January 15, 2010


WEF Emergency Aid Drive for Haiti

In response to the horrific damage caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti, Equestrian Sport Productions has created a drop-off site for emergency aid donations. The Step by Step Foundation, a non-for-profit organization that provides funding and supplies to Haiti, will be working with ESP and the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Program to secure both monetary as well as other donations to send to Haiti.

A trailer will be located at the Exhibitor entrance guard house and available to accept the much needed relief donations. The most necessary item at this point is bottled water. In addition clothing, non-perishables, and personal hygiene items are welcome.

Persons wanting to make a monetary donation may do so through the relief fund established by The Step By Step Foundation, at www.stepbystepfoundation.com, **specifically at: http://shop.stepbystepfoundation.com/product.sc?productId=13&categoryId=9

Thank you,
Equestrian Sport Productions


Dogs, Dogs, DOGS!!

Show off your favorite dog in our new "Barn Dog of the Month" column!

Please submit your best photo, your canine friend's name and a little bit about him/her. One will be selected each month by drawing to be featured in the next Riding Magazine!

For details, please call Carrie at 530-478-5844 or email: carrie@ridingmagazine.com


Photo by Alicia Anthony

2010 HITS Desert Circuit Shows Growth Over 2009 as Entries Arrive

Entries for the 2010 HITS Desert Circuit are up nearly ten percent over last year for the 2010 HITS Thermal Circuit, for "an impressive leap in a down economy" says Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS. Struzzieri attributes Thermal's 2010 growth to discounted circuit rates for stabling prices, sixteen Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Qualifiers, four FEI World Cup Qualifiers, and the $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert, which will take place on Sunday, March 14.

"All of the indications we've had for the past several weeks that Thermal was going to be bigger than last year have been confirmed," said Struzzieri. "Entries have been strong and it's clear that the plans we put in place to return to a six-week schedule and to offer discounted circuit pricing for stabling have really made a difference. Despite losing a few of our high-performance riders to the WEG trials, we are seeing a lot of interest from other high-performance riders looking to take advantage of the World Cup Qualifiers, Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Qualifiers, and the great prize money up for grabs here in Thermal."

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Trails Group Works to Save State Parks

(received via e-mail): Hi, I am passing on this response to the Orwellian/Machiavellian budget proposal for State parks by the "Terminator" of State Parks. Please spread the word that Parks are a mere 1/10th of 1 percent of the budget. This obsession of the Governor is clearly an illogical vendetta.

If you can please work with some group, and/or do what you can on your own to spread the word and stop this foolish abrogation of our duties to future citizens and past donors! Protect our legacy for future Californians, as our elders/predecessors have done for us.

- Dave Hernandez, CRSPIA President

Dear Save Our State Parks Campaign Partners:

Earlier today, the Governor released his proposed FY 2010-11 State Budget. With respect to state parks, he has included a proposal that attempts to pit popular environmental causes against each other. The budget zeroes out all General Fund funding for state parks (estimated at approx $130M), but “restores” the funding by assuming that an offshore oil lease in the Santa Barbara area will be approved and will provide $140M next budget year to state parks, and some unknown amount each year thereafter for 14 years. This drilling proposal was defeated twice last year– once at the State Lands Commission then again in the legislative budget process. While there will be a change in the composition of the State Lands Commission w/ a new Lieutenant Governor (pending appointment), the prospects of success for the oil drilling proposal are not guaranteed. Attached is CSPF’s statement on this budget proposal.

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HSUS and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust Increase Reward Offered in Horse Killings

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are increasing the reward to $12,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a band of six wild horses found in northern Washoe County, Nevada, in early December. The HSUS is adding $2,500 to the $10,000 reward the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) initially offered in the hopes that the substantial increase will encourage those with information to come forward.

The Case: A BLM press release and news reports give the following account: On Dec. 5, 2009, a helicopter crew conducting a wild-horse gather saw five mustang carcasses in one area and a sixth, dead mustang about a half-mile away from the others. BLM officials from the Surprise Field Office in Cedarville, Calif., recognized the dead mustangs as belonging to a clan of horses known to roam the Buckhorn Herd Management Area.

“This wanton killing of six wild mustangs, one of America’s greatest natural treasures, must not go unpunished,” said The HSUS’ Nevada State Director Beverlee McGrath. “This tragic case is an excellent example of the need for the state law which currently makes it a felony to maliciously kill a wild horse.”

Federal/State Wild Horse Protection Laws: The federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 mandates the BLM to protect and manage wild horses in the United States. In addition, under state regulations adopted by the Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses: “A person who willfully and maliciously kills a wild horse is guilty of a category C felony (NRS 504.490 Unlawful acts) (Added to NRS by 1985, 1889; A 1999, 2516)

The Investigators: The BLM is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Fish & Game. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact BLM Special Agent William Taylor at (530) 601-6689.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse and animal cruelty across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.


Equitrekking PBS TV Host Darley Newman Presents at Equine Affaire

Newman Introduces Global Equestrian Destinations, Culture and Trails to Audiences in California, Ohio and Massachusett

Darley Newman, host of the Emmy Award-winning Equitrekking TV series on PBS, will be speaking to audiences and showing stunning high definition video from her adventures traveling the world on horseback at the upcoming Equine Affaire expositions in Pomona, California February 4-7th, Columbus, Ohio April 8-11 and West Springfield, Massachusetts later in 2010.

In California, Darley is scheduled to speak on February 4th at 1:00 pm on "Fun & Insightful Equestrian Destinations," Friday, Feb 5th at 10:00 am on "The Importance of Equine in International Cultures," and 5:00 pm on "Finding a Trail." The schedules for Ohio and Massachusetts will be announced in the coming weeks. Equine Affaire is a premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering featuring World and National Champion competitors, clinics from top trainers and equestrian experts, and live demonstrations and seminars.

Read more here ...


Roger Seegert Clinic at Christiane Noelting Dressage Center • January 29-31

Hurry! Hurry! Roger Seegert will be at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center, Jan. 29-31, 2010! Lessons for Beginners to Grand Prix for 45 min @ $190. Only a few spots left!

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 29, 30 & 31, 2010
Where: Christiane Noelting Dressage Center, 6954 Lewis Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687

Please call 707-454-0565 or e-mail chrnoelting@aol.com. www.christianenoelting.com


Joie Gatlin Training Stables Beach Volleyball Tournament • Monday, February 1

Joie Gatlin and Morley Abbey are coming back to HITS Thermal for another year, and according to the couple, they are excited to sponsor another Beach Volleyball Tournament in the Grand Prix Ring on the Monday between Desert Circuit I and Desert Circuit II. Teams of four will compete in a double-elimination tournament and shoot it out for the perpetual trophy, sponsored by Joie and Morley.

To sign-up, please see Chris Mayone in the horse show office.


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