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Show Report: Pony Jumper Championships
Written by CRM
Monday, 13 August 2018 18:04
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Zone 10 repeats golden performance.

USHJA Zone 10 riders went to the 2018 USEF National Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington, KY, hoping to return West with gold medal titles for the second year in a row. After strong performances in both the team and individual competition, they got their wish.

Zacko Hardin earns individual gold title at 2018 USEF National Pony Jumper Championships. Photo: Megan Lacy/USHJA

New to the championships, Zacko Hardin, 12, of New Cuyama, rode Patty Arnett’s The Girl Next Door to a gold medal finish with no faults over the three days of competition. “Dinky” (A P Jet—Brookserendade) as she’s known at the barn was born as a twin and is a 14.1-hand Thoroughbred registered with the Jockey Club.

“I’m so overwhelmed and excited. I honestly thought I was going to cry,” said Hardin after the win on Saturday evening, August 11. “All my friends came from Utah to support me. Everything just felt great. I didn’t have a doubt about a distance to any jump, anything at all. I felt like it was the best round I have ever had on her. This was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.”

Sydney Flashman rode Focalize Dew Drop to a silver medal finish in the Individual Final. Photo: Megan Lacy/USHJA

Zone 10 teammate Sydney Flashman, 16, of Pasadena earned silver with just two time faults in the final round aboard Focalize Dew Drop, owned by Finley Hamilton.

“It feels amazing, unreal,” said Flashman of her silver medal finish. “I have come here to do the jumpers for two years. The first year I stopped out in two of the four rounds, and last year I came hoping to get over the triple. This year it is an amazing feeling to have a pony that is so wonderful. I am just so lucky and overwhelmed.”

In bronze, Taylor Brinsfield, 14, of White Hall, Maryland, rode Kathleen Anderson’s Sprite to a four-fault finish.

The team Championships on Friday night brought great camaraderie and competition. With two returning team gold medalists and two new recruits, the Zone 10 team Zacko, Sydney, Hannah Attar and Tabitha Okitsu, led by Chef d’Equipe Caroline Sterckx, overcame the tension and excitement of the USEF National Pony Jumper Championships to defend their golden title from last year. David and Caroline Sterckx of Sterckx Stables train Sydney, Hannah and Tabitha, and top jumper rider Kristin Hardin coaches her son Zacko.

Tabitha Okitsu and Sydney Flashman participated on the gold medal team in 2017, and Okitsu went on to earn the gold individual as well. Okitsu recently participated in a Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with lead clinician Kip Rosenthal, which she felt helped prepare her for the Championships. Flashman noted that the Zone 10 team had chemistry right from the beginning.

“We all became friends really quickly. We all met at a show previously about a month ago, and we got along really well there,” said Flashman. “We all met again at the rider’s meeting, and we just really get along well together. We were all wishing each other good luck and congratulating each other. There’s definitely a really big bond between us and so that made winning really cool.”

The Championships courses were designed by Jasen Shelley. USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe and USHJA Show Jumping Technical Adviser DiAnn Langer presented awards throughout the championships and provided guidance to the riders on the new Show Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort that identifies and nurtures Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States. USHJA extends special thanks to the chefs d’equipe for all the teams.

“It feels great. It was really fun!” said Attar. “I’m really happy for the experience.”

This report is an edited version of a USHJA press release.

July 2018 - WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:14
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An unusual do-over, various ages and experience and beautiful hunters make for a stand-out class.

photos: Kim F. Miller

A bright clear morning and handsome hunters galloping on a big grass field made the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular spectacular indeed. An unusual twist, in the form of a re-ride for the eventual winner Jamie Taylor and L’Con Reyes, made it even more so. Throughout the morning jog, course walk and early rounds, questions floated around about what role, if any, handiness would play in the judging of the two-round competition. The class specs say the second round “should include elements that allow horse and rider to demonstrate brilliance, rideability and handiness.”

