Music To Our Ears - A Spectacular Evening of Wine Tasting and Dressage Musical Freestyles
Monday, August 22, 2011
CDS and Giracci Vineyards & Farms Host a Spectacular Evening of Wine Tasting and Dressage Musical Freestyles.
Chad and Linda Kearns rescued the ten acre Giracci Vineyards & Farms from disrepair five years ago, modernizing it while carefully maintaining the integrity and historical ambiance that made the property unique. The facility, which re-opened in February 2011, offers opportunities for contemporary wine tasting and special events, as well as a glimpse into an equestrian lifestyle with its fully equipped, state-of-the-art boarding and training operation.
- Heather Neely on Enchante
- Mary Kehoe (USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist, trainer, clinician) on Ascension (owned by Nicole Bhathal)
- Emily Tears (USDF bronze and silver medalist, NAJYRC team member Region 7 - 2007) on Lopaca
- Kelli Newton (USDF bronze medalist, NAJYRC team member Region 7 - 2011) on Luciano (owned by Karen Ball)
Veteran dressage judge, trainer, and clinician Brent Hicks provided commentary for the audience. Each horse and rider combination showed varying levels of difficulty and complexity in their freestyles and garnered much applause from the crowd.
The evening continued as guests were invited to a gourmet dinner followed by a presentation from Cynthia Collins, the guest clinician for the weekend, to learn just what it takes to create the magical musical freestyle. Cynthia is a USDF gold medalist and winner of numerous freestyle championships. With over fifteen years experience making freestyles for herself and clients, Cynthia is an expert in this area. She says that she enjoys sharing her knowledge and “believes adding music to the ride is what will continue making dressage of interest to the general public.”
Over 150 guests enjoyed this magnificent evening celebrating the sport of dressage. CDS San Juan Capistrano Chapter wishes to thank Giracci Vineyards & Farms, Cynthia, the demonstration riders and horses, and all the volunteers who made the event a huge success!
To see more photos of this wonderful venue and event go to: albrightphotos.smugmug.com/Dressage/CDS-Giracci/