California Riding Magazine • January, 2012

Winner's Circle

Quirk & Cox Highlight CPHA Awards

Sporthorse breeder Tish Quirk and trainer Archie Cox are set to receive two of the California Horsemen's Association's biggest awards during the Jan. 6-7 Pacific Coast Horse Shows Assn. convention in Las Vegas. The trainer of many national champion riders and horses at his Brookway Stables, Archie will receive the Horseman Of the Year honor, while Tish is on tap for the Lifetime Achievement award. (See our full story on Tish here.)

Rich Feller's amazing Grand Prix mount, Flexible, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, will be inducted into the CPHA Equine Hall of Fame, and Rae Deane Stone enters its human counterpart. Demi Stiegler and Allison Fithian will both receive Junior Achievement honors; Kristi Siam and Pilar Flournoy earned Special Achievement distinction and Kylie Arbuckle is getting the Dan Abbey Sportsmanship Award.


Larry Langer and George Chatigney. Photo © Flying Horse Photography

George Chatigney & Robert Ridland Honored

United States Hunter Jumper Assn. Zone 10 Chairman Larry Langer presented George Chatigney with the Chairman's Award for his "distinctive and extraordinary" contribution to jumper sport in Zone 10.
"This individual joined my team early on, and I am sure neither one of us dreamed we would be still be working there today, 29 years later," said Larry while presenting the award during the Celebrate Jumpers banquet on Nov. 18. "Through all these years, the two of us have taken on different roles, and we have seen the administration of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center change a few times. At least now there is stability, and I think all of us can agree that this Equestrian Center has been a positive force in our hunter/jumper sport over these 29 years. More specifically, George Chatigny has steadfastly been an advocate for the horses, the events, and most especially, our hunter/
jumper division.

"During his years at the Center, he has gone from being my assistant in the Center's events department, to my partner in our events booking agency, to his present position as LAEC General Manager.

"In our sport, he is one of the most respected USEF hunter/jumper stewards, has given measurement clinics for the USEF for the past 10 years, and holds an FEI Chief Steward's license. Therefore, he has a unique understanding of the changing scenario and the extreme importance of good jumper footing to our high performance sport.
"At the LAEC, where 40 events of every type and variety are held each year, good high performance jumper footing is not right for all breeds and disciplines. Normally, a facility like ours would never be allowed to have the footing that is in the Equidome and its corresponding warm-up ring.

"George went to bat for us. He even stayed up all night to supervise the footing installation and drove one of the tractors to save the expense of another worker. In addition, he is devising a plan to move events around so we can have this good footing for all of our flagship hunter/jumper shows, and he is looking for ways he can encourage this type of footing to be used by other trainers at the Center."

At the same banquet, Robert Ridland received the Pacific Equestrians Visionary Award acknowledging those "who are highly involved in the sport, promote it, and keep an eye on the future. These visionaries dare to think big and try things when everyone else says they are impossible."

Robert has an extensive Grand Prix resume, including the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Robert was chosen "because he went from being a world-class athlete to leading our sport in many ways," says the Zone's release. "Few of us have his talent to climb to the top of our sport over and over again in different areas.

"Robert has been a successful broadcast journalist, an FEI course designer, and a member of the USEF and Zone 10 Jumper Committees. He is also president of Blenheim EquiSports, one of the premier horse show organizers in the country. On top of his many professional accomplishments, he is a devoted family man."


Dr. Robert Miller

Recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on equine behavior, Dr. Robert Miller has been named recipient of the 2012 Western Horseman Award. This year, the award will be presented at the 2012 Road to the Horse International event, "the World Championship of Colt Starting," March 10 in Murfreesboro, TN. Renowned for his foal imprinting methods, Miller hails from Thousand Oaks and is a widely published author and frequent speaker at educational equine events.


Too Young To Win

Barbara Crabo and Over Easy, who placed first in the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event's CCI1* with steeplechase, were disqualified from the event.

The new winner of the CCI1* with steeplechase is Andrea Baxter on Indy 500. All other finishers in this division moved up one place, and ribbons, prize money and prizes were redistributed.

International Equestrian Federation officials disqualified Crabo and Over Easy after reviewing the results sent to them by the Galway Downs staff. FEI rules require that all horses must be 6 years old to participate in a CCI, but Over Easy is 5. Crabo did not in any way misrepresent Over Easy's age before or during the event.

"We're very sorry about this misunderstanding of the FEI's rule regarding horses' minimum age. Barb and Over Easy had a fabulous weekend, and we're looking forward to seeing them at the next
Galway Downs event," said Galway's organizer Robert Kellerhouse.