December 2017 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:24

Amateur jumper rider Chandler Meadows has followed Red Bucket Equine Rescue’s good work for several years. When she won the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Final at the Las Vegas National, she knew right away she wanted to donate $1,000 of the purse to Red Bucket. The student of Morley Abey & Joie Gatlin is pictured here with her partner in the victory, Damian, and Red Bucket’s Susan Knox, left, and founder Susan Peirce. Chandler’s parents matched her donation and she hopes that other equestrians might follow suit. Top ranked rider Kent Farrington’s donation of his $71,000 Central Park Grand Prix purse to hurricane relief was definitely an inspiration, Chandler added. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Right after wrapping this issue, editor Kim F. Miller rushed off to the Las Vegas National in time to see Richard Spooner win three big show jumping classes, including the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping competition. And Kaitlyn Lovingfoss won her third major medal finals with victory in the WCE Finals.

 
December 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by by Lauren Billys
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:14

USEA Convention in Long Beach gives attendees a glimpse of our region’s unique character.

by Lauren Billys

To those attending the United States Eventing Association’s annual convention, I am happy to welcome you to USEA Area VI. We are honored to host the event, set for Dec. 6-10 in Long Beach. Each year the convention hosts the year-end awards, educational seminars, and meetings to plan for the upcoming season’s activities. Being the host of the convention, our area is recognized and highlighted for our achievements and character.

 
December 2017 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:55

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Instructor Certification Workshop for Young Horses
Dec. 4-6 in Stanislaus County’s Waterford

Connie Arthur’s Lone Tree Farm hosts this Instructors’ Certification Program Workshop for Young Event Horse Trainers and Riders. “If you already have your ICP Certification, please consider coming to get additional certification,” Connie says. “But if you haven’t been through the ICP program, here is an outstanding chance to get more education, meet your peers and become certified!”

It’s likely the riding spots are full at this point, but auditors are encouraged. “If you have anything to do with young horses - either riding or coaching students who ride young horses, this workshop is for you!”

For more information, visit www.lonetreefarm.net.


 
November 2017 - Candid With Karen
Written by by Karen Healey
Monday, 30 October 2017 20:05

Preparation that involves doing it the hard way produces the best results.

by Karen Healey

A little bit of preparation goes a long way toward success in our sport. As a student of George Morris, that idea was hammered into my consciousness early on. It was a foundation of my training program for 30-plus years and today as I coach riders with all levels of equitation and jumper ring aspirations.

 
November 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by by Lauren Billys
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:38

Please consider donating to my equine supplies registry for horses in need after two devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

by Lauren Billys

In the past month, it seems our earth is going through some growing pains. Watching our surroundings changing around us has been heartbreaking. In the wake of the devastation brought upon Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, I have started a fundraiser to aid the hundreds of horses on the island who are in dire need of assistance.

 

 
November 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:26

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Super fun night Oct. 18 at the launch party for the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Organizer Scott Hayes, hospitality chief Jessica Mathews & Adequan’s West Coast wonder Deven Vespi kick off the festivities, held at Dr. Mark & Tiffany Silverman’s lovely home in Rancho Santa Fe. See our September issue for the full story on this new four-week CDI series. Hot news: the “Masterclass” presenters will be Monty Roberts & Boyd Martin, Laura Graves, Helen Langehanenberg and for the circuit’s finale: Charlotte Dujardin, giving special talks before each Saturday’s night’s Grand Prix Freestyle. Thanks to www.troydoney.com for the great photo!

Staff members at Equal-i-zer Hitch continue the Provo, UT company’s tradition of community service. They recently spent a day helping build homes with Self-Help Homes, a non-profit providing quality, affordable housing for first-time home buyers.

Homeless veterans from the San Jose area’s HomeFirst program enjoy a day with horses at Victory Ranch as part of the non-profit’s Veterans Ranch Visit Program. Victory Ranch is operated by Army veteran Doug Hutten and has hosted the Kids & Horses Education Program for 11 years. For more information, visit www.victoryranchinc.org.

Noah Nelson’s Noah’s Ark costume is a winner in the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association’s Finals Costume Class. The son of Leslie Pinkerton Nelson of Sterling Silver Stables, Noah also had a terrific show in the 11 and under equitation and hunter classes. Photo: Osteen

 
October 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:15

Fall fell the day, September 22, we sent this October issue off to the printers. We send our prayers to all those affected by this past month’s hurricanes, fires and earthquakes and we wish that the coming months will see healing, hope and the continuance of much-needed help, much of it from our generous equestrian community, as always.

