Show Reports
July 2017 - Inaugural Event A Resounding Success
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 20:00
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Stella Buckingham Wins the Top Prize in The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

Over seventy junior and amateur entries took to The Oaks International Grand Prix Field for the inaugural American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge, presented by Whitethorne. Moving up from eighth to first, twelve-year-old Stella Buckingham earned an impressive win aboard Nom de Guerre.

July 2017 - Show Report: WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 19:55
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Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable were not to be denied in showcase class.

Coastal Southern California’s traditional “June Gloom” weather was no match for the brilliant performances in the $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Incorporating rounds at three fence heights, 3’6”, 3’9” and 4’0”, this fifth West Coast staging of the class drew a wide range of experience in horses and riders, highlighted by an eighth-place finish from 12-year-old Augusta Iwasaki on Vlock Show Stables’ Boris.

May 2017 - The Fun Kind Of Studies!
Written by photos by Sarit Mintz
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:38
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About the Photographer Sarit Mintz: Sixteen year old Sarit has been riding for six years and began taking photographs in 2014. She’s a regular shutterbug on the IEA Zone 10 circuit and will be available during the non-school summer months for assignments in the Bay Area. For more information, visit

IEA Zone 10-ers are zoned in for regional high school and middle school team finals.

photos by Sarit Mintz

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Zone 10 Finals hosted a total of 288 riders March 25-26 at the Brookside Equestrian Park in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove. The competition determined which teams would go forward to the IEA National Hunt Seat Finals in late April in Lexington, KY. They are the Red Barn and Woodside high school teams and the Sonoma Valley Stables and Elvenstar Orange County middle school teams.

May 2017 - World Cup Dressage
Written by by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department • photos: Terri Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:27
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Reserve champs Laura Graves & Verdades ride past the “kiss & cry” box with U.S. chef d’equipe Rober Dover and coach Debbie McDonald.

Graves is second and Steffen Peters and Kasey Perry-Glass in top 10 among world’s best in Omaha.

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department • photos: Terri Miller

Laura Graves and Verdades scored a personal best Grand Prix Freestyle of 85.307% to place second in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final on Saturday, April 1 in Omaha. Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet and Steffen Peters and Rosamunde closed out the competition in the top 10.

December 2016 - Show Report: LAHJA Medal Finals
Written by Marnye Langer
Thursday, 01 December 2016 23:17
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Rollin, Renee & Morgan rock LAHJA Junior, Senior & Pony Medal Finals.

by Marnye Langer

Despite the challenges brought about because of the EHV outbreak at Los Angeles Equestrian Center, causing Langer Equestrian Group to move the LA Season Finale to Hansen Dam Equestrian Center only 14 days before the start of the Nov. 17-20 show, the competition and the LAHJA Junior, Senior, and Pony Finals came off beautifully.

December 2016 - Show Report: Las Vegas National
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:42
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Christian Heineking & a slew of fellow show jumpers stake their claim on Wild West city.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by McCool Photography

When the World Cup Finals first went to Las Vegas in 2000, show jumping in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” was a revolutionary idea. Gazing at a ginormous horse and cowboy statue in the hallway of the South Point Hotel & Casino, it was fun to reflect on the changes that revolution has wrought. English style equestrians have clearly staked their claim on this wild west city.

November 2016 - Longines Masters of Los Angeles
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:00
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Show jumping dominates the spotlight, while polo and dressage coattail on success of an event that’s building fan base for equestrian sport.

Daniel Deusser of Germany and Equita van’t Zorgvliet emerged as champions of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles’ main event, the Longines Grand Prix. The Oct. 2 class closed four days of top level, fan friendly show jumping held at the Long Beach Convention Center, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

November 2016 - Locals Only
Written by report & photos by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:51
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Enrique Gonzalez emerges atop three-horse jump-off in the Del Mar International’s marquee class.

report & photos by Kim F. Miller

The surfer’s slogan “Locals Only” was a good fit for the winners circle at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar on Saturday, Oct. 22. Enrique Gonzalez, Eric Navet and Eduardo Menezes ride for foreign countries, but they are transplanted Californians at this point and proud of it.

November 2016 - Golden Moments
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:31
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Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championships see record-breaking participation.

Heading into its 50th year, the California Dressage Society is getting better with age. And it’s certainly getting bigger, if the whopping 370-horse turn-out for its 49th Annual Championship is an indicator. Held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Sept. 29-Oct. 2, the Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championships enjoyed record-breaking participation in six rings over four days.

October 2016 - Right On for RAAC!
Written by by Jennifer M. Keeler
Friday, 30 September 2016 22:31
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Adult Amateurs get the spotlight in California’s innovative Equine Insurance/CDS RAAC Show Series.

by Jennifer M. Keeler, Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

During the week, they’re hard-working accountants, managers, students and medical professionals, juggling careers, family and a love of horses. But on the weekends, legions of adult amateurs can be found at the barn or in the arena, pursuing their goals both in the saddle and in the show ring. And thanks to the Equine Insurance/CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition program (or RAAC), California Dressage Society members have the unique opportunity to earn special accolades among their peers in recognition of their well-deserved achievements.

