February 2016 - Pegasus Show Stable, Inc.
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 07:41
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New home will be base for the Endicott family’s coast-to-coast training and sales program.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Christa Endicott and Justified showing at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Photo: ©Al Cook - alcookphoto.com

Sarah Cillie, a trainer at the Del Mar Horsepark who schools with the Endicotts. Photo ©Erpelding Photography

Michael and Christa Endicott weren’t looking to own their own hunter/jumper facility, but when a 14.5-acre Rancho Santa Fe property became available, they decided to go for it. The land has remained pretty much the same since the current owner, who is now 96, first bought it in 1952. The Endicotts will be only the third owners of the property since the days of the old Wild West.

Located at 16220 Via De Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, it’s nestled in a horsey area with other top trainers, farms and horsemen. Hap Hansen, Guillermo Obligado, Tish Quirk and Albert Court stables are among their neighbors. The Endicotts moved last May from their previous location at Fairbanks Valley Farms, where they have been for the past three years.

The facility is a work in progress, with the first sand arena completed last summer with all-weather footing from Dave Martin. Sometime this summer the additional barns will be completed with 35 large, roomy stalls in total, either 12 x 18s or 12 x 20s.

Hauling off years’ of debris was the first task on the property prep list, followed by re-doing the well, setting up barns and building the first arena. This month the wash racks, grooming stalls and tack room are next on the construction list.

A grass field will be built In the front of the property and grass paddocks are part of the layout to keep the show horses relaxed and happy. A parking lot and an office will round out the current phase of construction. Eventually, the Endicotts plan to do a full-on remodel of both the main house and guest house and move on to the property. Currently they live only minutes away.

The ability to undertake such a project is the result of many years of success. Michael and Christa both have long and impressive resumes. Michael competed successfully as a junior up through the Grand Prix level, where he has over 40 wins, plus four World Cup Finals. He was twice a member of the Nations Cup Team at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Canada.

Young student, Alex Trubey.

Michael Endicott. Photo ©Erpelding Photography

Christa has successes in all three rings: hunters, equitation and jumpers. She also has shown successfully at the Grand Prix level and was short-listed for the Canadian Team three years in a row, from 1992 to 1994.

Their son Mitchell also has the passion for horses and showing, and is following in his parents’ footsteps. Mitchell was selected for this year’s George Morris Horsemastership Training Program, a significant honor offered to just a handful of promising juniors every year.

Now 17, Mitchell is currently showing in Florida, doing some catch riding for Ken and Emily Smith, Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman and also helping with the family’s busy horse sales part of their business. Christa has campaigned horses on the Florida circuit for several years, and Mitchell’s presence there adds to the business’ coast-to-coast scope.

Mitch’s younger brother Jake is not a rider and continues to keep busy with soccer, basketball and motorcross sports.

Sales & Students

Much of the Endicotts’ business is focused on horse sales. Fall and winter are the busy time when riders are ready to move up and get a new horse for the show season.

Before the recession, the Endicotts would sell 75-100 horses a year. Now they are averaging 20-25 horses a year, which they feel is very good in the current economy. They have a huge base of contacts and have an excellent reputation in the sales arena. Some of the horses they buy come from Europe and others from the States. The past month they already had four horses sold with others ready to go.

They are also continuing to keep a nice group of clients who are dedicated to their horses and their horsemanship skills. New to their program is 14 year old Alex Trubey.

Sarah Cillie & Deron Pierson

Photo ©Erpelding Photography

Alex has come up as a successful Children’s/Junior rider and trained with Lisa Halterman since she was 8. Last October, she decided to move to the Endicotts and take advantage of their expertise in the jumper ring as she has her goals set on making the Young Riders jumper team and hopes to become a Grand Prix rider in the future.

Alex is headed to Thermal with the Endicotts’ Pegasus Show Stables team and will be competing in the 1.30 meter division, with plans to move up to the High Jr./Amateurs after the Desert Circuit. Alex is taking classes online, which gives her the flexibility to ride four horses a day and keep a busy horse show schedule.

I asked Michael how he thought the industry is doing. He said that Florida and the East Coast and Europe are doing great. The shows are huge and are working hard to have excellent footing, top-notch facilities and huge prize money.

He feels that the West Coast seems to be behind the upswing of the East Coast and hopes that others will follow show managers Dale Harvey and Tom Struzzieri to improve the level of horse shows here on the West Coast. He hopes we have an upswing here, too, and would love to see the numbers and quality grow in the coming years.

With their new facility underway, the Endicotts plan to continue to contribute to the industry in providing a first-class facility for horse and rider where they can achieve all their goals. They are very excited to be creating a beautiful facility for their family and their clients.

Michael, a perennial entrepreneur, also has a few other businesses that he is involved with. He is a vice president of cosmetic company, Lab Lilly, and now is part of a start-up company called FlashBuz, which is an app that rewards members who spread the “buzz” about their favorite products and services.

For more information about Pegasus Show Stable, Inc. call 858-354-3654 or visit their website: www.showstable.net.