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2015 Show Season is
in Full Swing!
We're still riding, having tons of fun at home
and at shows - but we've been using the power of
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Facebook page to keep up with our latest exploits.
We haven't given up on our website by any means,
but with the ease and accessibility of Facebook,
we can get our photos, brags, and events up quickly.
Besides, we love sharing and reading everyone's
feedback! Come like our photos, and at the end of
the year we'll select the favorites and highlights
to post in our photo gallery to save for posterity.
YVEC at RAAC 2014!!!
August 9 & 10, 2014, found Yucca Valley
Equestrian Center riders at the Del Mar Horse
Show Park, participating in one of the region's
biggest dressage competitions. And they did
The event was the California Dessage Society's
Southern Division Regional Adult Amateur Competition
(know as RAAC). YVEC had three riders qualify
this year, Cristina, Suzette, and Lindi.
Cristina Kayvon-Pierce and Baltimore took
first place in the Training Level Novice Division,
with a score of 74.8%. That score also earned
her the award for Adult Amateur Novice Division
High Score, and placed Baltimore as the High
Score Trakehner for the show, all divisions
First place in the Intro Level Novice Division
(Test C) went to Dr. Lindi Kopecko and Fernie,
with a score of 68%
Suzette White and Frisk placed 8th in Training
Level Test 3 Novice and 9th in First Level
Test 3 Novice.
Congratulations to Cristina, Suzette, and
Dr. Lindi, and their trainer Cindy - all your
hard work and dedication to this fun but demanding
sport has really paid off!
Cristina and Baltimore
A lot of work goes into
the show prep, too!
Dr. Lindi and Fernie
Cristina and Baltimore
The 2014 Show season
is off to a great start
& Wyatt, Suzette & Frisk, Haley &
Hannah, Helen & BB, and Debbi & Slim
all made their 2014 show season starts this
March. Riding in dressage schooling shows,
each pair did very well. Good scores and the
personal goals that were achieved say this
is going to be a fun year for YVEC.
Cindy & Wyatt showed their first time
at Second Level.
Suzette & Frisk and Haley & Hannah
showed in Training Level.
Helen & BB and Debbi & Slim showed
in Basic Level Western Dressage.
Haley and Hannah
2014: Cows come to YVEC
Ten lovely black cows have taken up
residence at YVEC! Riders who are intersted in learning
cow work now have the opportunity to ride with these
guys and allow their horses to work cows. The below
photos show CIndy and Dr. P. helping the cows to
stay healthy and happy!
Hey YVEC! Congratulations on
a great 2013 show season!
2013 was a good show year for boarders
and students at YVEC in all disciplines. From traditional
Dressage to Cowboy Up (Western Dressage, Extreme
Obstacle Trail, and Cow Events), our friends worked
hard and it paid off in a lot of fun as well as
big improvements for everyone.
Princeton reached some personal bests at Training
||Haley & Hannah have
turned into a super pair at Training Level for
their first show season together. Haley is doing
a great job getting into tune with this young
||Cindy & Wyatt took
#1 Mustang in the nation at First Level Dressage;
and their national titles include Top 100 All-Breed
First Level and Top 20 Vintage First Level.
Cowboy Up Events
B.B. had some excellent runs in the Trail Division
and good scores in the Western Dressage Division,
making for a wonderful first show season for
||Bill & Mac participated
in their very first show ever and did a fine
||Dr. Petrus & Penny
competed in both the Western Dressage and Trail
Divisions. It was a first show season for this
pair as well, and they earned very respctable
||Alyce & Smokey had
their first outing together in Western Dressage,
and are looking forward to more!
||Vickie & Slim participated
in their first trail class at these events,
and did very well.
||Debbi & Slim also participated
in one show in both the Trail and Western Dressage,
and had a great time as well as getting some
Check out the Gallery for photos
from this year, and just wait 'til next year!
Congrats to Cindy and Johnny!
Cindy Lapp is the new owner of Johnny,
whom she broke to ride for Cindy and Ken Crow. Johnny
is now a resident at YVEC and Cindy hopes to compete
in Western Dressage and Cow Events when his training
is complete. Congratulations Cindy!
