California Riding Magazine •September, 2013

No Place Like Home
The Nor Cal Medal Finals return to Brookside Equestrian Park

Proud Past: The NorCal Medal Finals have sent several winners into the national limelight. Pictured here are 1984 Junior winner Mandy Porter (left), now a top Grand Prix rider, and 1992 Amateur champ, Marnye Elliott (now Langer), a successful amateur competitor, sport advocate and partner, with her husband Larry Langer, in the Langer Equestrian Group. More past winners include Dick Carvin (1981), partner with his wife Francie Steinwedell-Carvin in the super successful Meadow Grove Farm and a top hunter and jumper rider; and top Bay Area trainers Hope Glynn (1996) and Diane Yeager (1986). Photo: Quince Tree Photography

The historic Nor Cal Medal Finals Show (Oct. 9-13) is returning to Brookside Equestrian Park (Elk Grove), back to its original home where the tradition began. In 1976, Larry Langer hosted the first Nor Cal Medal Final for junior riders during the PHC Fall Classic at what was then known as Pacific Horse Center. That inaugural year, Tracy Penner earned the championship title. In 1978, amateur riders got their own final and Kim Collins, sister of well-known Nor Cal trainer Kelly Van Vleck, was the Senior Champion. Over the years, a Pony Final and a 3'0" Child/Adult Final were added.

Bill Madden owns and operates Brookside Equestrian Park and is thrilled to welcome the Nor Cal Medal Finals Show back "home." Brookside has become a popular horse show venue with its grassy berms, on-site pub, and swimming pool, and exhibitors cite the quality of the facility and the extraordinary hospitality that has become a trademark of Madden's exhibitor relations. "We are so excited to have Nor Cal Medal Finals return to Brookside Equestrian Park," Bill shares. "It's a great tradition. We really enjoy the energy of all the people who come, and we're really looking forward to the show returning to Brookside."

Tylor Nowell wins the 2012 Nor Cal Junior Medal Final. Photo: Sheri Scott

Peggy Fackrell, who runs the popular Let's Show series of horse shows, will serve as the competition manager for this year's Nor Cal Medal Finals. "I have been a Nor Cal member for many years and worked at many Nor Cal shows," Peggy remarks. "Therefore, I am very honored to have been asked to manage LEG's Nor Cal Medal Finals Show and I will do my very best to make it as great an event for Nor Cal members as I can."

"Langer Equestrian Group has hosted the Nor Cal Finals since its inception in 1976," comments LEG President and CEO Larry Langer. "We work closely with the Nor Cal Medal Finals Committee on the medal finals portion of the show. Since Peggy is one of the most popular and highly regarded show managers in Northern California, I wanted her to take the reins as the competition manager for LEG's Nor Cal Medal Finals Show."

Larry Langer and an equine friend. Photo: Ryan Polli

This year's show will feature four show rings with a full complement of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions for all levels of horses and riders. The 2013 Nor Cal Medal Finals for Junior, Senior, Pony, and Child and Adult riders will be the featured events of the show. In addition, the show is part of the $25,000 LEGIS Jumper Rider Bonus and the $10,000 LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus. Complete standings and information about the LEGIS Rider Bonuses can be found on the LEG website. Additionally, the top five professionals of the LEG Northern California Maui Trainer Incentive Program will be awarded at the Nor Cal Finals Show, with each of the top five trainers receiving a check for $1,000, plus a much-needed week's stay in Maui for the winner.

Exhibitors are invited to prepare for Nor Cal Medal Finals by attending Let's Show Fall Festival (Oct 3-6), featuring the Cloverleaf Medal Finals, $5,000 Cloverleaf Jumpers, and Zone 10 Medal Challenge—also at Brookside Equestrian Park.

For more information on the Nor Cal Medal Finals Show, please contact Show Secretary Melessa Lee (805-495-8884) or Competition Manager Peggy Fackrell (916-947-4305).