April 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:57

As the eight-week long HITS Coachella hunter/jumper circuit came to a close with Mandy Porter & Milano’s spectacular win of the AIG Million class on March 19, this year’s show season is fully underway in every discipline.

The Galway Downs International Horse Trials and the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping were set for the last weekend of March, with the Del Mar National right behind it. Several Area VI riders are readying for the trek to Rolex Kentucky Four Star in Lexington, KY, in late April. They include James Alliston, Andrea Baxter, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jennifer McFall and Bunny Sexton and we send HUGE best wishes to all.

 
April 2017 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:49

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook; A Journey To Softness

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook
Reviewed by Kim F. Miller

It’s hard to believe that the California Dressage Society has been around for 50 years. That makes some of us kind of old! But the organization has stayed young through the years and now numbers approximately 3,500 members participating in 30 chapters throughout the state and in Nevada.

 
April 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 00:48

Carl Hester Clinic
April 8-9 in Del Mar

The dressage community is abuzz about British dressage Olympian Carl Hester’s visit. Among many impressive credentials, Carl is the coach of reigning dressage queen Charlotte Dujardin and part owner of her spectacular partner Valegro.

This weekend clinic is staged by Scott Hayes Productions, whose hosting of Charlotte’s California visit last October was super well-received for its instructional value and overall lovely environment.

 
April 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:52

Romesh Sinclair Joins Parker Insurance

Parker Equine Insurance welcomes Romesh Sinclair to its insurance family. “Many of you may know him from doing awards and hospitality at many of the California, Arizona and Colorado horse shows,” says Donna Parker. “Romesh is an accomplished horseman and rider.

His knowledge of the horse industry paired with his compassionate personality makes him the perfect person to help choose the perfect policy for your horse, help with claims or just provide exceptional customer service. We are happy to have him on our team.”


Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, job changes, new hires, marriages, new management and barn moves. Send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!

 
April 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:47

Have a photo of a fun adventure with your horse, pony, riding club or horsey friends? We want it for our Out & About page. Please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with caption info and photo credit if needed.

 

Pretty In Pink: Mid-March weekend proved the perfect time for a Carmel Valley California Dressage Society chapter Tack Swap during the EEA Schooling show. Pictured here are tack swap queen Jen Nuckton, scribe Elizabeth Pasquinelli and Bea DiGrazia, who judged the show.

Los Angeles hunter/jumper trainer Nikki Husky enjoys a family day at the beach. She’s pictured at Rosie’s Beach in Long Beach with her mom Kevan Husky’s German Shepard, Charlie, and one of her brothers, Bill, and his labrador, Dodger. Bill is a veterinarian in West Los Angeles and Rosie’s is a favorite family retreat for many family members, human and canine. 'We strapped my brother's GoPro to Dodger so he could capture the fun afternoon,' Nikki reports.

 
March 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:28

We get around!

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 19 we’ve covered the California Dressage Society convention in San Diego, Horse Expo Pomona, the HITS Coachella (Thermal) World Cup weekend in the desert and the Area VI Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at the Fresno County Horse Park. We experienced every kind of California weather during that time! Throughout our travels, we realized the good fortune to have a career that enables us to report on and spend time with some of the best people anywhere. Their horses are awesome, too!

We hope you enjoy this month’s mix of coverage, highlighted by our regular columnists’ insights on several subjects: Karen Healey ponders whether the stricter medication rules will curtail cheaters in the hunter/jumper sport. Genay Vaughn talks about the pros, cons and realities of a season on the Florida dressage circuit. And, Lauren Billys explains why she had to give up her childhood habit of riding in oversize boxer shorts. They just don’t cut it for the Olympic eventer!

Thanks for your story ideas and photo submissions and we’ll see you on the circuit soon!

Happy Riding!

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