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Local Achievers in Horse Sports

Woodside is a special treasure in the Bay Area, and is home to a number of horse lovers, many of whom are accomplished competitors.
Gina Miles is on the Board of Directors of Horse Park at Woodside. She won an Olympic Silver Medal in 2009 and was named “Eventing Horseman of the Year.” She is chairman of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Professional Horseman’s Council and the Eventing Standards Task Force.
The Woodside Vaulters, founded in 1990, have won National Championship titles in individual and team competition at every level; international championships in Europe, Canada and the US; and have represented the US at every World Equestrian Games since 1998, including the 2010 Games in Lexington, KY.
Woodside resident Kc Branscomb Kelley founded Branscomb Farm in an effort to give back to a sport she has enjoyed for 50+ years. She offers young USA-bred jumping horses with the goal of competing favorably against the very finest quality European imports.
Test info to see what shows up Woodside’s Jim and Pat Warren own Rancho Oso
Atterupgaards Sting, a 12-year-old Danish Oldenberg gelding owned by Jim and Linda Bibbler, was named Horse of the Year for the individual vaulting category. Sting, who began vaulting in 2015, has been named Individual Horse of the Year for the last three years and in 2017 also won in the pas de deux (or pairs) category.
Ravel was one of the most successful horses in American dressage, ridden by Steffen Peters in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, only the second U.S. combination to win the World Cup and the sole American to sweep the Aachen, Germany, CDIO, both in 2009.
Karl Cook was already a world-class equestrian at age 17. Born and raised in Woodside, he has many accomplishments under his belt already including a World Cup appearance in 2013.
Top Top and owner/rider Sara Jorgensen bested 748 other competitors to win Horse of the Year and Rider of the Year in the amateur owner 1.30 to 1.35 meters (or 4 feet, 3 inches to 4 feet, 5 inches) jumping division.
Diva 506 is an Oldenberg mare imported from Germany in 2017 by Sydney Frankel, longtime Woodside resident and pillar of the vaulting community. For 2018, Diva captured two Horse of the Year titles in the pas de deux and team categories. Diva also came in second in the individual category.
Cool Mountain, owned by Woodside resident Liza Jane MacNaughton together with Teresa Stopford-Sackville won the Rolex 4 Star in 2010, and a silver at WEG in 2011. Cool Mountain joined the team of William Fox Pitts of event horses in 2006, having been previously ridden by Ants McKeowen. Cool Mountain was the Novice Eventing Champion in 2007 part of winning.
Crown Affair’s multi-discipline success is unusual, but it doesn’t surprise followers of sporthorse breeding bloodlines and results. Crown’s sire is Cor de la Bryere, one of the world’s top show jumping stallions. His athletic abilities, jumping form and correct conformation are mirror images of his sire, as are Crown’s easy-going temperament, work ethic and desire to please.
Hall of fame jockey, Russell Baze, raised his family in Woodside and still lives here. Russell boasts more wins than any other jockey in history: 10,554 and more than $162 million in purses
Derek di Grazia, cross-country course designer at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
Derek is an FEI (I) International Level Course Designer as well as a US Equestrian Federation National Course Advisor residing in Carmel Valley, CA (USA). He designed the Course at the Horse Park at Woodside.
Rumba, owned by Tom and Stacey Siebel of Woodside, and ridden by John French made history this past August by winning the Inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Final in Lexington, Kentucky. Hunter derby classes focus the sport back on its field hunting roots with substantial jumps of up to 4’ that simulate obstacles one might encounter jumping through fields: stone walls, hedges and piles of logs.
Kathi Dancer, originally from Germany, is a life long equestrian. She began riding last the age of 6, and has been an avid competitive carriage driver for more than 30 years.
Hollie Kucera, from Atherton, California. added to a winning year in the $10,000 Amateur division by winning the 2008 World Finals with a 219-point run on Cici Slippin. She finished the year with a total of $15,660.

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