Wine Country Classic Mini Prix, 2013

Olivia Hill and Sensation!!! A fantastic photo from the Mini Prix at the Wine Country Classic:-)

Wine Country Classic: August 2013

We had another hot week at Brookside, but thanks to Sally (Alexis’s Mom) we had plenty of cool drinks! Wine Country had a great showing and the classes were big! Our riders and horses always make me proud:-)

Olivia Hill and Sensation left a cloud of dust in their wake this week! She was CHAMPION in the 1.10m Jumpers, WON the Pickwick Medal and made us proud in the 1.25m Mini Prix…only 4 faults and a fabulous ride!!!

Amanda Rael and Almost Famous were collecting BLUES this week in the AA’s and Equitation! They ended the week CHAMPION in the AA Eq and RESERVE CHAMPION in the AA Hunters. Congrats, Amanda, on a super week!!!

Fabulous Abby Pratt and Silouette started the week out looking great, but towards the weekend Lalya wasn’t feeling 100%, so we took her to Pioneer for a check up on Monday. Hopefully, Layla feels better quickly!!!

Alexis Cristiano and Stoneridge are looking so good:-) Lulu was FOURTH in the Hunter Derby, WON one of his Hunter Classes and had great ribbons in the others…nice riding! They ended the week FIFTH in the AA/Children’s Hunter Classic…whoop whoop!

Lexi Pandell and Hijinx had their first show after a long lay-up…and Jinx was having a blast zipping around the ring. I think Lexi was too! They received a couple SECONDS in some big classes…so much fun:-)

Party Hat had his second show experience…he is learning fast! Came home with a BLUE in his Under Saddle out of 10 horses…yeah!

Thanks for coming Edie!

Enjoying the show

Catching some shade

Love this pic Abbs:-)

KMT Tri-Valley Classic: August 2013

Another great show yesterday. The weather was amazing, with fog in the morning and sun in the afternoon. THANK YOU Alexis, Abby and Sierra for helping me school the horses in the morning:-)

Sarah and Finn were at their first show together. They competed in the 2’6 jumpers. Finn may be a little too mellow for the jumper ring. I see him doing hunters soon. They came home with two SECONDS and a THIRD. Way to go Sarah and Finn!

Rouie and Winslow looked great jumping around the 3′ jumpers. These two are so fun to watch and boy can Winslow leave out strides…hmmm. He sure can cover ground with little effort. These two were SECOND and THIRD in the jumpers and SECOND in the CCEA 2’6 medal. Great job Rouie and Winslow!

Emily and Joe were a pair to watch in the Under Saddle and Equitation flat. Emily was FIRST in the Eq. and SECOND under saddle. Who knew Joe could be a little hunter. YAY Emily!

Isabel and Amour are building quite the relationship. Isabel is learning so much with Amour by her side. These two competed in the cross rail division coming home RESERVE CHAMPION!

Jessica and Cupcake also competed in the cross rail division. Jessica really took charge of Cupcake coming home with the CHAMPION ribbon. Nice riding Jess!

Neal and Sunshine looked dazzling in the 2’3 division. These two had many great ribbons and were only one point away from reserve champion.

Kiera and Waffle moved up to the 2’3 division at this show, proving that they are ready to move on to the next level. Kiera and Waffle were RESERVE CHAMPION and WON the CCEA 2’6 medal again.

Last, but not least…our Lead Line WINNER…Brook! She is shown above grabbing a treat for her favorite horse, LOL! So cute:-)

I look forward to the next KMT show on September 22.

Amanda D.

Giant Steps Charity Horse Show: August, 2013

What a fantastic week! Giant Steps had over 800 horses…WOW! The weather was cool and the riders and horses were awesome!!! We all enjoyed the VIP table…delicious food and a great view of the Grand Prix and Main Hunter Ring. On to the highlights…

We will start with Isabel and Amour! This was their first rated show…lots of questions and many more smiles. This adorable team WON their first class and ended the show coming home with both a RESERVE CHAMPION and CHAMPION ribbon…yeah Isabel:-)

I was so proud of Alexis and Lulu! You two are growing together more each show. You ride in some of the toughest hunter divisions and you do such a great job! These two were THIRD in the Modified Hunter Classic and SECOND in the Children’s/AA Hunter Classic…with over 30 riders! A great show;-)

Fab Abby and her Layla always look so pretty! They both got some great ribbons in the Children’s and are getting to know each other a little more at each show. Hugs Abby!!!