Congratulations to Cindy on her
Extreme Mustang Makeover Performance, and to Joe
on his New Horse, Hannah!
Cindy and Hannah gave a series of
excellent performances to place 9th overall in the
2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Norco on May 20th.
They did a great job through all three days.
Hannah tied for the second
highest selling price of the event, and her lucky
winner was Joe, the owner of Big John, already a
boarder here at YVEC! We wish them the best of luck
and lots of fun as they learn with each other!
We are also proud of Joe for the
other horse he bought! At the auction, one of the
trainers described the charity work she is involved
with, and stated that she'd really like to bring
her horse home with her. The children at her Theraputic
Riding program had fallen in love with Gypsy, and
she wanted to continue her training so Gypsy could
become a therapy horse. Other bidders chose to try
to buy gypsy, and the price became too high for
the trainer to compete with. Rather than ler her
lose the horse, Joe began bidding, and won Gypsy
- then promptly donated her back to her trainer
for use in the Therapy program. Good luck to Gypsy
and her trainer!
Good Job Johhny!
Cindy and Johnny are making great progress in
their training these days! Johnny belongs to Cindy's
sister-in-law, Cindy, and her husband Ken. He
has been in training with Cindy for a couple months
now, and is doing very well!
New boarder Princeton and owners
Kristina and Daniel joined us at YVEC just in
time for the Spring Eq-Games! We look forward
to riding with them often!
Zeke is a 3 year old mustang adopted
from BLM Ridegcrest by Debbi Sullivan on February
13th (in a wind storm, no less!). Zeke is part of
the BLM's TIP program (Cindy is a certified TIP
trainer), and Cindy will be working with Debbi as
part of her 'Train the Trainer'
program. Cindy's unique program allows those with
an interest in training their own horse to do so,
with her supervision, guidance, and aid to be sure
everyone progresses to their desired goals. We wish
Debbi and Zeke luck & fun in their journey!
Congratulations to Art Strong!
His new colt was born 2/6/12! He's
by Curb Appeal (AQHA) and out of Tick Tock Total
(ApHC) The picture below was taken at 13 days old,
so we know he's a strong little guy! Good luck Art
with your new colt!
Congratulations to Kristen and welcome
to her new horse Japanese Comet, or "J.C."
After an extensive search for a new event horse,
Kristen tried 5 year old ex-racehorse JC in Northern
California. The pair clicked instantly and now JC
is enjoying the desert while Kristen begins his
schooling over jumps. Good luck Kristen and JC!
Congratulations to Amanda and welcome
to Santos! Amanda met Santos at this year's Extremem
Mustang Makeover in Norco, CA, while she was there
grooming for Cindy and Wyatt. After the Makeover,
Santos was adopted at auction by another Moronogo
Basin resident. When she was unable to keep Santos,
Amanda stepped in and adopted the 3 year old BLM
mustang as her own. Santos is now in training with
Amanda and Cindy and is doing well and learning
new things. Amanda and Santos were in the Yucca
Valley Town Grubstakes Days Parade in May, will
be participating in the MBHA Pony Express this October,
and hope to start their show career soon. Good Luck
Amanda and Santos!
September 3rd and 4th,
2011 - Cindy competes at the Temecula Valley CDS
Cindy rode Blondie and Rick, and handled
Suzette White's 2year old Frisk, at the show in
Temecula. Blondie competed in Training Level on
tests 2 and 3, and came out with a first, a second,
and two thirds in her classes! Cindy continues to
work with Blondie on advancing her movements and
improving consistency in competetion.
Rick competed for the first time at the Prix St
George level, and Cindy got to debut her shadbelly
at this level! They did very well at their first
outing, bringing home two 4ths.
Frisk competed in the In-Hand Conformation class
with Cindy at the lead, acheiving his highest score
to date! He brought home a 1st in the 2year old
Stallion/Gelding class, and was Reserve Champion
2year old Stallion/Gelding. Congratulations to Cindy,
Suzette, and all the horses! Be sure to check out
more photos from the day on the Gallery
Blondie Zee, Training Level |
Mr. Gee's Ric-a-Tic, Prix St.