September 2016 - Show Report: That's a Wrap!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:55
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Huntington Beach Horse Show Series wraps up a successful season.

photos by Kristin Lee Photography for West Palms Events

Courtney Shattuck and Wylie soar to first in the S&S BankCard Systems GP of HB.

Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Nathan Allan Williams-Bonner is happy with this round at the HB Summer Classic.

The Horse Nation Foundation Pony was out encouraging exhibitors to bid on the silent and live auction items!

Jasmine Weber Talley and Washington won the Black Star Equestrian Ch/Ad Jumper Classic. From Left, Taylor Spooner of West Palms Events, Kristy Miller of BSE, Joie Gatlin trainer of Talley.

Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Olivia Warner competes on Kaylen Spooner's Ace of Spades at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic!

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Equestrian photographer Kristin Lee specializes in people and horse portraiture, action shots and lifestyle images. She’s happy to make barn visits or meet clients at shows where she is the official photographer. Visit


July 2017 - Memorial Day Classic
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 19:49
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Memorial Day Weekend was an especially memorable one for contenders in the Langer Equestrian Group’s Memorial Day Classic. Perfect weather and a friendly atmosphere set the stage for competition ranging from beyond-adorable pony riders navigating a course of poles on the ground to Amy Hess taking home another win in Saturday night’s $15,000 Grand Prix. Staged at its long-running home at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, the show also featured nice tributes to those serving our country through charity partner Operation Gratitude.

May 2017 - IEL Medal Finals
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:33
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photos: Kristin Lee Photography

May 2017 - Flawless Final
Written by by Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department • photos: Terri Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:23
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McLain Ward and HH Azur deliver five flawless rounds to capture Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final title.

by Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department • photos: Terri Miller

On his 17th attempt, McLain Ward with HH Azur won the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final title on Sunday, April 2 in front of an electric home crowd in Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. The 2016 Rio Olympic team silver medalist combination jumped five consecutive clean rounds to secure the title that has eluded him his entire career.

December 2016 - Show Report: NCEA West Coast Hunt Seat Medal Finals
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:08
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Junior riders grab big opportunity at inaugural collegiate event.

HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal hosted the top riders from the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Ranking List to compete in the inaugural West Coast NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final at National Sunshine II on Nov. 12. The West Coast NCEA Medal Final allowed pre-college equestrians to compete in the spotlight, increasing their exposure for collegiate equestrian scholarships.

November 2016 - Area VI Eventing Championships
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:06
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Good turn-out, good times & high quality performances at Twin Rivers Ranch.

This year’s Area VI Eventing Championships helped contribute to a terrific turn-out for the Fall Horse Trials at Twin Rivers, which ran concurrently Sept. 23-25 with the Championships and the US Eventing Association’s Future Event Horse Championships. All were staged by the Baxter family at their Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles. Exhibitors heaped praise on the organizers for another well-done event.

November 2016 - Show Report: Sacramento International Horse Show
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:57
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Audrey Coulter scores a big win in World Cup league.

Not a seat was left in the arena and the boisterous, sold-out crowd was entertained with a field of 28 competitive starters and a course designed by 2016 Rio Olympic Show Jumping Course Designer, Guilherme Jorge.

November 2016 - Show Report: GSDHJA Championship
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:47
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The Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association year-end show another big success.

by Cheryl Erpelding • photos: Osteen, Inc.

Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association members are dedicated to their sport and take their show season seriously. Most of the riders show all year long working towards accumulating year-end points and earning double points at the annual Championship show. Championship jackets and reserve champion show pads are highly coveted rewards.

October 2016 - Maclay Regionals Report
Written by photos by McCool Photography
Friday, 30 September 2016 22:40
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Sydney Hutchins adds another medal finals to her impressive resume.

photos by McCool Photography

Sydney Hutchins rode her way to the top of yet another medal finals podium when Blenheim EquiSports hosted the ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships for Region 8 on Saturday night, Sept. 17. It was one of six regional championships held around the country that day.

September 2016 - Show Report: Menlo Charity
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:03
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Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z lead the victory gallop in the $40,000 Bentley Los Gatos and Bentley San Francisco Grand Prix.

Saturday is a special day at Menlo Charity Horse Show. From the Leadline to the $40,000 Bentley Los Gatos and Bentley San Francisco Grand Prix, there truly is an event for everyone, including the Third Annual Tailgate Party hosted by Bentley San Los Gatos and Bentley Los San Francisco. Beautiful Bentleys adorned the lawn and equestrian furnishings provided by ELLA Palo Alto complemented the spectacular cars on display.

As the convertible Bentley arrived on the grass jumper field and the riders warmed up, an earlier start was announced. With 31 horses in the $40,000 Bentley Los Gatos and Bentley San Francisco Grand Prix the race was on to beat nightfall.

August 2016 - Show Report: Derby Duel
Written by Lindsay Y. McCall
Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:10
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Jenny Karazissis takes back the crown with Nonchalant at Franktown Meadows’ $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

report & photos by Lindsay Y. McCall

Twenty-two talented hunter derby horses and their equally impressive riders navigated Phil DeVita’s beautiful courses set for the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by the MacLean Family with MacLean Financial Group and Franktown Meadows. The popular event was held in Carson City, NV, on June 27. The day also featured hundreds of spectators, delectable food, champagne, and exquisite shopping all in honor of the tradition of fox hunting.

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