by Daniella Sternberg
photos by Retha and Daniella Sternberg
Summer is finally here and California's favorite horse show series is officially underway! Placed at the beautiful Oaks facility, the Blenhiem June Week 2 is a show not to be missed as a competitor or spectator. With four grass fields and three sand rings running all week, it was a busy show. There were numerous exciting classes filled with extremely talented horses. Some of these classes were the $1,000 Pre-Green Hunter Stakes, $5,000 1.40 Classic, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $30,000 Blenhiem June Classic 2 Grand Prix.
With school officially ou , it was time for some serious fun, which everyone seemed to have in the softball game (high-five orange team!) This was a show with big fences, hard competition and a whole lot of fun as well as success. Come jump into summer with us at all four weeks of the Blenhiem Summer series and see how we do it down here in Southern California.
by Emily Baker
photos by Claire Hertel
With Summer in the Rockies well under way it is clear that the Colorado Horse Park is undergoing a complete transformation. The footing project has been completed in Ring 6 and 7 (formerly the Coles arena and Hunter 4), the International Ring (formerly the Derby Field), and the Coors Family Arena (formerly the Grand Prix Ring.) The drastic improvements therein are immediately apparent both visually and tangibly through the rides in these arenas. As a long time CHP competitor, having suffered many a footing related injury with my horses there, I was notably impressed by the change this week.
Furthermore, the Horse Park is making a clear effort to reawaken the social scene at the shows. Thanks to the efforts of Community Relations Manager, Sarah Tredennick, the first few weeks have boasted ice cream socials, pizza parties, and many other events! The upcoming weeks they will be launching a Lunch and Learn series where riders can become more educated about aspects of our sport.
More importantly, however, the show was a success this week for many riders. Here are some of the highlights:
Riveting and Sarah Engel
After a hiatus from the show ring Sarah and Riveting, aka "Toad," returned this week in style. The pair were Champion in the Children's Hunter 14-17 and Toad won two of his Low Hunter classes earlier in the week with trainer Brianna Davis.
Madison Bloom and Tarantino
Madison Bloom and Tarantino have made a great team so far, this just being the second month that the pair have been working together. They placed 3rd in one of their Low Adult Jumpers classes in the newly revamped Coors Family Arena and then were 7th in the Low Adult Jumper Classic. Tarantino is currently for sale by Michael Kirby, but is here in Colorado for the summer competing with Savoy Stables.
KT Lansini and Reide Smithers
Smithers and Lansini continue their campaign in the Junior medals at the Summer Circuit with a 5th in the Washington International and an 8th placing in the Pessoa Medal. Lansini also came in 3rd this week in the Performance Hunters with trainer Brianna Davis.
Provence and Teddy McNaughton
Teddy and Provence, aka "Playboy," are a versatile team who have made appearances in the Jumper, Equitation, and Hunter rings. This show they excelled the Junior Hunters, coming in consistently in the top four, with a 2nd place finish on Saturday. They also came in 4th in the CHJA Junior Medal.
Love Struck and Kelly Stensland
Stensland and Leo came to the Colorado show circuit from Pennsylvania this past year. The move boded well for them, as their show record from this week alone was quite lengthy! The pair had numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in the the Children's Hunter 13 and Under and were Champion in their division. "Leo" also was also champion in the Performance Hunters this week with trainer Brianna Davis.
Odin and Emma Gjester
Gjester was the youngest Savoy Stables rider at the horse show this week with her Selle Francais cross, Odin. The pair ended up 5th in the Modified Children's Hunter Classic and came in 2nd in the Under Saddle.
V.P.N. and Megan Engel
Engel, a veteran in the Junior Hunters, made the transition at Summer in the Rockies III to the Jumper ring and had a blast. With V.P.N she ended up 4th in the Low Children's Jumper Classic on Sunday, being one of only four double clear rounds on course. V.P.N. also comes to Savoy from Michael Kirby and is for sale. He can be seen in the Jumper ring again this week at Summer in the Rockies IV.
KT Clapton and Kylah Romke
Clapton is a 7 year old warmblood who excels in any arena he competes in. With Kylah Romke aboard this week, they competed in the Junior Hunters and the 12-14 equitation. Most notably, Clapton and Romke brought home the yellow ribbon consistently in their equitation classes.
Sun Runner and Emily Baker
Sun Runner, aka "Sonny", and owner/rider Emily Baker competed in their first show together this week at Summer in the Rockies III. Sonny is a veteran in the Children's Jumpers and carried Baker to a 6th place finish in the Low Adult Jumper Classic on Sunday. They are looking forward to another fun week this week!
Here are just a few Candids from around the Horse Park this week. If you would like your own Photo Journal, or to be featured in one, contact Editor in Chief Emily Baker here.
by Daniella Sternberg
photos by Retha Sternberg
The A show's impressive atmosphere and competitive spirit are something to be admired however, it's important to take a step back and realize why we show: for the love of the horses. The Victory County Horse Show on the 21st and 22nd of May at The Oaks was a great place for riders and horses to gain experience without the pressure of an A rated show.
It was so nice to see the horses, trainers, and students having fun and enjoying every moment. Not to mention it was a great way to gear up for the upcoming Blenheim June Classic series!
We are so pleased to have Daniella and Retha Sternberg representing Equestrienne in the California show circuit this summer! Keep an eye out for my photos and stories from The Blenheim June Classic at The Oaks.
Featuring Savoy Stables, and Friends of Savoy
by Emily Baker; photos by Kristina Kern and Emily Baker
The Colorado Horse Park Spring series wrapped up this past weekend with the High Prairie Spring Final. Equestrienne had the pleasure of following around the Savoy Stables team and a few of their friends on Sunday to photograph their experience. Check out the lovely ladies (and gentlemen of Savoy) in this second installment in our Photo Journals. Smaller photos can be enlarged by clicking on them for a closer look!
Marley Bajoras and Charly 1498
Bajoras purchased Charly in March of this year in Thermal, CA after a few year hiatus from the sport. In just their second show back in the saddle, Bajoras and Charly were in 5th place in the High Adult Jumper Classic at the time of these photos.
Kristina Matthews and Neolisto van het Mierenhof
This pair came in third in the High Adult Jumper Classic and won two other division classes this week. Neolisto, or "Neo," is a seasoned Grand Prix jumper with an extensive show record, and he and Matthews have seen quite an amount of success in their career together thus far! Also featured here is Matthews' trainer John McConnell.
High Adult Jumper Classic
Here are a few of our other favorite competitors from the High Adult Jumper Classic on Sunday May 29, 2016.
Mary Dunahay and Bailando
Mary Dunahay, owner of Savoy Stables, competed with her gelding, Bailando, this week in the 3'3" AO Hunters. The pair has been competing and winning in this division all circuit.
Reide Smithers and KT Lansini
Smithers and Lansini became a team in November of this past year, and the High Prairie Spring Circuit has been their first showing experience together. The two had a great time in the Junior Hunters and the 3'6" Medals this week, finishing 6th in the Maclay and 5th in the Pessoa.
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