Frisk, In-Hand Conformation
Karen & Jesster's
Congratulations to Karen on her very first ride
on her horse Jesster! Jesster came to YVEC a recently
gelded adult Arabian who had never been ridden.
In trianing with Cindy since his arrival, Jesster
has been making great progress on his saddle training
while Karen has been honing her riding skills on
her other lovely horse, Palo. On Saturday, April23rd,
Karen got to ride Jesster for the very first time!
They pair stayed with walking around the arena until
they get to know one another better, but they did
a good job for their first time!
to Claire Youmans on getting her new horse
Claire is fostering Aero, a Tennesse Walking
Horse, from White Rock Horse Rescue. He is
currently in full training with Cindy and
Claire rides him twice a week, with the eventual
goal of getting involved in Mounted Search
Good luck Claire and welcome Aero!
For a Ride
Briar is a three year old Andalusian-Thoroughbred
cross owned by Cynthia Collins that came to
YVEC recently to begin her under-saddle training.
After ground and roundpen work, Briar had
her first ride this week - the first week
of March, 2011! She did very well from that
first day, working at the walk, trot, and
canter in both directions. She is coming along
better every day. Congratulations Briar!
Becomes a Trainer for the Extreme Mustang Makeover,
Norco, CA, 2011
The Extreme Mustang Makeover is a competition/fundraiser/conservation
effort developed by the Mustang Heritage Foundation
to showcase the trainability and versatility of
the BLM Mustang. Trainers must apply and be accepted
to participate in an event. If selected, they receive
their horse on a set day, then have 90 days to train
that horse for a final 2-day competition that demonstrates
what they've learned both on trail and in the arena.
Cindy was accepted as a trainer for the event in
Norco, CA, that takes place in May - she received
her horse on Friday, February 11th! The YVEC will
be keeping a running journal of their progress on
Mustang Makeover Page, and putting progressive
pictures in our gallery and on Facebook. Check back
to see how the pair is doing, and join us in Norco
on May 13th and 14th to cheer them on! If you are
interested in owning the mustang Cindy trained,
all the participating horses will be available for
auction following the event on May 15th!
Apple Valley gets a
Congratulations to Brenda Waddington
of Apple Valley on her purchase of Starr Struckk,
also known as "Sissy". The Arab mare takes
her place as a 'horse about town', trail riding
and receiving all the pampering she can handle.
We wish them fun and luck!
New to the Morgan
Congratulations to Capt. Bill and
Helen Morgan on their purchase of McGuiness, a 6
year old Gypsy Vanner cross. "Mac" will
pair with Bill for trail riding at home, and he
and Helen are working at YVEC with Cindy on his
dressage moves. Good luck and have fun!
Slim takes 3rd place
at MBHA "Not So" Extreme Cowboy Race
Debbi Sullivan and GS Sundown Slim
came in 3rd place at the Morongo Basin Horsemen's
Association "Not So" Extreme Cowboy Race
April 10th, 2010. The obstacles at this year's race,
held at Geronimo Ranch, were excellent and very
similar to the sanctioned Extreme Cowboy Events.
Slim and Debbi performed well, ending in a three-way
tie for first place in the standings when the horsemanship
points were tallied. Race time was the deciding
factor that placed the pair in third overall. They
look forward to the next competition!
MBHA Race 4/10/10
Slim Plays Well with
Others at Cowboy Race Practice
Debbi Sullivan and GS Sundown Slim
took part in the California Cowboy Racers Extreme
Cowboy Race practice on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
at Liberty Oaks Ranch in Murrietta.
|This was a chance for Slim
and Debbi to try out some of the bigger obstacles
for the first time, and Slim handled it well! The
pair took part in a mock race that day, and though
the race was not 'placed', they received 5 out of
6 pluses for working obstacles, as well as comments
of a very smooth and flowing ride. See more photos
in the gallery.
Suzette White Moves
Ahead into New Show Season 2010
Suzette and Tally have started their
2010 show season. Struggling with connection at
First Level, they had scores of 55% and 59% in tests
1 and 2 at Dressage Getaway in Thermal on Feb. 13.
Spending two days at the Del Mar Horsepark on Mar.
