report: CDS Junior Young Rider Championships
Written by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:25
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Arianna Barzman-Grennan is one of unique event’s many bright stars.

by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Arianna Barzman-Grennan was all smiles as she modeled her new team jacket emblazoned with a bright championship logo. “I’ve always wanted one of these,” she beamed.

October 2015 - Dressage Day
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:53
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Fun and educational event a big hit at Nellie Gail.

by Kim F. Miller / photos by Nancy Albright,

This summer’s national Young Rider dressage champion Catherine Chamberlain was the “mane” attraction at the third annual Dressage Day, Aug. 30, at Nellie Gail Ranch in Orange County.

October 2015 - Eve Jobs On A Roll
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:26
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Northern Californian gets a great weekend off to a good start in Scarlett’s Speed Derby.

On the Derby Field at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano, competitors and spectators all gathered for the final event of the day, Friday, Sept. 18: the $10,000 Scarlett’s Speed Derby, presented by Walter Oil & Gas.

September 2015 - Show Report: Giant Steps Charity
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:56
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Sonoma Horse Park gets bigger, better, more elegant, more fun & more funds.

All photos complements of Alden Corrigan, Sonoma Horse Park.

The Giant Steps Charity Horse Show quickly established itself as a fixture for Northern Californians and out-of-towners and it seems to get bigger, better, more elegant and more fun every year. It took place July 29-Aug. 2 at the Sonoma Horse Park, with many contenders moving right along the next weekend to one of the granddaddies of the charity show circuit: Menlo.

August 2015 - Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Weekend
Written by Lindsay Y. McCall
Monday, 03 August 2015 21:02
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Hope Glynn Rides Carson to a long deserved blue at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Jenny Karazissis Earns Fifth Consecutive Win at the $2,500 National Hunter Derby

by Lindsay Y. McCall

In its sixth year the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Weekend became its best year yet. Over 100 horse and rider combinations participated in the Weekend of Equestrian Excellence including two United States Equestrian Team members and multiple top hunter professionals. Held June 27-28 at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Carson City, NV, the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby continues to be the only stand-alone hunter derby on the West Coast. It has become an important stop on many rider’s schedule due to the competition, vacation style relaxed atmosphere for horses and riders, and quality event. Many of the equestrians have been a part of the derby since the beginning, including 2015 International winner Hope Glynn and National winner Jenny Karazissis.

August 2015 - A Happy Fourth Indeed!
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 03 August 2015 20:08
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Stefanie Saperstein and Cender Van’t Zorgvliet, give Lane Clarke a run for his money in the jump-off, finishing a little slower for a still-impressive second place.

Lane Clarke and MH War Dance fly to the win in the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix.

Huntington Beach Surf Classic sees Lane Clarke on his way to a possible three-peat, plus winning moments for riders and fans.

report & photos by Kim F. Miller

A holiday vibe, high stakes jumping and perfect Surf City weather made the Huntington Beach Surf Classic an ideal place to spend the afternoon of Saturday, July 4. Jim Hagman’s Elvenstar treated fans and friends to a complementary lunch under at crowded spectator tent before the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix got underway.

July 2015 - Show Report: Memorial Day Classic
Written by Press Release
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:33
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Andrew Kocher has a busy and successful night in the Grand Prix ring.

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