California Riding Magazine • April, 2013

Winner's Circle

Julie Krone Named to National Women's Hall of Fame

Acclaimed jockey and active member of the San Diego equestrian community, Julie Krone adds another honor to her long resume with her induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in October, in the Hall of Fame's upstate New York headquarters. Julie will be inducted along with former First Lady Betty Ford, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and other accomplished women.

With more than 3,700 wins, Julie is the leading female Thoroughbred horse racing jockey of all time. She made history in 1993 when she became the first woman to win a Triple Crown event at the Belmont Stakes. In 2003, she went on to become the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup event at the Juvenile Fillies and the first woman to win a million dollar event at the Pacific Classic. Julie initially retired from horse racing in 1999 and became a commentator and analyst for the TVG racing network, but returned to the sport in 2002, retiring for a second time in 2004. She was named ESPN's 1993 Professional Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
A resident of Carlsbad, Julie doesn't go so fast these days, but she invests equal enthusiasm into the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program that she has been studying for the last several years.


Steffen & Legolas 92 Storm Dressage Affaire

"Now there's an international dressage horse," announced CDI 3* commentator Axel Steiner as Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 finished their impressive freestyle at the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI3*. With a final percentage of 78.075%, Steffen and Legolas 92 captured the Grand Prix championship above Güenter Seidel and Coral Reef Wylea who scored a 74.375%. Following in her trainer's footsteps, Brandi Roenick and Weltino's Magic earned the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle win with a 64.725% completing a successful show that wrapped up March 10 at the Del Mar Horse Park.

"My freestyle was so exciting for me," commented Steffen. "Out of all of the tests I have done with Legolas, this was the most rideable as far as relaxation and suppleness." Steffen performed a technical, artistic, and conservative freestyle including multiple degrees of difficulty, a steep half pass and two double pirouettes. "Today was exactly what I wanted and I want to build from here. He's been a very difficult horse in the flying changes and those worked out well. Honestly, it was a very conservative test but today was not the test to risk it. I honestly could not be happier."

Steffen had his opinion of Legolas' future and he has worked towards that goal of international readiness. "I realized he might be an international horse when the judges started liking him too," smiled Peters. "You always have your opinion, you know what you can produce and you know the feeling you are looking for. It's pretty obvious that Legolas' piaffe passage can keep up with any horse in the world. The canter work was the issue and the judges clearly see the improvement and they are rewarding it more. The Dressage Masters in Florida was a huge step for him and that was the first time he was in the big international scene. He is really starting to prove himself. I always knew he was a true international horse it but it's nice when the judges believe it too."

At the beginning of April, Peters will have another chance to showcase Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* in Wellington, FL. The pair will then rest for three days before they fly out to Amsterdam and onto Hagen, Germany for a CDI 5*. After Hagen, Legolas 92 will rest while Team Peters heads to the Del Mar National Show.

The 2013 calendar year for the U.S. dressage riders will be about growth, competition, and results before the 2014 World Equestrian Games becomes a reality. Güenter Seidel understands the importance of this and has been focusing on his new partner Coral Reef Wylea.

"I have only had Coral Reef a few months and she is great," noted Seidel. I have never ridden her in the freestyle so I created a little conservative test to give her confidence. I was very pleased with her and she couldn't have been better. My favorite part was that she tried so hard and my least favorite part was that the music wasn't choreographed for the ring. It wasn't loud enough so it didn't have that effect it normally does; that was very unfortunate."

He continued, "Coral Reef Wyela may be older but she is still green. I am still getting to know her and she has a great presence, great temperament and beautiful gaits so I am super excited for our future together. Hopefully we will be showing at some bigger shows, maybe Europe, maybe even the World Equestrian Games. We will see."

Excerpted from Lindsay McCall's article for HorseGirlTV.com.


Susie & Rob Roof Receive Shea Center Honors

More than 18 years ago, Susie Roof was tapped by Jon Fosheim to be part of the then Joswick Center board of directors. With her background in physical therapy and dedication to community service, Jon felt she would be a good match for the growing Joswick Center's needs of leadership and medical guidance for the programs provided to children and adults with special needs.

Little did Jon know he was recruiting an entire family.

The Michael Lewis Friends of the Disabled Award is The Shea Center's highest honor and recognizes an individual, couple, organization or company for outstanding service to The Shea Center and/or the community of people with special needs. The Roofs are long-time partners with The Shea Center and in Jon's words, when he and his wife Penny along with Jenny Klein nominated Susie and Rob, "It's about time we celebrated them for all they've done!"

Susie's roles with The Shea Center have been many; program chair, fundraising chair, board chair (twice!), capital campaign chair for phase one, leader for the legacy giving program, and Gala committee member. Her passion and dedication to The Shea Center's mission has seen it grow and thrive in the many years she has been involved. She is a dedicated therapy professional as well as philanthropist.

Rob has been an active partner in supporting Susie's work at The Shea Center, but has also been a friend and advocate in his own right. The Center's staff has met truly wonderful people through Rob's business connections and they have become meaningful friends to The Shea Center's mission.

The Roof's children Ashley and Scott Roof were pretty much raised with The Shea Center as a family passion. They have also supported the program for many years. 

The Roofs will be honored on May 18 at the "Art of Shea ~ Performance in Motion" Gala.

Excerpted from Shea Center newsletter. For more information, visit www.sheacenter.org.


Pony Party At Thermal

Lexie Looker's Wynnbrook Eyes on Me and Summer Hill, Mid-Circuit Champions, Children's Hunter Pony. (Wynnbrook is a Far West Farm pony.)

Andrea Simpson's students Vermont Ruby Fox & Kyara Semrau won the Medium Pony Hunter Model.

KDB Stables' next generation star (Kelli's daughter) Eva Bautista & Europium do their thing in the Pony Equitation class.

Hannah Loly's The Gingerbread Man and Summer Hill, Mid-Circuit Champions, Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter at HITS Thermal. The duo rides with Michelle Spadone.