April 2017 - The Gallop: Wire Transfer Beware!

San Diego dressage trainer has frightening experience with wire transfer fraud.

by Rebecca Rigdon Blake

It is my responsibility to share my recent experience in making a wire transfer for myself, as well as my client, while purchasing horses in Holland.

My solo horse-shopping trip to our friend’s stable in Amsterdam seemingly went along without a hitch. We looked at 60-plus horses, found two that I absolutely fell in love with, and came home 72 hours later on cloud nine.

 
April 2017 - Making It Happen

College and continuing an equestrian dream can co-exist.

by Kelsey Holmes

Every junior rider dreads the inevitable point in their lives when they believe that they are forced to choose between pursuing a professional riding career and venturing off to college.

For me there was no decision; I was going to college whether I wanted to or not. But the idea of the classic college experience excited me, and I understood that that would mean taking a step back from competition for a while.

 
April 2017 - Help A Horse Day

California equine charities are among past winners and participants in ASPCA’s annual awareness event April 21-26.

The fifth annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day is set for Wed, April 26, with events taking place throughout the country from April 21-26. Organizations planning to celebrate with a Help a Horse Day event, meeting the ASPCA’s criteria and taking place within that timeframe, may be eligible to win one of 11 grant prizes totaling $100,000 for best celebration efforts to be used to support general operations.

 
April 2017 - Going Solo & Starting NAJYRC Track

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss tops the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship.

The R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, which requires riders to do the entire class without their trainers, is not an easy class to win. Junior riders competed in the Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, for a blue-ribbon victory in the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship on March 17 as the final weekend dawned for the 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit.

 
April 2017 - Nancy Reed: A Tribute

The California horse community loses a great friend.

Following a five-year battle with cancer, noted California horsewoman Nancy Reed, age 70, passed peacefully at home in San Diego County’s Lakeside on February 26, surrounded by family and friends, with one dog between her feet and another at her side to comfort her passing.

 
April 2017 - Porter Power!

Mandy Porter & Milano close out the HITS Coachella circuit with the AIG Million win.

Dynamite equestrian Mandy Porter of Encinitas rose to the occasion against a top-notch field of 54 riders in the most popular AIG $1 Million Grand Prix class to date. Porter rode Milano, owned by Abigail Weese, to a thrilling finish as the second-to-last rider in a six-horse jump-off. The starting order included several prior victors of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Desert Horse Park including 2016, 2015 and 2014 winners: McLain Ward, Charlie Jayne and Ashlee Bond.

 
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