Show Reports
November 2019 - LEGIS League Finalists Celebrate
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:30
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LEGIS League Hosts its Hunter/Jumper Finals at Hansen Dam Horse Park.

photos: Kristin Lee Photography

LEGIS League members came from all over California to compete at the 2019 LEGIS League Finals at the Verdugo Hills Fall Festival,(Oct. 3-6) hosted at Hansen Dam Horse Park. The LEGIS League, proudly sponsored by LEGISequine.com, awards ribbons and special prizes to the champion, reserve champion, and top ten riders in each category.

LEGIS League Finals welcomed hunter, jumper, equitation, and medal riders. Medal Final champions earned special winner packages, including vacation getaways, a white-water rafting trip, and a grant to ride in a clinic.


Sarah Schemers and her trainer Colin Daly made the trip down from the Bay Area. Colin, who operates Oasis Farm in Woodside, was pleased with his first experience at Hansen Dam Horse Park. Sarah and her My Cup of Tea topped the LEGIS League Low Child/Adult Equitation Finals.

“It was a great experience,” Colin shared. “The show was well organized, and the footing was fantastic. One of my horses tends to get sore but he stayed sound and even moved up a division because of the great footing. Hansen Dam is beautiful. The layout is convenient with multiple rings and permanent bathrooms. From the top down, it was a pleasant experience and I’m looking forward to coming again.”

Next up for LEGIS League members is the LEGIS League Mousie Williams 2’9’’ Medal Final. The Mousie Williams Medal Final is open to riders 12 & under and will be held at Desert International Horse Park National Sunshine I (Oct. 30- Nov. 1).

LEGIS League wraps up the season with its all-new CWD Equitation Challenge at the Season Finale at Hansen Dam Horse Park (Nov. 15 -17). CWD will be presenting the winner with a $1,000 CWD gift certificate and the trainer of the winning rider will receive a $300 gift certificate. The second place rider will also receive a $350 CWD gift certificate and third place will take a home a $300 gift certificate from CWD.

The LEGIS League is already gearing up for the 2020 LEGIS League Finals. Look for additional qualifying opportunities coming soon. Join online and start earning points to qualify for next year’s finals!

Anne Sherwood (Far West Farms, trainer) and her Cassito, Champion, LEGIS League Children’s/Amateur Medal Final.

Rosemary Bilson (Stephanie Haney, trainer) and Dealmaker (Chelsea Cowell, owner), Champion, LEGIS League Cornerstone Medal Final, Champion, LEGIS League Demi Hunter Finals.

Linda Bloomenthal (Far West Farms, trainer) and her Bailando, Champion, LEGIS League Mini Medal Final.

Megan Cameron (Shauna Pennell, trainer) and her Conriko, Champion, LEGIS League 1.05m Low Child/Adult Jumper Final.” style=

Jameson Roberts (Anjelica Glosup, trainer) and her Rosie, Champion, LEGIS League .80m Child/Adult Jumper Final, Champion, LEGIS League .90m Child/Adult Jumper Final.

Peyton Dopf (Kendra Bridges, trainer) and her Infinity & Beyond, Champion, LEGIS League Children’s Pony Hunter Finals.

Sarah Schemers (Colin Daly, trainer) and her My Cup of Tea, Champion, LEGIS League Low Child/Adult Equitation Finals.

 
November 2019 - Show Report: Woodside International Horse Trials
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:07
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Bouscaren, Smith-Cook and Braitling top International divisions.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Ebay had a nice pre-wedding gift for his owner Helen Bouscaren. It took the form of what the bride-to-be described as a “very brave” run over Ian Stark’s CCI4*-S course at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 4-6 at The Horse Park at Woodside.


They led the small but strong 4* field by a slim margin after Saturday’s dressage and show jumping, then stayed atop after 8.40 time penalties on cross-country. A partner with her fiancée James Alliston in Alliston Eventing, Helen did her part, too. “I was very determined to ride him aggressively, and to ride him to the base of the jumps, which is how he feels confident.”

Helen and James have their wedding set for Nov. 3, at Galway Downs in Temecula, right after they finish their show jumping rounds in the Galway Downs International Horse Trials.
Helen and the big-looking, but only 15.3hh white Oldenburg gelding were second after dressage with a 31.70. Even with a heartbreaker final fence rail and a few time faults in stadium, they stayed there going into cross-country. “My main goal was to jump clean and have him confident,” she said, so she wasn’t pressing the gas pedal too hard.

Alliston Eventing crew.

Helen and James base their business about 45 minutes from Woodside, but they felt a bit of a home field advantage with a crew of students and Woodside Pony Club members assisting through the weekend. The Alliston posse hauls over to school at the South San Francisco Bay Horse Park at Woodside regularly, which Helen says can be a mixed blessing come show time. “It’s great for cross-country, but it can be tough for dressage because when the horses unload here, they think they’re going out on cross-country so it can be a little hard to settle them here.”

“Ebay loves to perform,” Helen continued of the 10-year-old she’s had for three years. “He has so much energy, he could go around 20 times and be fine. He loves the atmosphere here and always jumps really well.”

