California Riding Magazine • January, 2009

Winner's Circle

Bayer Animal Health Equine Products Manager, Scott King (far right), announced the winners of the Legend® Down Under Sweepstakes at the AAEP Annual Convention, held in San Diego in early December. Demonstrating Bayer’s commitment to equine veterinary education, Dr. J. Brent Rollins and Dr. Roger Hunter (pictured left and middle, respectively) as well as Dr. David A. Burba, Dr. James W. Kerr, Dr. Kristine Anne Woodaman and Dr. Helen Noble were awarded the trip of a lifetime to participate in the cutting-edge seminars and interactive learning sessions at the Bayer-sponsored AAEP Resort Symposium in Gold Coast, Australia this January.

Laurie Falvo Doyle Dressage assistant trainer, Allison Harding, earned her USDF gold medal during the 2008 show season riding Emmy Sobieski’s Grand Prix horse Ali Baba. Emmy helped Allison prepare for her ride on Ali and Allison achieved her final Grand Prix score the first time the pair competed. Her first set of qualifying scores (Intermediare 1 and Grand Prix) were earned on Flo Brown’s former FEI horse Fortune 500.

Ali Ohringer, a tenth grader at Westlake High School, added another notch to her impressive resume in the show ring when she captured the blue in the Central Equine Junior Medal during the Marshall & Sterling League West Coast Regional Finals at the Los Angeles National Horse Show, Nov. 12-16 at the LA Equestrian Center.

Ali trains under the watchful eye of experienced trainer Jim Hagman at Elvenstar’s equestrian facility in Moorpark. “It was my second week at the horse show and it was a really great experience. My horse Orlando is such a good boy. He is so honest and friendly and I love him so much,” said Ali.

This winter Ali is planning on competing at HITS Thermal but in the meantime she will be at Elvenstar every day with the hopes of bringing back even more ribbons. “I am absolutely looking forward to going to Thermal this year,” said Ali. “I hope that I get to show in the indoor arena this time.”

One of the most popular divisions at the Marshall & Sterling League West Coast Regional Finals was the Children’s Medal that featured 23 entries. Kylee Arbuckle came out on top of the highly-contested class grabbing the blue. She also won the Children’s Hunter Finals aboard her mount Worth The Wait, owned by Helen McEvoy, to complete a great week of showing.

Other winners during the Marshall & Sterling West Coast Regional Finals included: Adult Medal: Lisa J. Brown; Adult Amateur Hunter Finals: Tuscany, ridden by Amy Brubaker and owned by John McGraw; Children’s Jumper Finals: Lottie, ridden and owned by Madison Bradshaw; and Adult Amateur Jumper Finals: Pedro, ridden and owned by Rainie Rose.