California Riding Magazine • May, 2014

Winner's Circle

Hutch is Hot!

Veteran Grand Prix rider Susie Hutchison is going stronger than ever. She picked up two wins on Sat., April 12, in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, Inc., and the $10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic, both held on the San Juan Capistrano venue's international grand prix field. She won the big class aboard Ziedento, her partner in the previous week's big Grand Prix win, too. Susie had ridden the horse, owned by St. Bride's Farm, when he was a 7- and 8-year-old and before he spent a few years on the East Coast. "I think Ziedento likes being back in California!" Susie said.

When she's not burning it up on the show circuit, Susie is based at Casner Ranch in Temecula Valley. These recent wins bring her total of Grand Prix victories into the mid-80s and counting!

Willy Arts is presented with the Custom Saddlery MVR Award during the Golden State CDI. Photo courtesy of Custom Saddlery

Willy Arts Wins the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award

At his first show of the year, dressage rider and trainer Willy Arts and his young horses caught the attention of Custom Saddlery representatives. He was awarded the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider (MVR) Award for his exceptional performances at Golden State Festival CPEDI3* and CDI3* YJ U-25 on April 3-6 in Rancho Murieta.

A fixture in American breeding and dressage for many years, Willy is originally from Holland. He grew up working with horses and now provides top-quality dressage training at D.G. Bar Ranch in Central Caliornia's Hanford. He successfully trains horses through FEI level, and proved his mettle with impressive scores.

At the Golden State Festival, Willy rode four horses in the open division. He showed Dalina DG in Third Level for the KWPN mare's first time. Last year, the mare qualified for the Verden World Championships, so it was no surprise that she continued to rise to the occasion this year by performing well in her first Third Level test. The 6-year-old Dalina DG (Jazz x Contango) received scores of 68% and 67%. Willy was also proud of his ride on Biementa, an 8-year-old Keur Elite mare (Painted Black x Nourejev). He showed the 16.2 hand bay in Fourth Level and scored 67% and 64%.  

Custom Saddlery looks for teamwork between a horse and rider, outstanding performances, and excellent horsemanship to find a rider deserving of the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award. "I think the reason for me to be chosen for the award is for the consistency of producing nice young horses that go on to be very good FEI horses," Willy commented.  

Willy regularly rides in saddles from Custom Saddlery at D.G. Bar Ranch. "We currently have lots of Custom Saddlery saddles." he says. "To name a few, the Icon Flight, Icon Star, Icon Eclipse, and Valor."

Jeff and Dawn Skelton of S&S Bank Card Systems, sponsors of the Grand Prix, won by Susan Artes and Zamiro. Photo ©Captured Moment Photography

Glynn & Artes are Stars of Flintridge

The prestigious $30,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular was meant to showcase the very best of the show hunters as they took the center stage in a two-round Hunter Spectacular April 19 under the lights in the Jimmy A. Williams Oval at the historic Flintridge Riding Club. So it's not surprising who the winner was: Hope Glynn and King's Peak.

"The West Coast Hunter Spectacular offers a great opportunity to show under the lights," said Hope. "It's such a great experience for the horses and riders to jump from one ring to another with long galloping distances. Thank you to all the sponsors and management for bringing these special classes to the West Coast."

The Sonoma Valley Stables trainer also finished third, aboard Woodstock, and Nick Haness rode Krave to second.

Winner Hope Glynn and King's Peak. Photo ©Captured Moment Photography

Also standing out at the Flintridge Spring Classic Horse Show were Susan Artes and Zamiro, who defended their $25,000 2013 Flintridge Grand Prix title with another win this year. Twenty-two riders rode in the class and six made it into the jump-off. John Pearce, with three horses entered, had all three advance to the jump-off. John finished second, fifth and sixth in tough competition. 

Winner Susan Artes and Zamiro. Photo ©Captured Moment Photography