Show & Special Events 
at American Sporthorse

We host many shows and special events at our facility each year. We normally encourage spectators to come and enjoy 
Shows are not open to spectators until further notice. Unless a fee is indicated, all events are free to spectators or auditors. Please no dogs!
Click here for directions and nearby accommodations.
Our shows often fill early - please don't wait until the last minute to enter!

Clinics & 
Educational Events

Schooling and Recognized

Excellent dust-free footing, cool coastal weather,
covered warm-up arena, low-key show environment, and fun prizes. 


Clinics at American Sporthorse
Regular visiting clinicians include
  Mary Wanless (February, sometimes Nov)
 Alfredo Hernandez (4x year)
Claes Bierenbroodspot (2-3x year)
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (1-2 x year)

Instructors based at ASH:  Anne Howard ~  Tracey Lert ~ Joanie Bolton 

Please contact us if you'd like to be on the email contact list for any of the above clinicians.
Clinics also listed at BAEN: The Bay Area Equestrian Network
Regular lessons with resident instructors available for boarders or haul-in.


Anne Howard at 831-247-5584
Owner of American Sporthorse. Holds USDF Bronze Silver and Gold Medals, USEF "r" dressage judge, licensed physical therapist and long-time collaborator with Mary Wanless on biomechanics, regional and state champion at several levels, including self-designed Freestyles and Quadrilles, Past USDF Committee member for Regional Championships and currently on Freestyle Committee. Current chair of the CDS Santa Cruz Chapter.

Tracey Lert at 831-818-6443
Past USDF L Program Faculty, holds USDF Bronze Silver and Gold Medals, developed many GP horses, retired USEF "S" dressage judge, regional and national champion at many levels, GP FS championships at CDS and USDF.

Joanie Bolton 505-466-1963 (text only please)
USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, based in Santa Fe for many years and now back  to her original home in Santa Cruz. One of the earliest adopters of the biomechanics focus, Joanie has a unique gift for connecting the rider to their body and to their horse. Has been long listed for the USET team, currently developing Diamante for the small tour.

Local instructor Erica Poseley at 831-206-9613
Focuses on rider's seat development through Mary Wanless RWYM and other approaches with a focus on lunge lessons. One of few RWYM-accredited Coaches in USA. Trained at Egon von Neindorff's for classical lunge seat training.


Mary Wanless Clinic and Workshop

Our Annual educational intensive! Dress warmly and bring a friend!

February Three-day Biomechanics Workshop
(unique format - only clinic of its type)

February three-day Riding Clinic


Alfredo Hernandez Clinic
Piaffe & Passage Specialist

 Each day runs approx 8am-5pm
Contact Anne for details or to see 
if there are 
spaces in the clinic: 831-247-5584
No audit fee




New to Showing? 

Read this primer that explains the entry process for a dressage show

Test movements can be obtained from USEF at this link, test books can be ordered too


    Midsummers Night Dressage Shows

Download the Show Premium  here when ready

All show info in premium - classes, fees, etc. Select a entry blank below too.

July 30 CDS recognized

Possibly an August date TBA
 Download the CDS Show Entry Form

     Our shows are designed for happy competitors - download the premium and appropriate entry blanks, if you still have questions, call us! 831-247-5584

        Directions to American Sporthorse: 
        For those of you with GPS: use the farm address of 1177 Buena Vista Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076

From Highway 1 in Watsonville (south of Santa Cruz, north of Monterey) take the "Buena Vista Drive" exit and turn West on Buena Vista (towards the ocean) go 0.5-6 mile to the sign on the left that reads "American Sporthorse". Small cottage near the road, 2 gates on the split driveway.

The electric gate opens with a push button next to the keypad during the day, by private code during the night to enter AND to exit. 
The button to exit is at the TOP of the hill, not down by the gate. The gate is timed to only be open for ONE CAR/TRAILER to pass,
about 30 seconds, if you find it open, and don't see a car immediately nearby, wait for it to close and then re-activate the open button.

If hauling, from 101, we recommend taking San Juan Road or Hwy 129, as Hwy 17 has no shoulder to pull over to in case of any trouble and Hwy 152 is very twisty and difficult and won't allow larger/longer trailers. Once on Buena Vista, the turn to the Farm is on a bend to the right, so please be careful turning across the road. 

Unless very rainy/wet, all parking is in the large field past the covered arena on the LEFT, please follow the posted signs. 
Please leave your dogs at home or in your vehicle. 

ASTM/SEI Helmets are required for all riders while riding on ASH property. No smoking in the covered arena or near ANY barn area.
All within 2-5 miles from the farm. For longer stays, there are vacation rentals available in many locations. Some like the Pajaro Dunes Condos on the beach about 10 minutes drive from the farm. Search for "Pajaro Dunes Rentals" - many can sleep 7-10 folks and be very reasonable.

Motel 6, Watsonville  

 831 / 728-4144 (Closest, allows pets)

Best Western, Watsonville 

831 / 724-3367 (Nice)

EconoLodge, Watsonville 

831 / 724-8881 (Close)

Days Inn, Watsonville

 831 / 740-4520 (Close, allows pets)

Seacliff Inn, Aptos 

831 / 688-7300 (Nicer)

Seascape Resort, Aptos

831 / 688-6800 (Fancy)

Comfort Inn, Watsonville

(831) 728-2300 (newer)

Holiday Inn Express, Watsonville

(831) 728-3600 (nice, close)

Food and Dining

Fast food, delicatessens, nice restaurants and grocery stores are all nearby these hotels and all are within 5 - 10 minutes from American Sporthorse. Including:

Just south (off Main street exit):
Jack In the Box ~ McDonald's ~ Nob Hill ~ Albertson's ~  Cilantro's ~  Sushi Garden
Erik's DeliCafe ~  Round Table  ~ Togo's ~ Hugo's Pizza  ~ Philly Cheesesteaks  ~   Starbuck's 
Imura Sushi  ~ Bagel Cafe ~  Golden China ~ Green Valley Grill ~  Jalisco's ~ Panda Express ~ Bangkok West
Quizno's  ~  Subway  ~  Mundial Taqueria ~  Taco Bell ~  Carl's Jr. ~ Appleby's ~ Burgers N Brews, and more!

Off Airport exit:
7-11 ~ 24 hr Safeway ~ Happy Garden Chinese ~ California Buffet ~ Starbucks ~ Straw Hat ~ Tacqueria - Ella's at the Airport (amazing)

North of the Barn (State Park and Rio del Mar exits):
Bittersweet Bistro ~ Zameen ~  Cafe Rio ~ Panda Garden ~ Deluxe Foods ~ Palm Deli ~ Safeway ~ The Hideout
Carpo's   ~  Bangkok West Thai ~ Au Midi  ~ Ambrosia ~  Cafe Sparrow ~ Cafe Borolo ~ Quizno's  and many many other Santa Cruz destinations!

Any American Sporthorse boarder can direct you to what you may be looking for!

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