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James Lala to Lead Annual December Clinic at Country Ridge Stables in Mundelein, IL

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: James Lala's Wellington Quarantine
Release Date: 2013-12-12

Wellington, FL- December 12, 2013- For 26 years Chris Kappler has led the annual December Clinic at Country Ridge Stables in Mundelein, IL. Due to prior commitments, Kappler was unable to attend the yearly event. Laura Stern, trainer at Country Ridge Stables, reached out to top trainer and rider and owner James Lala who agreed to fill in for Kappler.

As a clinician, Lala is known to put horses and riders through their paces with exercises he’s learned over the years from trainers like Robert Hoskins, Katie Prudent, Geoff Teall, Joe Fargis and many more.  Known for his great sense of humor, Lala keeps riders and horses engaged and having fun. The clinic promises to be a productive and entertaining way to spend the weekend.

"We are excited to have James Lala for our annual clinic, “ said Stern. “I have known him forever. He is a great horseman with a positive and entertaining approach to teaching. We look forward to our weekend with James!”

A few years back Lala refocused his career as the owner and manager of the country’s busiest CEM quarantine. Lala’s Wellington Quarantine hosts the many of the most important international show jumpers, hunters and dressage horses and their riders and owners when they come into the country from Europe to compete for the season in Florida and beyond. Lala will launch his new yearlong, monthly show series this January– the Citrus Series for developing horses and riders at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. He also co-manages the successful and popular Southeast Medal Finals in Jacksonville with Bob Bell and Classic Company.

Despite his busy schedule, Lala manages to take on a few developing hunters and jumpers and a handful of lucky students and clients.

Here’s what clinic attendees have to say about Lala:

“His expertise, vigor and humor are just what our souls need,” said Ginny Confer of Pepperell, MA.

“The weekend was such a blast, I had a wonderful time,” said Jane Wielgoszinski. “James is a fabulous instructor and person. He makes you feel very comfortable and confident.  He has a very good sense of each individual’s needs and addresses them accordingly.”

Country Ridge Stables James Lala Clinic Fast Facts

When: Saturday and Sunday December 14-15, 2013

Where: Country Ridge Stables 27060 N Owens Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060

To audit: $30 for one day $50 for both days

For more information contact:
Laura Stern (847) 452-1783 or

About James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine
James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine, LLC is recognized as South Florida's top CEM quarantine. Conveniently located just minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds, the facility is owned and operated by James Lala, one of the country's leading riders and trainers.

Lala’s facility is known for being an ultra-safe, peaceful environment with fantastic amenities like top-of the-line GGT footing. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds but close enough to be convenient.

Lala rescues quiet and accommodating mares to serve as quarantine test mares. He has several lovely horses for customer lessons and for clients in need of supplemental riding to stay in condition.

For more information about James Lala and Wellington Quarantine:
(561) 906-6668


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