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ETI National Horse Show and Convention

Brent Lamb jumps a crossrail on his gray mule Dolly Madison

Brent Lamb and his mule Dolly Madison compete in an ETI event.

The Equestrian Trails Inc. National Horse Show and Convention takes place July 26-29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, with two related events taking place at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center ―the Driving Show on July 14 and the Trail Trials on July 15.

Riders from ETI’s 35 local “Corrals” will compete in dozens of classes in Western pleasure and performance, hunters, jumpers, dressage, driving and trail trials.

Select classes will earn participants double points toward year-end high-point awards. There is also a Gymkhana Buckle Series and a Trial Rider Award Program (TRAP). Trail trials typically consist of 2-3 hour rides with natural (or simulated natural) obstacles along the way.

The festivities include the first annual “ETI Convention Mixer,” a barbecue on July 27 at Bette Davis Park (corner of Riverside and Victory), 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are only $5. Program includes a silent auction.

Karleigh Farmer poses in a black cowboy hat with her horse.

Corral 77’s Karleigh Farmer is a candidate for ETI Jr. Miss.

All events are open to non-members, but to collect points competitors must be registered ETI members who have signed up for the high-point circuit and registered for their classes in advance.

ETI also has a Junior Ambassador Program open to ETI youth age 7-21 that culminates in honors bestowed at the National Show. Junior Ambassador Queen, King, Jr. Miss, Jr. Prince, Little Miss and Little Prince crowns are the competition categories, with candidates evaluated on horsemanship, poise, personality and the results of a written test.

High-Point Circuit, contact Stacie Wright, 805-732-3113, etihighpoint@yahoo.com

Trail Rider Award Program (TRAP) contact Carol Elliott, 760-963-8209, happy2appy@yahoo.com

Trial Trials, contact Kimberly Dwight, 661-478-2770, jdwight@aol.com

Gymkhana series, contact Tracy Boldroff, tracyboldroff@sbcglobal.net

For general information about the National Show, or on the Junior Ambassador Program contact the main office at  818-698-6200, eti@etinational.com or visit www.etinational.com.


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