California Riding Magazine • September, 2009

Winner's Circle

Encandesent running alongside mom.

Encandesent shows off his Oldenburg brand.

Arabian Colt is Oldenburg Approved

The Oldenburg registry of North America has only approved two Arabian stallions for breeding, Ta’ez and Glynnsong Farms’ OKW Entrigue+++//. The latter is well known in dressage circles as “Ricky,” thanks to his great show record with owner/trainer Patience Prine-Carr.

Last year Ricky had the first purebred Arabian filly approved and branded Oldenburg and Prine-Carr is thrilled to announce that her colt, Encandesent, by Ricky and out of her Hi Voltage daughter, has also been approved and branded Oldenburg. Encandesent earned the second highest movement score of the colts with an 8.5. The highest score was 8.7 and the German inspector said his trot was “breathtaking” and that he “had never seen an Arabian foal move so good,” the trainer reports. Prine-Carr’s mare was also approved premium and will be in the main mare book. “The inspector also said I had a very good breeding program,” enthused the Monterey-area professional.

From left: Mary Pezzini, Rebecca Sturvist, Anne Trebino and Holly Peterson
rode in the California Rodeo Salinas horse parade, July 25.

Monterey County Horsewomen Win Rodeo Salinas Parade Award

Five Monterey County women won “Best Appearing” group in the California Rodeo Salinas parade July 25-26. Mary Pezzini, Rebecca Sturvist, Anne Trebino, Holly Peterson and Kathleen Burke (no relation to this column’s author) were appearing in the parade for the first time. They rode in groups of four, with Burke appearing only on Sunday. Peaches McKenzie of 4M Ranch coached and guided them to their victory. With inspiration and encouragement from Joanne Taylor-Johnson, the Santa Lucia Highlands team appeared with matching professional western attire.

Parade horses are not easy to find, and Carrie Naylor and McKenzie eagerly loaned the ladies Schdiego and Scooter, Pezzini said. Pezzini’s two horses Chester and Red finished the foursome.

The winning team. Photo: Phelps Photo

California Dressage Team Wins NAJYRC

The Californians won team gold for the third consecutive year in dressage at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Kentucky Horse Park. Newcomer Brian Hafner led the way on his horse Lombardo LHF (by Londonderry) topping the leader board with a 68.842%. Teammates Brianna Dutton, Amanda Harlan and Christine Stephenson joined him in the victory lap, as the rain drenched the new arena, which will be the setting for the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games.

Hafner, who moved to California from Minnesota, is excited to be on the team this year, and credits his trainer Laurie Falvo Doyle from San Diego with helping him get here. “I got really lucky today,” Hafner said. “My horse was really solid. We had a few minor faults. It is a huge
deal for me to be part of this group and do so well as a team.”

Young Rider Area VI included Rachel Dwyer, Elsie Patterson,
Maxance McManamy and Suzy Hettich.
Photo: Diana De Rosa

California Girls Take Gold at NAYJR Eventing Championships

The USEA North American Junior & Young Rider Eventing Championships were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in July. The Individual Gold medal in the CCI** division went to Californian Maxance McManamy and Beacon Hill. The pair took the lead after the dressage, but added time faults to their score on cross-country and was bumped down to second. But Taylor jumped the test of his life for McManamy and went double clear to regain the lead and take home the gold medal. They finished on a score of 59.2.

The team gold medal went to the California girls from Area VI: McManamy (Templeton) and Beacon Hill, Rachel Dwyer (Clovis) and Catch A Star, Elsie Patterson (Woodland Hills) and Normandy Soldier and Suzy Hettich (Goleta) and Given Half A Chance. After dressage, the team found themselves sitting in second, but moved up to the lead after cross-country and never relinquished their lead. Their final team total was 209.9.

Tami Hoag and Rush Hour relax after dual Grand Prix wins at the recent
CEC Summer Dressage Show in Moorpark.
Photo: Courtesy of JRPR

Author Tami Hoag Takes Two Wins at the Summer Dressage Show
New York Times bestselling mystery writer Tami Hoag competed at the recent Summer Dressage show at the Classic Equestrian Center in Moorpark, where she and her horse Rush Hour had dual Grand Prix wins, capturing the titles both Saturday and Sunday.

“I was really quite satisfied with Rush Hour,” Hoag said. “It was our first time back in the show ring since March, as I have spent most of that time working and not riding. So I was really pleased with him, especially the first day, because he was quite relaxed and well-focused during the test. By nature Rush Hour is a very high-strung horse, and in the past he has been very tense in the ring. This is just his first season at Grand Prix, and he has limited show experience to begin with. So this was a big step up for him in terms of coping with the stress.”

Hoag lives and keeps her horses in the Los Angeles area, and has also spent a lot of time training and showing in Florida.

Tevis Cup Highs & Lows

The 54th running of the Tevis Cup was won by Sarah Engsberg of Georgia on the Arabian K-Zar Emmanuel, while the best condition award, the Higgins Cup, stayed closer to home. This was won by Melissa Ribley, DVM, of Grass Valley, and her horse LD Monique.
The 100-mile, one-day endurance ride, staged by the Western States Trail Foundation, took place Aug. 1. It started from its usual base in the Gold Rush town of Auburn, now known as the “endurance capital of the world.”

Organizers and participants were deeply saddened by the death of one equine contestant this year. Approximately one quarter of a mile past “swinging bridge” on the way to the Devil’s Thumb check point, Skip Kemerer of Myersville, MD, was leading his mare Ice Joy when she lost her footing and fell off of the trail and suffered a fatal skull injury. Ride volunteers including an EMT were immediately sent to the site, followed by the arrival of assistant ride director Lynn Seeley and one of the ride veterinarians, Dr. Rob Lydon. Kemerer was not injured and hiked to the Devil’s Thumb checkpoint accompanied by two volunteers, of which one was an EMT.

We join the WSTF and all Tevis participants in offering condolences to Kamerer.

Photo: Peter Ramsing

Historic Sisters

Michelle Andreotti of Granite Bay and her sister Susanne Rowland of Rocklin put the family name on a new chapter of Andreotti history in the sport of Ride & Tie. Their win came in the 39th annual Ride & Tie Championship, held June 20 at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. At the same time, the sisters finally realized the prediction of Bud Johns, inventor of the sport: that a woman/woman team would out-race the men and snatch the World Championship title. Adding glitter to their crowns, their race horse, Over Amile, was deemed Best of Condition award winner after the event.

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Last month’s Menlo Charity Show had a good turnout.
See story here
Laurel Ridge Sport Horses, LLC’s Warrenton and rider
Keri Kampsen won on the B card after a three way split of the
124 entries in the Low Hunters Over Fences.
Photo: JumpShot