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-EquestriSol News
-Tammy Talks
-Laura Listens
-Ani's Advice
-At the Back Gate
-Pegasus Show Stable
-Animal Hyperbaric
-Oxygen Treatment
-Karen Healey
-Leone Equestrians, Inc.
-Joie Gatlin - Morley
-Abey Show Stables
  2008 Showpark Spring Series

1.45m Open Jumper Classic
Saturday, May 10th
At: Grand Prix Field

$50,000 Grand Prix of California presented by
Mary’s Tack & Feed

Saturday, May 10th, 4pm
At: Grand Prix Field

$10,000 1.40m Jr A/O Jumper Classic (WCAR Trial)
Sunday, May 11th
At: Grand Prix Field

WCAR Final Spruce Trials
1.10m, 1.20m, 1.30m
Sunday, May 11th


WCAR Golf Cart Raffle
Nissen Family Fund Benefit

Kids Day
Saturday, May 10th, 12-5pm
Bounce houses, food & vendor booths (free)


Showpark Surf & Turf County II
May 24th - 25th

Showpark June Jamboree
May 29th - June 1st


Mary's Tack & Feed

Two great locations, the Del Mar superstore and San Juan Capistrano outpost store (at Rancho Sierra Vista Equestrian Center).

Summer special sales and events include a Dehner Day in July for boot measurements, Ariat Days in May & June, and much more.

Join Mary's free eclub and receive exclusive discounts and announcements by email - go to www.marystack.com.
We ship anywhere in the US, call (800) 551-MARY.


Dawson Photography

“Official Show Photographer” for the 2008 Showpark Spring Series. Stop by the D & D trailer on the berm to view your show photos. Contact Deb Dawson: (650) 215-8641 or dawsonphoto@charter.net.

HITS Thermal
With the cleanest round in the class, Helen McNaught and Comar Cruise win the Grand Prix. (pictured here on Caballo)
© Captured Moment Photography



$35,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix

   Helen McNaught and Comar Cruise were victorious in the $35,000 Oaks Blenheim Spring Classic III Grand Prix on April 12th. Exhibitors enjoyed fabulous food and VIP treatment ringside as they watched 33 horse and rider pairs attempt Canadian Peter Holmes’ challenging course.


There's a reason things may feel a little different this year at the Del Mar Horse Park. The Grand Prix field underwent a complete renovation at the conclusion of the 2007 show season. Crews removed the entire field, including the sub-base materials and grass, then improved the field design and added state-of-the-art grass footing, new fencing and stonework.


Happy Mother’s Day! Treat Mom and the entire family to an exciting day of horses and family fun at the Del Mar Horse Park this weekend.

The Blenheim EquiSports Team: We're here for you...

Name: Efrain
Position: Feed & Bedding Manager
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Home City: Oceanside, CA

Describe your work. I purchase and forecast all feed/bedding orders for the horse show. I manage the feed crew and coordinate delivery, distribution and billing of shavings & hay orders. My team and I work hard to ensure all BES customers get their shavings & hay requests on time.

How long have you been with the BES team?
Nine seasons.

Winter Work?
I help my brother Jose Castillo in building new jumps during the off-season.

Any hobbies? Golfing & riding motorcycles. My favorite golf course is Arrowwood in Oceanside which is a new & wide-open course. No chance of losing golf balls on this course.

Tell us about your family. I have two sisters and one brother. My beautiful wife Sandra and I were recently married.

Any Pets? I have two horses.

Message to show exhibitors?
Call me before your tee time, so I can make sure your horses get fed. I love my job & our customers!

Showpark • Del Mar Horse Park

14550 El Camino Real
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 481-9085

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EquestriSol News

  Available now in Hunter Jumper Magazine, with Pegasus client Catherine Tracy & Ghostrider on the cover, are new ads for Bay Rose and Fremont Hills and don’t miss Blue Ribbon Law, your equine law connection.

Upcoming ads include a nice series for Waldenbrook Farm as well as for Pegasus Show Stable in Show Biz Magazine. We just submitted ads for the Menlo Charity Horse Show Program, one of our top West Coast boutique shows. Look for these generous sponsors: Blue Ribbon Law, Round Meadow Farm, Pegasus Show Stable, Bay Rose and Joie Gatlin - Morley Abey Show Jumping.

