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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.