August 12, 2010

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Dutch Deliver in Dublin as French Celebrate Second Series Victory; USA Sitting in Second Place in FEI Nations Cup Standings

In a thrilling conclusion to the 2010 Meydan FEI Nations Cup™, the team from The Netherlands put up a tremendous fight to win the last round in Dublin today where the French were crowned series champions for the second successive year. The Dutch came to the Irish fixture knowing that only victory would guarantee them a place amongst the elite nations in 2011 and, inspired by their Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens, and ably assisted by the only two double-clear rounds of the competition from Eric Van der Vleuten and Marc Houtzager, they succeeded in their mission in the finest of style when finishing on a four-fault total. Keep reading ...

Photo: Rich Fellers and Flexible, the last to ride for the USA team, had a clear round. USA tied Ireland for second place in the Dublin event and are currently sitting in second place behind France in the 2010 Meydan FEI Nations Cup standings. Photo ©Tony Parkes

USEF Names Show Jumping Short List for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

From the USEF Show Jumping Department

The USEF has named the the following horse/rider combinations in ranked order to the Short List for the US Show Jumping Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


  • McLain Ward/34/Brewster, NY/Sapphire/15/Belgian Warmblood/Mare/McLain Ward, Tom Grossman and Blue Chip Bloodstock
  • Laura Kraut/44/Middleburg, VA/Cedric /12/KWPN/Gelding/Happy Hill Farm
  • Lauren Hough/32/Wellington, FL/Quick Study/11/French Warmblood/Gelding/Laura & Meredith Mateo
  • Mario Deslauriers/44/New York, NY/Urico/9/KWPN/Gelding/Jane F. Clark
  • Candice King/39/Wellington, FL/Skara Glen's Davos/10/Zangersheide/Gelding/Skara Glen Stables
  • Richard Spooner/39/Agua Dulce, CA/Cristallo/12/Holsteiner/Gelding/Show Jumping Syndications International
  • Rich Fellers/50/Wilsonville, OR/Flexible/14/Irish Bred/Stallion/Harry & Mollie Chapman
  • McLain Ward/34/Brewster, NY/Rothchild/9/Warmblood/Gelding/Sagamore Farms
  • Beezie Madden/46/Cazenovia, NY/Mademoiselle/13/Holsteiner/Mare/Abigail Wexner
  • Cara Raether/30/North Palm Beach, FL/Ublesco/13/Belgian Warmblood/Stallion/Trelawny Farm

2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions Kicks Off in Gladsone, NJ

by Joanie Morris

The Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions gets underway today for two weeks of world-class dressage competition (August 6-8 and 13-15). With the focus of the high performance disciplines on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions was rescheduled from its usual date in June to August to help select the team for the World Games which will be held in Lexington, KY September 25-October 10, 2010. Keep reading ...

Equestrians - Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Crop!

VCCPG Equine Re-Zoning Subcommittee Meeting Open to the Public - Wed., Sept. 1st, 6pm to 8pm, Valley Center Library, Community Room

As a follow-up to DPLU Director Eric Gibson’s suggestion, the subcommittee and staff from the County of San Diego DPLU (Department of Planning & Land Use) held a meeting on 8/4/10 in the VC Library. During this meeting, the DPLU revealed a genuine interest in working with the equestrian community on zoning change for equestrian land uses. They agree that the current ordinance is outdated, having been written 32 years ago in 1978, and that it needs revision.  The DPLU recommends a “tiered permitting structure”, similar to the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association, who has recently completed a 4-1/2 year process of zoning change. The equestrian zoning change will cover all of the unincorporated areas of the County. Keep reading ...  

Results from the Oldenburg Verband Mare & Foal Inspection, Held in La Cresta, on July 29th

Mare Owner/Foal Name & Gender/Foal Lineage/Award(s)/Foal Owner

  • Robert & Lynn DeGour/Redhawk's Sunday Morning 'f'/Sir Donnerhall x Rubino Bellissimo/Premium & Foal of Distinction/Lisa O'Dell
  • Anita Nardine/Qharma 'c'/Quaterback x Relevant/Premium/Anita Nardine
  • Anita Nardine/Renaissance 'f'/Sir Donnerhall x Fuerst Heinrick/Premium/Anita Nardine
  • Robert & Lynn DeGour/Redhawk's Don Devereaux 'c'/Don Schufro x Sir Oldenburg/Premium & Foal of Distinction/Red Hawk Ranch
  • David & Kathleen Wightman/Bling 'f'/Brentano II x Ferro/Premium/Kathleen & David Wightman
  • Robert DeGour, Joachim Glaser, Maik Ristedt/Dior 'f'/Diarado x Cassini II/Premium & Foal of Distinction/Carrie Montgomery

Hunter Derby Finals • August 20-21

The second annual $100,000 International Hunter Derby Finals will once again be held in Lexington, KY at the Kentucky Horse Park. The cross-country location doesn’t mean West Coasters can’t easily see them and root for another win from our area. Last year, John French rode Stacey Siebel’s Rumba to the big blue. Thanks to a live online broadcast from Equestrian Life TV, we can tune in to see if any of our local stars can again trump a field dominated by East Coast hunters. Keep reading ...

Photo: Gail Morey’s Crown Affair will represent the West Coast in the International Hunter Derby in Kentucky. Watch for it live on Crown Affair is pictured here winning the Ranch and Coast Derby in May, with his rider John French. The star rider took top honors in the Derby Finals last year aboard California horse Rumba.

Blenheim EquiSports Presents Summer Horse Shows at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park

After three weeks of horse shows in Del Mar at the Del Mar Horse Park, Blenheim EquiSports brings the competition back to San Juan Capistrano. The Blenheim Summer Classic I, West Coast Junior Hunter Finals, and the Blenheim Summer Classic II at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park offer exciting events for competitors and spectators alike.

The Blenheim Summer Classic I began on August 11th and continues through August 15th, with the $25,000 Summer Classic I Grand Prix on Saturday, August 14th at 2:00pm.* Last year, top honors in the $25,000 event went to world-class rider Richard Spooner aboard C&S Partnership’s Conquest of Paradiso, with Canadian Chris Pratt aboard Indigo Farms’ G5 in second.

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Photo: Jaime Azcarraga competing at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.
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Uncorking For A Cause • August 28

Pegasus Rising hosts its first annual Wine & Feed Fundraiser at the Carlsbad Wine Merchants. “The Pegasus Rising herd was rescued from a life of neglect and abuse and is now paying it forward,” explains the event’s news release. “Our horses partner with returning service members and their families to assist them in their emotional healing from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.”

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