The time penalties that resulted from Helen prioritizing a clean, confident round put the win on pins and needles as Amber Levine on her second ride, Cinzano, a Holsteiner, headed out last after two others retired on course. The 8-year-old’s run-out at the coffin fence put paid to their victory hopes, but Amber and her veteran Carry On, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood, wound up a close second on a 45.20. Canada’s Leah Breakey and Master Class were third.

The Alliston Eventing students and Woodside Pony Club helpers came in handy on Saturday night as Helen was loaded with trophies. She received the Founder’s Cup, given in honor of Robert E. Smith, whose ideas were instrumental in the Combined Training Equestrian Team Alliance from which The Horse Park at Woodside was born. Helen also took home the Fric Frac Berence Heart Trophy, donated by 5* rider Frankie Thieriot-Stutes in honor of her retired eventer.

Helen Bouscaren & Ebay.

Kaylawna Smith-Cook & Passepartout Win the CCI3*-S

Pan Am Team gold medalist Tamie Smith was full of advice as her daughter Kaylawna Smith-Cook warmed up for the 3*-S cross-country, in which she and her mount of seven months sat second. “My mom asked me, ‘What do you need from me?’,” Kaylawna relayed. “I said, ‘I need you to go to the airport and not miss your plane for Boekelo!’” So, off went Tamie to represent the United States Equestrian Team in the Nations Cup there, leaving her daughter to fend for herself.

Kaylawna, a young professional, did so rather nicely.

Passepartout came Kaylawna’s way in March, as a sale prospect, but mother and daughter fell in love with the 10-year-old German Sporthorse and he never made it out of the Temecula, California stable where both base their training businesses. “I didn’t come to this event thinking we would win,” Kaylawna noted. “He gave me his all in every phase.” They earned a 32 in dressage from international judges Richard Baldwin and Gretchen Butts to sit fourth; were one of very few to jump double clear in stadium, and only added four penalties on cross-country.

Amateur Asia Vedder and Isi had a big lead going into cross-country, but a pilot error: jumping the 4* hanging log instead of the 3* duck coming out of the North Water Complex led to technical elimination. “He was so good out there and really deserved the win,” Asia said of her German Thoroughbred. She’d lost a little time earlier on course, along with focus on the right water complex exit, while trying to make it up. They were able to complete the course and Asia was otherwise thrilled with the 9-year-old’s performance. Their next outing is the Galway Downs International 3*-L.

Typical of the 3* level, most finishers had cross-country time faults, but Erin Kellerhouse and her Irish Sporthorse Woodford Reserve nabbed a #2 finish by having the fewest at 3.20. Woodside veteran James Alliston and the handsome Paint Trakehner stallion, Cassio’s Picasso KD, finished third on a 39.80.

Kaylawna Smith & Passerpartout.

Bec Braitling & Dassett Ricochet Stick Their 2* Standing

Riding for Arnell Sporthorses, Bec Braitling had a busy weekend highlighted by a fault-free trip over the 2* cross-country designed by Stark and Bert Wood. Her partner is the fast-rising star, 7-year-old Dassett Ricochet. Since splashing on the scene a year ago as winner of the Galway Downs Training Three Day, the Swedish Warmblood has steadily ascended with confidence and scope to spare.

“When I first tried him, I thought he would be a good amateur horse because he’s very relaxed: very chill,” Bec recalled. “There’s actually more in there than we thought. He’s chill but he uses the excitement to be really good.” The careful youngster is a reliable stadium jumper equally at ease out of the ring. “He looks carefully at everything, whether it’s scary or not. Then he lands and wants to run on. He can be pretty quick.”

Arnell partner, amateur rider Lauren Burnell, was fourth in the 2* with Freedom Hill, and Bec rode Arnell’s Penhill Celtic to a solid middle-of-the-pack finish in the same division. The native Australian rode the sporthorse sourcing company’s Caravaggio II to fifth in the the 3*. He’s just 8 and is another quickly moving up the levels. Being based at Central California eventing venue, Twin Rivers Ranch, Bec is able to “do the right homework” to enable all horses “to really come out and compete.”

Fifteen-year-old rider Meg Pellegrini continued a remarkable two years with her reserve finish aboard the Thoroughbred RF Eloquence, and a fifth aboard her Connemara/TB pony Ganymede. Lauren Billys and her rising youngster Can Be Sweet, a 7-year-old German sporthorse, held their third-place position after stadium with a fault-free cross-country.

Bec Braitling & Dassett Ricochet.

Stephanie Goodman & Caroline Morning Top Intermediate

Professional Stephanie Goodman regularly treks from Idaho to Woodside and other California venues, but today’s Open Intermediate victory with her own Carolina Morning made the long haul especially worthwhile. She and the 8-year-old Thoroughbred finished on their 33.60 dressage score from judge Gretchen Butts.

The Boise, Idaho-based trainer wasn’t sure of the horse’s jumping potential when he came from the track as a 4-year-old. As a 5-year-old, he eschewed anything resembling a ditch or bank and, as the trainer’s personal horse, “he spends a lot of time not being ridden.” Nonetheless, he keeps rising to each upward challenge, including this weekend in his third Intermediate outing.

