The Orange County Interscholastic Equestrian League “OCIEL” 2016-2017 results are in! At the June 30, 2017 awards banquet, Whitney Riley and Dream Girl won the following titles:
- Res. Champion – Overall High Point English Division This is an amazing accomplishment for a 14 yr old
- Champion – Novice Division
- Champion – Equitation Flat
- Champion – Hunter Under Saddle
- Res. Champion – OCIEL Medal Class
Kelsey and I are very proud of this dedicated student. Not only does Whitney set an example of achieving her set goals, she encourages the rest of the team to reach for the stars!
March 5, 2017 was the last day of the OCIEL show season, Whitney Riley picked up another OCIEL Reserve Champion Medal and another Reserve Individual Champion award. This brings her OCIEL win total to 1 OCIEL Medal Champion, 3 OCIEL Medal Reserve Champion, 1 Individual Champion and 3 Individual Reserve Champion. This should secure her as the Division Champion! Among her class wins, Dream Girl won first place in the Under Saddle in 5 out of 6 shows and Whitney won the Equitation class at 5 out of 6 shows.
These are our students who participated in the Signature Series Horse Show on Feb 5th, 2017
From left to right – Whitney Riley and Dream Girl, Kiki Yanaura and Callum, Delaney Frost and Cristallo, Kylie Wright and Dashalong Easy Red aka Miles, Nika Soraya and Chief
Groomers are Molly, Ashlee and Madison
Kylie and Miles. Months ago we had attempted to show this horse and he had a nervous breakdown about 5 seconds down the rail. In consideration of the other exhibitors we asked to be excused before he got around the ring even once.
Kylie not only brought him back to the show ring but entered him in jumping classes at her very first show earning two Reserve Champion ribbons and tons of kudos! I am very proud of this girl and I feel so privileged to share in her journey as she was rewarded for having tons of patience and love for this horse in addition to being a dedicated riding student. It takes a village to fix a broken horse and trust me, this horse has a village.
Kiki is absolutely one of the nicest girls you will ever meet. This was Kiki’s first show and she was riding a horse that she had only been on once before! That’s not easy to do especially when that horse is much taller than what you are used to riding. She did an amazing job and looked so elegant in the ring. We are all looking forward to seeing just how far this girl can go.
Whitney and Dream Girl aka Ruby. This gorgeous mare is extremely talented and extremely opinionated. Sometimes all go, sometimes all whoa and sometimes so perfectly wonderful but always gorgeous and always talented.
At this show Whitney won a Champion and Reserve Champion award both in the Long Stirrup division.
Whitney has been my student for 4 years and she is an absolute trainer’s dream. She shows up for her lessons looking forward to working hard and perfecting her equestrian skills. She is so at home on a horse that people often pause as they walk past me just to comment on what a beautiful rider she is. Ruby is a lucky horse to be owned by such a fantastic young lady.
Nika rode two horses at the show. Callum on Sat and Chief on Sunday. She is an elegant rider on every horse she rides.
I call Nika my princess, but she is a fearless princess always ready to do anything we ask of her. Nika earned her share of ribbons including a blue one. We will soon be looking for the perfect horse for this princess.
Delaney Frost on Cristallo aka Cody.
This was the first show for Delaney on her horse Cody. We have no doubt that this partnership of handsome horse and elegant rider will go far.
I have really enjoyed watching the relationship between these two blossom and grow.
I think this horse is teaching this girl as much as I am. He is gaining her trust and teaching her that she already has everything she needs if she reaches deep enough. He has found her inner strength and she has found his inner teddy bear
After lots of rain and several rescheduled dates, the January OCIEL #2 and 3 horse shows are now behind us.
Thank you to our students who have been flexible with lesson times while we have three consecutive weekends of horse shows
Gladstone Equestrian has two new lesson horses. Check back soon for some pictures of our new boys
Congratulations to Whitney Riley on the purchase of Dream Girl. This imported Oldenburg mare is an amazing young horse with an unbelievable amount of talent. Dream Girl aka Ruby came to us from Rebecca Bruce at Sunnybrook Farm in Santa Barbara.
These two are proving to be a wonderful team as they accumulate Championship and Res. Championship ribbons.
Congratulations to Delaney Frost on the purchase of Sucha Fine Investment aka Duke. This gorgeous AQHA World Champion came to us from Sandra Vaughn in Florida. Delaney and Duke are so perfect for each other and are doing extremely well in the show ring earning lots of blue ribbons and several championship ribbons.