Rancho Santa Fe nonprofit to hold ‘Teens, Jeans and Dreams’ equestrian event


Don’t miss an evening of excitement and thrills on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Put on your jeans and western boots and join in the fun.

Friends of San Pasqual Academy is organizing a Team Penning Event,”Teens, Jeans and Dreams,” to benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Chairpersons for this event are John and Gina Daley and Jeff and Jenna Daley. Committee members include Lois Jones, Ann Boon, Monica Sheets, Teri Summerhays, Patty Brutten, Kathy Lathrum, Andrea Reynolds, Heidi Hollen, Karen Ventura, Connie Mc Nally, Bill Mc Nally, Jennifer Dunn, Joanie Spence, Debby Syverson, Bob Syverson and Joan Scott.

Sponsors of Teens, Jeans, and Dreams are Ken and Carole Markstein, Markstein Beverage, Art and Catherine Nicholas, Bill and Donna Herrick, Northern Trust, The Ecke Family, John and Gina Daley, Bill and Connie Mc Nally and Gene and Karen Ventura.

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. 7, at 5 p.m. Cost of a ringside VIP Sponsor box is $1,200, which includes dinner and beverages for six people, a VIP wine reception and a silent auction, which is coordinated under the direction of Karen Ventura. There is a limited supply of VIP boxes and they must be purchased in advanced by calling 858-759-3298. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, 12 and under.

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.

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 or visit Donations can also be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.