September 8, 2011

Peters Overcomes Elements to Add Another Win to Ravel's Resume at the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

by Joanie Morris

Rain greeted the competitors on the first day of the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions but the quality of the competition shone through. The Grand Prix National Championship headlined the day, and the rain was at its heaviest during the class. Due to the conditions, the Prix St. Georges - which was scheduled for this afternoon - has been postponed until Friday, which will push the Intermediaire I Championship back one day. Keep reading ...

"State of the Sport" LiveCAST from

If you care about show jumping on the West Coast, this "first ever LiveCAST" of the August 31 Riders and Owners meeting at Showpark is a must-see. The candid discussion captured here centers on the "unintended consequences" of the re-alignment of the West World Cup qualifying league. The league's realignment went into effect three years ago. It moved up the start time of our league to June, from late August/early September, and added several more Canadian qualifiers. Robert Ridland, Larry Langer and Ali Nilforushan are among the event organizers and international riders who speak clearly about why the change has made it harder for West Coast riders to qualify for a World Cup Finals berth and very difficult for organizers to continue hosting these classes. It may seem like it only impacts high performance riders, but that's not true. Supporting show jumping at its highest levels has many trickle-down benefits for riders of all levels. Thanks to Show Jumping Unplugged for taping this meeting and making it available to all. Click here to view the video.

Canyon Fire Forces 30-Mile Temporary Closure of Pacific Crest Trail

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today, Sept. 6, temporarily closed approximately 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail because of the Canyon Fire in the Tehachapi area of Kern County.  The trail is closed from Highway 58 south to the connection with the Los Angeles Aqueduct just north of Rosamond Boulevard about 15 miles west of Highway 14 in Rosamond, California. Keep reading ...

Helmet Safety

Check out this short video for horse riders about wearing a helmet for safety:

Thank you to Angela Slater of Grand Meadows for sending it to us.

The Humane Society of the US Applauds Stronger New USDA Regulations Against Double-Decker Transport of Slaughter-Bound Horses

The Humane Society of the United States praises the U.S. Department of Agriculture for closing a gaping loophole that previously allowed the horse slaughter industry to escape oversight and transport horses in inhumane conditions. Many horses bound for slaughter have ended up in dangerous double-decker trailers if the shippers exploited the loophole and simply made a stop between the auction block and the slaughter plant. Keep reading ...

California Rider Receives Land Rover Grant
The next round of Land Rover Competition and Training Grant Recipients will test their eventing skills at the 2011 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Woodstock, England September 8-11. 2010 winner William Fox-Pitt (on Parklane Hawk) are fresh from their win at last week's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, will have two chances to win the CCI3*, but the U.S. is coming well-armed with an arsenal of horses and riders. Keep reading ...

Keegan Wins Title of Farnam's 2012 Supermask II Supermodel

Keegan held off a late charge in the home stretch from Stasia Wild Pony in the race to win the 2012 SuperMask II SuperModel title. The two horses ran neck and neck throughout the voting phase, with the lead horse changing several times in the backstretch. In the final days of voting, Keegan pulled away to win the first place prize . . . a starring role in the SuperMask® II Horse Fly Mask with Shimmer Weave™ Mesh Color Collection 2012 advertising campaign. Keep reading ...

Show Levels are Approved by the American Quarter Horse Association
The American Quarter Horse Journal, September 8, 2011 – In late July, the American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee approved the AQHA competition leveling plan, which was developed and recommended by the AQHA Blue-Ribbon Task Force. Full implementation of the plan will take place in 2013. Keep reading ...

Villa Chardonnay Horse Rescue Ranch Plans Third Annual "Help Abandoned Horses" Fundraiser, Sat., Sept. 24
Villa Chardonnay/Horses With Wings, a non-profit rescue ranch and sanctuary located in the heart of the Temecula Valley, plans its third annual fund-raiser on Saturday, September 24 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be hosted at Villa Chardonnay and feature a gourmet buffet from a la Cuisine catering with wine provided by Temecula’s South Coast Winery. Entertainment will include live music and singing, horse show with a Friesian stallion, live and silent auctions, raffle and door prizes. Children can have their photos taken with the rescued horses. Keep reading ...

World Record Ride for the Mustangs (RFM)
It's not too late to join the ACTHA World Record Ride for the Mustangs taking place across the United States on September 10! The Mustang Heritage Foundation has been named the beneficiary of the ACTHA Ride for the Mustangs! Keep reading ...

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