Dressage has been a particular challenge. “He’s a very confident horse and he doesn’t like being told what to do,” Stephanie said. “And there’s really a lot in the Intermediate B test.” Yet, he’s also obedient and has a huge heart that’s helped him tackle each new challenge and Stephanie’s patient, one-step-at-a-time has served the pair well. “I just hope he keeps getting stronger and better,” she noted.

The overnight standings after Saturday’s cross-country held in this division. Marissa Nielsen and Vinetta M incurred only 2.40 time penalties over Marc Donovan’s stadium jumping track to stay in second. She and the 10-year-old Hanoverian were clear over Bert Wood’s cross-country on Saturday. Right behind them in third were Kelly Pugh and Ringwood Trendsetter, an 8-year-old Irish Sporthorse.

David Adamo & Solaguayre California.

Adamo & Lilley Win the Preliminaries

With over 40 Preliminary entries, the division was split in two, with familiar faces –horses and riders – emerging the winners. Bay Area professional David Adamo had three horses entered and rode each to top five finishes. The best among those was A group winner Solaguayre California, the 8-year-old Argentinian sporthorse with whom Adamo won the inaugural Modified Training Horse Challenge at the same venue, The Horse Park at Woodside, in August.

“When I heard about that new division, I thought it would be great preparation for Preliminary,” Adamo explained. Apparently Solaguayre California agreed, finishing on her 24.60 dressage score earned Friday from judge Vicki Matisi. They cruised on to make the time over Bert Wood’s cross-country route without pushing the pace. This being the young mare’s first try at the level, Adamo was pleasantly surprised to breeze across the finish line under the time. Show jumping has been the horse’s strength from the get-go, so Adamo was happy but not surprised to get the clear needed to maintain the top spot.

Adamo was fifth in the A group with another Modified Training Challenge star, Dos Lunas Filipo, the Argentinian gelding with whom he finished third in the August competition. The Modified Training Challenge was developed by veteran event organizer Robert Kellerhouse to be a suitable stepping stone for the big move from Training to Preliminary. Adamo’s results with both horses validate its value in a young horse’s development.

Argentina has become a favorite sporthorse source for Adamo. Solaguayre California and Dos Lunas Filipo epitomize the country’s bold and talented bloodlines, and the trainer loves the range of experiences to which these horses have typically been exposed when they come up for sale.

In the Preliminary B group, Adamo finished third aboard Fred. The 10-year-old is a Holsteiner, not Argentine-bred, but the trainer loves his potential, too. Fred was purchased for an amateur client a few years back and Adamo is enjoying bringing out his potential.

Rounding out the A group top three, Josh Barnacle and Happiness Is were second as the 11-year-old Hosteiner finished fault free on their 27.20 dressage score. Shannon Lilley and Carrigdhoun Cool Lad held their overnight third spot to finish on a 31.10 for the 7-year-old Irish Sporthorse.

Organizer Robert Kellerhouse, with wife & competitor Erin Kellerhouse, with Ian Stark on their horse Eli.

Lilley Looks Ahead

Shannon Lilley has only had Ideal HX for one month but her high hopes for the 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood are already being realized with their victory in the Preliminary B group. Shannon owns the horse with her father, Alex Lilley. The last horse they partnered in was Ballingowan Pizzaz, Shannon’s partner in a 2011 Pan Am gold medal. Like Pizzaz, Ideal also got the nod from coach Dayna Lynd-Pugh. “So, we hope this guy might be just as good!” Lilley said of the horse sourced through Caroline Martin Eventing.

“He’s still learning connection for dressage,” she said, which was not evident in the 25.20 score from judge Vicki Matisi on Friday. That and a clear cross-country effort had them in third coming into Sunday stadium, when a double clear trip elevated them two first after the two pairs above had a rail.

“He has a big rangy canter and he’s game on cross-country,” explained Shannon, who is also president of the Eventing Riders Association of North America. And, he’s fun to campaign and to be in the barn with. “He has the most personality of any horse I’ve ever owned. He is totally in your pocket all the time and very sweet.”

The overnight leaders were junior rider Jordan Crabo and the 17-year-old German Riding Pony, Black Gold. The bold pair had a show jumping rail to bring their dressage score to a 28.60 for second. Adamo and Fred’s rail took them from second to third.

Kelly and Shannon James, designers of the center court graveyard in the Grand Prix arena.

Prizes & Praise

Along with beautiful ribbons and prize money, top finishers received generous prizes from Professional’s Choice, Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography, Auburn Labs and Ride On Video. Woodside organizers and competitors are grateful to long time sponsors Devoucoux, Parker Equine Insurance and Auburn Labs.

International division course designer Ian Stark, of Great Britain, enjoyed his latest visit to California. “Over the many years I’ve been coming to America, I’ve really seen the quality of horses and riding improve. Noting the relatively small 4* field, he stressed that lower entry numbers don’t equal lower course demands. “We’ve got standards to adhere to and, if we soften them, those horses and riders qualify for the next level and have troubles. Instead, they have to come up and meet the level.”

