One of La Cañada Flintridge's longest-running — and jumping and galloping — traditions is undergoing a major transformation this year.
After 90 years of children's horse shows, the Flintridge La Cañada Guild's annual horse show will be open to all comers of all ages. The event, which draws riders from around the nation and raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, will also feature new events and categories, including a Saturday night Grand Prix offering a $25,000 prize for the winner.
The show runs April 26-29 and will be held at the Flintridge Riding Club.
Kris Korkunis, the show's publicity chair, said the shift was needed to keep the show relevant to riders.
“The equestrian community has changed and we weren't changing with it,” she said. “The attendance wasn't what it used to be and we wanted to know why.”
In a sign of the changing times, Korkunis said that by 2011, the Flintridge event was the last children's horse show affiliated with the U.S. Equestrian Foundation in the nation.