This past weekend, the 54th annual Las Amigas de las Lomas horse show was held at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. This wonderful organization, for which I am honored to be this year’s President, is an auxilliary of the Charitable Children’s Guild to support Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Although we don’t have final figures in yet, it appears that we helped to raise at least another $20,000 for the hospital’s wonderful programs.
The all English horse show is held each year in mid-July and is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The show includes hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes, with fence heights from 1 foot 6 to a Grand Prix style “mini-Prix” with fence heights of 4 to 4.5 feet. This year’s Grand Prix was won by a local teenager, Brooke Dulce Erickson, who graduated this year from the wonderful Palos Verdes High School and was a part of that school’s Sea Kings Equestrian Team.
This show is just an example of the many great equestrian events held on “the Hill” every year. If you like horses and horse property but still want a mostly urban life style, then the Palos Verdes area may be just the place for you. Great shopping, restaurants, and museums are within an easy drive yet many residents, especially in Rolling Hills Estates, have horses in their back yards.
So let’s finish this post with some questions — would you have the guts to jump 4.5 feet on twelve hundred pounds of muscle and power? Do you think that the horses enjoy this just as much as the competitors and spectators do?