And congratulations to Joie Gatlin, Kasey Ament, Laura Teodori and Mike Endicott all featured in this issue.

Good luck to the WCAR Spruce Team contenders! And it was great seeing everyone at the ROCK STAR Party at the Endicotts.

Don’t forget MOM’S DAY – the new moms at EquestriSol now have a much better understanding why moms deserve a day to be recognized. So give mom a hug and be nice to her, at least this Sunday!

EquestriSol is excited to announce the launch of two new web sites - www.karenhealeystables.com and www.lasallefarms.com.

We are working on many more exciting projects – including our own logo (did you notice it has changed?) and web site. We love to hear from you, so keep giving us your feedback. Our next EquestriSol newsletter is in the works for Memorial Day and during the June series at Oaks Blenheim. Summer is around the corner. Wow.

What can we do for you?

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Susie Hutchison


  I was privledged to interview one of the West Coast’s – actually the Nation’s – most renowned show jumping riders, Susie Hutchison.

  Susie Hutchison is not only an icon of the show jumping world, but a truly charming person and an outstanding horseman. Her impressive show jumping accomplishments include winning Leading West Coast Rider and American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year, competing as a member of both the United States Equestrian Team and the World Championship Team in The Hague, and riding in four World Cup Finals.

  Among the names of her famous horses are Samsung Woodstock, ASAP, High Heels, Bugs Bunny and America I. She has won five cars competing over the years.

  Some years ago, Susie was helping Marybeth Molt and teaching clinics in the Temecula area. When Marybeth heard Susie was looking to make a change of location, she offered her a 20-stall barn on 20 acres. It is a beautiful facility very close to Galloway Downs with riding trails and grass paddocks. Susie has run her full service training operation from Temecula for six years now. “I could not be happier!” Susie exclaimed, “We all get along great and I bought a house eight miles from the barn.”

  Speaking highly of the two assistants who help her both at home and at shows, Susie said, “Britt Harley does a fabulous job with the young horses as well as with the equitation horses and riders. J.K. Williams works part time and covers things at home when I am on the road. Both girls are great and I am lucky to have them!”

El Dorado 29’s Cantano
  I noted that she had recently won some big classes with a horse named Cantano and asked Susie to tell us a little bit about this wonderful horse that looks to be on his way to a very successful career.
  Imported as a stallion by a client of Sandy Aston’s, Cantano was started in the 1.00m classes. Sandy and his owner at the time asked Susie to ride Cantano in the six-year-old division of the west coast Young Jumper Finals and she accepted. Sandy, also a renowned horsewoman who has recognized and trained many a talented horse and rider, could see the potential of this pair and decided to ask the Iversons to purchase the young stallion for Susie to ride. Jim and Pat Iverson of El Dorado 29 have been involved in equestrian sport for many years. They also owned Southshore, a top Grand Prix horse piloted by Richard Spooner some years ago.

Susie Hutchison and El Dorado 29’s Cantano. Photo © Maria Morgan for Captured Moment Photography

  Since moving to Temecula, Susie has had the privilege of working with Sandy. With Susie as rider and Sandy as groundperson and consultant, this team has achieved success on horses for The Oaks, Jenny McLaughlin, Susie’s private clients and now the Iversons. “Sandy is an invaluable part of the team,” Susie said.

  In less than two years, now eight years old, Cantano has advanced from the 1.00m to 1.45m.

Big Wins (and some lessons along the way)
  Cantano did his first 1.45 m class at the Oaks Spring Classic II and handled it beautifully so they decided to give the Grand Prix a shot. Susie beamed, “He was fabulous and won the class!” Next stop on the mileage trail was Del Mar, always a good place to give a young horse experience in the indoor arena under the lights. In the night class, Cantano stopped at the liverpool jump, where there as a glaring reflection in the water from the lights. “I felt like saying to him, ‘Sorry, that startled me too!’’ In the next big class Susie made a rider error that caused a little problem at the skinny. By Saturday at Del Mar Susie and Cantano were in sync and won the $7,500 Open Jumper Class.

  “This is how I think it will go with him for now – we will bounce back and forth a little between classes and he will let us know when to step up or step down. He is fun to ride and he loves the jump-offs. I am ecstatic since I have not had a horse in a while that wants to play the game like this. If he gets himself into a little trouble or to a place that I would rather not be, it’s like he says, ‘Don’t worry – I got it!’”

