May 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:10

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

The 2016 Zone 10 Silver Medal Junior Team.

Zone 10 NAJYRC Jumping Trials
Various dates & locations in May & June

The selection trials for the United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone 10’s teams for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships kicked off during the final week of the HITS Coachella circuit in Thermal. The next round takes place during the Del Mar National Horse Show, May 2-7, in San Diego, followed by the final regular round at the Sonoma Horse Park during their May 17-21 competition. The Final trial is set for the Blenheim June Classic I, June 7-11 in San Juan Capistrano.

The championships for jumping take place July 19-23 at HITS On the Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y. New to this year’s Championships is the Child Rider Championship, for which teams will be fielded from standings on the FEI Children’s Ranking List. This is for 12-14 year old riders who will jump fences up to 1.25m in height. The new event is considered an important piece of the young rider development pipeline.

For more information, visit www.ushja.org/zones/zone10.aspx.


Area VI Young Riders Clinic
May 6-7 in Fresno

2016 NAJYRC coach Bec Braitling and 2016 Olympian Lauren Billys will present a clinic for Area VI eventing young riders at the Fresno County Horse Park. Application forms can be found on www.areavi.org, under the Young Riders tab.

For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Red Barn Festival
May 13 in Palo Alto

This annual fundraiser assures a good time for all and it benefits the Stanford Equestrian Team and the many other equestrian programs that are based at the famous Red Barn. Riding demonstrations, wine tasting, equine art, food and music are all on the agenda.

For tickets and more information, visit https://web.stanford.edu/group/set/cgi-bin/wordpress/red-barn-festival-2017.


LAHJA Horsemastership Online Seminar
May 16 at 7 p.m.

The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association is holding an online seminar to help candidates in its Horsemastership competition prepare for this year’s program, especially the Hands On Phase. The seminar will review the 2016 Hands On Phase, discuss specifics and answer questions. All 2016 participants are invited to attend and anyone planning to participate this year will find this informative and interesting.

For information on accessing the webinar, e-mail Marnye Langer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Karen Healey Open Equitation Challenge
May 20 in Petaluma

Renowned equitation trainer Karen Healey has given a lifetime of expertise and volunteer work to the hunter/jumper industry. Complications from a recent back surgery have left her in and out of the hospital and a physical rehab center, with attendant costs that have been a big challenge to cover. In response, the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation established a fund to accept tax-deductible donations on her behalf, and members of the hunter/jumper world have responded generously with much-appreciated donations.

The Sonoma Horse Park has stepped up with a special competition, the Karen Healey Open Equitation Challenge, on Saturday, May 20.  In lieu of entry fees, participants are asked to make a minimum donation of $100 to help fund Karen’s ongoing medical expenses. Additionally, throughout the week’s HMI Equestrian Challenge show, Sonoma Horse Park will pay tribute to Karen, her exceptional career and contributions to our sport. A fundraiser and auction to raise critical funds for Karen’s ongoing recovery will also be held on May 20. The VIP area will be open to all and complimentary dinner and wine tasting will be served in conjunction with the $25,000 Grand Prix & NAJYRC Trial.

SHP’s Karen Healey Open Equitation Challenge is open to professional, amateur and junior riders. To be shown over a 3’3 equitation style course designed by Karen, who will also judge the class with further testing at her discretion. Special awards presented to the top 10 finishers. Riders must ride for awards.

For more information on the Challenge, visit www.sonomahorsepark.com. And for more information on contributing to Karen Healey’s fund, contact Ruth Frazier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.cpha.org.


Laura Graves at the World Cup Finals. Photo: Terri Miller

Laura Graves Clinic
June 10 & 11 in Woodside

Fresh from her second place finish at the Omaha World Cup Finals (see page 52) and contribution to the U.S. bronze at the Rio Olympics last summer, dressage star Laura Graves makes her first West Coast clinic appearance with the San Francisco Peninsula chapter of the California Dressage Society as host. Demonstration horse/rider pairs will range from Training level to Grand Prix. Auditors will be able to submit questions for Laura to answer during a Q&A session each day, and a wine and cheese reception on Saturday is included in the ticket price. Auditor passes are available on a first-come basis.

To reserve your place, visit www.sfpcds.org asap!


Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 949-644-2165. Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by June 1st for the July issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!