Organizers including Woodside’s Robert Kellerhouse, Rebecca Farm’ Broussard family and others on the West Coast have been instrumental in improving the level of the sport, he added.

Stark looks forward to his next California visit, serving as the star attraction for the Galway Downs fundraising clinic in January of 2020, a long-standing West Coast eventing tradition.

 
November 2019 - Rising To The Challenge
Written by by Emily Randolph/Jump Media • photos by Jump Media and Shawn McMillen Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:56
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Californians make their presence known at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.

by Emily Randolph/Jump Media • photos by Jump Media and Shawn McMillen Photography

At this year’s Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, three of the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Challenge class winners, the Adult Amateur Equitation Championships winner, and the Grand Pony, Grand Junior, and Large Junior Hunter 3’6” Champions, as well as other top finishers, all had at least one thing in common: they all call California home.


It’s a frequent connecting theme among many years’ winners at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, with dozens of Californians making the cross-country trip each year to stake their claim to wins among the top hunter and equitation horses and riders in the country. This year, of the 736 riders competing at Capital Challenge, held September 27 through October 6, 74 of them hailed from California, making California the second-most represented state behind only New York with 85 riders competing.

Here’s a look at a few of this year’s California-based winners.

Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont of Los Angeles, CA, and Shannon Davidson of Rancho Mission Viejo, CA, high five after finishing first and second, respectively, in the North American Adult Equitation Championships. Photo: Jump Media

Emily Williams of Newhall, CA, rode Beach Boy to the Overall Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography

The Grand Champion Pony Hunter title went home to Corona, CA, with Shiloh Roseboom and Heavenly Patch of Blue. Photo: Jump Media

The Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division championship went to Brooke Morin of Calabasas, CA, and For Fun. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography

In addition to winning the North American Adult Equitation Championships aboard Black Label, Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont topped the $5,000 WCHR Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” Challenge riding Spotlight. Photo: Jump Media

Juliette Joseph of Del Mar, CA, and San Marco, owned by Ann Russo, won the $5,000 WCHR Junior Hunter 3’6” Challenge. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography

The top honor in the $1,500 WCHR Children’s Hunter Challenge went to Peyten Seltzer of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and her own Que Crème. Photo: Jump Media

 
November 2019 - Fresno Sees Future Stars
Written by article and photos by Jessica Duffy for the US Eventing Association
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:33
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Young Event Horse champions designated for bright futures during West Coast Championships.

 

article and photos by Jessica Duffy for the US Eventing Association

 

After seeing 63 horses in the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships at Fair Hill in Elkton, MD earlier in October, there were just 11 horses to see between the 4- and 5-year-old divisions at the YEH West Coast Championships at the Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Oct. 19-20. While there were fewer entries, they packed a mighty punch, impressing judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike with the quality of the horses presented.


Allyson Hartenburg’s off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding Mucho Me Gusto (Macho Uno x Ghostkeeper) may have failed on the racetrack, but he shined in today’s 5-year-old YEH division, taking home the championship title on a score of 88.47. He raced 10 times on the turf between his 2- and 3-year-old years, earning $9,050 before being passed to Hartenburg through a rehoming agency in Kentucky.

Amber Levine & Keep Calm

“I got him on New Year’s Day – he had just turned four,” recalled Hartenburg, “At the time I was living in Colorado – my husband is in the Air Force – and the night that I got [Mucho Me Gusto] home I found out we were being stationed in California, so our life kind of got turned upside down.”

Hartenburg used the time spent moving to let him down and then started him back up in May of last year, competing in the YEH 4-year-old classes last year and then the 5-year-old classes this year, in addition to some shows at the Training level.

Originally a resale project, Hartenburg made the decision to keep Mucho Me Gusto. “We’re so fortunate with where we live in Area VI, it’s a tremendous eventing area, and I had the opportunity to have a really cool horse in a good area so I decided to hang onto him for a while,” Hartenburg said. “He’s just been really fun to bring along.”

“We’re going to do the Training Three-Day at Galway – that’s going to wrap up our season – and then hopefully next season we’ll come out and do some Preliminaries and go from there.”

Mucho Me Gusto was also presented with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program  Award, given to the highest-scoring Jockey Club-registered horse in the competition.

Second place went to the 2018 USEA YEH West Coast 4-year-old Champion, Arnell Sporthorses’ Melkenna (Sea of Secrets x Cheesewright), ridden by Andrea Baxter. The off-the-track Thoroughbred mare scored an 87.26 to take home the title of Reserve Champion.

Rebecca Buehler & MFS High Octane

Melkenna was purchased as part of a two-for-one deal Baxter made to get her working student a horse. “It worked out that I like mares and Lauren [Burnell, of Arnell Sporthorses] likes pretty,” said Baxter. “It was meant to be for Bec [Braitling], because she’s Lauren’s owner, but when [Melkenna] arrived she was really kind of nutty and hyper and looked like a project, and Bec was pretty busy at the time, so they offered me the ride.”

