Local equestrians brought home more than their fair share of blue ribbons and awards at last week’s United Professional Horseman’s Association Horse Show which was held at the Horse Park in Woodside. The event is the premier show for the western states and featured American Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney ponies.
There were over 170 entries and local riders competed against those who came from as far away as Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. Spectators had the opportunity to watch at least 40 World Champions strut their stuff, both under saddle and in harness.
Ethan Feiber (top, right), 14-year-old son of Heather Buhr and Joh Feiber of Atherton won the blue ribbon and Championship in the Juvenile 5 Gaited Class on his horse, River Card. Also from Atherton, Katie Sinclair (bottom, right), daughter of Becky and Steve Sinclair, was the winner in the Walk/Trot Pleasure Class riding her pinto pony, Pretzel.
Other successful competitors were Allison Freeman of Menlo Park riding Today’s My Lucky Day, Nan Chapman of Woodside, driving her mare, A Day on the Town and Lexie Castaillac Seine, daughter of Judy and Jacques Castaillac of Atherton. All of these equestrians train and ride with Jennifer Dixon at the Menlo Circus Club Stables.
Proceeds from the horse show benefitted the non-profit Joanne Pang Foundation which is committed to increasing the number of umbilical cord blood units available for life saving transplants.
Photos by Susan Valley