Vicky A. Moon
March 26, 1976
Just a short drive south west of Jacksonville is Ocala, the site of the second stop on the Florida circuit. The show is held on the grounds of the Golden Hills Academy and is flanked by additional property, belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Castro.
Bernie Traurig, absent from the previous show, guided Gozzi and Riot Free to the champion and reserve honors in the highly competitive working hunter division. He won all four of the jumping classes, two on each horse.
In the junior exhibitors division, Betsie Bolger and Katharine Burdsall had a corner of the market for blue ribbons; each won five classes.
Betsie took home the tricolor for the A section of large juniors on her March On. In the small hunter division her Double Take was reserve to Katie Nelson’s Belturbet. In addition she won both the 15-17 classes, over fences and on the flat.
Miss Burdsall won both the USET and AHSA equitation classes. In the A section of large juniors she rode Mr. Don Stewart’s Chadron to the reserve. In the B division she rode her own horse, Old Salt, to the championship.
March 6, 1981
The rotating rider relay was another event new to California. Riders in this event compete as a team of two, and one member takes over whenever the other rider’s horse has a fault, continuing until another fault is incurred, and so on, through two complete rounds of the course.
Rider strategy and team effort proved to be the deciding factor, and the experienced team of Susan Hutchison on Unique and Anne Kursinski aboard Ambush were the clear winners in this class. (Susan and Anne had successfully competed in this event in September 1980 at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.)
There was no doubt that Hap Hansen and Anne Kursinski were the dominant forces in the open hunter and jumper classes. Mr. Hansen took top honors with Hai Karate, Triple Bronze, Classic, Celebrity and Cr