Successful Week of Competition at the New Paso Robles Horse Park

The Paso Robles Horse Park opened its doors for the first time this week for the Central California Memorial Day Classic. With horses and riders arriving Monday and Tuesday, horses settled into their stalls, barns constructed their set-ups, and riders prepared to compete at the brand new facility.

“It was really exciting having everyone arrive and see the facility,” says Dale Harvey of West Palms Events. “We were looking forward to hearing opinions and comments about the rings, barns, footing, and the facility in general. We’ve gotten great feedback on all of it!”
Paso Robles Horse Park in full swing at the Central California Memorial Day Classic

The four competition rings kicked off on Tuesday with Warm-Up classes for the riders and their mounts to get their hooves wet in the new GGT-Footing and Turf fields.

“The footing is impeccable,” says Mark Bone, trainer of Huntover. “It has been fantastic. It speaks volumes when something wasn’t perfect it was attended to by the management in the arenas immediately. To have done such a great job so quickly and have the facility be this amazing right out of the gate is fantastic!”

The facility received countless compliments on the footing, in both the turf and GGT-Footing arenas, the large permanent stalls and the permanent wash racks were highly talked about and, most importantly, the riders and horses felt safe and secure on the property.

Complimentary Memorial Day BBQ
at the Central California Memorial Day Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

“The clients are really comfortable,” explained Bone. “The horses did all their regular schedules and classes and they are really comfortable in their permanent stalls. The stalls are nice and airy and big and I love the permanent wash racks-no mud or dust!”

The week progressed to host a complimentary Memorial Day BBQ on Friday evening, in conjunction with the exciting USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms! Philip Cillis and Willow CBF were victorious out of a competitive 21 horses in the class!

Philip Cillis and Willow CBF, owned by Julie Hancock
win the USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Saturday brought a great deal of excitement with the LA Saddlery Grand Prix. An exciting class of 16, with 3 advancing to the jump-off to compete head to head pleased the crowded berm and sold out VIP! Guy Thomas and Jill Humphrey put up great rides, but unfortunately ended with 11 and 5 faults, respectively in the jump-off. Lauren Hester was last to go and she and Warinde B took the class with the only double clear round and an impressive jump off time of 54.199!

Lauren Hester and Warinde B win the
LA Saddlery Grand Prix
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Sunday wrapped up the busy week at the Horse Park with a day full of Classics! Beginning with the Fairway Field Grand Prix, the California Horsetrader Low Junior/AO Jumper Classic had a competitive field of 14 riders, taking on a great course, designed by Heiko Wahlers. In the end, it was Laura Hite and Chapot Z who took home the blue ribbon! Next up, we had our CWD Modified Junior/AO Jumper Classic! It was an exhilarating course and we were happy that we were able to have Lindsay Bowman of CWD join us to cheer on the class! Margrethe Peggy Munkdale and Enfuego were victorious in the class with the only double clear and walked away with a blue ribbon! The Child/Adult Jumper Classic was no exception of excitement on the turf, with Jillian Li and Just George beat out 18 other pairs for the win!

Margrethe Peggy Munkdale and Enfuego win the
CWD Modified Junior/AO Jumper Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Over in the Fairway Field Grand Hunter, the Junior/Low Junior Hunter Classic commenced with Katie Aoki and Mr. Banks having a beautiful round for the win! The Am Owner/Low Am Owner Classic was also a competitive class, with Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont and Arcadia having a gorgeous round to claim the blue! Attwood-Dupont also took home the prestigious Amateur Style of Riding Award, sponsored by Shady Land Farms! The Adult Hunter Classic rounded out the day in the main hunter ring, with Claire Anderson and High Jacker taking home the final blue ribbon of the week!

Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont wins the AO Classic and the
Amateur Style of Riding Award
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Oak Grove Arena had a busy day of hunters and ponies! The Children’s Hunter Classic provided a great competition and Peri Pascal and Xander took home the blue ribbon! In the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic and the Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Cross Creek Farm, we witnessed some adorable ponies and riders and great camaraderie. In the end, Parker Cliff and the cute Matilda won the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic and Lilly Goldstein and delightful Sparkle won the Pony Hunter Classic! The Junior Style of Riding Award went to Jessica Sanders and the Pony Rider Style of Riding Award went to Parker Cliff! Fantastic riding!

