The 2012 Sacramento International Horse Show has come and gone, but not without solidifying its claim as the premier show jumping event in Northern California for the fifth consecutive year

Rancho Murieta, CA – If you were to head out to the Murieta Equestrian Center today, you’d never know that just two days ago the arena was filled to the rafters with spectators watching some of the greatest equestrian athletes in the world compete. As soon as the last horse jumped the last jump in the last class, the process of “undoing” the Sacramento International Horse Show began. A mere two hours later, it was almost unrecognizable.

The whirlwind two-week long show was a smashing success. Per usual, horse show manager Dale Harvey and operations manager Rudy Leone put on a first-class event and the attention to detail was exceptional. From the phenomenal footing, provided by GGT Footing, and the gorgeous Equiline Championship coolers provided by Italian Equestrian, to the delicious meals in the VIP area catered by Tuli Bistro/Thir13en, no frills were spared.

Welcome Week boasted several great feature classes, including the Stone Ridge Team Championships, the Coral Reef Ranch Young Horse Championships, the Oak Haven, LLC Grand Prix Hunter Derby, the Mallard Creek Hunter Chase, and the Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix. With over 700 stalls sold during Welcome Week, the competition was stiff so say the least!

Show manager Dale Harvey surprised Team Alberta, the winning team of the Stone Ridge Sacramento International Team Championship, presented by Phelps Sports, with free entries for the 2013 Sacramento International Horse Show.

The Coral Reef Ranch Young Horse Championships, always a favorite of the exhibitors, provided an excellent opportunity to view some spectacularly talented young horses. Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and her 6-year old Bruno Capalletti were awarded with the “Best Young Horse” award. In 2013 the Young Horse Championships will take place during World Cup Week of the Sacramento International Horse Show.

On Friday September 28 exhibitors and spectators got to enjoy a lesson in how to ride a proper derby course in the Oak Haven, LLC Grand Prix Hunter Derby, presented by Fleeceworks. Buddy Brown took home first and second on Susan Sadlier’s horses Johnny Drum and Bailos Z, respectively. His rounds were beautiful and a real treat to see.

The Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix on Saturday September 29 had a whopping 66 entries, easily the largest Grand Prix in California during the 2012 season. Nayel Nassar and his stallion Raging Bull Vangelis S ousted 65 other horse and rider combinations for the win.

World Cup Week of the Sacramento International Horse Show said so-long to the hunters, but welcomed some new FEI horses eager to compete in the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento, a World Cup and Thermal Million qualifying event.

On Thursday October 4 exhibitors enjoyed the NorCal Welcome Party before the $2,500 Gambler’s Choice, presented by Equine Insurance, and the $35,000 GGT Footing Welcome Grand Prix. Lane Clarke and Molly Ohrstrom’s Caretol won big in the Gambler’s Choice. Grand Prix veteran Rusty Stewart and Bristol captured the win in the GGT Footing Welcome Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Saer Coulter and 42 other horse and rider combinations in the class. Thank you to Cynthia Keating and GGT Footing!

Ashlee Bond and Southern Girl turned and burned in the $2,500 Land Rover Ride & Drive, sponsored by Land Rover of Sacramento and Rocklin, on Friday night. The Ride & Drive was followed by the $4,000 Swiss-Up Four Bar, presented by DKT Saddlery. Jenni Martin-McAllister and Here I Come cleared a 6’3″ vertical for the win.

Saturday saw the $5,000 Italian Equestrian 7 & 8 Year Old Young Horse Championship, won by Coral Reef Aajee and Ann Knight-Karrasch, along with a series of free clinics by world-class horsemen such as Julie Goodnight, Andrew Coates, Hope Glynn, Rich Fellers, and Bernie Traurig. Kids were also able to participate in the Horseless Horse Show, to benefit Just World.

The show culminated Saturday night with the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento. A sold-out crowd watched as 26 of the top Grand Prix riders in the country attempted course designer Heiko Wahlers’ technical route in the Murieta Equestrian Center indoor arena. Seven horse and rider pairs returned for the jump-off, but none were able to defeat Duncan McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy. The pair, well-know for Mr. Whoopy’s playful antics in the arena, are a NorCal favorite and recently returned from Saugerties, New York, where they competed in the Pfizer Million Grand Prix and placed twelfth. Tiffany Sullivan and Tristan were a close second place.