June 2018 - Spry Septuagenarian
Written by photos & report by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:45
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Del Mar National not acting its age!

photos & report by Kim F. Miller

Celebrating its 73rd year during three weeks of competition April 17-May 6, this illustrious show proved itself a spry septuagenarian. To those of us around long enough to have “DEL MAR!!” be the pinnacle of our show calendar as juniors, it’s delightful to have the event still be something truly special in these very different times. Exhibitor and fan-posted photos and videos on the Del Mar Arena jumbotron were one of my favorite modern era touches, and they reflected the wide-spread excitement.

June 2018 - Show Report: Rosé in May
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:41
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Park Owner, Linda Starkman giving Cheers to Hunter Classic winner Tarrone Seaton

Competitors, horses and fans take in the fun at the Paso Robles Horse Park’s first USEF-rated show.

Just after celebrating their third anniversary, the Paso Robles Horse Park Foundation (the Park) team was thrilled to open its gates to competitors of Rosé in May, the first Park-managed United States Equestrian Federation rated show. Held May 17-20, this boutique show sold out early and even expanded to offer a few more competitors the opportunity to join the excitement.

March 2018 - Fast Draws In Desert Showdown
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:25
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Nassar, Madden & Porter take top honors in the last leg of the FEI Longines World Cup League West.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

It was a small field of 19 that tackled the final leg of the Longines/FEI World Cup Jumping North American League West. But there was plenty at stake with big points to decide which three riders from our league will earn a spot at the FEI Longines World Cup Finals in Paris April 11-15. Well, really two riders. With 58 points going into the Feb. 10 class, Richard Spooner had locked up his spot already.

February 2018 - Rose Parade Ready
Written by photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:18
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photos: Kim F. Miller

The 28th Annual Equest Fest drew a packed Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on Friday, Dec. 29 as equestrian groups readied themselves for Rose Parade appearances. It was color galore and a great day for celebrating the role of horses in so many people’s lives.


January 2018 - Dressage Holiday Special
Written by content corralled by sales associate Anne Hempy
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:18
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Santa is among the stars at Cornerstone Events competition at Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

content corralled by sales associate Anne Hempy


Katelyn Mosle had a busy weekend competing with 6 horses in classes ranging from Training Level to FEI Intermediate 1. She is pictured here with Diavolino 5. They placed 2nd in both the FEI PSG and I-1. Photo: Tamara with the Camera

Santa with Velvet WD and Emma Weinert O’Rourke. Photo: Marissa Krupa

Hilda Gurney celebrating her victory with Iris in the mare’s first Prix St. Georges. Iris is co-owned by Hilda and Rick Roeder. Hilda’s students (L-R) are Vicky Matisi, Tara Federico, Emily Goldman, Amy Ewing, Alison Kaulakis, and Barbara Parkening. Photo: Adrienne Bessey

Adrienne Bessey and Dido winning the FEI Freestyle, Intermediate I. Photo: Barbara Bella

One of Santa’s canine friends sharing his love and his wish list. Photo: Marissa Krupa

Santa celebrating ugly Christmas sweaters with Lifestyle and Weejee and (L-R) Amanda Barr Olson, Nicole Bhathal, Marcus Bhathal, Alex Bhathal, Pat Hart, and Kelsea Nataren.Photo: Marissa Krupa

Santa with MHS Magnestar and JR/YR Alexa Brown. Photo: Marissa Krupa

Nick Wagman won the Open Grand Prix on both days with two different horses that Nick has trained up the levels. Both horses are owned by Beverly Gepfer. Saturday’s win came on Zenith (see other photo of Nick) with a score of 70.5, and Sunday it was Don John (this photo) who took the blue ribbon with a score of 70.3 in his Grand Prix debut. Photos: Terri Miller Photography

Nick Wagman won the Open Grand Prix on both days with two different horses that Nick has trained up the levels. Both horses are owned by Beverly Gepfer. Saturday’s win came on Zenith (this photo) with a score of 70.5, and Sunday it was Don John (see other photo of Nick) who took the blue ribbon with a score of 70.3 in his Grand Prix debut. Photos: Terri Miller Photography

Nicole Weston riding Magical Creation, owned by Terry Rosoff, in Fourth Level. Photo: Barbara Bella

December 2017 - Show Report: Zone Jumper Team Championships
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:32
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US Equestrian Youth Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer led the riders meeting with more than 60 riders along with their parents and trainers present. Photo: Megan Lacy/USHJA Archives

Headstart on the Jumping Athlete Pathway for contenders in Thermal.