Bright Future
  Susie’s future goals with him, of course, will depend on how things go, but she would like to compete in the eight year old finals and the Grand Prix series at Oaks-Blenheim this summer. “Maybe next year we’ll try to qualify for the Las Vegas Grand Prix and the year after that, the World Cup Finals. No matter what, I am having a wonderful time. It is fun to have a new jumper with these great characteristics. He is a cross between America I and Woodstock - it doesn’t get much better than that!”

  Susie’s enthusiasm is contagious, you can feel the positive energy she exudes about this horse. Of course we would all love to see Susie and Cantano at the World Cup Finals, so we’ll keep an eye out and wish you both all the best!

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March 17th, 2008


  Growing up around horses, I could handle watching them get sold. I could even handle watching them get hurt, and could usually keep a stiff upper lip when the vet would say that this particular horse was not going to be able to do its job anymore, but watching them die was something I had never had to deal with. None of the horses at my mother’s barn had ever encountered any life-threatening injuries, and even the school horses were sent off to an old friend’s stable when their time loomed near. This, however, all changed on March 17th.

  My horse died. My horse Tustin, whom I purchased from Europe as a five year old, who took me from borderline terrifying rounds in the Modified Junior Jumpers to wins in the High Junior Jumpers, who tolerated my mistakes like an old school master even though he was barely eight years old, who would stand stock still as four-year-old riding school students (and myself, of course!) fawned over him, who would leave the ground from any distance at any jump without question, shattered his pastern bone in the turn-out.

Laura Ware and Tustin at HITS Indio 2006. Photo © Flying Horse Photography

  This simply was not supposed to happen. This is my last junior year; we were supposed to qualify for Junior Young Riders together, and Prix Des States at Harrisburg, and maybe even Washington or Devon, and then, when this beloved, amazing horse could no longer do what I asked of him, he was going to be some lucky kid’s children’s jumper until he was at least 20 years old. All I’ve ever wanted was to become a Grand Prix rider, and after finally hitting the High Junior Jumper mark, I felt so incredibly close. I had so many dreams for myself and my little horse, and, in the time it takes to pull the plunger on a syringe, watching them all float away was unbelievably hard to deal with. Unfortunately, these things happen, and I’m glad I had the pleasure of owning and riding this very special horse. We grew by leaps and bounds together, and he was, and will probably always remain, my absolute favorite.

  I don’t know how to say this without sounding cheesy, but receiving everyone’s condolences was wonderfully heartwarming. Hearing all these trainers and competitors and parents say how sorry they were gave me a great sense of belonging; people really do care. I look up to these trainers, and when the ones to whom I’d never really spoken (yet always admired from afar) came over and let me know how sorry they were, it made me feel good, like I wasn’t the only one who thought my little horse was great. I really wanted to be able to keep my feet in the jumper ring (hunters and equitation are fun, but nothing compares to going fast and jumping big!), so Archie Cox was kind enough to arrange for me to ride Marnix G, a horse who used to be in training with him, but is now at Joie Gatlin and Morley Abey’s barn. I got to show Marnix in the Low Junior Jumpers at the first two Oaks horse shows, and had a blast. Tustin was the only jumper I had ever ridden over anything bigger than 3’9”, so it was nice to be able to prove to myself that I am capable of successfully piloting a different horse over a decent-sized course.

  I’m young and impatient and hate having to accept the fact that my goals are being delayed, but my parents have been generous enough to purchase another young jumper prospect. Hopefully this horse will eventually be able to take me back up to where I was, and will be able to stand the inevitable comparisons to his flawless predecessor. As the wise adults have been telling me, life goes on!

Laura Listens is brought to you by Laura Ware. Winner of the 2007 LAHSA Junior Medal Finals and a recipient of the 2008 WCAR Jumper Rider Grant, Laura rides with First Field Farm and often trains with Archie Cox. She is very successful in the all three disciplines on her own mounts as well as catch riding other horses.

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Remember to stretch!


  Ani Taddeo specializes in Sports Massage Therapy for both horses and humans. Her first piece of advice to all of us equestrians and equines is:

Remember to stretch!

Is your lower back aching after riding?

