March 11, 2010

West Coasters Finish Strong in WEG Jumping Trials

West Coasters Nicole Shahanian-Simpson and Richard Spooner secured top spots in the grueling, five-round selection trials for this year’s World Equestrian Games. The trials were held in Florida starting in late Feb and concluding this past Sunday, March 7.

Over five courses built by Guilherme Jorge, Shahanian-Simpson and the relatively green Tristan finished in first place with only nine total faults. Spooner and his veteran international star Cristallo were second with a total of 14 jumping faults. Oregon-based Rich Fellers and Flexible and Ashlee Bond and Chivas Z also did the West Coast proud. They finished ninth and 13th in the overall Trials standings, and 12th and first alternate in the USEF’s ranking of top pairs in WEG consideration.

East Coast-based Olympians McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Lauren Hough received discretionary spots from the WEG Selectors Committee before the Trials concluded and sat atop Shahinian-Simpson and Spooner in the USEF’s ranking of combos that will be long listed for the WEG. This group of 15 will be split into three squads that will embark on separate tours in Europe. With input from the selectors, the team veterinarian and USEF show jumping chef d’equipe George Morris, the list will be whittled down to 10 pairs by Aug. 16, after the late spring and summer tours conclude, and to four plus a “travelling substitute” by Sept. 29. It’s all in preparation for the World Equestrian Games to be help in Lexington, KY, Sept. 25-Oct. 10.

Fundraiser Held for Courtney King-Dye

Photo ©Alicia Anthony

Our thoughts are with Courtney King-Dye and her family as she remains in a coma as a result of a riding accident on March 3rd.

A fundraiser was held on March 10th in support of the emergency funding needed for Courtney. Anyone wishing to send their support, cards and donations please mail them to: Courtney Dye, 2442 Muir Circle, Wellington, FL 33414. E-mail messages sent to will be read to Courtney. You can send good wishes and stories for Courtney on Facebook and Lendon Gray will make sure they get read to her as well.

AHC Releases Report on Equestrian Access

On March 9, 2010, the American Horse Council released its 2009 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2009 report is intended to provide a brief overview of the responses the AHC received from equestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2009. The report can be viewed and downloaded on the AHC’s website at: ReportEqAccessFedLand.pdf.

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Make Money with Your Horse While Contributing to Public Safety and Having Fun

Alpha & Omega Mounted Security Patrol is recruiting riders with a horse, truck and trailer to become mounted security officers at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, April 13 to 18, and at the Stagecoach Music Festival, April 22 to 25. Both will be held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. A testing/interview session will be conducted in San Diego on March 27 and 28. To apply for the seasonal position, go to and complete an online application or download a printed application to send in to Human Resources.

Alpha & Omega is the nation’s oldest and largest mounted security patrol, employing both full and seasonal Trooper units. Riders in the concert patrols enjoy excellent wages, per diem expenses for horse and rider, meals while on the job, professional uniforms, night safety gear and training. Questions? Email or call 817-379-6607.

Polo is Blooming in Silicon Valley

Polo is booming in Silicon Valley with membership doubling at the Horse Park Polo Club in 2009. The key to Silicon Valley’s polo success is easy entrée to polo at the Horse Park. Accessible programs targeted at the beginner, a club culture that embraces and actively acculturates new members, and vigorous après polo socializing make polo fun. The winter polo season at the Horse Park provides members who own or lease polo horses with continued practice and playing opportunities on weekends. The Club holds winter chukkers and “stick and ball” practice on Saturdays and Sundays in the polo arena starting at 11:00 am followed by Stanford Polo Club’s practice chukkers or intercollegiate matches in the afternoon. Starting in May, polo professional, Erik Wright, will offer entry level training with horses and equipment on Wednesday evenings.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Caselton, President, Horse Park Polo Club at or Erik Wright, Club Manager, Horse Park Polo Club at

HITS Ocala Week IV Wrap-Up

The Grand Prix Race Heats Up, Jennifer Alfano Captures the Devoucoux Derby, while Children's Hunters Shine Bright on Saturday Night!

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Open House and Pet Portrait Art Exhibit • March 20th

What: Open House and Pet Portrait Art Exhibit
When: March 20, 2010 from 3pm - 5pm.
Light refreshments served
Where: The Whole Pet Vet Hospital & Wellness Center
325 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Tour the Whole Pet Vet's State-of-the-Art Wellness Center.

  • Comprehensive veterinary medicine, dentistry and surgery
  • Integrative care including acupuncture, dietary and herbal consultations
  • Personalized care for your individual pet's needs
  • State of the art veterinary hospital including digital radiography

Contact: 408-402-3071; 408-402-5317 fax;,

View the stunning new pet portrait exhibition by
Lori McIntosh. Sign up for your personal pet portrait
photo shoot with Lori McIntosh at a huge discount!
Receive $300 off towards the design of a pet portrait.
to see more of her work!

John Saint Ryan Horsemanship Private Lessons • March 21

What: Clinic with John Saint Ryan - for details click here
When: March 21, 2010
Where: Courtship Ranch, Lake View Terrace (near Los Angeles)

Contact: For reservations contact Barbara Maxwell-Ryan, 310-377-4067 or Joyce Saint Ryan, 760-377-4067

Waltzing With Your Horse Workshop • March 21

What: An Interactive Workshop to Help Riders Move in Partnership With Their Horses.
Instructors: Sue Eoff, Janelle Robinson, Trish Evans and Karen Henken
When: March 21, 2010
Where: Sterling Farms, 1160 Little Gopher Canyon Rd, Vista, CA 92084 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join an amazing team of equestrian and human fitness trainers for a three-hour interactive workshop guaranteed to enhance your sense of balance, timing and feel when riding your horse. There is no charge for this event, but a $10 donation at the door on behalf of the Shea Center Therapeutic Riding Program would be most appreciated. Sponsored by Performance Horse Supply and USANA Independent Associates Sue Eoff, Karen Henken and Lisa Blaufuss.

Contact: RSVP to Karen Henken at Questions about this program can be directed to Karen at 760-271-5413 or, or Sue Eoff at 916-798-2954,

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