Erika and Zen are always so much fun to watch! They rocked the 1.0m Jumpers…SECOND out of 30 riders! We then moved up to the 1.05m Jumpers, and well, as you can see in the photo…she thought they were much bigger! She was great…a little tired from all the effort, but still awesome to watch:-)

Amanda and Polly started out their week by WINNING the NorCal Medal…nice!!! They got great ribbons in the AA’s and SECOND in her Equitation Flat…love it!!!

My favorite line from Olivia riding Sensei this past week was…”he is my soulmate”. I agree! They rocked their AA Jumpers coming home with a SECOND and SECOND in the Classic…always had a crowd watching…awesome riding Olivia!!!

Next we have Emily and baby Wilbur:-) We didn’t know if we were going to show, as this was his first rated outing. But, what the heck…they decided to play in the cross rails. It was a great experience for both with a lot of confidence building. Wilbur was very brave and seemed to really enjoy himself…and Emily was smiling! We love small wins for babies!!!

Baby Albert aka Party HatCHAMPION in the Baby Hunters!

Enjoying the VIP Berm

The girls got purple bows for Isabel’s show debut

Fun times watching the 6 Bar

Great entertainment

Top 10 in the AA/Children’s Hunter Classic with over 30 riders!

Goofy girls


And again…he’s so cute

Just one more;-)

Having some fun

Nice position Isabel

I love this pic!

Happy horses looking for treats


Fancy pants Lulu

Love my horses!

Amanda loves Pollywog

Isabel is missing something…Amour!

Hugs all around

Amanda, Sierra and our barn mascot, Petunia, are up for a visit…thanks!


This is why I love my clients…SO MUCH FUN!

A HUGE thanks goes out to our barn photographer…Sally, you rock!

Thank you Alison and Amanda for coming to help out!

This was a great show and so much fun. A big thanks to my clients and their families for supporting this crazy passion of ours:-)
Congrats to ALL!!!

KMT Tri-Valley Classic: July 2013

A very successful show last Sunday for all KMT riders. Thank you to Brook for helping me throughout the day, Sierra and Alexis for schooling the horses in the morning and Abby for running around for me. You guys ALL make my day easier. All of of our riders rode fantastic and are becoming great sports -women.

Kate and Cupcake moved up from last year. Kate rode Cupcake in the pile of poles division. She is such a tough rider making Cupcake trot around all of her classes. Kate came home with some great ribbons!

Maddie and Steely were too cute trotting around the pile of poles division. Coming home with a couple of pretty ribbons!

Emily and Wilbur also debuted in the pile of poles. Wilbur was very brave, had too much fun and is now ready for the cross rail division. These pair was CHAMPION.

Ava and Lizzy looked great in the pile of poles. Lizzy was excited to be showing and thought its be a better choice to canter the course. After a jump over one of the poles, Ava got her under control and came home with a second, third and sixth…nice riding!!!

Chloe and Lizzy showed in the pile of pole as well. After getting a little lost in the first round, their second round was fabulous. Way to go Chloe!

Elisabeth and Cupcake moved up to the cross rail division. Cupcake was a little tired and lazy, but Elisabeth did such a great job at getting her around each course. They had at least one refusal in each jumping class, but I was so proud of Elisabeth for hanging in there and really showing Cupcake who the boss was!

Emily and Belle had a few challenging rides in the 2′ division. Emily was tough and handled Belle really well. I was most proud of Emily on how she handled those tough rides. Way to go Emily!

Charlotte and Sunshine were RESERVE CHAMPION in the 2′ division. These two were unstoppable and really fun to watch…congrats!

Kiera and Waffle are ready to move out of the 2′ division. They were 2′ CHAMPIONS and they also WON the CCEA 2’6 medal. Way to go Kiera and Waffle.

I look forward to the next show this Sunday, August 11.

Amanda D.

Fun times with friends!