12 and 13 for the Dressage Affaire, they saw an
improvement in their scores at First Level: 56%,
61%, 61%, and 62%, good enough for two first place
and two third place ribbons, and qualifying them
for the 2010 Regional Adult Amateur Championships
(RAAC) in August.
Carol Bell takes prize
at LA Equestrian Center
Carol Bell, who got her start with
her first riding lessons here at YVEC in 2007, won
her class at the CRHA Reining Show at the LA Equestrian
Center in January, 2010. Congratulations Carol!
YVEC Reiners participate
in Willowbrook Show
Cindy Lapp and Debbi Sullivan rode
in the reining class at Willowbrook Riding Club's
Western Show on October 14th, 2007. Cindy rode Good
For Plenty ("Midge") in NRHA pattern 1,
and achieved a stellar performance including some
of Midge's best slide stops yet.
Debbi Sullivan rode her 3 year old
horse G.S. Sundown Slim ("Slim") in this,
his very first show, for the experience - and ended
up winning the class. Slim continues to improve
on his reining moves every day.
Although it became too dark for photos
of the actual reining runs, there are a couple of
our reining participants in the gallery.
The Mustang Babies clean
up in Bishop!
The seventh Annual Wild Horse and
Mustang Show in Bishop, CA, was held on September
28 - 29, 2007. YVEC resident mustangs D.H. Callahan
and Mustang Kani competed in the show with their
owners, Laura and Rich Jaeger and Samantha Olesiak.
Sam and Kani too 3rd in Mare Halter
2 yrs and Under, 1st in In-Hand Trail; with a score
of 79%, 1st in In-Hand Barrel Racing, and 2nd in
In-Hand Pole Bending. This led to Kani being named
Champion High Point In-Hand Pair, and was awarded
a leather Western show bridle.
Laura and Cal took 4th in Gelding
Halter 2yr and Under, 5th in In-Hand Trail with
a score of 74%, and 3rd in In-Hand Pole Bending.
The group was awarded 1st place in
the horse Costume Contest (Chain Gang), and 2nd
in Barn Decorating (Jail Cells). The mustangs are
1 1/2 years old this year, and were adopted by their
owners in October of 2006.
Photos of the event are in the gallery.
Laura Jaeger guides
Fern to first place
Owner/trainer Laura Jaeger led Picfernadera
to a first place in Dressage Sport Horse In-Hand
2yr Fillies with a score of 70.3% on September 16th
in Ramona, CA. In the Championship class, Fern received
her second Qualifier for Region 7 finals. Laura
also entered the Jr/Amatuer Handler Class and received
first place with a score of 74.3%.
Photos in the gallery.
Fern received Grand Champion American
Warmblood Filly 2yrs & Under at the Cool August
Night Show on August 26th, 2007. Fern scored 63.2%
at this show, which was held at the Los Angeles
Equestrian Center. She also placed 7th in Dressage
Sport horse In-Hand 2yr Fillies with a score of
Photos in the gallery.
earns top marks in Ramona
On July 22, 2007, YVEC resident Fern
took first place in Dressage Sport Horse In-Hand
2yr Fillies with a score of 76.4%. at the show in
Ramona, California. In the Championship class, she
received Qualifier Third Place, which qualifies
her for Region 7 finals in Northern California in
October. Fern is shown and trained by owner Laura
See her winning photos in the gallery.
YVEC Dressage Riders
make strong marks at the Gold Rush Farm Dressage
Show in Phelan, CA
Maureen Hartness marked a 56 percent
on her adopted mustang, Lord Shelby Fettiplace,
on Saturday, July 16th at the High Desert Chapter
CDS show in Phelan, CA. This was Shelby's second
show, and Maureen's first, and the pair turned in
a lovely performance on their Training Level Test
1 in the Adult Amateur Division. Shelby also completed
two Training Level Tests in the Open Division, with
Cindy aboard, and earned a first place ribbon!
Mr. Gee's Ric a Tic entered two Training
Level tests, ridden this time by Katie Tate in her
first Dressage Competition. Katie earned a first
and second place for her tests.
A large group from YVEC turned out
to support Katie and Maureen in their first show,
and we are very proud of our riders! We look forward
to their next competition.
