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Equestfest Attracts Thousands To L.A. Equestrian Center

This year’s Equestfest, held at The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, brought out over 4000 guests to watch the equestrians who will participate in the 125th Rose Parade on Wednesday, January 1. The Equidome was filled to capacity with standing room only.

The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales were on hand for the standing room only crowd at this years Equestrian Festival held at The Los Angeles Equestrian Center Sunday afternoon. During this years parade the world famous horses and crew will be transporting Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins and his family down the parade route. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales were on hand for the standing room only crowd at this years Equestrian Festival held at The Los Angeles Equestrian Center Sunday afternoon. During this year’s parade the world famous horses and crew will be transporting Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins and his family down the parade route. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The family-friendly festival was presented by Wells Fargo. Visitors were not only able to watch horses and their riders’ demonstations, they were able to meet the riders and take pictures up close.

Vendors from many equestrian groups were on hand offering everything from team shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, belt buckles, pins and more.

A member of the All American Cowgirl Chick riding team will be doing tricks along this years parade route. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A member of the All American Cowgirl Chick riding team will be doing tricks along this year’s parade route. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The stars of this year’s show were The Budweiser Clydesdales. The large draft horses return to the Rose Parade after not walking in last year’s parade. Before the horses’ presentation at Equestfest, the thousands of visitors got up close got to see the horses’ $80,000 bridles and meet the crew. This year, the Clydesdale team will transport the President of the 2014 Rose Parade, R. Scott Jenkins, along with his wife and family down the parade route.

Another first for this year’s Rose Parade will be the joint mounted units of The Los Angeles Police Department and The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, who were on hand Sunday, showing the team working together for crowd control. The team will be led by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, riding an Appaloosa named “Whitewater,” and Sheriff Lee Baca on a Belgian Paint Cross named “Ringo.”

The 125th Rose Parade kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on January 1. For those planning to attend the parade, sunscreen is encouraged as the temperature could be the 70’s by the afternoon.

Photos by MyBurbank.com Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson

 

 

 

 

L.A. National Horse Jumping Show And Pony Palooza Kicks Up Equestrian Center

World class show jumping excitement returns to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with the L.A. National from November 6 to 10. Two weeks of horse competitions, which began with the National Preview Show October 30 to November 3, culminate with an Olympic-style, Grand Prix show jumping event on Saturday, November 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Equestrian Center’s Equidome, presented by Langer Equestrian Group.

Faith Cunningham soars to victory in the West Coast Pony Jumper Finals with Miss Marple. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

Faith Cunningham soars to victory in the West Coast Pony Jumper Finals with Miss Marple. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

The best horses and riders vie for $50,000 of prize money and valuable points toward qualifying for the World Cup of Show Jumping Finals in the November 9 Grand Prix event. Only three riders from the North American League will qualify for the World Cup Finals, held in France in 2014. At the rider autograph session, held directly after the show, people can meet top show jumping riders, including Olympians and World Cup champions.  

Devon Gibson and Belafonte strutting their stuff in the hunter ring. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

Devon Gibson and Belafonte strutting their stuff in the hunter ring. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

“We are looking for different community groups that would be interested in participating in our fundraising program, ” comments Arielle Pearce of the Langer Equestrian Group (LEG.) “The program is very simple. Groups can sell tickets to the Grand Prix event on November 9. LEG will donate a portion of the proceed to the group; LEG will donate $2 for every general admission and $10 for every VIP box seat sold.”

The Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix in the spring also is an opportunity for fundraising for interested groups. In addition to selling tickets, LEG offers groups a place to raise awareness and funds at a booth or through other activities. Ms. Pearce encourages groups interested in fundraising or becoming community outreach partners to contact her directly at LEG via email at arielle@langershows.com.

LEG partnered with the Burbank K9 Police Department for the Memorial Day classic earlier this year. BPD advertised their upcoming Hoof and Woof walk fundraiser at a booth during the event. A K9 handler and dog also performed a demonstration at the event. Currently, LEG is partnering with the USC Equestrian Team and has worked with a local pony club in the past.

Over 60 people competed in the West Coast Pony Finals between October 30 and November 3, a year-end championship event for pony riders. Between November 6 and 10, the big pony events will be the Pony Grand Prix and a Pony Derby. These events are “more challenging and fun classes for pony riders,” adds Ms. Pearce, giving “the kids a chance to show off what they have been working on all year in the show ring.”

All events are free, except for the $50,000 LEGIS Grand Prix of Los Angeles finals on November 9. For ticket information to the world class show jumping event, visit brown paper tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/503649. For more information and show schedules, check out http://www.langershows.com/.

 

 

Final L.A. International Jumping Festival Held At Equestrian Center, McAllister Wins Grand Prix

Langer Equestrian Group (LEG) hosted the final Los Angeles International Jumping Festival at the L.A. Equestrian Center in the Rancho district of Burbank from September 18-22. After 30 years at the Equestrian Center, LEG will partner with Blenheim EquiSports and combine the Blenheim Fall Tournament with the LA International Jumping Festival for two weeks of top level horse showing, and debut the new show at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano next year.

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Jenni McAllister and Casseur de Prix win the L.A. International Jumping Festival Grand Prix. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

Jenni McAllister and her mount Casseur de Prix (owned by Granville Equine) won the big prize of $9,000 after a down-to-the-wire jump off. Going into the final round of jumps, several riders and horses had a chance at winning it all, but Ms. McAllister and Casseur de Prix squeaked by with a narrow margin to clinch the victory and first place prize worth 30 percent of the total $30,000 Grand Prix purse.

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Champ, riding Lamont (owned by Catherine Boettcher) won the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, after placing second last year. Miss Champ’s consistency on the course was key to her win.

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Teenager Olivia Champ with Lamont win the top spot at the USEF Talent Search Finals, West. (Photo Courtesy of Flying Horse Photography)

The L.A. Equestrian Center will host the Gold Coast Series Horse Show 7 from October 17-20, featuring the California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Horsemanship and the CPHA Child-Adult Medal Finals for the Los Angeles Region. LEG will also present LEGISequine.com Gold Coast Series Champions at this show.

The National Preview Horse Show will be held on October 30 through November 3 with the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association (LAHJA) LA Saddlery Junior and Senior Medal Finals, plus the LAHJA Pony Medal Finals, the West Coast Pony Hunter and Jumper Finals (which is the first part of Pony Palooza), $12,000 West Coast Children’s-Adult Amateur Jumper Championship and the $41,000 LEG Anniversary Grand Prix. Costumed riders (and horses) will compete in the $10,000 Spooktacular Open Welcome Stake and the $1,000 Howling Fun Tandem Hunters, with special prizes for costumes throughout the day and a special dog costume contest sponsored by LEGIS.