February 2016 - Out & About

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1. Ever since watching the legendary classical dressage performances at the Egon von Neindorff Reitinstitute in Karlsruhe, Germany, many years ago, Petra Beltran dreamed of producing classical dressage performances at her own classical dressage academy. Last October, that dream came true as her White Horse Dressage Academy and mentor Melissa Simms, former head trainer at the Reitinstitute, brought classical quadrille, musical kur, and more to an enthusiastic audience at Ciara West Equestrian in Woodside. Photo: Alan Beltran

2. Winners of the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association’s Walk/Trot Division celebrate at the annual awards banquet held at the Santa Anita Race Park on Sunday, Jan. 17. The winners were as follows: Champion, Carolyn Wickstrand & Zippy Ziggy; Reserve, Sam Tate & Summer Vacation; third, Brinley Wherli & Shadow; fourth, Melanie Zdrojek & Dakota; and fifth, Isabella Aldas & To The Max. The award presenters are Hazel Lenoir, left, and Serena Contreras, right.

3. Sandrine Seifert and boyfriend, Bryon Wilson, in Tahoe in Dec. 2014, on one of the trips she has earned through the Langer Equestrian Group’s Trainer Incentive Program. For their 2015 win, they will be going to Palm Desert. “It has been an honor to win three years in a row,” say Sandrine, who operates D&D Stables at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. “It’s so wonderful to have horse show management appreciate and support the trainers who support their shows!”




4. Jessica Harrell, of the California Riding Academy in Menlo Park, is a three-peat winner of the Langer Equestrian Group’s Trainer Incentive Program vacation. She’s pictured here in Maui. She and her boyfriend and partner, Michael Traurig, went parasailing, swam with the island’s famous turtle, Volkswagon, and did handstands in the sunset. “I’m super grateful for this great program,” says Jessica.

5. Ninety-one-year-old Julie Suhr enjoys her rightful place as “grand dame” of the endurance world while leading a contingent of 25 American Endurance Ride Conference members in this year’s Rose Parade on New Years Day. Julie has completed the Tevis Cup over 20 times, three times earning the Haggin Cup for the best conditioned horse. She’s also done distance riding in Outer Mongolia and in the Himalayas. The AERC group Julie led represented a combined 218,996 miles ridden, spanning six decades of AERC competition. You go, girl!! Photo: Lisa Peck