Owen Children's & Adult Finals and HBO Junior Finals Winners
Los Angeles National (November 12-16, 2003) is the final major show
on the West Coast and is host to a number of prestigious medal finals.
This year the show added the Charles Owen Children's, Charles Owen
Adult, and HBO Junior Medal Finals to its lineup. These finals were
the West Coast counterparts to those held in September at the National
Finals Horse Show held in Worcester, MA.
Listwin of Los Altos Hills, CA captured the Charles Owen Children's
Medal Finals. Second after the first round, Listwin put in a decisive
second round and led going into the work off. She held on to that
lead and captured the championship. "It was a really testing
course," said Listwin. "I am so happy and excited. One
of my aims this year was coming to this medal finals. I've never
done a big finals before."
gives much credit to her horse, Cossiga, that she calls "Neo"
around the barn. "I really like the movie The Matrix and Neo
is so super and athletic...like my horse. She also credits her trainer,
John Charlebois, for her successes. "John makes the lessons
fun, even boring flat work is fun and interesting." Second
to Listwin was Nicoletta Von Heidegger.
Lang-Einczig of Malibu, CA led from start to finish in the Charles
Owen Adult Finals. She is a very successful amateur rider and regularly
wins in the highly competitive amateur equitation division. She
was circuit champion in the Amateur Equitation at the 2003 HITS
Indio Desert Circuit and will capture her third USA Equestrian Adult
Equitation high score award. To prove her win was not a fluke, Lang-Einczig
also won the LA National Equitation Championship the afternoon of
her Charles Owen victory. "This is a great wrap to the year,"
credits the rigorous training program at DiAnn Langer's Langtree.
"Riding different horses helps," stated Lang-Einczig "and
the training program is intense. DiAnn, Kirsten (Coe) and Tara (Metzner)
are phenomenal. Also, competing against so many top amateurs is
a constant challenge." Marnye Langer finished in the second
Bruce of Santa Barbara, CA capped off a stellar junior season by
winning the HBO Junior Medal Finals. The previous week she won the
LAHSA Junior Medal Finals at the National Preview and then repeated
her performance in the HBO Finals. "It's really exciting to
do so well, especially with a new horse," stated Bruce, referring
to Nottingham the horse she bought in Europe a little over a month
ago. "I didn't think I'd do him in the finals, but at each
show he got better and better.