Northern Classic State Show 2017- Sugarland Horse Park Woodland, CA

It’s that time again, CGA friends and family! Time for our annual Northern Classic State Show, held at Sugarland Horse Park in Woodland, CA. This event is hosted by District 4- Circle D Horsemen. This show will be held over Memorial Day weekend, running all 13 events at least once (with some events being run twice). KEEP IN MIND: This event will hold a 5-D jackpot in each event. Don’t forget to sign up for jackpots and earn lots of extra cash, in addition to high point.

WIN A FREE ENTRY TO NORTHERN CLASSIC (even though you’ve already paid) Here’s how:
We’ll be raffling tickets to win a cash reimbursement up to $125 of your fees. See ticket for rules and details.
$5 per ticket
Tickets will be sold at all D4 and D49 shows between now and Northern Classic as well as at Northern Classic.
Winner will be announced during the awards ceremony on Monday.

We’ll also be holding a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a beautiful, handmade quilt (will be on display at Northern).

****There will be 3 arenas being run throughout each day. Please keep in mind that you will ride in arena 1, then go to arena 2, then arena 3. In that order.

Schedule of Events:

Gates open at 12 pm.
NO ENTRY BEFORE 12 pm. (Timmi Lemen will be our parking lot director to help with camp spot selection, directions and rules)
Sign up booth opens at 12:30 pm.
Set ups start at 4 pm. Order of events TBD.
Pony measurements will be available AFTER set ups are finished, location TBA.

Pony measurements will be available at 8 am- location TBA
MANDATORY riders meeting at 8:30 am.
Opening Colors and Grand Entry Ceremony at 8:45 am. Wear your district colors and fly your district flags high!
Regular show starts at 9 am
Meet & Greet potluck get-together- 2 hours after last event in front of snack bar. Bring a dish to share and bring your own drinks.

Regular show starts at 9 am.
Wacky/Tacky day! Wear your wackiest socks over your pants and you’ll be placed into a raffle for a mystery prize! Last year was Jamba Juice gift card…this year- who knows!
Team Events- 2 man speedball and 2 man ribbon race- After regular show/ $5 per team, sign up the day of event. Must be a CGA member to ride in team events.
Welcome Wagon/Glow Party/Zombie Crawl/Camp Hop- 8:30 pm

*Memorial Day Tribute 7:15 am
Red/White/Blue themed day so be as patriotic as possible!
Regular show starts at 8 am.
Awards Ceremony and announce winner of raffles- following last event

*Sally Rivera Lingafeldt is in charge of the Memorial Day ceremony so if you are interested in carrying a flag, please email her at: Please note that this is a very respected and prestigious honor to carry a flag during a ceremony honoring our past and present veterans so please be sure that both yourself and your horse have experience carrying a flag and will be comfortable and confident in your abilities.

Sign up form is available in the discussion portion of this event or you may visit the cga website to download a copy at We can also email a copy to you upon request.

Workers! We need help! Please volunteer to help by emailing Marnie Nessen at
You may view the slots available by clicking the link:

Stalls are available by clicking the link below to reserve directly with Sugarland Horse Park or you may choose to bring your own portable panels. PLEASE limit your portable stalls to 12×12 to ensure there is enough room for everyone.
There is NO tying to your trailer overnight.—northern-classic.html

SNACK SHACK will be open during the entire weekend for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thank you to Pepe’s Mexican Grill for providing awesome food. Please bring cash.

Official PHOTOGRAPHER: Debra Montgomery Photography
Debra will be onsite all weekend capturing all of our special moments. If you’d like to contact her regarding any special request or info, please email her here:

RULES: (just a few)
NO tying to your trailer overnight. Your horse must be in a portable corral or stall provided by SHP.
NO arrival before 12 pm on Friday.
NO washing horses outside of the wash racks.
NO dogs off leashes.
NO division changes after the first event starts.
NO refunds after June 9, 2017
NO refunds without medical or vet certificates
NO riding out of your rated division (must sign up in your rated div)
NO schooling rides or schooling while on course (state show rules)
NO bad attitudes or complaining- be a part of the solution!

Please keep in mind that this is a HUGE event, with lots of moving parts and from time to time, things may not go as planned. Sometimes changes need to be made so be patient, give a helping hand and understand that this is possible due to all volunteers. The more we all help, the faster and more smoothly the show will go. Most of all, HAVE FUN!

Sugarland Horse Park address: 41070 County Road 18c, Woodland, CA 95776


January newspaper article- District 4

(This article was supposed to be published in the ‘World of Gymkhana’ newspaper, January edition, however did not make it to the printer in time. Enjoy!)

January 2017

Welcome to winter! It’s been raining cats and dogs here and if you didn’t own a pair of rain boots before, chances are you do now! We’ve been getting our fair share of rain and while we always need the water, it sure does put a damper on our riding plans. No shows in December, but we have had some new and exciting things going on around D4.

CONVENTION! Congratulations to all our year end award winners. Everyone worked so hard to earn their buckles, bracelets tack and jackets. We had many, many folks this year representing D4 proudly at convention including our very own Marissa Mullins, earning her Hall of Fame buckle and jacket. So proud of you Marissa!

Of course, convention isn’t all about the glitz and glam of awards, but also hosts one of the most important meetings of the year. Many new and important ideas were heard as well as some new rules and regulations changing effective 1/1/2017. If you didn’t have the chance to attend the meeting at convention and learn about all the new changes first hand, be sure to continue to read your monthly newspaper, check the CGA website and check with your club level officers and board. They should all have the new information handy and possibly be distributing some information to all members at a club level.

