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[Pebble Beach, CA] For over 100 years, the stunning fog-draped coast at Pebble Beach was home to equestrian events that will forever stand out in the memories of those who rode there.
From polo in the 1890s, three-day eventing in the 1960s, and show jumping events in the 1970s through to modern day, the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Monterey County, California has been the site of equestrian events and competitions that are rich in history and a favorite to many.
The hunters in 1979. Photo via Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic's FB page
Sadly, on January 26th, 2013, it was announced that The Pebble Beach Company would be developing the equestrian showgrounds for other uses, and competitions would no longer be held. The Pebble Beach Company owns and operates the 5,300 acres of coastal property on the Monterey coast known as Pebble Beach Resorts, and which the showgrounds and equestrian center are a part of.
The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center’s boarding and public trail riding operations will remain in place and continue to operate, but the showgrounds property will be leveled and converted to turf to be used for special event parking. The historic Collins polo field adjacent to the show grounds will be converted into a driving range.
At its peak, Pebble Beach Equestrian Events hosted 900 horses per week from all over the West Coast for A-rated hunter/jumper shows. The Pebble Beach Jumping Derby was a popular annual competition that began in the 1970s and ran all the way until 2012, when Megan Jordan won the now final Jumping Derby with Top Shelf.
“We are so grateful for all the wonderful memories,” said longtime Pebble Beach show manager Tim Postel. “It’s been a special place in everyone’s hearts, and we’re going to miss this very unique and special venue.”
Kristin Hardin and Bert, on their way to a win in one of the last Pebble Beach Jumping Derbies, July 2012. Photo via Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic's FB page