Parker Cliff and Marilda win the Children’s Hunter Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

In the LD Hayes Arena, there was just one classic of the day, the Low Child Jumper Classic and the Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Full Gallop Farms! Full Gallop Farms wanted to make the Adult Jumper Classic special and they did just that by allowing us the opportunity to provide the competitors a brand new class! The class went perfectly and both the children and adults were happy and thankful to Full Gallop Farms! Carly Swank and May Day Diamond had a fast and tidy round to take home the blue ribbon in the Low Child Jumper Classic and Brenna McGovern and Knightly Item took home the blue in the very first Low Adult Jumper Classic!

Brenna McGovern and Knightly Item win the Low Adult Jumper Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

What a successful first week at the Paso Robles Horse Park, with incredible competitors, sponsors, owners, trainers and spectators to support the facility opening!

“It is wonderful that Linda Starkman built the West Coast horse world this awesome facility,” says trainer Joie Gatlin. “We need a new, fresh place to show with great footing, new jumps, excellent course designers and a horse friendly environments. I hope that sponsors and competitors realize what a fabulous opportunity we have here to grow our sport, and with Dale Harvey wanting to get 3*, 4* and 5* shows out here, we are very fortunate!”

Paso Robles Horse Park’s Owner Linda Starkman

 

West Palms Events and the Horse Park appreciate all the sincere compliments and feedback and are looking forward to remaining three weeks of events in the 2015 schedule at the Paso Robles Horse Park!

“We strived to have everything done well and welcome all our guests to the new facility,” says Harvey. “The week ran very smoothly, the team did a great job reacting when something needed to be adjusted and helping our competitors, owners, sponsors and spectators navigate the new facility and enjoy their experience. We’re so pleased with how everything went and can’t wait for Central California Classic this upcoming week!”

Thank you so much to all our fantastic sponsors for making our events possible and coming to support the brand new Paso Robles Horse Park! Thank you to all our incredible competitors, owners and trainers for supporting the Horse Park and West Palms Events, we appreciate all you do! Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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Successful Week of Competition at the New Paso Robles Horse Park

The Paso Robles Horse Park opened its doors for the first time this week for the Central California Memorial Day Classic. With horses and riders arriving Monday and Tuesday, horses settled into their stalls, barns constructed their set-ups, and riders prepared to compete at the brand new facility.

“It was really exciting having everyone arrive and see the facility,” says Dale Harvey of West Palms Events. “We were looking forward to hearing opinions and comments about the rings, barns, footing, and the facility in general. We’ve gotten great feedback on all of it!”
Paso Robles Horse Park in full swing at the Central California Memorial Day Classic

The four competition rings kicked off on Tuesday with Warm-Up classes for the riders and their mounts to get their hooves wet in the new GGT-Footing and Turf fields.

“The footing is impeccable,” says Mark Bone, trainer of Huntover. “It has been fantastic. It speaks volumes when something wasn’t perfect it was attended to by the management in the arenas immediately. To have done such a great job so quickly and have the facility be this amazing right out of the gate is fantastic!”

The facility received countless compliments on the footing, in both the turf and GGT-Footing arenas, the large permanent stalls and the permanent wash racks were highly talked about and, most importantly, the riders and horses felt safe and secure on the property.

Complimentary Memorial Day BBQ
at the Central California Memorial Day Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

“The clients are really comfortable,” explained Bone. “The horses did all their regular schedules and classes and they are really comfortable in their permanent stalls. The stalls are nice and airy and big and I love the permanent wash racks-no mud or dust!”

The week progressed to host a complimentary Memorial Day BBQ on Friday evening, in conjunction with the exciting USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms! Philip Cillis and Willow CBF were victorious out of a competitive 21 horses in the class!

Philip Cillis and Willow CBF, owned by Julie Hancock
win the USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Saturday brought a great deal of excitement with the LA Saddlery Grand Prix. An exciting class of 16, with 3 advancing to the jump-off to compete head to head pleased the crowded berm and sold out VIP! Guy Thomas and Jill Humphrey put up great rides, but unfortunately ended with 11 and 5 faults, respectively in the jump-off. Lauren Hester was last to go and she and Warinde B took the class with the only double clear round and an impressive jump off time of 54.199!

