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AN JUAN CAPISTRANO— Junior and Amateur riders from across the West Coast


made up a field of over 90 com- petitors looking to gain solid miles and rise to the occasion in The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge,


presented by Whitethorne. At the conclusion of three phases and a work-off by the top six, 16-year-old Payton Poter earned the 2019 championship honors with a final point score of 269.5. Second to Poter was Julia Stone, who finished with 257.25 See EQUITATION, page 30


Top West Coast juniors and amateurs compete in equitation challenge special to the horsetrader


The top six riders listening to instruction for work-off at The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.


July is Jumpin’! Hunter-jumper shows this month:


Surf Classic July 5-7 • Huntington Beach


Sunshine Classic July 10-13 • Huntington Beach


Festival July 17-21 • Del Mar


July Gold Coast July 19-21 • Burbank


July 19 21 Burbank


Showpark Racing July 23 – 2lJuly 23 – 28 • Del Mar


Showpark Racing Festivalstival


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Ponies bring out their best


Showpark Summer S special to the horsetrader


AN JUAN CAPISTRANO— From The American Tradition of Excellence in


the equitation ring to a plethora of pony events and a National Derby of with over 50 entries, the third week of the Blenheim EquiSports June Series was chock-full of competition, educa- tion, and social events. The small, medium, and large ponies gathered in the Pacific Field on Wednesday aſternoon for a model clinic and the pony fun continued for division com- petition, classics and derbies, a horsemanship test, lots of tasty


treats, and special awards into the weekend. On Wednesday aſternoon,


National Show Hunter Hall of Fame 2019 inductee, Carleton Brooks, along with his wife, Traci, hosted the first pony event of the week. Riders of all ages and pony divisions were able to bring their mounts to the Pony Model Clinic to learn technique and how to handle their pony’s personality. “Our goal with the modeling


clinic is to help the up and com- ing pony riders understand why we model, what the judges are looking for, and how to make


Smiles like this one from Alex Zulia were prevalent at the Pony Model Clinic.


the best of their pony’s traits. The kids were great and it was fun to watch them in the models the next day using what they learned,” noted the Brooks of Balmoral.


See PONIES, page 31


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