January 22, 2010

Congratulations to Melissa Silberman!

Melissa Silberman, from San Diego, CA, is the winner of our monthly $50 gift certificate drawing ... and all she did was sign up to receive our weekly e-News!

Congratulations Melissa ... and good luck to all of you!

LAEC Opener Scheduled For This Weekend is Canceled

Due to the heavy rains this week, we have canceled the LAEC Opener.

Here is hoping for sunnier days for our next shows. Hope to see you at Hansen Dam next week for the first Verdugo Hills and Lake View shows. Gold Coast 1 is up next at LAEC (Feb. 19-21) followed by the LAEC Winter (March 19-21).

Change of Date for March Signature Show

Mark your calendars that the Signature Show, originally scheduled for March 27-28 has been changed to March 20-21.
The show is being held at the Del Horsepark in Del Mar.

Please contact Robin Serfass for more information: robinserfass@cox.net, 760-753-0431

Dressage Superstar Ravel Named 2009 USEF Farnam®/Platform™ Horse of the Year

By Joanie Morris

Louisville, KY – Annually, five of the USEF’s 130,000 registered horses achieve so much in a year that they are named USEF Horses of Honor and enter the running for the title of Farnam®/Platform™ Horse of the Year.

In 2009 all five of these horses were nothing short of remarkable.

But one forever changed the face of his sport, and with that, Ravel was voted the 2009 USEF Farnam®/Platform™ Horse of the Year.

Read more here ...

Ravel and Steffen Peters winning the 2009 FEI World Cup Dressage Final.
Photo: Shannon Brinkman/USEF Archives.


Extreme Mustang Makeover Numbers Explode

2009 ends with more fans and adoptions than ever before.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) closed 2009 with numbers exceeding all expectations, indicating the American public’s strong affinity for the cause of wild horse adoption.

With more than 1,700 horses adopted through the Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) and the Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) since 2007, Executive Director Patti Colbert says the program is the “real deal.”

“The Mustang Heritage Foundation is proud to have accomplished its 2009 goal of close to 1,000 wild horse adoptions in these challenging economic times,” she said. “Our supporters and sponsors have impacted the lives of wild horses and the incredible horse trainers that gentle them and help get them adopted.”

Read more here ...

Enter the ECHO Slogan Contest!

Want to win two free classes at ECHO? Want to see YOUR slogan on the front of a t-shirt?


ECHO staff is looking for a cool slogan for the front of the new ECHO t-shirts. Send us your best ideas and if yours is chosen you will have bragging rights all year long AND 2 free classes at ECHO.

Send your ideas to kimhawley1@att.net.

You must be under 18 to enter. You may enter as many ideas as you wish. Deadline for entry is Saturday, January 23, 2010.

Despite Recession, ASPCA Closes 2009 with More Than $540,000 in Grants to Equine Organizations

113 grants supported emergency hay and feed totaling more than $280,000

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) awarded $546,789 in the form of 164 equine grants to rescue groups and humane organizations across the country in 2009, according to its just-released year-end report .

Grants were distributed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, an increase of $8,659 over the $538,130 distributed in 2008. A major factor in dealing with large-scale cruelty seizures involves feeding malnourished equines, and a portion of approximately 113 grants went toward emergency hay and feed totaling more than $280,000--more than 50 percent-- of the total grants awarded.

“These grants show the ASPCA’s strong commitment to equine rescue and welfare efforts that, despite current economic conditions, were increased both on a local and national level in 2009,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Our grants demonstrate to these organizations how much we value their tireless efforts. We hope to make 2010 an even greater year through continued public support of the ASPCA Equine Fund, among others.”

Grants distributed by category include: 97 emergency hay grants; 31 grants for capital improvements; 27 grants for emergency disasters/seizures; 5 grants for improving professionalism/education; and 3 grants for Return to Freedom, the American Wild Horse sanctuary located in Lompoc, California.

More groups than ever applied for funding in 2009: 161 organizations received equine funding, up from 113 organizations in 2008. The total of $546,789 was disbursed as follows: $200,000 from the ASPCA Equine Fund; $120,000 from the Edith Hakes estate; $197,889 from the Seymour Holzer estate and $23,900 from the Emergency Food/Hay restricted campaign. Hay grants were disbursed in 34 states and ASPCA Equine Fund grants in 24 states. The top 10 state recipients were California (27), Colorado (12), New York (12), Texas (9), Pennsylvania (7), Washington (6), and Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Oregon with 5 apiece.

Clinic with Spanish Dressage Trainer Alfredo Hernandez • Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Red Hawk Ranch will be hosting their next clinic with Spanish Dressage trainer Alfredo Hernandez on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6. Hernandez held a successful clinic at Red Hawk Ranch in August that was attended by many Chapter Members. His specialty is training piaffe and passage.

There is a wait list for the clinic.

Alfredo has been with Hilda Gurney for 19 years and does regular clinics all over North America, including West coast locations with Mette Rosencrantz, Jan Ebeling and Tami Hoag. The clinic at Red Hawk Ranch was his first time back to the Temecula / San Diego area in many years.

Alfredo trained in Jerez, Spain where he trained horses not only for dressage but also for bull fighting. Here in the USA he specializes in the piaffe and passage using original Spanish techniques.

