June 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:11

Chelsea Jones Joins Sandhaven Farm

Sandhaven Farm, a top-level show barn based out of Portola Farms in Woodside, adds Chelsea Jones to its team. Chelsea joins owners and head trainers Rachel and Jeff Fields, and assistant trainer Kimberly Carpenter.

Kimberly Carpenter, Rachel Fields, Chelsea Jones and Jeff Fields. Photo: Alexandra Afzal

Jeff Fields and Kiwi Iron Mark. Photo: Sarah Jorgenson

Originally from Canada, Chelsea began her riding career in British Columbia, beginning in the pony divisions and making her way up the ranks through the junior division. Capping her junior career, she won many of the major regional and national equitation finals. As a young professional, she rode in Europe and Canada before coming to California. A fierce competitor in the show ring, Chelsea has won multiple Grand Prix classes at leading West Coast venues including Thunderbird Show Park and Sonoma Horse Park.

In addition, a rare opportunity has opened up at Portola Farms.

For the first time in many years, Portola Farms has a limited number of stall openings. Surrounded by big open spaces and beautiful trees, the facility boasts numerous arenas with excellent footing, including two large indoor, and all amenities one would expect at any top level training facility.

Based on past inquiries, Sandhaven is expecting a full house for 2016. Rachel explains, “It’s quite rare for any stall to open up here and we’re definitely snatching them up for our clients and sale horses.”

For more information, visit www.sandhavenfarm.com.

Karrasches Go North

International riders Vinton and Ann Karrasch have settled in Redmond, WA, with a new training business, Equestrian Performance, based at Shelburne Farms. The couple had long been private riders and coaches for Gwendolyn and Genevieve Meyers’ Coral Reef Farm in Rancho Santa Fe. They’ll be missed as regulars on the California circuit, but hopefully not strangers to it!

For more info, visit www.equestrianperformance.com.

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