February 2018 - The Gallop: Temecula Valley National Horse Show

Veteran show jumpers realize their wish list in launch of new hunter/jumper series at Galway Downs this April.

by Kim F. Miller

International show jumper Ali Nilforushan is a go big or go home kind of guy. The 2000 Olympian and 2006 World Cup Finalist has long wanted to elevate the caliber of West Coast competition and he and his wife and fellow pro rider Francie are putting their ideas to action with the inaugural Temecula Valley National Horse Show. The three-week, top USEF rated hunter/jumper series debuts April 17-22, then resumes with back-to-back weeks May 22-June 3, all at Galway Downs in Temecula.

 
February 2018 - Peter Grant Clinic

Understanding course design is key to horse and rider progression.

by Ginger Freeman

Along with several other riders from Shady Lane Farm, I took a day off from riding to learn from Canadian FEI course designer, Peter Grant, in early December.

Understanding the dynamic and technical aspects of course design is essential to achieve effortless beauty on course. Peter’s in-depth description and hands-on activities about course design gave me a different perspective on show jumping and some helpful hints of what to focus on while practicing at home to achieve success on course.

 

 
February 2018 - Les Talents Hermès

New equitation class with Paris perk for high scorer and their trainer.

Sonoma Horse Park introduces Les Talents Hermès, a unique equitation competition offering three separate sections: 3’3”, 3’ and Pony. Les Talents Hermès will take place on September 22- 23 at SHP Season Finale. Each section features one round on Saturday and one round and a work-off on Sunday. A welcome dinner and draw for order of go will be hosted in the VIP on Friday, September 21.

 

 
February 2018 - Wildflower Farm & Fortuna Del Charro

Excelling under new ownership, two high-end stables create their own “happy place” for horses and riders.

Photos courtesy of Erin Lane Luth and Erin Perryman Photography

Olympian Guenter Seidel’s relocation to Wildflower Farm in Encinitas is not the only hot development at the first-class training and boarding facility; since purchasing the already beautiful eight-acre property a year ago, Alan Smith has implemented physical upgrades and inspired attitude adjustments that almost seemed too good to be true when he first spoke of them.

 

 
February 2018 - Lessons From The Fire

Veteran trainer shares preparation, evacuation & shelter-in-place strategies.

by Susan Friend LeTourneur

It is inevitable. If you live in the foothills or mountains in Southern California, at one time or another, you will be faced with fire. One can only hope it is not on a windy night and you have plenty of time to implement your evacuation plan. We have a good one (see below for more details).

 

 
February 2018 - Share Your Opinion!

American Horse Publications launches fourth Equine Industry Survey, sponsored by Zoetis.

American Horse Publications (AHP) launched its fourth Equine Industry Survey at www.ahphorsesurvey.com. Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by April 1, 2018.

 
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