The Area VI champions were: Preliminary Rider, Tristen Hooks/Learning To Fly; Training Horse, Ruth Bley/En Vogue; Training Rider, Jain Coert/Fail Safe; Novice Rider, Angela Cricelli/Sunsprite’s Cali; Beginner Novice Rider, Grace Illsley/Dancing Diva.
James Alliston, of Castro Valley, claimed second on Tivoli (52.1), and Kaitlin Veltkamp of Los Gatos, grabbed third place on Flashpoint D (57.0).
Carpenter, 26, earned $3,000 for her winning effort, along with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and the CTETA Founders’ Cup, established to honor Robert E. Smith, whose vision established the Horse Park at Woodside in 1981.
California Dressage Society and Region 7 Championships bring top talent to LAEC
BURBANK — After four days, six rings, and nearly 1,500 rides scheduled to come down centerline, final championship titles were awarded Sunday and the competition officially entered the record books as the largest edition in the 47-year history of the Annual California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, held in conjunction with the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships, Sept. 25 – 28.
Purses, competition climb again at 2014 High Roller Reining Classic
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The third and final show in the Triple Crown of Reining series that includes Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, Reining By The Bay in Woodside, and the High Roller Reining Classic held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center did not disappoint.
Twin Rivers Fall Trials kicks off series of big West Coast competitions
PASO ROBLES — West Coast eventers are flexing their muscle and measuring their moxie as 3-day events line the schedule leading up to the Galway Downs International Event at the end of this month.
Phillip Ralls, 'Mitch' look Reno-ready after Futurity win in Paso
PASO ROBLES — From the new to the seasoned, trainer Phillip Ralls proved to be best at the 2014 Protect The Harvest / Lucas Oil Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Richest Stock Horse event Aug. 19-24 at the Mid-State Fairgrounds.
Ralls, who won last year’s World’s Richest Stock Horse event on Dom Dualuise, repeated the feat on Christian Larson’s 7-year-old gelding again this year before concluding the week with an Open Futurity championship aboard Call Me Mitch, Estelle Roitblatt’s son of Metallic Cat.
“To come back and win again was even better — the World’s Richest to me was always a big one,” said Ralls, 33, whose father, Ron Ralls, won the first World’s Richest Stock Horse event in 2006 in Fresno. “I was there helping my dad the first year they had it, and he ended up winning it. It was kind of always on my bucket list, to have a horse good enough to someday win.”
Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi top field of 36 in West Regionals; Kentucky next
Set in the indoor arena on a warm Saturday evening, the class featured 36 junior riders who had qualified throughout the year, each with the hopes of advancing to the competitive Finals held at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 2.
Esteemed judges George Morris and Scott Fitton were present to evaluate the young riders as they tackled veteran course designer Skip Bailey’s intricate track layout. Using the entirety of the indoor ring, the course featured multiple challenges, including a curved hay bale jump used twice throughout the course; a shallow serpentine line requiring pace and adjustability; several tricky bending lines and sharp rollbacks, and two double combinations.
Nine riders and a good turnout of spectators brought to life Bob and Dana Avila’s new ranch Sept. 6-7 during a boxing clinic put on by Avila and Ted Robinson.
U.S. wraps up Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with seven medals
The U.S. returned home from the WEG, held in Normandy, France, from Sept. 2-7, with seven total medals (two Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze). They finished fourth in the world count, behind Great Britain (seven Gold, 15 total), Netherlands (six, 18) and Germany (five, 15).
Ingalls, Browne and Nagler top CPHA Foundation Finals
DEL MAR — The Showpark Summer Classic hosted the second rounds of the California Professional Horseman’s Association (CPHA) Foundation Finals Aug. 24, wrapping up the three sections of competition. Divided into 22-and-over, 21-under, and 14-under age divisions. Riders of all ages brought their medal finals game, as esteemed judges Robin Fairclough and Scott Williamson scored, tested and ultimately awarded the final placings.
After 19 entries competed in Round 1 of the 22-over, the top prize for the first round went to Stephanie Goodson aboard Poetic, who earned scores of 87 and 85 for a first round average of 86. Second went to Nicole Haseltine and Magic Act, with an average of 84.50, and third to Laura Owens and L Alta Vida for an average of 84. Rounding out the top five were Kim Hall and Jacob, earning fourth with an average of 81.50, and Caroline Ingalls and Y2K, just behind Hall in fifth with an 81.25 first round average.