Melkenna spent most of the year on the backburner while Baxter focused on her five-star career, but still came out and put in an impressive performance today, earning the highest gallop score of the 5-year-olds – a 9.0. “She doesn’t have a lot on her besides the last couple of months, and it’s funny because last year I was saying how she was ahead of the curve and the irony that looking back on it it’s a good thing I had her ahead of the curve last year because I really didn’t do a lot this year. She was fabulous.”

Rebecca Buehler and Carrie Miller’s MFS High Octane (Understatement x Bryn Carregwren Tanwen Tag), a Thoroughbred/Welsh Cob cross mare, finished out the 5-year-old Championship in third place on an 87.04. MFS High Octane also received the Safe Harbor Award, which is presented to the young horse who consistently exhibits the most graceful and rider-friendly performance throughout the competition.

Andrea Baxter & Melkenna

Amber Levine Locks Up the Four-Year-Olds

In the 4-year-old Championship, Amber Levine made a clean sweep of the top placings, taking home the Champion and Reserve Champion titles in addition to third place. Keep Calm (Biscayo x Beauty), Levine’s Dutch Warmblood gelding, was crowned the Champion on a score of 86.27.

Levine purchased Keep Calm as a 2-year-old in Holland, where he stayed to be gelded and backed before coming over to the States in May. “He was amazing as a 2-year-old, plus when they brought him out and told us his name was Keep Calm, and my [four-star] horse’s name is Carry On, so just on the name alone we had to buy him.” The man who bred Carry On, Maarten Groeneveld, also sourced Keep Calm.

Ballinakill Poppy, an Irish Sport Horse mare owned and bred by Andrea Pfeiffer, scored a 85.88 with Levine in the irons to be named the Reserve Champion of the 4-year-olds. “Corky” is by The Twain and out of Pfeiffer’s upper-level mare Ballinakill Glory.

Allyson Hartenburg & Mucho Me Gusto

“We backed her at three and she’s been super easy,” Levine said. “She was super easy to back – we did it all at the barn – and she’s just kind of hung out her 3-year-old year and then we started her back up in February of this year and did a little bit here and there with her. Then we started showing her more this fall.”

“She’s starting to show a lot of her mom,” said Pfeiffer. “The best parts of her mother. She has a couple of the not-so-good parts, but you can start to see it in her face and when she jumps. It’s fun to see because Pippa shows up, which is cool . . . She was born with an engine.”

Levine’s third mount in the 4-year-olds, Touché (The Twain x Vanity), an Oldenburg gelding, scored 84.95, which was good enough for third place. Like Ballinakill Poppy, Touché is by The Twain, and Levine said it’s a pleasure to work with horses by the stallion.

Amber Levine and Ballinakill Poppy

“The Twain babies – I love them. They’ve got great brains. Both of the horses are super easy to handle on the ground and they’re brave – they’ll jump anything. It’s a really good line. They get the jumping, they get the cross-country – it just makes sense to them.”

“It’s fun to see the young horses progress throughout the year, and then to come to the Championships and jump a more challenging course that’s also super inviting for the young horses,” Levine commented. “Even from where they were in April when they did the qualifier to where they are now is such a change, which is what I love about the young horses.”

New this year, Stillwater Farm is providing an award to the 4-year-old with the overall best gallop score. The winner will earn a trophy and a $1,000 prize check. This award is generously provided by Stillwater Farm and is presented in loving memory of Donald Trotter, who passed away this year. While the highest score on the West Coast 8.7, given to Ballinakill Poppy, the award will go to East Coast competitor Keepsake (National Anthem x Victorious), Nina Gardner’s homebred, who earned a score of 9.5 with Jennie Brannigan.

Find final scores for the 4- and 5-year-olds www.starboxscoring.com.

Amber Levine & Touche

About the USEA Young Event Horse Program

The USEA Young Event Horse Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the four- and five-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.

The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the Young Event Horse Program.

The USEA thanks Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, C4 Belts and Etalon Diagnostics for sponsoring the Young Event Horse Program.

Report provided by the US Eventing Association.

 
October 2019 - Fast Growing Dressage Program
Written by by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:58
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LEGIS League Hosts its Second Annual Dressage Finals at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center.

by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera

Competitors finished out their summer strong at the second annual LEGIS League Dressage Finals at the Starr Vaughn Summer Dressage Finale (Aug. 23-25) hosted at Michele Vaughn’s beautiful facility located near Elk Grove, Ca.

The LEGIS League is a popular awards program sponsored by LEGISequine.com, Horsemen Insuring Horsemen. Since its inception last year, LEGIS League Dressage has doubled its membership, and expanded to include 12 categories – encompassing all levels from Training Level through Prix St. Georges for juniors, amateurs, and professionals.

 
September 2019 - Menlo Charity Highlights
Written by photos by Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:52
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Heritage show benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is another big hit at the Menlo Circus Club.

photos by Alden Corrigan Media

The 49th Menlo Charity Horse Show came to a close as over 200 volunteers were carefully packing up and storing everything from table cloths to jumps, while at the same time planning for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration next year.

The gorgeous Northern California weather made for a spectacular week of three-ring competition across the country club setting at the Menlo Circus Club.

