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'Real Housewives' Unsaddled by 'Real Horses'

A new reality show based in San Juan Capistrano features English and Western riders "Swapping Saddles."

Coto de Caza may have its "real" housewives, but San Juan Capistrano has its equestrians, who finally get a reality show of their own.

It’s called Swapping Saddles, and the premise is to challenge English riders to ride Western and vice versa. Sponsored by Royal Champion, the web-only reality show even gives some history lessons into how the disciplines emerged.

It’s got all the reality TV tropes: great theme music, built-up tension between the competitors, blustery bravado (is there any other kind?), a host with a British accent and even a rider cam.

The first challengers are Western rider Gracyn Garberich from San Juan Capistrano, who squares off with Lauren Bouwman, a Long Beach resident who’s been coming to our neck of the woods to ride for more than a decade.

The show also features English instructor Dana Smith of Dana Smith Show Team from San Juan Capistrano and Western trainer Cindy Forrest of Cindy Forrest Performance Horses. It was shot at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

Who will outperform the other in a riding style neither has tried before? Stay tuned!

Penny Arévalo October 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
This is housewives-free! Nothing but fun Western and English riding here in San Juan Capistrano. :-)
Jill McGovern October 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Love it! Wow what a great idea! And well put together, I want to ride in it! We do endurance and trail, anyone want to do a show against dressage???
Penny Arévalo October 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I'd watch that!
Barb Greenhill October 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
That is fun. I always was in rivalry with my little sister, who was a Western girl and I prefer English.
Tabitha October 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM
cool idea funny too its all so true!! I wonder if they can have another "episode" and if you can sign up? I'm up in Washington and would love to be the barrel racer!!! (: lol

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