The final set of 2017 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships wrapped up at the scenic HITS Thermal Desert Horse Park Nov. 12 with the Individual competition in the Zones 9 & 10 Jumper Team Championships. The competition ran Nov. 10-12 and offered team and individual competition for Jumper riders competing at 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m.

November 2017 - International Jumping Festival Highlights
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller & McCool Photography
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:00
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photos: Kim F. Miller & McCool Photography

Blenheim EquiSports’ late September show offered a full slate of hunter, equitation and jumping finales. Many of the stars pictured here will move onto the organizer’s final event of the year, the Las Vegas National Horse Show, slated for Nov. 14-19. Along with round five of the Longines/FEI World Cup™ Jumping league in the West, the Las Vegas competition hosts several showdowns. These include the Markel Grand Prix Series Finals, the Interactive Mortgage U25 Series Finals, the WCE Medal Finals, and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame JR/AO Jumper Final West.


September 2017 - Show Report: Menlo Charity Horse Show
Written by photos by Alden Corrigan
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:58
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Perpetual trophies and smiles are highlights of heritage horse show.

photos by Alden Corrigan

The 47th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, closed the books on yet another memorable week of Heritage horse show tradition Aug. 8-13 at the exclusive Menlo Circus Club in the Bay Area’s Atherton.

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.

July 2018 - Temecula Valley National Horse Show
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:09
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Porter takes another victory at successful series debut.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Nilforushan Equisport Events promised a great show when they announced the inaugural Temecula Valley National Horse Show early this year. As the new three-week hunter/jumper series came to an exciting conclusion June 2-3, there was broad agreement that the promise had been fulfilled. The atmosphere, the footing, the prize money and the courses were all applauded. And the big crowd gathered in perfect early summer weather June 2 got a great show in the $40,000 Aon Grand Prix that closed out the high jumping action.

June 2018 - Show Report: Verdugo Hills Hunter/Jumper
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:43
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Speed Stake Winner Brenna McGovern

Bittar & Wall log strong starts to the Series that continues through October.

Alyce Bittar got the Verdugo Hills May hunter/jumper show off to an exciting start by winning the Welcome Stake with Lara Croft B. The 17-year-old considered the track built by Joe Lombardo for the 1.35M $10,000 class as great prep for the weekend’s Grand Prix. As planned, the pair went on to win that class on Sunday May 21 at the Hansen Dam Horse Park.

May 2018 - Bitalica Is Brilliant
Written by CRM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:15
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Keri potter claims top honors in inaugural $80,000 csi 3* grand prix.

photos: Kim F. Miller

It was a spectacular Saturday afternoon at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, as 23 competitors representing eight countries rode for the win in the $80,000 CSI3* Gold Tour Grand Prix. Seven riders posted clear rounds and returned for a remarkable race against the clock. Third to go in the jump off, Keri Potter (USA) aboard the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding Bitalica (Julia Koetting, owner), beat the leading time held by USA’s Zazou Hoffman to take her second win of the week.

Earning Bitalica’s trust has been key to success, says $80,000 3* winner Keri Potter. (see story, this issue)

Keri Potter & Bitalica fly to the win.

World Cup Champions, Olympic Medalists, and CSI5* athletes, mixed with up-and-coming horses and riders, all faced the track challenges set by FEI Course Designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. that included a combination, a large California Grizzly Bear wall, an open water obstacle, related bending lines, scopey oxers and tall verticals.

