April 21, 2011

Day 1 Del Mar National Horse Show

by Selena Frederick

The Del Mar National Horse Show has officially started, and who can resist the refreshing ocean breeze, the warm sunshine and the palm trees that surround the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The morning started off with Driving and Showmanship in the Del Mar Arena, Youth Trail in the San Diego Arena and Senior Horse Reining in the Durante (as in the infamous Jimmy Durante, actor, comedian, and musician). After an overcast morning, the sun finally showed up for the afternoon reining and trail classes. Horse and rider alike turned out ready to perform. Keep reading ...

Minimum Standards Roundtable
In November, 2010, a booklet was published by UC Davis titled "Minimum Standards of Horse Care in the State ofCalifornia." The document can be accessed at here. This booklet, while addressing some important concerns of horse owners, stable owners and equine professionals, additionally purports to establish minimum required standards rather that recommended standards that may not be in keeping with day-to-day business. Keep reading ...

Preliminary Challenge Returns to The Event at Woodside

The third annual Preliminary Challenge will be the competitive highlight of the Event At Woodside on May 27-29. The popular competition, which climaxes as the sun sets over the San Francisco Bay on Saturday evening, will offer $15,000 in prize money and $15,000 in prizes in each of the two divisions. Keep reading ...

Sponsors Join American Youth Horse Council in Recognizing Exceptional Leaders

At its annual AYHC Symposium, the American Youth Horse Council recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for their efforts which benefit the youth horse industry through leadership, education, dedicated volunteer work, or promotion. With the invaluable support of strong sponsors, this year the AYHC honored three exceptional industry contributors. Keep reading ...

Kerrits Equestrian Apparel Puts Down Roots in Washington

Based in Hood River, Oregon for twenty-five years; it is time for a change. Kerrits Equestrian Apparel is moving on to greener (and bigger) pastures. On May 1, 2011, the company will open the doors to its much-needed, expanded headquarters at the Port of Klickitat in Bingen, Washington. "We're growing and expanding. We need more space - and we need more people," said President, CEO and entrepreneur Kerri Kent. Keep reading ...

Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding Clinics Help Over 245 Stallions
The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) Operation Gelding program has aided in gelding 246 stallions to date. The program, which was launched in late August 2010 with the help of seed money from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the UHC, is designed to offer funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic. Keep reading ...

Charles Wilhelm: Getting Ready for the Trail!

It's spring, the weather is (finally) getting better, the trails are drying out, and it's time to saddle up and ride! But be honest with yourself. Are you even a little worried about getting on your horse for the first time this year? Is your horse feeling frisky with the change of weather — which makes your stomach knot up a bit when you think about putting a foot in the stirrup? Do you feel as though you've lost all the confidence you gained last year? Keep reading ...

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