  Tight hamstrings are often the cause of lower back pain. Here’s how you can help current aches and possibly avoid them in the future:

A simple 5 minute hamstring stretch you can do in the tack room:
    • Sit with legs stretched straight out in front of you
    • Gently reach for your toes
    • Hold (don’t bounce!), then repeat
    • Take left hand and reach for right toe, then reverse and take right hand and reach for left toe
    • Repeat several times
    • If you do this on a regular basis, your back will thank you!

A simple and gentle stretch you can do with your horse in the stall:
    • Prepare your horse for stretching by patting him from front to back
    • Be certain to support the fetlock and hold the front of the hoof (toe)
    • Pull hind leg forward gently about 6 inches off the ground (just don’t let him step on your fingers!)
    • Hold (don’t bounce here either), then repeat
    • Repeat with other leg
    • You may notice a difference in the ride if you practice this stretch regularly

These stretches brought to you by: GRAND PRIX E.S.M.T. Ani Taddeo
House, Barn or Tack Room, Ani can work with you & your horse. Located in Encinitas, CA. Call for an appointment: 650-269-7401

Note: All stretching should be approached with caution. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor or practitioner.

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Our Stalwart Stewards


  We all know, love, respect, and at times fear them – our “Show must go on” back gate stewards. This past week at the Del Mar National, with only three rings running in close proximity, we were able to hear and appreciate all of them. An interesting switch from the norm had everyone on his or her toes. Janet Fall, who usually dominates the Jumper ring, and Dina Happy, who controls the hunter ring, switched rings. So Dina was giving one-minute gate calls for jumpers, and Janet was giving one-minute gate calls in the hunter ring; who ever heard of such a thing?

  We may ignore them or grumble about them, but let’s think about it. Those back gate stewards listen to all of our excuses - why we are late, why we might need to go early, that Susie Q has to wait for her trainer, etc. and yet still keep the show ring running relatively smoothly.

  However with what can be a thankless job, they still send you in the ring with good luck wishes. They might be seen trying to catch your horse after you’ve parted company or wiping the dirt off of your hat. They are happy for you when you win and comfort you when you lose. They entertain us throughout a sometimes very long day. We appreciate you guys. For all that you do, this Back Gate Snippet is for you. Thank you!

Doc Nissen Remembered


  It’s not often that I have the time to write these days. As we were preparing the Back Gate for this issue, Tammy asked me to include information on the Dr. Nissen Memorial Fund. Of course I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to support our community in any way that I can. So please see the pertinent information below about how you can contribute to this truly worthwhile fund.

  As I thought about Doc Nissen once again, memories came flooding back - watching Twinkie, little person that she is, pilot hunters large and small beautifully around a course. When she entered the ring, you knew she would very likely find eight jumps and glean a prize if not the win. Setting up the ramps to load his daughter Wendy in the van, on our way out to dinner, always laughing and joking about who did what that day at the show. Riding horses at their place in Walnut Creek, as Doc Nissen nursed them back to health. He saved many an injured horse, ones that were thought to not have a chance of recovery. Wendy announced at the back gate with authority, but was always friendly. She knew every horse and rider. Until very recently, I would see Doc Nissen cruise around in his golf cart with wooden cabinets chock-full of veterinarian vitals.

  I remember feeling like family as I hung out with the Nissens and their dogs, at least six or more little yappers (and I think it may have been up to nine or so). I wish I could claim I remembered all their names, but I could hardly tell them apart.

  Doc, Twinkie and Wendy were an important part of my horse community in Northern California. They always made me feel at home and we shared many, many laughs.
I know through the years, Doc Nissen was at countless horse shows both North and South, always available to lend a helping hand. He was a known entity in our horse show community and we will all miss his presence.

  I read that he passed doing what he loved, something we all wish for, and I’m thankful he went peacefully.

  I tip my helmet and an array of horses out there tip their hooves to this veterinarian. Please say hi to Wendy for us too, Doc. We miss you.


 The Dr. Nissen Memorial Fund, in care of the family, has been set up in his honor.
 Donations can given in several ways:
   - During Ranch & Coast at the WCAR booth
   - At any Wells Fargo bank, you can earmark a donation to the Dr. Nissen Memorial Fund
   - By mail to: The Nissen Family, 4000 Rolling Hills Road, Sheridan, California, 95681
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