 
September 2019 - Keep Calm & Canter On
Written by by Amelia Enzminger
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:42
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The in’s and out’s of NAYC through the lens of a junior competitor.

by Amelia Enzminger

For junior and young riders across the continent, qualifying for the North American Youth Championships is among one of the greatest accomplishments in our careers thus far. Riders battling for a spot on the Zone 10 team know all too well the excitement of traveling from show to show, gathering as many points as possible in the Junior and Young Rider Selection Trials. Showing throughout the California coast all for the chance to fly our horses across the country to compete for a spot on the podium.

 
September 2019 - San Francisco Peninsula CDS Chapter 49th Annual Show
Written by photos by Sam Kwong
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:00
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“Happy to be back at Woodside”

photos by Sam Kwong

“I’m so glad to be showing again at Woodside!” Some variation of that exclamation was heard time and again on July 19 and 20, when the San Francisco Chapter of the California Dressage Society held its 49th Annual Show at The Horse Park at Woodside. After a couple of years on hiatus, and quite a few years at other facilities, the SFP Annual Show drew a sell-out rider list to the two-arena, two-day show. It was so popular that plans for the 50th Annual Show are already underway to be even bigger and better. These are just a few of the many scenes that played out both inside and outside the competition arenas, courtesy of photographer Sam Kwong. Complete show results are available on www.sfpcds.org and www.california-dressage.org.

 

 
September 2019 - Summer Event at Woodside Highlights
Written by photos by Sherry Stewart and MGO Photography
Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:45
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The first M-Training Challenge is fully embraced.

photos by Sherry Stewart and MGO Photography

The inaugural Modified Training Challenge turned out to be a big hit, with 40-plus pairs turning out for the new division held during The Summer Event at Woodside Aug. 9-11. The idea was to encourage, prepare and celebrate horse and riders ready to step up from Training level eventing, but not quite ready for the big jump in difficulty, in all phases, to Preliminary.

 
July 2019 - A Lovely Day of Dressage
Written by by Sydney Callaway
Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:00
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Arroyo Del Mar’s Musical Freestyle Exhibition & Open House

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by Sydney Callaway

Nestled in the Rancho Santa Fe hills of San Diego, the Arroyo Del Mar facilities provide a zen-esque atmosphere to its elite dressage trainers and boarders. The masterminds behind the facilities are familiar figures to the dressage world and podiums. In 2005, Shannon Peters convinced her husband, Steffen Peters, to open their own training and boarding facilities. What felt like a risky endeavor at the time now exemplifies the Peters’ style: orderly, successful, and classy.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - Temecula Valley National Horse Show II & III
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:17
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New hunter/jumper show finishes second season on a high note.

by Elaine Wessel

Following the second week of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show in mid-June, two more weeks of riding returned to Galway Downs from May 22-26 and May 29-June 2. The highlight event of the third week was the $40,000 MediVet Equine National Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 25, which ended with John Pearce adding yet another victory to his trophy case in Temecula, as he and Firestone S overcame the field as the swiftest double-clean pair to secure the greatest stake of the prize money. As the best-performing rider under the age of 25, Alex Volpi navigated Foster 39 to first prize in the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic.

 
November 2019 - NorCal Stars
Written by by Lindsey Long for West Palm Events • photos: JXB Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:02
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Morgan Geller, Elisa Broz, Eva Nybo & Carmen Gonzalez are champs of the NorCal Hunter Jumper Assn. medal finals.

by Lindsey Long for West Palm Events • photos: JXB Photography

Welcome Week of the Sacramento International hosted the NorCal Senior Medal Final, the NorCal Junior Medal Final, the NorCal 3’ Medal Final, and last but not least, the NorCal Pony Medal Final.

 


“Having medal finals in Northern California is really important because there are many kids who grow up riding here who can’t travel to the East Coast or even to Southern California for medal finals, so having high quality 3’6” finals locally is very important to them,” said NorCal Hunter Jumper Association President Jennifer Lea Lampton. “The 3’ Medal Final is a great introduction to that world, and the Pony Medal Final is equally prestigious for kids who may not be able to travel.”

 

Riders participated in round one on Saturday, Sept. 28 and then round two plus work-offs on Sunday morning at the beautiful Murieta Equestrian Center, Sept. 29.

Champion Morgan Geller and Lincoln, Winners of the NorCal Senior Medal Final.

Morgan Geller: Super Senior

Morgan Geller was named champion of the NorCal Senior Medal Final on Sunday morning. She rode Lincoln owned by Jenny Williams. Jenny Williams is also Geller’s trainer and Lincoln’s breeder.

“He’s amazing and just so smart,” said Geller. “He was awesome this weekend. It is only his fourth equitation class ever, but he cantered right around like a pro. We are really impressed and really proud of him.”

Geller, who is currently in veterinary school, rode in the equitation as a junior. “I’ve been doing jumpers for a while, but this year I came back to the equitation,” she said. “I love the equitation; it’s a great foundation.”

Taking reserve championship honors was Alex Maida aboard Henri HX owned by Sloan Lindemann. Maida trains with Ned Glynn. In third place was Audrey Poole who rode Mighty Quen owned by Lauren Morlock. They are trained by Beverly Jovais.

