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Spring Stampede English/Western Horse Show

California State Horsemen’s Association, Region 5
 Spring Stampede English/Western Horse Show  1999-2007, 2009-2010 & 2012
Robertson Park, Livermore, CA

I started volunteering to help out at the show back in 1999. In 2002 and 2003 I co-managed the show with Russ Shover. In 2004, I took over as Manager. The weather had always been a challenge for a show that time of year (last Sunday in April). It was pouring rain the day before the show in 2005 and still 65 horses and riders showed up to compete. In 2006, we had a whole month of rain in April. The week before the show it cleared up and we had a record number of competitors come out to show that day. 118!

The Show arena at Robertson Park now has a roof so no one has to worry about getting sunburned or drenched. We had another great day of showing with 112 horses and riders on April 29, 2007. It was the first time that I had added several classes to the list, including: Showmanship – Green Handler (which I sponsored), Gaited Pleasure, SaddleSeat Equitation, Green Horse Pleasure, Green Rider Equitation and Open classes in each division. Our Judge, Nancy Luck, did an excellent and very efficient job keeping the show running in a timely manner. She also came back to Judge in 2009 and we had a good turn out as well.

It has been a real pleasure managing the Spring Stampede English/Western Horse Show. I enjoyed getting to know the competitors and their families. It was always nice to see the same competitors come back year after year and I have seen some real improvements in their horsemanship skills. I also made sure to have cookies and carrots for the horses at every show! I have received many compliments and “thank you”s for putting on a well-run and fun show :)

I did not manage the show in 2008, but I returned to manage in 2009 and 2010!
May 2, 2010 Robertson Park, Livermore, CA; Judge: Lauren Murrell

Classes in Halter, Showmanship, LeadLine, Western and English
New this year were non-judged Warm-Up classes, WJ Hobby Horse Rookie Rewards Novice Horsemanship, Youth/AA & Open Reining and Gaited Pleasure for both Western & English. Great prizes :)
Show was a huge success with over 100 horses and riders. The weather was great! Congratulations to all the winners!!
Photos are available on
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April 29th, 2012 I helped manage the show from the east coast! Created the class list with help of a show committee, created the show premium, hired the judge, produced the patterns, recruited and trained the volunteers, and stayed glued to my phone for texts and Facebook updates throughout the entire show day. It was a great turnout. The show ran long, but was a success all in all.
Be sure to mark your calendars for April 28th, 2013 for the 20th Anniversary Spring Stampede Horse show!