Rancho Santa Fe group to hold ‘Teens, Jeans and Dreams’ equestrian event to benefit foster teens


Friends of San Pasqual Academy is organizing a Team Penning Event to benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Put on your jeans and Western boots and join in the fun!

What is team penning? 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! But it’s not as easy as it sounds.

There are 30 numbered cows in a herd, and each team must cut three specific cows out of the herd, bring these cows down to the other end of the arena and put them in a corral. If more than four cows cross a designated line, the team is disqualified.

Chairpersons for “Teens, Jeans and Dreams” are Patty and Marc Brutten. Committee members are Lois Jones, Karen Ventura, Teri Summerhays, Roblee Valentine, Andrea Reynolds, Heidi Hollen, Mary Beth Oblon, Gregor Connors, Kelly Wislar, Kathy Lathrum, Pia Jensen, Crosby Bennett, Kasey Bennett, Jenn Marun, Carole Markstein, Ken Markstein, Gina Daley, George Scott, Joanie Spence, Debby Syverson and Joan Scott.

Sponsors are Ken and Carole Markstein, Markstein Beverage, Art and Catherine Nicholas, Bill and Donna Herrick, Roblee Valentine and The Ranch EQ, Marc and Patty Brutten, Buck and Kay Bennett, EZ Cars 101 and Gene and Karen Ventura.

Some of the riders who will be competing are Crosby Bennett, Kasey Bennett, Gene Ventura, George Scott, Melisse Mossy, Philip Wilkinson, Jasmin Stair, Luis Cardenas, Suzie Kaplan, Roblee Valentine, Danielle Cotner, Hap Hansen, Jenn Marun, Steve Tellam, Sherry Songer, Joe Herrick, Lynn Devenport and Joan Scott.

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. There is a limited supply of VIP Boxes and they must be purchased in advance 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 501(c)3 nonprofit that enriches the lives of foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Call 858-759-3298 or visit Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.