Chestnut Hill riders and their horses earned terrific ’08 year-end awards from USEF, PCHA and Nor Cal. At the recent NorCal banquet, riders (from left to right in photo above) Gwen McLaughlin brought home a Championship in the Small/Medium Pony hunter division with Mercury, pro Katharina Coleman collected a Reserve Championship in the Pre-Green division with Kat Taylor’s horse – Kingsford, Kelley LaFond hold a Championship ribbon for the Equitation 18 – 35 division with her horse Sporting United, and Grace McLaughlin displays her Reserve Championship in the Childrens Hunter division with Olympic. Check out all the year-end results by clicking on the “Results” button in the navigation bar above. Congratulations to all!
Cited by Victor Hugo-Vidal as “one of Littauer’s last well-known pupils,” Bernie Traurig returned to Chestnut Hill for a two-day clinic. Traurig – the only rider to have competed on all three United States Equestrian Team squads – challenged the small groups of riders to expand the limits of their knowledge and ability through work over a variety of flat and jumping exercises. Traurig continually sought to provide riders a “visual” of what he wanted done by offering ground as well as mounted demonstrations. His instruction was tough, technical and exacting as well as fun and encouraging.