December 10, we held our annual ‘Year End Awards Celebration and Holiday Party’ for D4 at the beautiful Canedo home in Vacaville. HUGE thank you to Tony, Laura, Erika and Brianna Canedo for allowing us all into your home and being such wonderful hosts.

Each year we hold a canned food drive along with a toy drive at our year end awards celebration and this year was the biggest and best yet. We had SO MANY canned foods and SO MANY toys that it took quite a few trips back and forth to load it all up. We even had the Vacaville Fire Department bring a fire truck out to collect our donations. They were so thankful for the load of goods and they even stayed and had dinner with us. We love our Fire men and women!

Toni DeHerrera was in charge of the silent auction for her 2nd year in a row and boy did she do a wonderful job! We had so many awesome awards auctioned off and in true D4 style, raised over $900 in one night, to go towards our 2016-2017 year end awards fund. We’re already off to a great start!

The year end awards were FANTASTIC! Chosen, personalized and processed by Spring Krogue and Anna Hernandez, choosing wonderful Cactus tack. THANK YOU, ladies, for all your hard work and the awards were the best yet. What an opportunity afforded to all our members, to pay such a nominal fee to enter the year end awards program and earn such awesome prizes, just for showing up and riding at the place you were already going to anyways! I believe there were only 2 persons signed up, that didn’t earn an award. This was only due to not riding enough shows to qualify. EVERY other person that signed up, earned an award. WOW! Awards were given down to 5th place in each division INLCUDING pony and AAA+ as follows:


1st Place Award Winners- Headstall, breast collar & noseband- customized

Dianna Malley/Flirt- AAA+

Jean Gleeson/Luna-AAA

Timmi Lemen/ Little Bit Lectro- AA

Audrey Martinez/ Jett- A

Erika Canedo/ Lectros First Ten- FC

Dianna Malley/ Fanci- OPEN PONY


2nd Place Award Winners- Felt Pad & Rope halter- customized

Marina LeVine/Smoking Gun Oscar- AAA+

Brayden Merrick/Willard- AAA

Scott Knoepfle/ Gunner- AA

Anna Hernandez/Sam- A

Denise Carreon/Darlyn- FC

Owen Gleeson/ Mister Dots- OPEN PONY


3rd Place Award Winners- Rope halter and Spur straps- customized

Fayra Staas/ImaBadCutterDeeMan- AAA

Brianna Canedo/Jake- AA

Payton DeHerrera/Bee Gee- A

Marnie Nessen/Lady Lu- FC


4th Place Award Winners- Single Ear Headstall- customized

Natalie Staas/Cutters Hotrod- AAA

Sara Allard/Snow- AA

Jaiden Ogren/Luke- A

Kimberlee Baroni/ Gidget- FC


5th Place Award Winners- Rope halter, customized

Andrea Garcia/ Coco- AAA

Toni DeHerrera/Missy- AA

Makenna Merritt/ Whisper- A

Tierra DeHerrera/ Stoney-FC


Our winter show season is going to be a bit different than we’ve done in the past, having one ‘weekend long’ show per month, including Friday set-ups (weather and help permitting).

Our winter show schedule is as follows:

January 7 & 8, 2017- Sugarland Horse Park, Woodland, CA.

February 4 & 5, 2017- Sugarland Horse Park, Woodland, CA

March 11 & 12, 2017- Sugarland Horse Park, Woodland, CA

Be sure to plan on spending the weekend with us so mark your calendars now! There are stalls available or you may bring portables. Come and ride 3 days and then take the rest of the month off, or travel to other districts if you’ve been unable to do so in the past. We feel this new schedule will give our workers and riders a much-needed break from the traditional ‘every other weekend’ schedule we run during the spring and summer as well as allow us to spend the evenings camping with horsey friends. It’s a win-win for everyone!


Hope to see you all this winter at our Woodland arena and as always, ride fast, ride hard, stay dry and wear your helmets!


Year End Awards Celebration & Holiday Party- December 10, 2016

Mark your calendar folks, for our annual ‘Year End Award Celebration & Holiday Party’ held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6 pm. An email will be going out soon detailing the event schedule. A few reminders:

*Please be sure to bring an unwrapped, un-opened toy for either a girl, boy or gender neutral for our toy drive.

*Please be sure to bring  un-opened, canned or non perishable food items for our food drive.

As in years past, we will be having the fire department stop by with a fire truck, to collect our donations.

Depending on your last name, you’ll be expected to bring either an appetizer, a side dish or a dessert item. The breakdown of alphabet will be included in the email, so you know which category you fall into.

Lastly, be sure to also bring some cash as we will have a raffle and silent auction, fundraising for our club. Last year, the silent auction was AMAZING, raising well over our expected amount. Each year our club does so well in our fundraising efforts so lets keep the ball rolling!

If you’re interested in donating an item for our silent auction, please contact Toni DeHerrera at


Life’s a Beach!

Life’s a beach when you have this much SAND! Thanks to Castle and King Rock and Ready Mix in Vacaville for delivering our new sand and giving us such a smoking deal!

Also big thank you to Marc Gleeson for donating time to be there to oversee the sand delivery and also to Bob Fritch for bringing his tractor out to work the ground.

Our crew is the BEST!


Halloween Show- Boooooooo

Mark your calendars for our annual Halloween show on Sunday October 30, 2016. We’ll hold a one day show during the day and then a costume contest after the last event. We’ll also have a ‘trick-or-trailer’ event for the kids so be sure to stock your trailer with candy and goodies!