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APRIL 2014

Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show
April 12-13 in Los Angeles

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series was created to showcase the versatility and athleticism of off-the-track Thoroughbreds and highlight their successful transition from racehorse to sporthorse. (See story about three ex-racers excelling in dressage, page 20.) The show series celebrates and promotes retired racing Thoroughbreds in careers ranging from pleasure riding to competitive sporthorse. Classes include hunters, jumpers, dressage, combined training, western and showmanship. There are classes designed for top sporthorse riders and trainers, as well as those for the pleasure riding enthusiast – all at a world-class venue. All Thoroughbreds are welcome. Raced or unraced, privately purchased or adopted from a rescue organization.

Special showcases include a $1,500 Hunter Derby, a $1,500 Jumper Stakes, and a $1,500 Dressage Challenge. The April 12-13 competition takes place at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. June 14-15, it's Galway Downs in Temecula and Dec. 13-14. it's back to LAEC.

For more information, visit www.thoroughbredclassic.org.

Showtime At Flintridge
Two April dates in La Cañada/Flintridge

The Flintridge Spring Classic is set for April 15-19, with the 93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show set for April 23-27 at Flintridge Riding Club in La Cañada. The first week features the $30,000 World Champion Hunter Rider West Coast Spectacular and the $25,000 S & S Bank Card Systems Flintridge Grand Prix. The next week's granddaddy of a horse show is a benefit for the Huntington Memorial Hospital and is highlighted by the $2,500 Grand Prix Hunter Derby and the $25,000 Land Rover of Pasadena Grand Prix. The latter show is also the home of the Hunt Teams of Three Tandem class, which is always a favorite with riders and spectators, and the horses probably enjoy it, too!

Visit www.westpalmsevents.com/shows/flintridge/ for more information.

Dressage & Cross Country Schooling Show
April 13 in San Diego County's Fallbrook

The Fallbrook Pony Club hosts a combined training show to give horses and riders of all levels valuable experience in dressage and cross country and to raise funds to continue the Club's good work. Classes start at the 10 & Under Leadline level and progress up through to Novice Level, with a combined test that includes this year's USEF Novice Test A and a cross-country course of 12-15 jumps at a maximum height of 2'11".

Breakfast and lunch available on site at the host venue, the Fallbrook Riders Field. For more information, visit www.fallbrookponyclub.com.

Monthly starting April 13 in San Diego County's Bonita

Formed in 1961, the Sunnyside Saddle Club has provided non-professional riders an opportunity to show their horses in a fun, relaxing, yet competitive environment. Shows are held the first Sunday of every month, April through November. The competitions have always had classes for many experience levels and ages and the Club has recently made a priority of giving off-the-track Thoroughbred owners a chance to show-off their success in creating second careers for these great horses.

Working actively with the Jockey's Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), the Saddle Club has created five classes at each show that are open just to ex-racers.

All SSC shows take place at the Club's arena in Bonita's Rohr Park. Class fees are only $4.95, or $4.50 for members.

For more information, visit www.sunnysidesaddleclub.org.

Cowboy Days
May 10 at Twin Creek Ranch in Aguanga

The Twin Creek Art and Music Foundation is once again hosting its annual equestrian charity event, Cowboy Days. Philanthropist and all-around cowboy Chris Thompson started the foundation to bring back art and music to the area's local Cottonwood School.

"With the budget cuts that have been happening over the last five years, we have seen art and music disappear from the curriculum," Chris explains. "These things are near and dear to my heart, so I wanted to do something to ensure that those kids with an artistic bent could have a means to pursue those talents."

The ranch itself encompasses 850 acres, and boasts crops of organic garlic and alfalfa, as well as the first Butterfield Stage Coach Stop. It has also has been host to weddings, special events and even sanctioned team roping over the past five years.

With the help of local volunteers Cowboy Days has grown over the last year. This event will be filled with even more horse competitions, music, food, vendors and raffles. Competition in mounted shooting, gymkhana, team roping and horse shoe tossing are among the entertaining events slated.

Twin Creek Ranch is located on Highway 79 near the community of Aguanga. Gates will open at 7 a.m. and the festivities will continue until after dark. There is a $5 admission fee, children 16 and under are admitted free.

For more information on the mounted shooting event contact Susan Blankfeld at 951-704-9396. Press, sponsors and vendors contact Sacha Hope at 951-809-5903.

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