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Kevin McGinn rides, trains, judges, and conducts clinics nationwide and locally in the Los Angeles area. He specializes in preparing both horses and riders for the jumper ring. As a widely published equestrian writer, Kevin provides insights on equestrian related topics in his blog and elsewhere.
Tuesday, August 23 2011

Benchmark Program founder Linda Allen at the El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis.El Sueño Equestrian Center in Somis hosts the second of three 2011 Benchmark Rallies on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. The events are part of a program developed by renowned international show jumping course designer Linda Allen.

Allen (shown left at the El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis) developed the Benchmark Program in response to what she sees as a need for an affordable system of putting miles on young horses that would be comparable to what is offered in Europe.

Lisa Westin, Kevin McGuinn and Samie VallaAccording to trainer Kevin McGinn, who, along with Westin and El Sueño events manager Samie Valla (pictured at right), has worked closely with Allen in developing the program, the main constituents are “dealers, breeders and those with young horses, in addition to people who want to get in one more big practice before a show.”

The third Benchmark Rally at El Sueño will be held on Dec. 4, 2011.

For more information on both events, contact Lisa Westin, 818-426-8668, or visit

This article is excerpted (with permission) from the full article that appeared August 17, 2011 in The Equestrian News.

» Click here to read the full article. (Photo credits: Paula Parisi)



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