California Riding Magazine • August, 2013

Winner's Circle

Sarah Nance - Senior Girl, Jessika Dickens - Junior Girl, Kammi Jo Jorian - Pee-Wee Girl, Gunnar Shelton - Little Britches Boy, Julianna Perez - Little Britches Girl, Rance Winters - Pee Wee Boy, Avery Lopez - Junior Boy, Tate Forsberg - Senior Boy.

Tejon Ranch Junior Rodeo All Around Winners

Ninety-two kids from around Southern and Central California competed over the two-day Tejon Ranch Junior Rodeo July 6-7, held at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center in Lebec. Saturday night featured the ranch barbecue sponsored by Harris Beef and the team sorting fundraiser went well into the night. Thanks to the Ropers Sport News, the Reserve Champions all received one-year subscriptions to the RSN. The next AVYRA sanctioned rodeo is the Thousand Oaks Junior Rodeo on Aug. 24-25. Visit for info, entries and fundraisers. This year the AVYRA is partnering with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to raise awareness, funds for research, and to send kids with cancer to horse camp at the Roundup River Ranch in Colorado.

AVYRA President Gary Dickens, Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center Manager Scott Neill, AVYRA Vice President Alex Israel.

Scott Neill received a plaque from the AVYRA for all of his dedication and hard work. Scott and his crew spent three days prepping and the ground was perfect. He helped set up panels after dark on Friday night and was always there when someone needed something. Great guy!! And the facility under his new management has made big changes and is a great place to hold an event, reports AVYRA volunteer Ritchie Copenhaver. 

For more information on Tejon Ranch, visit and click "Equestrian."

Camelot's Court

Raizy Goffman's Camelot Summer Show was a big hit again at the Camelot Riding Club in Newhall. Big winners included Josie Arnold on Elvenstar Paddington, trained by Elvenstar, as the High Point Horse Rider of the Show. Trained by Far West, As You Wish received the High Point Thoroughbred with Linda Blunenthal in the irons. And, Latest Release earned the High Point Thoroughbred Jumper award, with Lorraine Rowe aboard. This pair is trained by Candice Stormes.
The USHJA's Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Medal Challenge was won by Eden Ritholz; the Zone 10 Stirrup Cup Mini Medal Challenge went to Shannon Allen.

Kristin Hardin Joins the Woodside Fence of Fame

Veteran rider Kristin Hardin and her inexperienced mount Aran kicked off the Woodside Circuit Opener in late June with a Grand Prix win. Twenty-four horses had a go over Danny Foster's course and four made the jump-off, where Kristin beat out fellow veterans Jenni McAllister, Harley Brown and Macella O'Neil. In the same class, Haley Schwab gave herself a great preparation for the North American Young Riders championships in late July, riding to a tenth place against the pros in Woodside.

In the Hunter arena, amateur rider Karen Landau and Vezna took top honors in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Karen trains with Diane Yeager. Meanwhile in the $500 Carousel Hunter Derby, set at 2'6", Patty Gill won the class with Well Said and Maria Vail finished second on Alliance.

The Woodside Circuit is one of many competitions staged by the Langer Equestrian Group, which offers incredible incentives for participating trainers. The famously coveted Maui Trainer Incentive offers the highest scoring overall trainer among the series of LEG's Northern California horse shows a free trip to Maui, Hawaii. As of late June, Jessica Harrell of California Riding Academy held the lead above trainer Hilary Johnson of Rose Hill stables by 15 points. Who will be lounging on the beach this year? Only time will tell!

Winner of the Del Mar Classic $1000 4' Mini-Prix, Sandstone Montecresto, ridden by Melanie Stoops. She also won the 4' Open Jumpers. Presenter is Scott Hickey. Photo ©

Winner of the Del Mar Classic $1000 3' 6" Mini Prix, Cavaller with Breanna Lombardo rider. Photo ©