May 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:38

SH Productions’ West Coast Dressage Convention V was a big hit April 21-22. Here are organizer Scott Hayes and clinicians & Dutch Dressage Superstars Edward Gal and Hans Peter Mindenhoud flanking Monty Roberts. More on this in our June issue.

April indeed brought showers to Northern California, but was a little crueler in Southern California where an EHV-1 situation arose in Orange County. As we went to press with this issue, three horses had tested positive for the dreaded virus and were being cared for in isolation at a stable where the virus was first diagnosed on April 13, a Friday, naturally! A total of 56 horses possibly exposed to the virus were under quarantine, with veterinarians from the California Department of Food and Agriculture supervising close monitoring for signs of new cases. As of April 19, no additional cases were reported. Our best wishes to all!

Meanwhile, it was yet another busy month on the California equestrian scene. Blenheim EquiSports new CSI3* jumping made for a super afternoon with lots of not-so-horsey peeps out to enjoy our beautiful sport on a beautiful day at a beautiful venue. Of course, the West Coast’s best were out to battle for their share of the $80,000 prize pot, which Keri Potter and Bitalica took the lion’s share of. It was fun to see Nayel Nasser and Mandy Porter, not riding but there to cheer on their colleagues and enjoy the day. We also heard great reports about the Nilforushans’ inaugural Temecula Valley National at Galway Downs.

Up north, Stanford won the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s Zone 8 championship for the 13th consecutive year and UC Davis chose equestrian as one of two new NCAA womens sports to add to its roster.
We hope you enjoy the articles about all of the above and a lot more, plus our annual spotlight on stable planning, design, management, upkeep and enjoyment.

Now to work on our June issue. This will include our annual spotlight on entry level riding programs that are so important to bringing new people into our wonderful world of horses. If you know of a program that deserves special attention, please let us know.

Happy reading and happy time with your horses!!

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