 

 
October 2017 - Book Review: Dark Horses
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:07

Dark Horses
Written by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reviewed by Joanna Fung

Dark Horses is the latest from New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl, Cecily von Ziegesar. Her inspiration for this book is drawn from her keeping and riding horses for many years.

 
October 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:00

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September 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:56

We’re thrilled to bring you the full scoop on the West Coast Dressage Festival debut, beginning in January at Galway Downs, then moving to the Del Mar Fairgrounds through mid-February. Organizer Scott Hayes thinks the West Coast is ready for a four-CDI-W show circuit and we agree!

 
September 2017 - Dressage Life: Dressage Trends, Part Two
Written by Michele Vaughn
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:18

Horse performance and pizzazz.

by Michele Vaughn

Trends aren’t only for riders – our horses have their equipment trends, too. Some of those trends are a result of evidence-based scientific studies on equine performance, while others are simply a fun fashion statement.

Riders will try anything to fit their horses better, from the design of their bridles, to the fit of their saddles, to the kind of saddle pads they use. And adding a bit of style to our tack makes it more fun, as well.

 
September 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:08

“Emily

Surf’s Up For Stokkholm

Max Dolger and Stokkholm put in two fantastic clear rounds and a turn of speed to win the $15,000 S & S Bank Card Systems Grand Prix of Huntington Beach class in the jump-off by one second on Saturday, Aug. 12. “This is my first Grand Prix win on Stockholm, I am delighted.” Max exclaimed. “He is a wonderful horse and really makes that extra effort for you. Stakka Gold is his younger brother and to get sixth place on him too was perfect.”

 
September 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:59

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Lots of Learning at Maplewood
Various dates starting Sept. 5, in Reno

While much of the country is heading “back to school” this summer, the learning is pretty much non-stop at Julie Winkel’s Maplewood program in Reno. Sept. 5-10, it’s the annual Young Horse Trainer School that delves into hands-on learning on topics ranging from halter breaking foals to preparing prospects for the International Jumper Futurity.

 
August 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:33

ComfortStall Inc. and Haygain Join Forces

ComfortStall® Inc., the USA-based source for smart stable and arena products, is proud to announce it has joined forces with Haygain®, the UK-based manufacturer of the Haygain Hay Purifier, the only scientifically proven method to purify hay, and other equine health products backed by science.

 
August 2017 - Candid With Karen
Written by Karen Healey
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:25

Course design is all about helping horses and riders get better.

I enjoyed designing the courses for the first Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge in June and some of the questions I got about those tracks made me think course design would be a good topic for this column.

 
December 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:22

Onondarka Medal Finals Crown Avery Glenn

On the final two days of competition for the Del Mar International Season Finale, some of the West Coast’s best 12 and under equitation riders took to the indoor arena at the Del Mar Horsepark to compete in the prestigious Onondarka Medal Finals. In order to participate in the finals, riders had to qualify by accumulating at least 12 points in Onondarka medal classes held throughout the year.

 
December 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:07

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November 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 20:46

Living in inland San Diego County, I’ve had way too much first-hand experience with wildfires. Even as a seasoned fire veteran, I am heartbroken by the extent of devastation caused by October’s windblown rampages in both ends of the state. Our report details two of what were probably hundreds of evacuations, all of them executed by brave, selfless members of our equestrian community – not to mention some non-horsey people who said yes when a horse was handed to them in an Albertson’s parking lot in Orange County!

 
November 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 19:57

Tamie Smith & Sunsprite Syrius. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Tamie’s Trip Pays Off

After making the cross-country trek from Southern California’s Murrietta, Tamie Smith’s show jumping trip proved successful on Sunday, Oct. 22 as she completed a wire-to-wire win in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship in Maryland with Sunsprite Warmbloods’ Sunsprite Syrius. The 9-year-old Trakehner gelding ended the weekend on his dressage score of 40.9. “I’m thrilled. He was perfect in every phase, and I couldn’t have asked him to be better. He show jumped today like a million bucks,” Smith said proudly.

 
November 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:34

Abby Weese and Grant Archer celebrate their wedding in September, witnessed by several friends in the hunter/jumper community. Abby was a top amateur rider before turning her star jumper over to Mandy Porter. The San Diego Grand Prix rider had an extra wedding gift for Abby on Oct. 7, when she rode Milano to an impressive win in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento. In March, the super duo won the HITS Million class. Abby’s hubby Grant is the brother of Matt Archer, of top NorCal business, Shady Lane Farm, LLC.

