West Coast

07 October 2016

Halfway between California state capital and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range...

...the postage stamp town of Rancho Murieta will host some of the nation’s best show jumpers for an intense week of competition, October 4–9, 2016.


Since 2015, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League has brought new prestige to this stop on the calendar. The new league reduced the number of World Cup qualifiers to just 14 in North America, and Sacramento was one of the venues that retained its spot on the West Coast schedule.


2016 has booked its strongest lineup yet. East Coast-based riders Georgina Bloomberg, Jessica Springsteen and newly-minted Olympic medalist Kent Farrington will join West Coast veterans such as Will Simpson and Richard Spooner, and young German star Guido Klatte Jr., who this year was named the FEI Young Rider European Champion, will be making his North American debut at Sacramento.


“It’s the crème-de-la crème of Northern California shows and one of the top shows in all of California and of the United States.” Spooner told us.


This year, course designer Guillherme Jorge will have the task of building the tracks. Jorge is not short on credentials—he was chief course designer at this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. 


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Take some time out...

Miles of rolling hills surround Murieta Equestrian Center with the best “almost there” marker an expansive produce stand a few bends in the road before the showground.


Falling on the same weekend as the SIHS event is the Davis Ranch Gourd and Harvest Festival, making for a good diversion to break up the long horse-show day.


The Sacramento region, which is the largest agricultural producer in the nation, includes 1.5 million acres of regional farmland and 8,000 acres of boutique farms. 


If you have a half-day of horse show-free time, look into the Local Roots Food Tours or pedal-powered Sac Brew Bike for a literal taste of the local area’s culture.

With billboards featuring a larger-than-life Kent Farrington dotting the region to put horse lovers on notice that show jumping is coming to town, the SIHS attracts hundreds of spectators from the surrounding community. If you’re in Northern California, the Sacramento International Horse Show is worth the trip.


To find out more and see the show schedule, visit westpalmsevents.com/shows/sacramento/


Text by Erin Gilmore

Photography by Richard Juilliart & Cara Grimshaw, 

Oct. 8, 2016, 7:40 p.m. PST