Lauren Hester and Warinde B win the
LA Saddlery Grand Prix
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Sunday wrapped up the busy week at the Horse Park with a day full of Classics! Beginning with the Fairway Field Grand Prix, the California Horsetrader Low Junior/AO Jumper Classic had a competitive field of 14 riders, taking on a great course, designed by Heiko Wahlers. In the end, it was Laura Hite and Chapot Z who took home the blue ribbon! Next up, we had our CWD Modified Junior/AO Jumper Classic! It was an exhilarating course and we were happy that we were able to have Lindsay Bowman of CWD join us to cheer on the class! Margrethe Peggy Munkdale and Enfuego were victorious in the class with the only double clear and walked away with a blue ribbon! The Child/Adult Jumper Classic was no exception of excitement on the turf, with Jillian Li and Just George beat out 18 other pairs for the win!

Margrethe Peggy Munkdale and Enfuego win the
CWD Modified Junior/AO Jumper Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Over in the Fairway Field Grand Hunter, the Junior/Low Junior Hunter Classic commenced with Katie Aoki and Mr. Banks having a beautiful round for the win! The Am Owner/Low Am Owner Classic was also a competitive class, with Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont and Arcadia having a gorgeous round to claim the blue! Attwood-Dupont also took home the prestigious Amateur Style of Riding Award, sponsored by Shady Land Farms! The Adult Hunter Classic rounded out the day in the main hunter ring, with Claire Anderson and High Jacker taking home the final blue ribbon of the week!

Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont wins the AO Classic and the
Amateur Style of Riding Award
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Oak Grove Arena had a busy day of hunters and ponies! The Children’s Hunter Classic provided a great competition and Peri Pascal and Xander took home the blue ribbon! In the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic and the Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Cross Creek Farm, we witnessed some adorable ponies and riders and great camaraderie. In the end, Parker Cliff and the cute Matilda won the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic and Lilly Goldstein and delightful Sparkle won the Pony Hunter Classic! The Junior Style of Riding Award went to Jessica Sanders and the Pony Rider Style of Riding Award went to Parker Cliff! Fantastic riding!

Parker Cliff and Marilda win the Children’s Hunter Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

In the LD Hayes Arena, there was just one classic of the day, the Low Child Jumper Classic and the Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Full Gallop Farms! Full Gallop Farms wanted to make the Adult Jumper Classic special and they did just that by allowing us the opportunity to provide the competitors a brand new class! The class went perfectly and both the children and adults were happy and thankful to Full Gallop Farms! Carly Swank and May Day Diamond had a fast and tidy round to take home the blue ribbon in the Low Child Jumper Classic and Brenna McGovern and Knightly Item took home the blue in the very first Low Adult Jumper Classic!

Brenna McGovern and Knightly Item win the Low Adult Jumper Classic
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

What a successful first week at the Paso Robles Horse Park, with incredible competitors, sponsors, owners, trainers and spectators to support the facility opening!

“It is wonderful that Linda Starkman built the West Coast horse world this awesome facility,” says trainer Joie Gatlin. “We need a new, fresh place to show with great footing, new jumps, excellent course designers and a horse friendly environments. I hope that sponsors and competitors realize what a fabulous opportunity we have here to grow our sport, and with Dale Harvey wanting to get 3*, 4* and 5* shows out here, we are very fortunate!”

Paso Robles Horse Park’s Owner Linda Starkman

 

West Palms Events and the Horse Park appreciate all the sincere compliments and feedback and are looking forward to remaining three weeks of events in the 2015 schedule at the Paso Robles Horse Park!

“We strived to have everything done well and welcome all our guests to the new facility,” says Harvey. “The week ran very smoothly, the team did a great job reacting when something needed to be adjusted and helping our competitors, owners, sponsors and spectators navigate the new facility and enjoy their experience. We’re so pleased with how everything went and can’t wait for Central California Classic this upcoming week!”

Thank you so much to all our fantastic sponsors for making our events possible and coming to support the brand new Paso Robles Horse Park! Thank you to all our incredible competitors, owners and trainers for supporting the Horse Park and West Palms Events, we appreciate all you do! Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook!

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