Alfredo is the trainer for many Olympic and Grand Prix riders and will be at Red Hawk Ranch to train FEI (International Equestrian Federation) dressage riders seeking to improve their skills for international competition. He will also be working with younger horses in hand to give them their early introduction to the movements.

20 to 30 minute sessions focusing on the piaffe and passage will cost $80. Clinic sessions are currently filled, but a wait list has been started and if anyone drops out, there will be a chance to fill in for the two day clinic. The clinic will run from 8am to 4pm each day. TEV Dressage Society members are invited to audit free of charge.

When: Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6, 2010
Where: Red Hawk Ranch, 38770 Avenida La Cresta, Murrieta

www.redhawkranch.tv or call Lynn Randle-DeGour at 951-696-0265 or Jaclyn Meinen at 949-246-1850.

Tragedy Strikes at Varian Arabians

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard and know two of our Aristocrat mares Sweet Sanadika V (*Sanadik El Shaklan x Sweet Inspiration V ) and Mosquerade V (Huckleberry Bey x Moska) were shot by an unknown person(s) on the night of Dec. 30th. Sweet Sanadika V had to be euthanized when she was found the following morning and Mosquerade V was transported to a local veterinary clinic where she is healing.

There are no words to express the shock and dismay of such a tragedy felt by all of us here at the Varian Arabians. These were two lovely, sweet mares that were foaled and lived their lives here, each having babies that have gone on to win National Championships.

Many of you have inquired about donating to a reward fund to assist in apprehending whoever is responsible for this tragedy. The Arabian Mare Reward Fund has been established and all donations should go to:

Mosquerade V, Harold Green, Evergreen Arabians, PO Box 117, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Arabian Mare Reward Fund, c/o American Principal Bank, 4051 Broad Street, Suite 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, 805-547-2800, 805-547-2800

If you live in the local area and hear anything at all please contact :
San Luis Obispo Crime Stoppers, Hotline: 805-549-STOP (7867), Web Tips: www.slotips.org
Text Messaging: Text SLOTIPS plus your message to CRIMES (274637)

Again, Thank you to each and every one of you for your support. It has meant the world to us here at Varian Arabians during this difficult time.

Sheila Varian, Varian Arabians

Sweet Sanadika V

Mosquerade V

APF-Sponsored Tiana Coudray Claims Third, USEA Young Rider Title

Tiana Coudray, of Carmel Valley, Calif., has been using Advanced Protection Formula©, or APF©, as part of her event horses’ training program for five years. She says that APF played a critical role in her winning the U.S. Eventing Association’s 2009 RevitaVet Young Rider of the Year title for the third time.

“I even take APF myself—that’s how comfortable I am standing behind APF,” said Coudray, now 21 years old and no longer eligible for the young riders division. She’s been sponsored by APF, produced by Auburn Laboratories Inc., since 2006.

On the backs of her advanced star Ringwood Magister and her preliminary challenger Regal Promise, Coudray scored 91.5 points, besting Callie Judy of Missouri by 10 points. Coudray’s 2009 highlights included claiming second in the CIC3* at Twin Rivers (Calif.), finishing third in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh (N.J.), and winning the open intermediate division at Woodside (Calif.) on Ringwood Magister, and winning the CIC1* at the Event at Rebecca Farm (Mont.) on Regal Promise.

“Winning this award was a little bit extra special because no one has ever won the young rider award more than once, so winning it a third time was a great way to finish up my young rider career,” said Coudray. She also rode on the gold-medal team at the 2008 North American Young Riders Championships and won the individual silver medal there in 2004.

Read more here ...

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Trots to New Home Sweet Home!

Ride On staff will tack up and ride the Chatsworth program horses to their new permanent home on Topanga Canyon on Saturday January 30th. They will be met by Ride On students and volunteers as they welcome them to the beautiful new barn and facility which Ride On can now call home.

Six years ago, Ride On began to focus on securing a permanent base of service. Horse-keeping ranches were going away and the loss of our current leased home would have been crippling. It has taken a huge effort from our volunteers and the community to get to this point and we are delighted that we are now in a position to promise generations of service from our new home.

All are welcome to meet the horses as they arrive - bring a pot luck dish to share and help us settle in and celebrate between 3-5pm on Saturday January 30th.

Save the date for our Grand Opening and Pancake Breakfast which will take place on Saturday March 20th and will be a day full of demonstrations, food and fun!

All Ride On Chatsworth lessons will take place at the new facility starting on Tuesday February 2nd. The address of the new facility is 10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Chatsworth, CA 91311. Lessons at Ride On Thousand Oaks will continue as normal. For questions or more information please contact Sara@RideOn.org or call 818-700-2971.

Bright Star Saddlery Silent Auction • Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21

Bright Star Saddlery is having a silent auction on Feb. 20-21. Items for auction will include new and used english, western and dressage saddles, bridles, tack and strap goods. The gift department will feature Arthur’s Court, fine art prints, jewelry, books and sculptures. Bidding will start on many items at below wholesale prices, and customers need not be present to win.

“What do you have to lose?” asks Bright Star’s Karen Hartman Curtis. “You, our customer, set the selling price!

Bidding ends at 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21. Winners will be notified by noon the next day.

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21, 2010
Where: Bright Star Saddlery, 28708 Roadside Dr., Ste C, Agoura Hills

Go to www.brightstarsaddlery.com for more information.

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Evented through preliminary. Scopey, bold, talented.
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