 
November 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:22

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Three-Day Stallion Testing
Nov. 3-5 in Solvang

Pollyrich Farm in Central California’s Solvang has been officially named as the North American Stallion Testing Host Site for a Nov. 3-5 test for the Oldenburg GOV, AHHA, Westfalen NA, AHS and Rhinelander studbooks. “It’s the first time the verbands have allowed this three-day test instead of the normal 70-day test,” explains Pollyrich’s Buffy Oas.

 
October 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:10

Los Angeles HJ Assn. Winners

Madison Nadolenco fulfilled a goal of winning the Rosewood Medal Finals and Grace Cortese earned top honors in the Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Finals. Both were staged by the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association and were held during the Langer Equestrian Group’s Gold Coast Labor Day competition.

 
October 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:01

Jose Lopez Huera

Jose Lopez Huera, a long time horse show groom for the hunter/umper A shows, passed away suddenly last month. Hap Hansen’s assistant Lisa Baldassari spearheaded a fundraiser for Jose’s family to fly his body home to his wife and daughter, who live in Mexico. Several in the horse show community made donations large and small and an impromptu fundraising dinner of carne asada cooked by Pony Express at Blenheim raised more than enough funds to take care of the final expenses and provide some donations to his family.

 
October 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:51

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Foxfield Jumping Derby & Medal Final
Oct. 7-8 in Westlake Village

This is an absolute fave among exhibitors, but you don’t have to be a participant to enjoy the Foxfield Riding School’s annual equitation and jumping showdown. Spend a weekend in magical Sherwood Forest and watch riders in the Foxfield Medal, adults and juniors, navigate tracks that take them in and out the property’s famous sunken arena. Super friendly atmosphere, great vendors, VIP opportunities and good food available all weekend.

For more information, visit www.foxfield.com.


 
September 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:22

North American Young Riders
Championships are golden in medals and other ways for Area VI teams.

by Lauren Billys

With the backdrop of Glacier National Park on the most pristine eventing facility on the West Coast, Rebecca Farms in Montana, the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships for 2017 was undoubtedly going to be one to remember. The Area VI Young Rider team was mostly made up of horses with unique stories produced by juniors to the FEI levels of eventing. The bonds between these horses and riders were strong and palpable watching each of their performances.

 
September 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:15

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September 2017 - Book Review
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:06

Horse Lover’s Encylopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Equine
Edited by Jessie Haas
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

This book is definitely full-color. Amazing photography along with beautiful detailed line drawings and clear descriptions on the varied equestrian world. Current information that may not be found in other sources includes chiropractic treatment and a description of the recent American breeds like the American Curly and Azteca. Some entries are more European in nature, calling a horse who dislikes having a saddle tightened “girthy” rather than the usual American “cinchy.”

 
August 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:35

Huge congratulations to the young riders who represented our region brilliantly during the North American Junior Young Riders Championships, held July 19-23 – just as we were going to press with this issue. On the dressage front, the USDF Region 7 Junior team earned team gold and member Aleyna Dunn added gold in the individual championships and a silver in the individual freestyle.  Zone 10’s jumping teams rode to gold in the Childrens and Juniors divisions. Plus, Childrens rider Dylan Laiken and Callao jumped clear all week to add individual Childrens gold and Hannah Loly and Amya De la Demi Lune adding an individual silver in the Junior division. Dressage and jumping took place in Saugerites, NY, while the eventing ran concurrently at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, MT. There, Area VI’s One-Star team also earned a gold medal, and Mallory Hogan took individual bronze aboard Clarissa Purisima. Absolutely way to go, everybody! If you missed our July issue profiles of all our area’s NAJYRC riders, you can find them online.

 
August 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:30

Shauna Pennell Shines in Santa Barbara

Shauna Pennell took three of the top four placings in the Santa Barbara National’s $3,000 National Hunter Derby, July 14, at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds. Shauna rode Beverly Endelberg’s Saturday Night to the win, WJC Farms LLC’s Tresor du Paradis to third and her own Sunday Best to fourth. Jamie Sailor rode Taylor Cusumano’s Matador to the red ribbon.

 
August 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:23

Carmel Valley CDS chapter beats summer heat with stick-horse race at fun schooling show.

The Carmel Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society (CV CDS) has several traditional events each year—a tack swap, a Summer BBQ and a Holiday Party.

 
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