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September 2017 - The Gallop: CPHA Finals Kick Off Medal Season
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:38
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Kaitlyn Lovingfoss & Vancouver, Nina Vogel & Durango take top honors in CPHA Junior & Amateur Medal Finals

by Kim F. Miller

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals, Aug. 18-19, launched the medal final season that culminates a year of hard work toward goals often set in January. If the quality of competition seen in the Blenheim Farms indoor arena, provided by ACE Equestrian, is an indicator, we are in for top-notch showdowns in both age groups.

 

 
September 2017 - The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:34
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New series of four CDIs has the dressage community abuzz.

by Kim F Miller

The debut of the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival has competitors and fans abuzz with excitement over the circuit of four CDIs, three of them brand new. The brainchild of event producer Scott Hayes, the series begins in Galway Downs in Temecula Jan. 3-7 of next year, then moves to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego for another three weeks of international competition: Jan. 18-21, Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 14-17. The weeks between international shows will likely be filled with one or more national shows sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Dressage Society.

 
September 2017 - Horse People: Zazou Hoffman
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:29
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Hard work, talent and a pinch of good fortune put young rider in the Grand Prix spotlight.

by Kim F. Miller

Zazou Hoffman still has to pinch herself.

Even after a junior career dominated by catch-riding, working student gigs and winning the 2009 Maclay Finals, having two solid Grand Prix horses and four significant wins already seems surreal.

 
September 2017 - The Chase Is On!
Written by by Julie Beer
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:25
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Riding to the hounds in southern California.

by Julie Beer

Yes! The red coats, the hounds, Tally Ho! and all that. The real deal. Interested? Read on!

The Santa Fe Hunt, established in 1969 in Rancho Santa Fe, is alive and thriving in Temecula Horse Country. Foxhunting, also known as “Riding to the Hounds,” is the foundation of today’s hunter/jumper discipline. To be clear, coyote, not fox, are dominant in this part of the country. Because coyote are both very clever and fast, it’s extremely rare for the hounds to actually catch one; thus Santa Fe Hunt considers itself a “chase,” which is also the philosophy of the Masters of Foxhounds Association that rules all recognized hunts in the US.

 
September 2017 - Lilo Fore Honored
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:20
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Local luminary named 2017 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee.

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Liselotte “Lilo” Fore will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Lexington, KY. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on individuals and horses that have made outstanding contributions to dressage in the United States.

 
August 2017 - Glefke and Farmer Penalized
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:51
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Re-hearing results in same penalties for doping case in the hunter world.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee held a rehearing on June 6 and 7 in a doping case against Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke. The case involved the presence of the forbidden substance GABA in the horse UNEXPECTED at a 2016 USEF Licensed Competition.

 
July 2017 - May Day
Written by photos by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:09
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Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosts a happy day for its riders and the public.

photos by Kim F. Miller

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosted its annual open house Sunday, May 28. The long-running community event showcased riding school students and A circuit riders in team competitions ranging from flat classes to a Gambler’s Choice jumping and a High Jump that rose to about 4’6” in height. Plus, pony rides and horsey crafts throughout a beautiful day at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Orange County’s Laguna Hills.

 
July 2017 - Youth Spotlight: Black Oaks Pony Club
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:54
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Central California club and its members represent the future of national organization.

Black Oaks Pony Club has a long history in the Paso Robles area and it also reflects the future of the U.S. Pony Club’s effort to expand its membership base. Eventing has long been the competitive discipline most associated with Pony Club, but the organization now offers “certifications,” formerly called “ratings,” in show jumping, hunter equitation, dressage and even western.

 
July 2017 - The Gallop: Changes Afoot for NAJYRC Qualification
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:35
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Everybody wants Zone 10 riders atop the NAJYRC podium,  but there’s debate about the best way to get there.

by Kim F. Miller

As young jumper riders battled to represent Zone 10 at this month’s FEI/Adequan North American Junior Young Rider Championships, behind-the- scenes debates roiled about the best way to qualify teams in the future.

Everybody wants the same thing: getting the zone back to its streak of dominance that began a decade ago. From 2007 to 2010, Zone 10 earned a total of nine gold medals, including team and individuals. The years from 2011 through 2013 saw Killian McGrath’s individual YR gold and team bronze in 2012, and Young Rider team silver and individual bronze in 2011. Last year’s Young Rider team brought home bronze and the Juniors scored silver, but 2014 and 2015 were medal-less outings. (See sidebar for the decade’s medal count.)

 
June 2017 - Cheers & Tears
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:07
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Ashlee Bond soars and Flexible says farewell at Del Mar National.

The Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Equestrian Division on May 6, provided a thrilling night of competitive show jumping for a full house at the Del Mar Arena. The 29 starting horse and rider pairs were tested with Marc Etter of Switzerland’s course of 15 efforts in the first round and eight fences in the jump-off.

 
June 2017 - More Than Just Riding
Written by Cassidy Gallman
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:48
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FEI JR/YR & U25 Clinic with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker welcomes California and Oregon up-&-comers to the dressage community.

by Cassidy Gallman

There is something about Epona Farms. It may be the green color of the hills that surround it in the Westlake Village area’s Hidden Valley. It may be the peaceful quiet. It may be the charm of the barn or may be simply that Epona Farms inspires.

