California Riding Magazine • October, 2009

Winner's Circle

Heidi Gaian riding Chicago.

Gaian’s Young Horse Takes Third

California’s Heidi Gaian placed third in the USEF National Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championship standings riding her own dark brown Holsteiner gelding Chicago (Calido I -- Diana XI by Corleone, bred in Germany by Claus-Wilhelm Kuehl) to an overall score of 67.470%. The event was held Aug. 25 at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL to spotlight the nation’s future dressage talent in the Six-Year-Old and Developing horse divisions.


Dressage Warmblood Riders Sweep CDS Junior Young Rider Championships

Dressage Warmblood’s young horse and rider combinations swept the CDS Junior Young Rider Championship Aug. 21-23 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with First Level champions winning the trophy and cooler for the series. Trainer Kimberly Monk congratulates Mallory Thompson on her ride with Der Tanz (Deeter). Thompson also took Training Level Championship with her Thoroughbred mare Discover, a 3-day event horse, for an overall sweep of the Young Rider Championships, winning two levels for the overall champions at their levels.


Pacific Coast Junior Bull Riders brought out six of their
mutton busters to perform for the crowd each night.
Photos: Andrea Kaus and Gene Hyder

PRCA Rodeo Norco

For the 25th year in a row, The Norco Mounted Posse hosted the PRCA Rodeo at the George Ingalls Event Center in Norco Aug. 21-23. Each of the seven PRCA categories had cowboys and cowgirls competing in Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-down Roping, Barrel Racing and Team Roping. The cutest little fan was 1 year old Teegan Gorham at the event with dad, Jeremy, to cheer on mom, Robyn Gorham, of Temecula in the Barrel Racing event. “Mommy, horsey,” said Teegan pointing to her mom as she raced through the arena.


Keri Blackledge and Gettinaway Whiz It win Championship.
Photo: EQ Images

PCHA Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic Finals

The 19th Annual Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association Jack and Linda Baker Reining Classic was held Aug. 14-15 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center’s Equidome. The four day event also featured the PCHA Youth/Amateur Trail Classic and a Trail Clinic with Charlie Cole. Known as the Classic Championship Horse Show, the event was dedicated to cancer awareness.

Thirty-three horse/rider combinations qualified for the Finals by riding in qualifying classes throughout the year. After two outstanding go-rounds, in front of four judges, Keri Blackledge and her gelding Gettinaway Whiz It were the champions with a total score of 291½. She and Gettinaway Whiz It train with Brenda Brown. This is not the first time Blackledge has shown in the Baker Classic, but this is her first Baker Championship win.

Rebecca Murray and Gatolotto take Reserve Champion.
Photo: EQ Images

Reserve champions with a score of 288 ½ were Rebecca Murray and Gatolotto. The pair trains with Tom Foran. Third place went to Sheree Burton and Hollywood Smart Guy.


Maestro ridden by Emily Ose at Donida Farm Equestrian Center
for the USPC Pacific Coast Championships.
Photo: Action Taken

Emily Ose and Maestro at the State Fair

Emily Ose and her horse Maestro took first place in Hunter Hack, Equitation Over Fences, Working Hunters and Jumpers at the State Fair in Sacramento in August. “I placed fourth in the Equitation on the flat due to a break in gait, then fifth in the English Pleasure,” said Ose. “It sure is hard to beat the Quarter Horses in Pleasure.”

Ose has been busy traveling to Washington State for the United States Pony Club Pacific Coast Championships, where she competed in the Horse I division at 3’ to 3’6”. Ose and her team placed first overall out of six teams and took the reserve champion ribbon in horse management. The team also placed first, third, fourth and sixth in the Equitation round.


(left) Fernando Garcia, owner of Epona Equestrian Center,
and Darley Newman, host of Equitrekking, cantering on the beaches in
Donana National Park on the Southern Coast of Spain.

Equitrekking Receives Emmy

Equitrekking®, the Public Television travel series, has been honored with a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography. Darley Newman, Equitrekking’s host and producer, Chip Ward, Executive Producer, and Gregory Barna, Director of Photography, were honored with the Emmy. Equitrekking was also honored with a nomination for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Series.


Cayla Richards and Asparagus.
Photo: Captured Moment

Cayla Richards Wins Finals

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class was recently held at the 2009 ASPCA Regional Finals (West Coast) in San Juan Capistrano. After 34 rounds, judges Chrystine Tauber and Leo Conroy brought back 28 riders in two groups for the flat phase, which counts for 50 percent of the total score. At the conclusion of the second group, five riders were asked to remain in the ring – Jocelyn Neff, Lucy Davis, Saer Coulter, Theo Boris and Cayla Richards. The work-off included six jumps, a difficult counter-canter turn, a halt and a hand gallop to the last fence. Fresh off her California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Medal Final win, Richards aboard Asparagus kept her cool and performed all the tests flawlessly for the win.

The Maclay Horsemanship class was first held 76 years ago, and has remained one of the most prestigious competitions for juniors. Riders who competed in the Region 8 (CA, HI, NV) Maclay Regionals qualified by earning 25 points as of Aug. 31.

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