Training, Boarding & Buying
August 2017 - New Owner, Same Great Deals
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:48
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Bits Equestrian Outlet is under new ownership.

Since her first job as a polo groom in sixth grade, horses have been the driving factor in Jessica Laemmle DVM’s life. With her son getting older, the veterinarian needed to make a change to balance her work and family. When she heard that Bits Equestrian, the used tack shop at Rancho El Camino Equestrian Center in Del Mar, was possibly closing she decided she needed to buy it.

 
July 2017 - Calling All Future Riders
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:36
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Heritage Los Angeles riding school gets a new owner and a big goal sheet.

by Kim F. Miller

Tori English signs her e-mails with the Winston Churchill quote, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And it’s not just a quote for her: it’s the inspiration for her purchase of the Traditional Equitation School at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.

 
July 2017 - Philip Klipa: Marlay Farms
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:31
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Positive approach leads to more confidence and less stress.

As they move along in their careers, some trainers stop riding or showing and only focus on teaching and training. Philip Klipa had been on that same path until recently. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center-based hunter/jumper professional recently stepped back into the show ring after many years.  Along with coaching and training clients in his Marlay Farms program, he plans to continue competing, along with riding in a clinic—in this case with Bernie Traurig—another thing he hasn’t done in many years.

 
July 2017 - Clean Flight Equestrian: Mimi Harwell
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:27
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East Bay Area hunter/jumper program soars from a horsemanship intensive foundation.

Hunter/jumper trainer Mimi Harwell believes it is important to get the details right. “Taking care of the horses, teaching the riders, and making sure the right homework is getting done will always pay off in positive results,” she says. She puts her philosophy into practice as owner and head trainer of Clean Flight Equestrian, located at the beautiful Sunny Hill Farm in the East Bay’s Walnut Creek.

 
July 2017 - SuperMask
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:14
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More coverage and better fit in re-designed popular Farnam product.

Ever since SuperMask® horse fly mask came on the market three decades ago, Farnam has been the leader in fly masks for horses. As of 2017, a redesign on the popular product means more coverage, better fit and protection.

 
June 2017 - Olivia Loiacono: OKL Eventing
Written by Abby Tillinghast
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:45
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Young but worldly eventing trainer brings her experience to new facility in San Diego County’s Vista.

by Abby Tillinghast for Athletux, Inc. • photos by Shannon Brinkman

The backbone of any top notch training operation is its facility, a concept Olivia Loiacono knows well. Over the coming weeks, Olivia is excited to be moving her training operation, OKL Eventing to a private facility in North County San Diego. Since moving back to Southern California and launching her training operation in 2013, Olivia has been based out of high quality boarding operation Swede Equine, maintaining her own horses along with several clients’ at the pristine facility but leaving the care of her horses in the hands of others. As her operation has continued to grow and prosper, Olivia recently seized an opportunity to maintain a facility of her own and undertake the care and handling of her horses herself. Olivia found the perfect fit at Shady Oak Farm in beautiful Vista.

 
June 2017 - Fun Factor
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:33
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Veteran trainer finds that Working Equitation takes dressage to the next level.

by Cheryl Erpelding

After attending a Working Equitation clinic in North San Diego County last year, Polly Limond was hooked. A top dressage trainer and competitor since the 80s, Polly loved that Working Equitation took dressage to the next level in a very fun way.
Obstacles such as bridges, slaloms, small jumps, and maneuvering around 55 gallon drums are just a few of the challenges that riders are scored on in the various classes offered in the fast-growing discipline that was started in 1996 by riders from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

 
June 2017 - Working Equitation
Written by Jack Burns
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:26
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A modern sport that is based on classical horsemanship.

by Jack Burns

It’s no surprise Working Equitation is gaining popularity in the United States because of the broad appeal that it has with so many equestrians. It is a sport that has developed out of the traditions of classical horsemanship and traditional ranch work. It combines the formality, detail, and rigor of gymnastic arena work with the practical and utility work of negotiating obstacles inspired by what would be found around a working ranch. Riders are outfitted according to the tradition in which they train: dressage, western, or native Spanish or Portuguese attire.

 
June 2017 - Arlyn DeCicco – Balanced Equine Training
Written by Martha Weckel
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:18
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Traumatic brain injury leads to revelations about human & equine balance that have helped many horses and riders.

by Martha Weckel • photos by Alfred DeCicco

On June 6, 1997, a riding accident changed hunter/jumper trainer Arlyn DeCicco’s life forever when she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Despite this serious condition and unaware of her deficits, six weeks after her head trauma she was riding again. Arlyn had to adapt to new ways of training horses due to her compromised condition.

 
June 2017 - R. Farms: Robyn Fisher & David Koss
Written by by Tessa Robinson
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:12
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Veterans’ new premiere three day event and dressage facility ready to go in Moorpark.

by Tessa Robinson • photos: Captured Moment Photography

Most newly engaged couples spend the year before their wedding knee deep in plans for their big day. Robyn Fisher and David Koss aren’t most couples. While others would be picking out invitations and floral arrangements, Robyn and David are busy mapping out every detail for their new equestrian facility, R. Farms, located in Moorpark.

