August 2, 2012

Riding's August Issue, Featuring Starr Vaughn Equestrian, is Available!

I am happy to report that last month our featured rescue horse, Cinderella from Falcon Ridge, was adopted. Thank you everyone who is helping out all of our rescues. Our bad economic times have created the need for rescues all across the state and this month we share the story about Red Bucket Equine Rescue. Along similar lines, I've also recently gotten involved with the San Diego Horse Coalition, a nonprofit that is helping horses in San Diego County. Thank you to everyone that has given me a dollar or more – even a quarter from a young rider at one of the horse shows I was attending. If SDHC collects $25,000 before the end of September, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will donate $50,000. Read more here.

We hope you enjoy this issue featuring dressage and more. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue. I was lucky enough to ride in a recent dressage clinic with Johannes Beck-Broichsitter on Ronnette Leja's horse Max. It was an excellent clinic and it gave me some good exercises to help me in my new position of teaching and riding. Johannes comes twice a year and will be back in November.

In our September issue, we will feature artists and photographers. October is western, fashion and gift buyers guide. Be sure to send us your story ideas. And for breaking news, like us on Facebook and sign up for our weekly eNewsletter.

Happy Riding!

Cheryl Erpelding, CEO Riding's Publications Inc.

Click here or on the cover photo to read about our August cover sponsor Starr Vaughn Equestrian and Genay Vaughn!

Ebeling and Rafalca Set Mark for U.S. Olympic Dressage Team

By Joanie Morris

Olympic Dressage got underway on Thursday in the main arena at Greenwich Park and the British put on an incredible display in front of an enthusiastic crowd. They had two riders to go in based on their draw and ended up taking the lead of the five teams who had two horses to compete on the first day. The United States drew sixth, meaning that only Jan Ebeling and Rafalca took to the arena on the first day for the U.S. Everyone is chasing the Brits who are trying to win their first ever Team Gold in dressage. They are led by Carl Hester, who had the highest score of the day on Uthopia. They scored 77.720%, just over a point higher than their teammate Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris. Keep reading ...

U.S. Jumping Team Jogs Up Beautifully at 2012 Olympic Games

By Joanie Morris

Following the completion of the first half of the dressage competition, the Jumping horses got their first glimpse of the main arena as 90 horses from 26 countries were presented before the Ground Jury at the jog. The U.S. Team looked sharp under the care of veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober, farrier Dr. Todd Meister, physio Janus Marquis, and their grooms (listed below). George Morris is serving as Chef d'Equipe, he will retire at the end of 2012. Keep reading ...

The Germans Simply Do It All Again to Clinch Double Gold at Greenwich

by Louise Parkes

Team Germany repeated their 2008 Olympic medal-winning performance when claiming Eventing team and individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich Park today. Such was their supremacy that they clinched the team title even before their last rider went into the ring, and Michael Jung set a new record in equestrian sport when becoming the first-ever event rider to hold Olympic, European and World titles at the same time. What a way to celebrate his 30th birthday! Keep reading ...

Come Join us For a Great Day of Instruction and Insight with USEF H/J Judge and Trainer Krissy Wilson
Growing up on a farm, life for Krissy Wilson was all about horses. Training horses for competition quickly became her passion. As a result, helping students achieve their riding dreams comes very naturally for her. Keep reading ...

Supplements - Making the Right Choice: Dr. Getty's August Teleseminar
Older horses. Competing horses. Lactating mares and weekend warriors. Youngsters with budding careers. All are candidates for supplements. Or are they? Are supplements effective? Is there danger in overlapping or over-supplementing? Are supplements worth the expense? When are they appropriate, and when not? What does research reveal about them? Keep reading ...

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