Fresno CDS held its first 2017 show at Sequoia Hills Stables in Woodlake, California on Saturday, April 22. The weather was beautiful for the 24 riders and 26 horses that competed in dressage classes from 8:30 am until 5:11 pm. Traditional dressage classes ranged from introductory level to fourth level. A strong contingent of western dressage riders also competed in the show.
Willy Arts, from DG Bar Ranch in Hanford California judged juniors, adult amateurs, and professional riders on a variety of horses that ranged from appaloosa ponies to warmbloods. Craig Stanley served as show manager and put together an incredibly organized, smooth running show. The new Fresno CDS laptop, printer, and Fox Village Software performed well because of the many hours Craig spent setting the system up. Some creative scheduling allowed riders to compete on multiple horses. Multiple riders were also able to share the same horse.
A special demonstration by the Showtime Vaulters took place during the lunch break. This well-known team is coached by Ingrid and Leslie Hamar. Vaulters ranging from age two to thirteen demonstrated their skills to an appreciative audience.
Bob Hengst and Terry Thompson of the Woodlake Kiwanis club barbequed hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. A drink, chips and homemade cookies baked by Jenny House completed the meal.
High Percentage Awards were presented in three divisions. Lucinda Striker earned the highest scores in the Open division riding Lucky Me to a 71.731% and Patrick James to a 71.538%. Adult Amateur high score awards were presented to Elizabeth Barba riding Delfina to a 73.438% and Elizabeth Jacques riding Vesuvius to a 73.333%. The high scoring Junior riders were Francessca Perrota riding Ike’s First Rose to a 72.083% and Megan Farrenkopf riding Splash to a 66.087%. A complete list of results can be found at here.
Sequoia Hills Stables provided a beautiful show venue. Marily Reese and staff members, Kenny Hudson and Tammy Galvin put all the finishing touches on a very professional show environment. Chuck House was responsible for the hundreds of blooming plants.
Volunteers make shows possible. The work of the following people was extremely appreciated. Thank you to Craig Stanley- show manager, Liz Martorana- scoring, Marge Young- scribe, Robin McCoy- EMT, Jennifer Farrenkopf- check-in, Jenny House- hospitality, Marily Reese- announcer, Aniah Sweeny & Donna Nelson- ring stewards, Kaitlyn Zaleski- warm-up ring steward, and Michelle Martin, Elizabeth Barba, LeAnn Atwal, Emily Girard & Ellie Cate Flora- score runners.
A show would not be a show without a judge. Fresno CDS is very grateful for the many hours Willy Arts spent judging the show.
Show sponsors,Circle N Stables of Tulare, CA and Woodlake Growers of Woodlake, CA, provided additional prizes for the show.
Check out some pictures of the horse and rider combinations that competed at this show along with some pictures of the Showtime Vaulters!