 
April 2017 - Caspian Stables
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:21
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Match-making is a key to success at the Ardalan family’s breeding, training, importing and sales business.

by Kim F. Miller

The Ardalan family’s Caspian Stables is a major source of jumpers for every level of the sport. Patriarch Arsia and daughter Tara are busy and familiar riders on the West Coast circuit and go-tos for professionals and amateurs looking for quality horses, from prospects to Grand Prix mounts. Through breeding, training and importing, the program based in San Diego County’s Valley Center prides itself on having a horse for virtually any rider at any given time.

 
April 2017 - Horse People: Tina DiLandri Yates
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:15
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Young show jumper rides high on her return to the West Coast.

by Kim F. Miller

I’m a bit on cloud 9,” said Tina DiLandri Yates of her third place finish in last November’s Longines FEI World Cup™ class in Las Vegas aboard Zelote VDL. She went to Vegas without expectations about her placement, but wound up at the winners’ press conference after giving German veteran Christian Heineking, the victor, and Mexican Olympian Enrique Gonzales a run for their money in the jump-off.

 
January 2017 - Coming Full Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:14
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Joie Gatlin & Morley Abey Show Jumping come “home” to San Juan Capistrano set to soar higher than ever.

by Kim F. Miller

Show jumper Joie Gatlin got an unusually nice birthday gift this past November. That’s when she and her husband and partner Morley Abey got the call from two longtime clients to say they had just closed their purchase of the equestrian property and facilities at The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano.

 
January 2017 - The Power Of Patience
Written by Wendy Lee Thompson
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:11
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A project horse becomes a graduate course in horsemanship for San Diego trainer.

by Wendy Lee Thompson

To an outsider, Simpatica 33’s fourth-place finish in her first Grand Prix, the  $24,500 Del Mar Finale Prix in October, might have looked like an overnight sensation. But the 10-year-old mare’s story is anything but. In fact, her five-year journey to the Grand Prix ring has been a graduate course in horsemanship for veteran trainer Wendy Lee Thompson of Coastline Hunters & Jumpers.

Here’s their story…

 
January 2017 - Is Your Arena Maintenance Machine a Drag?
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:07
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Martin Collins offers limited-time special pricing on Arena Master Supreme Plus.

No matter what type of surface you choose for your arena, having the right equipment can mean all the difference in its performance and longevity. Using the wrong maintenance equipment on your arena surface can be just as harmful as choosing the wrong surface in the first place. Investing in the right arena groomer now will cost significantly less in the long run and will help the footing to last its duration.

 
January 2017 - Dana’s Dream
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:01
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Big Sky Equestrian Center set to open its doors in Sacramento area.

by Kim F. Miller

Dana Todd is excited for move-in day at Big Sky Equestrian Center in the Sacramento area’s Orangevale. As of early December, that day was imminent and 32 horses were poised to settle into the newly-constructed eventing training and boarding facility.

 
December 2016 - South Coast Equestrian: Jessica Odom
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 19:29
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San Diego hunter/jumper program offers opportunities at all levels of the sport.

by Kim F. Miller

Finishing The Farm at Del Mar Meadows has been a long process. In fact, hunter/jumper trainer Jessica Odom is still supervising some finishing touches, but she’s thrilled to be settling into the permanent base for her program, South Coast Equestrian.

 
December 2016 - Charlotte Dujardin Clinic
Written by Lehua Custer
Thursday, 01 December 2016 19:26
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World champion & Olympian’s Southern California sessions inspire & delight.

by Lehua Custer

This past October, the Southern California Dressage community was lucky enough to have Charlotte Dujardin teach a two-day clinic in the picturesque setting of South Ventura County’s Hidden Valley.

Scott Hayes Productions did an excellent job creating this incredible top-notch event at El Campeon Farms in the exclusive Hidden Valley area near Thousand Oaks. Scott and his team truly elevated the standard of clinics in America. Our barn bought a VIP table and we were not disappointed with the high level of service we received.

 
December 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Nikki Husky
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 19:20
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Shortcuts not part of the program for young Los Angeles professional.

by Kim F. Miller

It’s often surmised that some professionals don’t ride in clinics for fear of being criticized in front of peers and students. Twenty-eight-year old hunter/jumper trainer Nikki Husky’s been riding in George Morris clinics since she was 13, so she didn’t consider stopping when she turned professional.

 
November 2016 - On The Move
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:36
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Equinology INC relocation celebrated with special offers.

Equinology’s headquarters relocation to Bodega Bay enables Equinology access to more local facilities to present courses in equine and canine health care. To celebrate, the program is offering a 1+2+3 Special Offer for Equinology Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Level Two Qualification.

 
November 2016 - Lauren’s Lessons
Written by Laurie Budash
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:32
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Olympian Lauren Billys encourages boundary pushing & partnerships at Napa clinics.

Over a rainy October weekend, Olympic eventer Lauren Billys shared her Rio de Janeiro experience with riders at Hilltop Stables in Napa. Lauren’s story of giving up everything to pursue her dream to ride in the Olympics and her teaching style inspired riders to push their personal boundaries and become better partners with their horses.

 
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