Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Western riders join together to ride for foster teens


Don’t miss an evening of fun on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is hosting a Team Penning competition to benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Local riders participating in this event are Gene Ventura, Crosby Bennett, John Daley, Linda Gove, Melisse Mossy, Philip Wilkinson, Suzie Kaplan, Val Tamme, George Scott, Marcy Gehrke, Jenn Marun, Christine Praefke, Anne Mc Cabe, Lynn Devenport, Bill Cuddeback, Joan Scott and many more local riders.

Sponsoring “Teens, Jeans and Dreams” are Art and Catherine Nicholas and Wagonhound Ranch, Ken and Carole Markstein and Markstein Beverage, Bill and Donna Herrick, Marc and Patti Brutten, Bill and Connie McNally and The Mc Nally Company Antiques, Gene and Karen Ventura, Craig and Karen Edwards and Rancho Santa Fe Insurance and Jim and Ann Boon. The 2012 chairpersons are Bill and Connie McNally and Honorary Chairperson is Quentin Jammer.

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!

Cost of a ringside VIP Sponsor box is $1,200, which includes dinner and beverages for six people. These VIP boxes must be purchased in advance and the supply is limited. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children and can be purchased the day of the event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds box office or by calling 858-759-3298.

A wine reception and silent auction are also included in the purchase of a VIP ring-side box. Karen Ventura is the silent auction coordinator and will have many unique items available for the bidders.

A “Calcutta” will start at 6 p.m. before the competition begins. This provides the opportunity to purchase a team that one feels will win the competition. The purse is shared by the highest bidder of the team that wins the Team Penning event.

If you would like to ride, sponsor, donate an auction item or attend this event, please call (858) 759-3298 or visit their website at VIP Sponsor boxes and general admission tickets can be purchased by sending a check for amount of tickets to 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. For further questions regarding this information, please call (858) 759-3298. Donations can also be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.