Velona Peoples Memorial Awards

Velona Peoples Memorial Perpetual Trophies

Trophies will be awarded to any SVC member with the single highest score for specified level/test. The score must be earned at a CDS recognized show during the regular qualifying show season. Championship scores do not count. Both Intermediate I and Intermediate II scores count for the Intermediate Trophy. All levels (USDF/FEI) count for the J&M Ranch Musical Freestyle Trophy and the Frappelou Musical Freestyle Challenge Award.

Velona Peoples (1910 - 1993) was one of the founding members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CDS. After her daughter's tragic death in 1963, Velona decided to dedicate herself to riding and dressage as a tribute to her daughter, Judy. The following year, in 1964, Velona and a group of local riders started learning more about dresage with Hector Rodriquez from Columbia,S.A. This group gradually developed into the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CDS.

Velona was its guiding spirit. She was repeatedly elected Chairwoman and she organized shows and clinics for the new chapter. She also hosted many of these events on her property located on Road 96 in Davis. (This same property is now owned and run by Carolyn and Jim McMullen as "McMullen Ranch").

Velona and her most memorable equine partner, "Aasgard", showed and attended clinics and even performed in a quadrille in the 1970's. Velona used to joke that she had trained Aasgard to go from Third Level to First Level in only three months. :)

She was loved and admired for her hard work and dedication to dressage and the CDS community. She was one of the Sacramento Valley Chapter's founding members and one of its strongest supporters. The Velona Peoples Memorial Perpetual Trophies are the Sacramento Valley Chapter's tribute to a great horsewoman and a wonderful person.

Hedgerow Farms Trophy Donated by the Anderson family.

Awarded to high score ride at Prix St. Georges

2020 Winner:

Ari Lopez & Flynn (owner Karen Kahn)

SCORE 72.72%

Velona Peoples Intermediate Trophy Donated by Jacqui Cole

Awarded to high score ride at Intermediate

2020 Winner:

Christian Hartung & Desario

SCORE 70.58%

McMullen Ranch Grand Prix Trophy - Donated by McMullen Ranch

Awarded to high score ride at Grand Prix

2020 Winner:

Wynne Fassari & Eclipse

SCORE 67.71%

J&M Ranch Musical Freestyle Trophy- Donated by Appy Hoofers

Awarded to high score musical freestyle ride

2020 Winner :

Ari Lopez & Flynn (owner Karen Kahn)

SCORE 75.18% (Intermediate)

J&M Ranch Quadrille Freestyle Trophy- Donated by Appy Hoofers

Awarded to high score quadrille freestyle ride

2020 Winner: Not awarded

Frappelou Musical Freestyle Challenge Award ~ Donated by Annette Pressas

Awarded to the horse and rider with the highest average percentage in a Regular Test and a Freestyle at the same level.

2020 Winner:

Ari Lopez & Flynn (owner Karen Kahn)

Average= 72.30% (Intermediate)