Champion Elisa Broz and Clooney 62, Winners of the NorCal Junior Medal Final.

Elisa Broz Tops Junior

Champion of the 2019 NorCal Junior Medal Final was Elisa Broz riding Clooney 62, owned by Constance Broz. Broz trains with Cassie Belmont. The 11-year-old gelding Clooney 62 was also named “Best Medal Horse” by the judges, even though it was his first time doing a medal final.

“He did amazing,” said Broz. “He really was the best horse ever, honestly. He’s big and he has a big stride but he learns very quickly and he’s really sweet and willing.”

Broz bought the gelding only a month ago and he previously only did the jumper divisions. Even though the partnership is new, Broz is excited about her future with Clooney 62. She is hoping to do the Maclay and other East Coast equitation classes in the next year.

In second place was Avery Glynn on Cocon 4, who is owned and trained by Ned Glynn. In third place was Jessica Behar on her Cafe’s Deluxe. The pair is trained by Jill Humphrey.
G2 Insurance was the much-appreciated sponsor of the NorCal Junior and Senior Medal Finals.

Eva Nybo and Latte Grande PR, Winners of the NorCal 3’ Medal Finals sponsored by Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law.

Eva Nybo is the 3’ Victor

The NorCal 3’ Medal Final saw the largest number of competitors, and was won by amateur Eva Nybo aboard her own Latte Grande PR. The pair is trained by Jill Humphrey. Nybo has had the ride on Latte Grande PR for only about a year, and he recently crossed over into the equitation.

“He’s a lot of fun, and he’s an overachiever,” said Nybo. “He tries really hard to do everything perfectly. He has a great brain and he’s so sweet with my kids. He’s just part of our family.” Nybo’s children showered Latte Grande PR with hugs as she left the winner’s circle on Sunday afternoon.

The pair’s work-off was not without a dramatic moment: “After the first jump in the work off his curb chain came undone, and I thought well.. this could go all kinds of different ways. But he just took it in stride and never batted an eye,” said Nybo.

Taking the reserve championship was Alison Stern on Grey Goose, owned by Five Fox Farm LLC and trained by Tarrone Seaton. In third place was Ava Pollioni on her own Fortisimo, trained by Toni Venza.

Champion Carmen Gonzalez and Hiccup.

Carmen Gonzalez Tops Among Pony Participants

In what was certainly the most adorable medal final this week, Carmen Gonzalez was named champion after a clean sweep of both rounds and the work-off aboard her large pony Hiccup. The pair is trained by Cassie Belmont.

“I think Hiccup did amazing today,” said Gonzalez. “He gave me every effort he could. He’s just so awesome. He’s really comfortable and really, really sweet. He’s also very sensitive but I just love that about him.”

Gonzalez has been riding for five years and has ridden Hiccup for a year and a half. In that time she has moved up from the short stirrup to the rated large ponies. As for future goals? “I’d like to go to Pony Finals one day; that would be fun,” said Gonzalez.

Coming in second place was Katie Durban on Catch a Wave, owned by Ella Meuse and trained by Nicole Norris. In third place was Camilla Jerng on her own Kung Fu Panda. The pair is trained by Jan Pearce.

NorCal offers thanks to Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law for it support of its Medal Finals.

Press release provided by West Palms Events: www.westpalmsevents.com. For more information on the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association, visit www.norcalhunterjumpers.com.

 
November 2019 - Bond & Donatello Bag a World Cup Win
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:40
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Karl Cook maintains big lead with another top-five finish as the league moves onto Thermal and Las Vegas this month.

photos: Tina Fitch

Heading into a five-horse jump-off, Ashlee Bond (ISR) didn’t get to watch the riders ahead of her before entering the ring aboard 8-year-old Donatello.

“My mentality these days is just to go do what I feel is right for me and my horse in the moment,” she said. “Tonight, I just felt a little bit more confident.”


 

Ashlee Bond & Donatello

Bond executed her plan to perfection, galloping home to a dominant victory in the $100,000 CSI3*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Del Mar (USA). She and her partner of more than two years crossed the timers of Alan Wade’s (IRL) shortened course in 38.82 seconds. Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN) and Cadillac claimed second as the only other double-clear performers on the night, finishing in 43.27 seconds. Keri Potter (USA) and Ariell la Sirene finished third in the mare’s World Cup debut; they finished with 4 faults in 44.58 seconds.

Nikolaj Hein & Ruus

“Donnie” was making just his second World Cup appearance in Del Mar after debuting at the level in the North American League’s season opener at Vancouver. The quick win reaffirmed Bond’s belief in the gelding, for whom she has both World Cup and Olympic aspirations.

Keri Potter & Ariell la Sirene

“As a 7-year-old, he really developed quickly,” Bond explained. “Then this year, everything I ask of him—it might take him a round or two to figure it out, but once he does, he logs it into his computer, and then he makes my job easy.”

