Gail Brackett and Tiger - 3rd in Preliminary Rider

Gail Brackett and Tiger – 3rd in Preliminary Rider

This year I have been extremely fortunate to go on several trips – I was at Red Hills in March, later went to New York City for a (non-horsey) girls weekend for my birthday. When I found out I had to come to LA for work, I quickly noticed it worked out with Galway Downs… so I flew in a day early and made the 2.5 hour (there is a lot of traffic here) drive to Temecula, California.

This was my first opportunity to attend a horse trial on the west coast, and it certainly will not be my last! I am now trying to figure out how to get Galway Downs International CCI*** this fall to fit into my schedule/budget.

My impressions of the event were basically all surrounding the fact that it is gorgeous. Palm trees and mountains – what is there not to like? The courses are beautifully built, rode well (there were issues, but they were spread out and it was very safe), there are ‘man made’ terrain questions at all levels (even beginner novice), and the maintained galloping lanes are amazing. I find it so funny that they showjumped on grass yesterday, and then go cross-country on harrowed, watered, perfect footing.

The horses were all beautiful, the weather was beautiful (though, way too hot if you ask me… I’m not sure if the California locals felt the same way?) and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Sarah Braun and Gwendolyn - 1st in Preliminary Rider

Sarah Braun and Gwendolyn – 1st in Preliminary Rider

Kelly Pugh and D.O.D Rockefeller  - 3rd in Open Preliminary

Kelly Pugh and D.O.D Rockefeller – 3rd in Open Preliminary

Barbara Crabo and Lickity Split  - 2nd in Open Preliminary

Barbara Crabo and Lickity Split – 2nd in Open Preliminary

Gina Economou and Evita - winners of the 4 year old Young Event Horse

Gina Economou and Evita – winners of the 4 year old Young Event Horse

Hawley Bennett - Awad and Five O'Clock Somewhere - 2nd in Open Intermediate

Hawley Bennett – Awad and Five O’Clock Somewhere – 2nd in Open Intermediate

Megan Lepper and De Mello  - 3rd in Open Intermediate

Megan Lepper and De Mello – 3rd in Open Intermediate

Sara Mittleider and Harry Houdini - 1st in Open Intermediate

Sara Mittleider and Harry Houdini – 1st in Open Intermediate

Kendra Robison and FDF Cory - 2nd in Preliminary Rider

Kendra Robison and FDF Cory – 2nd in Preliminary Rider

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