The afternoon opened with a welcome speech from Blenheim EquiSports President Robert Ridland as well as recognition of the newly formed Founders Club, a group of passionate equestrians who want to raise the level of the sport on the West Coast. With $80,000 in prize money and all-important FEI status, the show marks a “rebirth” for the venue that first hosted international competition in 2000, Ridland said.

Along with being thrilled about her horses’ victories, Potter echoed many in praising the competition. “The FEI classes have been a big step up for California. It raises the horses and riders to a certain level that we should be at in order to compete with the rest of the world.”

Everardo Hegewisch & Ircos IV press through the jump-off timers to finish sixth.

Zazou Hoffman & Sampson II were second.

Guillermo Obligado & Tornado scale one of the Oaks International Grand Prix Field’s beautiful new jumps. They were seventh.

Canadian Jim Ifko & Un Diamant des Forets were third.

Harley Brown & Mylord Cornet race through a rollback turn as Founders Club members enjoy a center-ring view of the action. The Australian rider was fourth.

Guy Thomas & Jonkheer Z were fifth.

HITS Million & World Cup class winner Nayel Nassar gave someone else a chance to win this time around.

Cece thinks her mom’s win is dog-gone exciting!

March 2018 - SFHJA Awards Banquet
Written by photos by Kristin Lee Photography
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:15
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San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association showcases appreciation & accomplishments.

photos by Kristin Lee Photography

There was a special sense of warmth and appreciation in the room at this year’s 2018 San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association awards banquet. Held at the Porter Valley Country Club, the tone was set when you first entered the room. It just felt special. Tables were draped in black cloths with gold napkins with centerpieces of vibrant red roses in gold ceramic vases. But, it was the immense selection of awards and ribbons displayed around the room’s perimeter that was so visually impressive. Ten banquet tables covered in silver, pewter, crystal, trophies and tri-color ribbons waiting to go home with deserving recipients.

February 2018 - Show Report: The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival #1
Written by phtoos by Terri Miller Photography
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:13
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Inaugural circuit attracts top talent who take top prizes.

photos by Terri Miller Photography

Over the course of January 3-February 17, the events of the inaugural Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival will unfold. The first week of showing was held at Galway Downs in Temecula, while the remaining three events began Jan. 17 hosted by the Del Mar Fairgrounds. These competitions serve as an alternative to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL.


December 2017 - Show Report: Galway Downs International Event
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:37
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Alliston, Bouscaren & Braitling take top honors.

As Galway Downs celebrates 20 years of equestrian competition, their stage was set for an exciting weekend of three-day eventing. The 2017 Galway Downs International Event was held Nov. 2-5 in Temecula, complete with award-winning food and evening entertainment including LeAnn Rimes. The show began with horses and riders dressed to the nines for the horse inspection. The Ground Jury approved 61 international pairs and all 29 Training Three-Day (T3D) competitors to begin competition, which got underway in the dressage arenas.

December 2017 - Show Report: 37th Annual Foxfield Medal Finals
Written by by Jaime Krupnick Geffen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:28
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Foxfield’s own David Scapa continues a great medal season by winning the Foxfield Medal Finals in early October on Dream Catcher.

Dreams come true during a true “family affair” weekend.

by Jaime Krupnick Geffen

Foxfield Riding School opened their gates and their “home” to 22 excellent Medal Finalists Oct. 7-8 in Westlake Village. After months of preparation and an extraordinary course built by Mike Nielson, the Foxfield Medal Finals began early Saturday morning.

November 2017 - Norco Horse Affair Is A Hit
Written by photos: Andrea Kaus Photography
Monday, 30 October 2017 20:52
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Something for everybody at inaugural weekend gathering.

photos: Andrea Kaus Photography

The First Annual Norco Horse Affair, presented by Fran and Bill Klovstad, owners of Thrifty Horse, was a big hit. It was held Oct. 6-8 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center in “Horsetown USA,” Norco.

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 - 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.

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