California Riding Magazine • August, 2013

Dressage In The Wine Country
Celebration of sporthorses through the ages set for Sept. 7.

©Jak Wonderly

From the drama of Medieval jousting to the elegance of modern Grand Prix dressage, Dressage in the Wine Country will showcase sporthorses through the ages Sept. 7 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Begun in 1982 and now held every other year, DWC provides the community an opportunity to come together, see old friends, make new friends and shop for the latest in horse-related products. Enjoying a beautiful afternoon in Sonoma County with horses, friends and a little wine tasting can't be beat.

Sponsored by Contact Saddles, this event offers a trade fair with over 52 vendors, a horse fair, wine tasting and an evening performance sure to live up to the fun, drama and beauty of the spectacular DWC shows that have preceded it. The horse fair will feature many clinicians and speakers. Presenters include representatives from Contact Saddles, Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine and Fodder Solutions' Seed to Feed in 6 Days, an alternative feeding system for horses and livestock, just to name a few.

The Trade Fair offers shopping opportunities for clothing, jewelry, art, horse supplies and more.  Many of Sonoma County's wineries and breweries will be pouring during the wine tasting. Everyone that comes will receive a souvenir logo glass to enjoy the tasting with. There will be local food vendors, along with Sonoma County's own Johnny Garlic's restaurant, serving up great food before the evening performance starts. 

©Jak Wonderly

This year will feature a pair of jousting knights in shining armor galloping full speed at each other with lances in a Medieval "tilt" battle. Frank and Marlies Luetz are bringing their four-in-hand combined driving team for a dressage and marathon demonstration. Allison Mathy of Lyric Dressage will present a quadrille performance with gorgeous Iberian horses, FEI Young rider Jaclyn Pepper will perform a Prix St. Georges Freestyle, and local professional Chelsey Sibley, always a favorite, will ride a Grand Prix Freestyle.

Gates open at 1 pm, the Horse Fair demos and speakers run from 3-5 pm, wine and beer tasting from 4-6 pm, and the evening performance starts at 6:30 with demonstrations of Western Dressage and an Equi-Ed Therapeutic Driving Exhibition to whet the crowd's appetite.

©Jak Wonderly

Ticket prices starting at $25 are available online at or by phone, 707-536-1842.  

Dressage in the Wine Country is a charitable event hosted by the Sonoma Chapter of the California Dressage Society, a 501c volunteer organization. Their mission is to make a difference in the community by donating a significant percent of the proceeds to local charities; raising awareness of the Sonoma Chapter of the California Dressage Society; and further educating and showcasing the incredible talents of local horses and riders. 

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