“The last few weeks have proven to be an inspiring performance at the Park,” said Linda Starkman, owner of the Paso Robles Horse Park. “I am so proud of our competitors and how the facility shined during these shows. The rider’s work and zeal for the sport were showcased in these successful events.”
The Paso Park Welcome Classic special events kicked off on Thursday with the $5,000, 1.40m Open Welcome Stakes. Rising to the top of a competitive set was Patrick Seaton upon Skipio K. On Friday morning, the Park hosted another $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, with first place awarded to John French riding Familiar. For the second week, competitors and spectators were treated to a full breakfast complete with a mimosa bar.
The excitement rose on Saturday, April 28, with the $26,000 Spring Classic Grand Prix presented by San Luis Obispo-based Riding Warehouse. A total of 16 horse and rider teams navigated the series of jumps and efforts designed by world-class course designer, Danny Foster. At the completion of the first round, 11 riders qualified for the thrilling “jump-off” finale. The jump-off kept audience members in awe as they intensely observed the close competition. Ultimately, it was a demonstration of technical skill and speed until the final ride.
Andrew Jayne, riding Cartel with Maplewood Stables, swooped in with a blazing fast last round to grab the blue ribbon. Second place went to Patrick Seaton, riding Veronica and third place to Molly Talla upon Complete Luck. Olympic gold medalist, Will Simpson, also rode two horses in the Grand Prix.
“While we have enjoyed the thrilling competition these past few weeks, our main goal at the Park is to provide a welcome and supportive atmosphere, where riders can focus on the sport,” said Starkman. “It is extremely important to us to promote good sportsmanship, inviting riders of all levels to feel comfortable and encouraged to be at their best.”
In its fourth year, the Paso Robles Horse Park will showcase a full schedule in 2019, featuring four schooling shows, three weeks of USEF B-Rated shows, and four weeks of Classic Series USEF-Rated shows, including the past two weeks. With state-of-the-art facilities, including the German Geo Textile (GGT) infused sand arena footing and the meticulously maintained competition turf field, the Park treats riders and horses to an elite horse show experience paired with the wine country charm of Paso Robles.
Horse enthusiasts and the local community are invited to join the activity at the Paso Robles Horse Park for their upcoming events, including a Schooling Show, May 11-12, and a B-Rated Show Rosé in May, to be held on May 16-19, 2019. For more information, visit www.PasoRoblesHorsePark.com or follow the Park on Instagram @PasoRoblesHorsePark.