Photos are in the Gallery.
his debut at ECI Rancho Mirage
On May 19th, 2007, YVEC resident and
BLM adopted mustang Lord Shelby Fettiplace made
his debut in the dressage ring at ECI Rancho Mirage,
earing scores in the 60s for his two Training Level
tests - high enough to place him first for both
tests! "Shelby" was adopted and received
his early training from owner Maureen Hartness,
and he is now in full dressage training with Cindy
Cindy rode him in this, his first
competetion; as well as competing in fourth level
classes with her own horse, Mr. Gees Rick a Tic.
Pictures of both horses are in the
YVEC Riders compete
at Chino Hills Equestrian Park
May 6th, 2007, was a day of very rewarding
'firsts' for Yucca Valley Equestrian Center students.
Megan Lay took two first place ribbons at the Hunt
Cup Series Show in Chino Hills - not only was this
Megan's first time competing in jumper-level classes,
it was also the first time she has ever ridden a
timed jump-off event. Under her guidance, her mount
Spring Fling made all the tight turns necessary
to win the classes.
For Caitlin Hendrick's young horse
Dan Delany, this was his first show over fences.
Dan took ribbons in both hunter and jumper classes,
with the highlights being a second place ribbon
in a flat class with over 15 participants, and a
third in an over-fences class with over 15 participants.
Both riders are looking forward to
their next competetions. Pictures in the Gallery.
Cindy and Mr. Gees Rick
A Tick compete at ECI Rancho Mirage
Cindy and Rick rode two Fourth-Level
Dressage tests at the Dressage Show at ECI Rancho
Mirage on March 17th, 2007 (St. Patrick's Day!)
. Despite high temperatures the pair did very well,
garnering not only good scores but a comment from
the judge of "Nice ride!" after the first
Cindy participates in George Morris
On December 19th and 20th, 2006, Cindy
was invited to participate in a jumping clinic with
reknowned hunter/jumper judge and Olympic Equestrian
Team Chef D'Equip George Morris. The Clinic took
place at E.C.I. Rancho Mirage, and Cindy rode the
YVEC-bred Quarter Horse mare, Summer. Cindy participated
in the clinic to gain new insights into teaching
and training techniques for her hunter/jumper students,
as well as to improve on Summer's performance over
The clinic covered everything from
appropriate tack and show-ring dress, to complicated
series of gymnastic jumps designed to test and refine
even the most advanced horses and riders. It was
a fun and educational two days for both spectators
and participants, and a high point for Cindy was
hearing George Morris comment that Summer, who has
just begun her jumping career, was a lovely horse!
Valley Equestrian Center welcomes our newest addition!
On May 6th, 2005, our Quarter Horse mare Good For
Plenty ("Midge") gave birth to a healthy
new stud colt, sired by Monolito's Gold of Eastside
Ranch. This little buckskin guy represents third
generation breeding for Yucca Valley Equestrian
Center, as mom "Midge" is a product of
our breeding program as well. Mother and foal are
On February 6th, 2005, Yucca Valley Equestrian
Center was host to the first Ranch Horse Competition,
with 3 more events planned for this year. The
competitions are held in conjunction with Yucca
Valley's Ranch Horse Partnership, and are open
to riders and their horses at various skill levels.
The Competition featured a dry work pattern event,
a trail obstacle course, and two cow events -
sorting and penning, and rail work.
of the Competition!
Cindy and Mr. Gees Rick a
Cindy and Country Girl's Cadillac
(Murphy) had a very successful 2004 show year.
They were High Score Horse and Rider combo at
four triple rated shows, and finished the season
as CDS Pomona Chapter Training Level Horse of
the year. Cindy and Murphy finished in the top
20 horses at the CDS Futurity and were 12th in
the state Training Level.
Cindy and Mr. Gees Rick a Tic had
a successful season as well. The pair competed
in Third and Fourth Level, and Rick qualified
for the CDS Championship show (but was not shown).
Lately Cindy and Rick have been schooling with
Axel Steiner, preparing for Prix St. George.
For fun, Cindy rode her mustang
Nevada Sage in a few shows this year. He did quite
well for a little wild thing! Watch for him next
year with one of Cindy's Junior Riders.