Thank you especially to Land Rover Sacramento for their generous sponsorship of our feature class. Mr. Richard Farler, General Sales Manager of Land Rover Sacramento, and guests attended the show Friday and Saturday nights and participated in the award ceremonies for the Land Rover Ride & Drive and the Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento. Mr. Farler explains, “The Sacramento International Horse Show event in Rancho Murieta was well attended and a fantastic venue to showcase our Land Rover product. This is the second year we have done this and I must admit, it was even better the second time around. Dale Harvey and his team did an amazing job of keeping us informed and providing a first class event, with catering and service conducive to a world class event and our clientele. We definitely plan on investing on a larger scale for the next one and will probably end up selling three vehicles almost immediately from the venue itself. Well done!” Thank you Mr. Farler for your kind words!

After the awards presentation, Rich Fellers’ mount Flexible, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, was awarded with the “Best Horse” award and the Hickstead Perpetual Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Following the Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento, exhibitors and the public were invited to an autograph signing session with all of the Grand Prix riders, followed by a Victory Celebration, with live music from cover band Take2. The turn-out was fantastic and everyone had a great time dancing the nice away.

As the show approached its conclusion, The Solar Company $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Grand Prix took place on Sunday morning with 16 entries. Saree Kayne and Natural Ability took home the blue ribbon. The $25,000 ShowBiz Magazine Open Jumper Stake followed, with Megan Jordan and Atlantis beating out a field of 32 entries for the win.

All in all, the fifth anniversary of the Sacramento International Horse Show was a spectacular success. The caliber of equestrian competition displayed over the last two weeks is unrivaled in California.

Special thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and spectators for making this amazing event possible. Special thanks also to the entire staff of the Sacramento International Horse Show for running a flawless show and always maintaining the utmost professionalism.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Murieta Equestrian Center for the 2013 Sacramento International Horse Show, September 24 – October 6, 2013.

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The 2012 Sacramento International Horse Show has come and gone, but not without solidifying its claim as the premier show jumping event in Northern California for the fifth consecutive year

Rancho Murieta, CA – If you were to head out to the Murieta Equestrian Center today, you’d never know that just two days ago the arena was filled to the rafters with spectators watching some of the greatest equestrian athletes in the world compete. As soon as the last horse jumped the last jump in the last class, the process of “undoing” the Sacramento International Horse Show began. A mere two hours later, it was almost unrecognizable.

The whirlwind two-week long show was a smashing success. Per usual, horse show manager Dale Harvey and operations manager Rudy Leone put on a first-class event and the attention to detail was exceptional. From the phenomenal footing, provided by GGT Footing, and the gorgeous Equiline Championship coolers provided by Italian Equestrian, to the delicious meals in the VIP area catered by Tuli Bistro/Thir13en, no frills were spared.

Welcome Week boasted several great feature classes, including the Stone Ridge Team Championships, the Coral Reef Ranch Young Horse Championships, the Oak Haven, LLC Grand Prix Hunter Derby, the Mallard Creek Hunter Chase, and the Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix. With over 700 stalls sold during Welcome Week, the competition was stiff so say the least!

Show manager Dale Harvey surprised Team Alberta, the winning team of the Stone Ridge Sacramento International Team Championship, presented by Phelps Sports, with free entries for the 2013 Sacramento International Horse Show.

The Coral Reef Ranch Young Horse Championships, always a favorite of the exhibitors, provided an excellent opportunity to view some spectacularly talented young horses. Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and her 6-year old Bruno Capalletti were awarded with the “Best Young Horse” award. In 2013 the Young Horse Championships will take place during World Cup Week of the Sacramento International Horse Show.

On Friday September 28 exhibitors and spectators got to enjoy a lesson in how to ride a proper derby course in the Oak Haven, LLC Grand Prix Hunter Derby, presented by Fleeceworks. Buddy Brown took home first and second on Susan Sadlier’s horses Johnny Drum and Bailos Z, respectively. His rounds were beautiful and a real treat to see.

The Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix on Saturday September 29 had a whopping 66 entries, easily the largest Grand Prix in California during the 2012 season. Nayel Nassar and his stallion Raging Bull Vangelis S ousted 65 other horse and rider combinations for the win.

World Cup Week of the Sacramento International Horse Show said so-long to the hunters, but welcomed some new FEI horses eager to compete in the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento, a World Cup and Thermal Million qualifying event.

On Thursday October 4 exhibitors enjoyed the NorCal Welcome Party before the $2,500 Gambler’s Choice, presented by Equine Insurance, and the $35,000 GGT Footing Welcome Grand Prix. Lane Clarke and Molly Ohrstrom’s Caretol won big in the Gambler’s Choice. Grand Prix veteran Rusty Stewart and Bristol captured the win in the GGT Footing Welcome Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Saer Coulter and 42 other horse and rider combinations in the class. Thank you to Cynthia Keating and GGT Footing!

Ashlee Bond and Southern Girl turned and burned in the $2,500 Land Rover Ride & Drive, sponsored by Land Rover of Sacramento and Rocklin, on Friday night. The Ride & Drive was followed by the $4,000 Swiss-Up Four Bar, presented by DKT Saddlery. Jenni Martin-McAllister and Here I Come cleared a 6’3″ vertical for the win.

Saturday saw the $5,000 Italian Equestrian 7 & 8 Year Old Young Horse Championship, won by Coral Reef Aajee and Ann Knight-Karrasch, along with a series of free clinics by world-class horsemen such as Julie Goodnight, Andrew Coates, Hope Glynn, Rich Fellers, and Bernie Traurig. Kids were also able to participate in the Horseless Horse Show, to benefit Just World.

The show culminated Saturday night with the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento. A sold-out crowd watched as 26 of the top Grand Prix riders in the country attempted course designer Heiko Wahlers’ technical route in the Murieta Equestrian Center indoor arena. Seven horse and rider pairs returned for the jump-off, but none were able to defeat Duncan McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy. The pair, well-know for Mr. Whoopy’s playful antics in the arena, are a NorCal favorite and recently returned from Saugerties, New York, where they competed in the Pfizer Million Grand Prix and placed twelfth. Tiffany Sullivan and Tristan were a close second place.

Thank you especially to Land Rover Sacramento for their generous sponsorship of our feature class. Mr. Richard Farler, General Sales Manager of Land Rover Sacramento, and guests attended the show Friday and Saturday nights and participated in the award ceremonies for the Land Rover Ride & Drive and the Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento. Mr. Farler explains, “The Sacramento International Horse Show event in Rancho Murieta was well attended and a fantastic venue to showcase our Land Rover product. This is the second year we have done this and I must admit, it was even better the second time around. Dale Harvey and his team did an amazing job of keeping us informed and providing a first class event, with catering and service conducive to a world class event and our clientele. We definitely plan on investing on a larger scale for the next one and will probably end up selling three vehicles almost immediately from the venue itself. Well done!” Thank you Mr. Farler for your kind words!

After the awards presentation, Rich Fellers’ mount Flexible, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, was awarded with the “Best Horse” award and the Hickstead Perpetual Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Following the Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento, exhibitors and the public were invited to an autograph signing session with all of the Grand Prix riders, followed by a Victory Celebration, with live music from cover band Take2. The turn-out was fantastic and everyone had a great time dancing the nice away.

As the show approached its conclusion, The Solar Company $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Grand Prix took place on Sunday morning with 16 entries. Saree Kayne and Natural Ability took home the blue ribbon. The $25,000 ShowBiz Magazine Open Jumper Stake followed, with Megan Jordan and Atlantis beating out a field of 32 entries for the win.

All in all, the fifth anniversary of the Sacramento International Horse Show was a spectacular success. The caliber of equestrian competition displayed over the last two weeks is unrivaled in California.

Special thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and spectators for making this amazing event possible. Special thanks also to the entire staff of the Sacramento International Horse Show for running a flawless show and always maintaining the utmost professionalism.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Murieta Equestrian Center for the 2013 Sacramento International Horse Show, September 24 – October 6, 2013.

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