CGA District 8 hosted the "biggest little saddle show" July 6, 7 and 8th at the Monterey County Posse Grounds, Salinas CA. They awarded seven saddles to the top riders of this show. In addition to the saddles, saddle pads, headstall and breastcollar sets, beautiful stirrups, jackpots were included. The list of awards was endless.
Because the 4th of July fell in the middle of the week this year, this perfectly organized show capped a wonderful week of patriotic celebrations...horse style!
District 8, Tri-County Riders hosted this great event and went to great lengths to prep the grounds (cudos to Lea Demontigny!), organize what seemed like an army of volunteers, gather some great vendors and help support the community football team at the same time. They had some of the best awards and I would venture to say no one went home without something. The atmosphere was energetic, supportive and good old fashioned fun. Look for this event next year and if possible don't miss it. www.ridecgadistrict8.com
I was invited by Jack Upton Photography jackuptonphoto.photoreflect.com. I met Jack last year at the CGA State Show in Hollister. Jack has been the official photographer for the CGA State Show forever. (I remember purchasing photos from him of my daughter when she was not even a teenager.) Even as busy as he was shooting that event, when we stopped at his booth and asked him about some techniques to capture this fast action sport he was soooo helpful to both myself and my grandson. Now, I have approached photographers at other events and most were not to kind. I am sure they were busy but he took the time to answer my questions. It is apparent he loves the art of photography, photographing horse events and sharing. From what I have been told I was not the first photographer he has helped and I am sure will not be the last. Two and a half days of shooting great action and candid shots. I have and will continue to learn from him.
Check out Jacks' great action shots! jackuptonphoto.photoreflect.com
What I see is a great little club coming together to provide some good clean competition and fun for everyone. They supported a good cause and celebrated the 4th of July in a truly American fashion! Horses!