It was a packed house at Del Mar Showpark last weekend. The turnout for the San Diego chapter’s June dressage show was huge to begin with, with four rings running flat out all day from 7:45 am. The dressage folk were sharing the ShowPark facilities (and the partying) with the Surf and Sun Andalusian & Friesian show, and the vans and trailers were sharing the parking lot with the flip-flop-and-cotton-candy overflow crowd for the San Diego Fair.
The Andalusians and Friesians had a full compliment of classes in their ring: in hand, pleasure (western, park and english) costumes and carriages. The last caused some concern among the non-driving initiated dressage horses, who took one look at the Friesians hitched to their beautiful carriages and were sure that something horrible was chasing those poor horses! More than one dressage horse had to be led past the carriage classes, and you could practically hear their hearts thumping from yards away. But we all complain that there aren’t many dressage shows in this country with “atmosphere” – this one had that in spades, and there was lots for the dressage horses to look at! I only wish I’d had a few minutes to actually stand still and watch some of the breed classes, but I, too, was running full tilt on the dressage side of the show.
It was a stunningly beautiful weekend – June overcast in the mornings, 70 degrees and sunny later on. It was the sort of weekend that reminded me of why I live here: it was over 100 in the desert, and from the newscasts, it sounded like the rest of the country was either under water or under tornado warnings. I know, there were earthquakes here earlier this year, and there will be fires later this year … but we are sure enjoying our San Diego weather!
Axel was coaching a number of students this weekend, and one of them, Michelle Reilly, gave him a great birthday present by winning the Grand Prix on both Saturday and Sunday with Atlantic, and winning the Intermediare 1 on Umeeko. Beth Custalow won all of her 3rd Level classes on Bvulgari, and our friend “S” judge and trainer Donna Richardson garnered a bunch of ribbons on Herzsprung (“Harry”), her brand new youngster.
Kudos and big hanks to the San Diego CDS crew, who, even though they were short-handed, with a number of key players on the Disabled List due to injuries and surgeries, ran a great show!