FOR SALE: Lovely medium pony mare

Lakeview Minuet is a lovely, 14 year-old, 13.2 hand medium pony mare that has been sadly outgrown.  “Cookie” is an ideal first medium pony and is safe, sound, a good mover and jumper.  She most recently scored and “83” at the West Coast Pony finals and is suitable for the Short Stirrup, Children’s Pony and Medium divisions.

Fourth Place in WCE Medal Final!

Congratulations to Grace Lukach and her mare, Angel Smiling on their fourth place finish in the West Coast Equestrian Junior-Amateur Medal Final! The team placed 6th in Round One against a field of 43. They stormed back and won Round Two with a score of 89! What a terrific accomplishment for Grace, Angel, and the whole Chestnut Hill Team!

FOR SALE: Helios

This 16-hand, 10-year-0ld gelding is quiet, honest and sound.  Trained to 3rd-level dressage, Helios is now jumping 2’6 courses.  He’s a very nice mover, kind and handsome.  Helios should make a great child/adult hunter, equitation horse or event prospect.

NorCal Medal Final Wins

NorCal Medal Finals Showcases Equitation Riders

Some come from behind, others take the lead and never look back


Elizabeth Robbins
Sissy Robbins goes straight to the top of the 3′ Medal Final
Photo: Naismith Images

Elizabeth “Sissy” Robbins (Beverly Jovais, trainer) went straight to the top of the NorCal 3’ Medal Final of 47 entries and stayed there. After earning 88 from both judges in the first round and 85.75 in the second, she went into the work off with an average score of 86.87. After a challenging test that included a lengthened posting trot back to the line-up with no stirrups, she was named the champion. Tylor Nowell (Beverly Jovais, trainer) moved up from tenth in the first round and second in the second round to earn the reserve champion title, Camilla Jorst (Lynn Mullins, trainer) was third, and Lauren Andrews (Nancy Hey, trainer) was fourth.

“Winning the first round of the finals was so exciting. I was elated!” Sissy said. “Jonagold felt fantastic. He did everything I asked him to do. In the second round, I was definitely more nervous. It was especially fun to go into the work-off with my barn mate, Tylor Nowell. There was a nice feeling between the four of us out there, everyone wishing each other good luck as we lined up. Riding last in the work-off gave me extra time to think and plan, and Beverly has us practice so many elements at home all year, I felt prepared for the test and just hoped we could do a good job.” And prepared they were–not only did fellow student Tylor come in second, but Kat Taylor was fifth.

“Sissy was the happiest woman on the planet,” Beverly said. “She knew she was on top going into the work off, so for her to hold it together was really great. The test was really tricky, and I give a lot of credit to Lauren, who went first.”

“It was amazing,” Tylor recalled. “I didn’t think I had a chance. My horse felt better today, and I set a better pace.” Her mother Lisa added, “I was really proud of her. She’s only eleven. She had a good weekend.”

Chestnut Hill horses and riders won several other big classes, including Sissy in the $1,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic on her Jonagold, and Tylor won the $1,000 Children’s Hunter Classic aboard her Too Cool and took second with her equitation mount Proverb. Finally, Julia Nagler catch rode Olympic (Grace McLaughlin, owner) to the blue in the $1,500 Junior-Amateur Owner Hunter Classic.

Nearly 100 medal finalists attended this year’s NorCal Medal Finals. “The competition is formidable,” commented show manager Adrian Ward. “Many of them have placed well in Southern California and on the national level.”

Ned Glynn agreed. “I’ve been coming to this show since I was a junior. The NorCal board puts in a lot of effort to make this a nice show, and there’s a high level of competition. It’s a good place to showcase your riders and their abilities.” His wife, Hope won first, second and third in the $3,500 Hunter Challenge.

“The quality goes up every year,” Kelly Van Vleck added, who has coached numerous riders to top finishes in the NorCal Finals.

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While many riders are already setting their sights on next year, there are still a few shows left in the 2010 season. At the LAEC, Gold Coast 7 runs Oct 21-24, the National Preview Nov 10-14 and the L.A. National Nov 17-21. At Hansen Dam, riders have two more chances to earn points for the Maui Trainer Incentive at the Verdugo Hills League Preview Oct 29-30 and the Verdugo Hills Finale Nov 6-7.

NorCal Medal Final & multiple Hunter Classic Wins

Congratulations to Elizabeth Robbins and her mount, Jonagold for besting a field of 47 to win the NorCal Medal Final! Right on their heels were Tylor Nowell and her horse Proverb who did a fantastic job to earn second place.

Chestnut Hill teams also dominated the Hunter Classics: all-around champion Jonagold and his rider Elizabeth demonstrated their versatility by winning the $1,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic; Tylor Nowell won the $1,000 Children’s Hunter Classic with her mount Too Cool and also captured second place with her multi-talented horse, Proverb; the $1,500 Junior Adult-Owner Hunter Classic blue went to Grace McLaughlin’s Olympic, piloted by Julie Nagler.

An incredible effort by team Chestnut Hill.

For Sale: Angel Smiling

“Angel” is a lovely 13-year old, bay, 15.3 hand Warmblood mare.  Winner Hudson Medal Final, Pickwick Medal Final, 3rd place CPHA Medal Final, 2nd place USEF Talent Search Final – gymnastics phase.  Countless blues and tri-colors in the equitation and medal rings.  Owner off to college.  This mare is a treasure.


Congratulations to Tylor Nowell on the purchase of Sinclair, a 5-year old Westfalian gelding.  Look for Sinclair in the Pre-Green ring this year, and the First Year ring in ’11.  Tylor will show her handsome youngster in the Children’s Hunter division.  A big thank you to Dan Silverstone for this lovely horse.