April 2016 - Horse Show News

Round up of what’s new from competition managers.

Blenheim EquiSports

New show, the Las Vegas Spring Classic, debuts May 18-22 at the South Point Equestrian Arena, home of the Las Vegas National in November. Comprehensive USEF “A-National” Hunter and “Level 4” Jumper schedule, including qualifiers for the North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals, Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) West Coast Championships, the new $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Finals & the $30,000+ Markel Insurance 1.40 Grand Prix Finals held in November during The Las Vegas National. Entries due April 18.

Chip In For Charity program kicks off during the Blenheim Spring Series. Every blue ribbon class winner will receive a “chip” that can be used to redeem a first place prize, or to donate the chip’s value to one of four charities: Thrive Animal Rescue, Uryadi’s Village, Park Place Foundation & the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding.

More info: www.showpark.com


The Sunshine II, Nov. 9-13 at the Desert Horse Park in Thermal, is a host event for the new, bi-coastal National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Finals, along with the HITS venue in Culpepper, VA.

Qualifying classes are being held at all HITS venues throughout the year. The inaugural 3’3” equitation class is open to all USEF and Equine Canada licensed junior competitors and is intended to showcase a unique level of competitor to top coaches and colleges for equestrian scholarship consideration. Both finals hosted by HITS will include a video recording of the class which will be distributed to leading collegiate coaches as a way to track rider’s improvement and evolution as an athlete.

More info: www.hitsshows.com or www.collegiateequestrian.com.

Langer Equestrian Group

Memorial Day Classic will feature a $5,000 National Hunter Derby, a $25,000 Grand Prix and the new Equitation Flat Challenge. Jumpers will be in the Equidome, with rated hunters side-by-side in the two ovals. The show is sanctioned USEF National, PCHA A, LAHJA & SFHJA A & B, and LEGIS League. USHJA Outreach classes will also be offered.

Armed Forces veterans will be honored during Saturday’s Grand Prix. It’s free, but reserved box seats are available via donations that will go to veterans’ charities.

LEG is honored to take over the reins of the historic 97th Annual Santa Barbara National, July 13-17, on behalf of the 19th District Agricultural Association. With hunter and jumper divisions rated National and Jumper 3*USEF, USHJA, PCHA and more, there is room for everyone to be a part of the tradition. The show will feature a USHJA National Hunter Derby, as well as a $25,000 2016 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Qualifier. Grand Prix riders can earn valuable qualifying points toward the final event in the series at the Las Vegas National. In addition, there are medal classes for all levels of riders plus Opportunity classes.

Hunter Derby riders have more opportunities to earn bonus money from LEGIS. The 2016 LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus added two new series of shows: Verdugo Hills and LEG’s Colorado Shows. Added to the three existing bonus series: LEG’s shows at LA Equestrian Center, Woodside, and Collman Equestrian Productions’ shows in Arizona, Grand prix riders can go for $25,000 in the LEGIS Jumper Rider Bonus in the Woodside grand prix events in 2016.

More info: www.legshows.com.

Sonoma Horse Park – Headlands Management

Martin Collins CLOPF® fiber footing installed in a fifth competition arena; 11,000 square feet of Tru-Step® Rubber Pavers installed throughout the show facility; LED jumbotron added to Main Hunter Arena at all shows; and a repaved entrance road are among the upgrades ready for the seven-week SHP series that starts May 11-15. The Series includes WCHR classes, NAJYRC qualifiers, International and National Hunter Derbies and medal finals including CPHA Child/Adult 3’, CPHA Horsemanship 2’6” Hudson & Company and more. The Giant Steps Gala will no longer be held during the Giant Steps Charity Horse: the $40,000 GP will take its Saturday night slot.

More info: www.sonomahorsepark.com.

West Palms Events

The LA Equestrian Festival, April 20-24, will show off significant facility upgrades at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The Rein Cafe and Patio features comfortable seating, wonderful food, open wi-fi and patio dining. The Equidome now has a much larger warm-up area featuring a newly leveled surface and permanent wooden fencing. In addition, all the barns are gaining a facelift: new paint and newly leveled floors. GGT-Footing is in four of the five show rings, in all the rings West Palms is using for the LA Equestrian Festival, there will be more permanent show stalls available, power to the show barns has been upgraded, restrooms have been updated and many new decorative landscape features.

Compton Jr Posse riders get a big boost from WPE in the form of a new program that covers the cost of two Posse horses to compete with CJP riders at every show in their series. “We will also reach out to local trainers at each of our venues to assist the CJP riders in meeting their show goals, and in the process, expose them to different teaching styles and ways to acquire poise and confidence in the show ring,” says chief Dale Harvey.

Zoey Pacyna, Tyler Francis, Laura Ware and Asia Brown are the exemplary young equestrian athletes who will each receive a $6,500.00 Scholarship to West Palms Events horse shows for the 2016 season as recipients of the Michael Nyuis Scholarship.

Saving trees, ink, etc., WPE prizelists are no longer being printed: they’re online.

More info: www.westpalmsevents.com.

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