Andrew Ramsay & the Stranger

Karl Cook (USA), who won in World Cup competition at Sacramento just two weeks ago, notched his third top five finish this season to maintain his strong lead in the west coast sub league standings of the North American League. He boasts 49 points. Bond moved into second place in the standings with 31 points, while Zazou Hoffman sits third with 26 points.

“Today, [Donatello] just proved that we’re on the right trajectory,” Bond said.

Karl Cook & Caillou

The North American League continues the West with the Nov. 9 qualifier during the National Sunshine Series II in Thermal, then the next Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nov. 16, during the Las Vegas National.

Press release provided by the FEI.

 
November 2019 - Woodside Celebration
Written by article & photos by Nan Meek
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:20
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15th Annual Woodside Day of the Horse Raised Equine Awareness and Appreciation.

article & photos by Nan Meek

Artists, neighbors, and riders celebrated the beauty of horses and their contribution to the unique Woodside area and its surrounding communities during three days and three events of the newly expanded Woodside Day of the Horse.


The evening of Friday, October 11, saw hundreds of horse lovers, art lovers, and neighbors turn out for the Opening Reception and First Annual Art of the Horse exhibition. On Saturday, October 12, riders dressed in “Super Heroines and Heroes” theme costumes to ride the unique Town of Woodside public trails. Sunday, October 13’s Family Fun Horse Fair drew more than a thousand visitors from surrounding communities to enjoy pony rides, wagon rides, and interactive equine learning experiences.

Woodside Day of the Horse is made possible by a public-private partnership of Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!), The Town of Woodside, Woodside Community Foundation, and the generous support of sponsors and volunteers.

 
October 2019 - Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center’s Wild West Fest
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:57
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Second annual celebration brings equestrian family fun to hundreds of cowgirls and cowboys of all ages.

Nestled in a high Sierra meadow above Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center hosted a day of family fun at its second annual Wild West Fest on the Sat., Aug. 31. A crowd of more than 500 enjoyed equestrian performances, kids’ pony rides, Western-inspired activities, crafts, and games, live country music, and a tasty Western-style BBQ.

 
September 2019 - North American Youth Championships
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:45
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Local jumping and dressage pairs make their cross-country trips to international championships worthwhile.

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It all came down to the last round, but the Canadian team clinched victory in the USHJA North American Young Rider Show Jumping Team Championship at the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY on August 2.  The Championships were held July 30-August 4 and included both dressage and jumping. (The eventing counterpart was staged during The Event at Rebecca Farm in late July. See story, this issue.)

 
September 2019 - Dancing Kings Farm P.R.E. Celebration
Written by photos by Ashton Kingsley Photography
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:12
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photos by Ashton Kingsley Photography

In the first of what is likely to become an annual event, Team DKF — Tina and Shae Lovazzano, and Manuel Peña — brought a world-wide view of the P.R.E. horse to their farm in Gilroy on July 7th. It was an inspired event, including ANCCE champions from in-hand presentations of stallions, to a cobra of mares, to the top P.R.E. mare in the country, as well as riding demonstrations of working equitation and traditional dressage, along with dancing horses and singing vaqueros. Flags from Spain, Portugal, and Mexico were presented in recognition of the dedication to the P.R.E. horse shared by this California team.

 
September 2019 - Hansen Dam Summer Junction
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:53
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And now for something completely different…

Hansen Dam Horse Park invited riders to practice their usual riding style or dabble in a different discipline during its inaugural Summer Junction in August. Jumps of all styles, include a few cross-country obstacles were available as was coaching and demos in dressage and reining.

 

 
August 2019 - Franktown At Its Finest
Written by photos: Alden Corrigan Media
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:15
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First-timers and returnees are stars of 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby.

photos: Alden Corrigan Media

The 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby opened on Friday, June 21, a day earlier than the normal Saturday and Sunday schedule. This year’s event welcomed many new entrants, all of whom are enjoyed the atmosphere and calm setting that is Franktown Meadows. The iconic Sierra Nevada mountain range is the stunning backdrop for this spectacular Derby weekend and draws leading professional and amateur riders from across the country. Riders strolled around the grounds prior to the day’s competition, all eagerly anticipating the opportunity to take to the pristine Franktown Meadows grass Derby Field.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - The Spring Event at Woodside
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:51
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Emotional Advanced win for Sara Sellmer & PDQ Leigh: James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso KD top Intermediate division.

Winning an Advanced division anytime is a big deal. It was even bigger for Canadian professional Sara Sellmer, who did so at the Spring Event at Woodside aboard Jill Walton’s PDQ Leigh. In 2016 at the same venue, Sara’s horse, TF Kreisler, died following an incident on the CCI*** course and Sara hadn’t been back since.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - USHJA WCHR Hunter Spectacular
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:06
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Jenny Karazissis gets a second win of special class, this time aboard Really.

After two rounds of exceptional hunter performances Jenny Karazissis and Michelle Cobb’s Really were crowned the 2019 champions of the $25,000 USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Their high score of 91.5 in the second round and 180.12 total combined score secured their victory over Katie Taylor and Bravado Farms LLC’s L’Con Reyes with a score of 176.12, and Leslie Steele aboard Glen Haven Farm LLC’s Park City with a score of 175.25.

 
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