 
September 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equine Partnership
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:32
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Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot

by Kim F. Miller

Big Shot has lived up to his name since he joined the Karazissis family’s Far West Farm program this past January. He came through Buffy and Rick Oas’ Pollyrich Farm as a sales prospect, but star hunter rider Jenny Karazissis couldn’t bear to let his “beauty, style, good brain and overall quality” go to another barn. Clients, the Morris family, were easily persuaded to buy “Dude” for their daughter Dulcie Lou to campaign as a Junior Hunter next year. This year, Jenny and the 6 year old Holsteiner (Lordanos X Corrado I) have dominated the 3’3” Hunter Division and were headed to the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky in mid-August.

 
September 2017 - Lights, Camera, Action
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:27
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Equestrian films to debut in October’s San Diego International Film Festival.

The San Diego International Film Festival, set for Oct 4-8 and produced each year by the San Diego Film Foundation, is proud to announce the addition of an Equestrian Film Track to this year’s edition. The San Diego International Film Festival features topic specific tracks that present groundbreaking, independent films telling stories that resonate with San Diego patrons in a variety of areas. Returning unique film tracks include American Indian, Environmental, Military and Social Justice. This year, there is a new track to represent our equestrian community. The Equestrian Film Track will highlight the diverse and creative efforts of filmmakers that explore topics related to horses.

 
September 2017 - 100 Miles In One Day
Written by by Brenna Sullivan
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:22
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A completion caps a remarkable day and a life goal on the Western States Trail Foundation’s Tevis Cup Ride.

by Brenna Sullivan • photos: Gorel Baylor Photography

The Western States Trail Ride, informally known as the Tevis Cup, traverses 100 miles of the Sierra Nevada mountains every August during the full moon. Riders have 24 hours to reach Auburn Fairgrounds after traversing technical trail in the high country, heat in the canyons and the dark trail above the American River. The ride was started in 1955 by Wendell Robie on a bet that the horses of modern times were as tough as the horses of their grandparents’ generation. The ride was the first to develop strict veterinary standards, birthed the modern sport of endurance and embodies the true spirit of “to finish is to win.” Many endurance riders dream of completing Tevis; this was Brenna Sullivan’s second attempt after pulling her TWH mare Sky at Deadwood in 2016 as a rider option. This year’s ride began at 5:15 am August 5 and ended 5:15 am August 6.

 
August 2017 - The Gallop: A Day at the Emerging Athletes Program
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:52
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USHJA program delivers the gift of Joe Fargis’ gentle & effective horsemanship.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Horses are a gift to us to learn about nature, sportsmanship and life,” said 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis in response to a question that began the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program training session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center July 12-16. As he worked with 19 fortunate and motivated young riders, the much-decorated show-jumper applied that broad perspective to many details of his simple, classic horsemanship. It was a privilege to audit a day of instruction from Joe, Thursday, July 13, during which West Coast young riders also worked in small groups with stable management expert Anne Thornbury.

 
August 2017 - Horse Races & Fair Eclipse Weekend
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:49
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Ely, Nevada, combines western traditions with solar eclipse celebration.

One of the most authentic western celebrations in the U.S. gets a celestial twist for 2017, lining up with the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Each year horse racing, a county fair and other traditional events dating back almost 100 years bring together neighbors and visitors alike in the remote town of Ely, Nevada. This year, the festivities planned Aug. 18-21 include a solar eclipse train ride on the historic Nevada Northern Railway, offering a unique glimpse into this rare event. In celebration of the eclipse, Ely’s Economy Drug luncheonette will be serving a special Light-to-Dark-to-Light eclipse sandwich.

 
July 2017 - New San Diego Venue
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:06
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Lakeside Equestrian Park to serve East County Equestrians.

San Diego County is working with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit organization, to build a premier equestrian facility on a 14-acre parcel at 11055 Moreno Ave. The conceptual layout includes a covered arena, which is the planned showpiece of the facility. The facility will host junior, high school, and senior pro rodeo; cattle events; barrel racing; gymkhanas; western and english horse shows; clinics and trail events.

 
July 2017 - Tradition is Always in Style
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:38
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A conversation with Irene Valenti, president of Valenti International

alenti International, longtime Rancho Santa Fe entrepreneurs, philanthropists and equestrians, offers both elite matchmaking in the European tradition, and an equine oasis offering boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados.

 
June 2017 - Del Mar National Dressage
Written by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:11
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Steffen Peters reigns as king of California dressage.

by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee

The 2017 Del Mar National put an exclamation point on Steffen Peters’ reign as the king of California Dressage. Competing on three different mounts owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, Olympian and World Cup Champion Steffen Peters took home the first place honors in all his CDI and US Equestrian Selection classes and won some First Level classes just for good measure.

 
June 2017 - Hilda Gurney Clinic
Written by photos by Nancy Albright
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:59
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The 2017 Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic Series concludes with June 9-11 session in Sacramento area.

photos by Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’ education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals in their sport, receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.

 

 
May 2017 - The Gallop: And Now For Something Completely Different
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:16
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Education & equitation meet with a $10,000 prize for trainers in exciting new class in June.

by Kim F. Miller

"They are the Harvard educators of the equitation world,” says Georgy Maskrey-Segesman of the presenters in the all-new Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. Georgy is the mastermind behind this unique, three-phase class.

It’s open to all riders of all ages, both juniors and amateurs, and debuts this summer at the Blenheim June Classic III show in San Juan Capistrano. Prizes include a $10,000 cash award for the winning trainer and a new Butet saddle for the winning rider.
Rounds 1 and 2 are set for Tuesday, June 20, and round 3 for Wednesday, June 21.

 
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