February 2017 - CPHA Celebrations
Written by photos by Mike Keener
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:44
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photos by Mike Keener

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association held its annual dinner honoring recipients of its special awards, people and horses. Filled with heartfelt acceptance speeches and presentations that reveal much about the sport’s past, present and future, the evening is a favorite in the hunter/jumper community. It was held this year in Las Vegas, Jan. 6, concurrent with the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association meeting and year-end awards ceremony.


Holly Scapa accepts the CPHA Style Of Riding High Point Award.

Junior Achievement honoree Sydney Hutchins with Elvenstar’s Jim Hagman and trainer Barbara Burnett.

Matilda Schulman, Equitation 21 & Under winner, with trainer Jim Hagman of Elvenstar, right.

DiAnn Langer, Dianne Grod and Cindy Brooks’ very special horses were inducted into the CPHA’s Lifetime Equine Hall of Fame this year. They are the jumpers Danny, Fleet Apple, Fateful and the Godfather, and hunters Sutton Place and Modest Man.

(below) Dan Abbey Sportsmanship Award winner Nina Vogel, with Far West Farms trainers Jenny & Kost Karazissis, are flanked by CPHA’s Paul Bennett & Morgan Dickerson.

Junior Achievement recipient and WCE High Point winner Ransome Rombauer with trainers Tasha Visokay, left, and Daniel Ighani, and CPHA’s Paul Bennett, far left, and Morgan Dickerson, far right.

Natalie Templeton, Equitation 14 & Under winner, with trainer Robyn Stiegler.

Horseman of the Year honoree, Mike Edrick, second from right, with trainer Archie Cox, second from left.

(below) Veterinarian Neil Gray receives a CPHA Special Achievement honor for his work with the Equitarian Initiative and his service to the hunter/jumper and dressage communities.