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West Coast Season Opens At 30th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee

by Diana Davidson
Posted April 16, 2002
DEL MAR, Calif., - The Diamond Jubilee Morgan Horse Show celebrated 30 proud years as it opened the west coast show season in sparkling fashion on April 5-7. Following last year's near washout, this year's show featured crisp mornings and evenings and mostly sunny afternoons with just a couple of coastal mists thrown in. It was an enjoyable weekend for all in attendance at the lovely Del Mar Fairgrounds to show and view some of the upcoming stars of the 2002 show season. Nearly 200 horses competed for top honors at the Diamond Jubilee with stables from throughout California supporting this mainstay on the show circuit.

This year’s Diamond Jubilee was again presented by the Morgan Horse Club of San Diego County with Georgia Uecker and Kim Arnold heading the hard working show committee. The list of repeat show officials included show manager Mary K. Hartman, show secretary Beverly Hurst, announcer Barbara Patison, paddock steward Kent Moeller, and photographer Howard Schatzberg. Ken Swanson and Kathy Shorten were selected to officiate this year’s show along with Hilda Guerney and Margaret Cutler who judged the open classes in the dressage and carriage divisions. The Diamond Jubilee also hosted the AMHA Judging School for the second time with nearly 30 judges and applicants joining the group headed by Harry Sebring, Cindy Mugnier and Larry Bolen.

In addition to the show ring competition, Diamond Jubilee offered everyone plenty of other opportunities to get together. A pizza party was held on Thursday hosted by America's Finest Morgan Youth Club. Friday afternoon's progressive barn party gave everyone the chance to mingle at several barns. The party activities concluded on Saturday evening with the ringside 30th Anniversary Celebration. The ringside silent auction was also a key gathering place where several bidding wars ensued.

For the complete show story, see the printed edition of Saddle Horse Report dated April 16, 2002.

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