The 2015 show season has already begun with the Diamond Jubilee Horse Show in Del Mar, CA drawing in attendees from California, Arizona, Nevada and more. Show hosts Lance Bennett and Scott Hickey raised the bar with a highly-polished event. A first-rate spectating area, immaculate grounds and huge warmup area complimented the beautiful presentation and a sunset awards banquet fit for a Hollywood film, complete with a handful of hot air balloons rising elegantly in the distance. With live music, a prime rib dinner and awards for outstanding 2014 performances, the event was the crown-jewel on a fantastic opener to the season. With riders in almost every division and a variety of age ranges, our team at Majestic Farms had a successful 2014 with many awards to show for it.
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Team Majestic Earns Top Marks at the SCHC and Golden West Awards Banquet
Along with wonderful music and the delicious dinner, Majestic Farms attendees enjoyed a youthful Easter egg fight with candy filled eggs carefully selected by our very own youth in the Easter Egg Hunt hosted and sponsored by Scott and Lance.
Congratulations to all our friends and competitors and the phenomenal team we have at Majestic Farms! The Southern California Horseman’s Council year end awards highlighted many of our riders including:
Savannah Adams – Equitation 11-13 Champion
Jacki Brant – Walk/Trot Academy Equitation Champion
Isabella Baratti – Equitation 10 and Under Reserve Champion
Shannon McTaggart – Equitation 14-17 Reserve Champion
Victoria Bonta – Academy Equitation 14-17 Reserve Champion
Rembrant FQ – Open Pleasure Reserve Champion and Friesian Amateur Reserve Champion (Owned by Robert & Vita Banks)
Augustus – Friesian Amateur Champion (Owned by Dana Knipper)
A Golden Night for Team Majestic
Majestic riders were gleaming as they collected Golden West Region VII High Point Awards. Isabella Baratti was once again recognized for her excellence in the walk/trot/jog equitation division as the Reserve Champion with her teammate Cedar Creek Tour De Force. Shannon McTaggart and Savannah Adams both ranked in the top 10 after each delivering exceptional performances in 2014.
All Eyes on SYP And Arboria
While we wish our own Elaine Olsen a speedy recovery, she and her horses were recognized for their outstanding performances in 2014. Arboria Arion and SYP High Definition, both owned by Ted and Elaine Olsen, held a commanding presence in Park Harness Amateur division. Arboria Arion took home the championship ribbon while SYP High Definition secured the Reserve Championship. Both horses also had exceptional performances in Park Harness open, Arboria Arion taking home the Championship and SYP High Definition taking home top three. Arion also took home the win in the In Hand category.
A Classic Duo
Deb Hurst and the ever bright and spunky Never Surrender captured the Morgan Classic under saddle category while the mighty Stonecroft Notorious jumped in to win Reserve Champion in the Classic Pleasure Driving division.
The wonderful awards banquet was only one upped by the phenomenal horse show had by the Majestic Farms customers and staff. The unstoppable pair of Mountainview’s Crown Prince and Toni Nickell dominated the opportunity pleasure driving division winning both the qualifier and championship. After a second place finish in the amateur opportunity western qualifier Toni and “Chester” came back to claim another Diamond Jubilee Championship.
Forcing all of his competitors to surrender this week, Never Surrender and Debra Hurst swept the Classic Pleasure Driving Division with wins in the Classic Pleasure Open qualifier, the Classic Pleasure Ladies Qualifier and the Open Classic Pleasure Driving Championship.
By week’s end it seemed that the entire team was perfectly in sync. Parents and children, horse and rider…everyone was feeling the Easter vibes (and maybe a touch of fuzziness after the Easter egg fight ensued the evening before thanks to our own Anne Speck and Karla McTaggart!) and the day started off right. The hard work of our riders and the Majestic Farms staff was shining through as we collected some amazing ribbons in the championship classes, including AW Minutes to Midnight and Amelia Coomber in the Amateur Morgan English Pleasure Championship. By Sunday and a few rides under her belt, Amelia and “Rally” were back in sync after more than a long semester away at school in Denver, Colorado. Welcome back Amelia!
This Easter weekend was a weekend of firsts for many on the Majestic Farms team. Victoria Bonta was paired with the challenging Champagne Barbara taking home the blue in the Academy Equitation qualifier and Championship. Hard work and determination really did pay off for Tori! Sierra Cole teamed up with new mount AMHF Absolute Mystery to win the Academy walk trot pleasure qualifier and steal a reserve championship in that same division Sunday afternoon. She claimed the second place slot in the Academy Equitation 9-12 qualifier with Sport Coupe Saturday and returned Sunday to claim victory in the Academy Walk Trot Equitation 9-12 Championship ribbon back aboard AMHF Absolute Mystery. Amanda Hagan’s hard work paid off too with a reserve championship in the Academy Pleasure Championship. This was Amanda’s first show in walk, trot,
canter. Amy White made her debut performance in the walk trot 8 and under riding the ever popular Sport Coupe to earn several nice ribbons over Easter weekend. Mia Lopez also moved up in the ranks to new mount Absolute Mystery from her old favorite, Sport Coupe. With a little more fine tuning, Mia and “Mr.E” are going to be a force to reckon with. Alyssia Moore topped a field of 7 to win the Lead line walk and trot class with instructor Cierra Holtz by her side.
Isabella Baratti and Cedar Creek Tour De Force were back in force to claim victory in the Morgan Walk Trot Pleasure 12 and under Championship. The sun was bright and the wind was blowing, but Izzy persevered and kept Madison’s shenanigans to a minimum for a repeat performance after their win in the qualifier earlier in the week.
With equitation expert Anne Speck at the helm, the Majestic Farm’s equitation girls represented well. Savannah Adams took home the blue in the 13 and under equitation qualifier on Caroline Cherry’s horse Rhythm of the Son and earned a reserve ribbon in the UPHA Challenge cup. Shannon McTaggart and Dragonsmede Courante laid out a nearly perfect pattern in the Equitation championship demonstrating the grace and ease one must personify under pressure. Shannon and “Patrick” teamed up for two exceptional drives in the Amateur Morgan Pleasure Driving qualifier and Championship.
HRH II (His Royal Highness) in all his grandeur won the Baroque halter qualifier and the open halter championship. Later that week he completed his first walk trot canter classes earning two second place finishes in the Baroque Hunter Pleasure qualifier and championship.
Last but not least, RFW Paganini stepped up to the plate to earn the open hunter pleasure championship. This game, sporty gelding absolutely loves to show and is all business once he crosses through the in gate.
We are extremely proud of all our riders and horses and look forward to carrying the momentum into the rest of the season! A huge thanks to the show hosts for a great event and thank you to the parents, riders, instructors, hands and helpers that make it possible for Majestic Farms to be a part of this amazing sport. We look forward to helping each one of you develop as a horseman and a human alike!