Don’t miss ‘Teens, Dreams and Jeans’ equestrian Team Penning event


Don’t want to put a suit and tie on to attend a charity event? Come join us in your jeans and boots and help the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. A unique event is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 8, that promises to be highly entertaining for all who attend! “Teens, Jeans and Dreams,” a team penning competition is being held that will benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Chairpersons are Bill and Connie McNally and Honorary Chairperson is Charger Quentin Jammer.

Come cheer on your favorite riders as they attempt to become Champion Team Penners. Local riders include Crosby Bennett, Melisse Mossy, Suzie Kaplan, Philip Wilkinson, Marcy Gehrke, Jenn Marun, Gene Ventura, John Daley, George Scott, Anne Mc Cabe, Lynn Devenport, Joan Scott and other equestrians.

A VIP silent auction and cocktail reception, headed by Karen Ventura, will also be held for the sponsors of “Teens, Jeans and Dreams.”

“We have many wonderful auction items that have been donated by very generous individuals,” states Friends volunteer Karen Ventura. “Some of our items include wine baskets, spa treatments, jewelry, restaurant certificates, hair products, fabulous gift baskets, vacation get-aways, signed sport items, gift certificates and more. People in this community really care about these foster kids and have stepped up to support and attend this wonderful event.”

What is team penning? This is a very exciting and fun activity to watch that involves horses, western riders and cows. It is a timed competition, where a team of three riders on horses attempt to put three of the same numbered cows in a pen. The team that does this the fastest, wins! Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. There are 30 numbered cows in a herd and each team must cut three specific cows that have the same number out of the herd. They must bring these cows down to the other end of the arena and put them in a corral. If more than four cows cross over a designated line, the team is disqualified. Many amusing things happen trying to accomplish this feat!

The event will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Del Mar Arena on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. Cost of a ringside VIP Sponsor box is $1,200, which includes dinner and beverages for six people. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, 12 and under. General admission tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Box office or by calling 858-759-3298. To purchase the VIP Silver Horseshoe Box, please call 858 759 - 3298. These ringside boxes must be purchased in advance.

Committee members include Heidi Hollen, Joanie Spence, Karen Ventura, Monica Sheets, Andrea Reynolds, Lois Jones, Dagmar Helgager, Teri Summerhays, Kathy Lathrum, Ann Boon, Karen Ventura, Monica Sheets, Debby Syverson, Teen Volunteers In Action, National Charity Members and Joan Scott.

A “Calcutta” will be conducted before the competition begins. This provides the opportunity to purchase a team that one feels will win the competition. Come cheer or bid on riders that are from other disciplines, which include dressage, hunter/jumper, saddleseat and western riding. Proceeds from “Teens, Jeans and Dreams” will benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy and is hosted by Friends of San Pasqual Academy.

If you would like to sponsor or attend this event, please contact Joan Scott at or call (858) 759-3298 or visit our website at Donations and sponsorships can be sent to Friends of San Pasqual Academy, P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that enriches the lives of foster teens of San Pasqual Academy.