PSS a super success for the 5th year in a row!
For those of you who attended the 5th Annual Pacific Sporthorse Selection on Saturday, October 15th, you already know that the PSS team outdid themselves once again!
This year, in place of the outdoor arena and tent, PSS was held in the covered arena at the beautiful Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville. What a fortunate thing it was, too, because for the first time, the weather elected not to cooperate. However, the rain did not dampen the festive spirt in the covered arena! The whole place was decked out just like the European Auctions the event is modeled after – with flowers and greenery everywhere and classy burgundy fabric draping on the pristine white walls. In fact, the indoor venue gave the whole evening a more “formal” feeling than in past years and guests remained cozy and dry.
PSS University brought back several speakers whom guests have enjoyed from past years. Melissa Creswick talked about evaluating young horses who are not yet under saddle and illustrated her points with a foal, a yearling, a 2 year old, and a 3 year old.
Also a repeat speaker, Dr. Gary Magdesian discussed the different types of NSAID drugs used in horses and their potential side effects. The audience had many questions for him which he happily answered.
Jochen Schleese gave an engaging demo using chalk on a live horse to illustrate the perils of incorrect saddle fit. He did a wonderful job of demystifying some of the nuances of saddle fit – both for the horse and for the rider!
Two new speakers this year were Dr. Abbie Whitehead and Dana Dapolito of Performance Energetics. Dr. Whitehead gave a live demo on equine chiropractic while Dana Dapolito led the audience into some visualization exercises to help them recognize their full potential.
Following PSS University was the Gala “Pink Ribbon” Charity Fundraiser. Guests were treated to lovely wines and hors d’ouevres in the fancy arena while the gala performers delighted them with everything from a dance at liberty (performed by Kalley Krickeberg and her horse “Sunshine”) to a vaulting exhibition by the Mt Eden Vaulters. The PSS team raised more for charity than ever before through the generous donations of sponsors and vendors, a total of more than $6,600. 100% of the donations go to the two charities PSS supports – The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and CDS Youth programs.
Another shift that took place this year was the consolidation of the event into one day. This also was a well received change. For the first time, the Gala “Pink Ribbon” Fundraiser was followed immediately by the PSS Auction itself. This was a great way to end the evening and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
All of the horses were expertly ridden and presented by auction riders Christian Hartung, Ari Lopez, Clara Baunack, and Anna Borden. It should be mentioned that the riders were especially good sports during the brief downpour that took place as they were warming the horses up for the auction ring! This year’s auction collection held a nice distribution of quality horses in a wide price range. The average hammer price was $30,028. One horse had sold prior to the auction, as the new owner took advantage of the Buy Now option.
PSS would like to thank the many people who have helped tremendously this year and in the past to bring this very special event to Northern California. The sponsors, vendors, and volunteers all play a crucial role in bringing PSS to life.