April 29, 2010

Our May Issue is Out!

We shipped our May issue today, featuring Shadow Hills Riding Club Therapeutic Horsemanship on the cover! Look for it at your favorite tack & feed store or read the digital issue online (click here).

In addition to this inspiring cover story we also had several therapeutic riding programs share stories about their programs that help riders with physical and mental challenges. Don’t miss the story on Cornerstone Therapeutic’s Operation Saddle Up for our veterans, and the shocker about McLain Ward’s horse Sapphire getting eliminated from the World Cup Finals.

Contact us if you'd like to advertise in our June issue which is our bi-annual Hunter/Jumper issue and also features Real Estate. We'll also be bringing the June issue to Western States Horse Expo - if you'll be exhibiting there let our readers know by running an ad with your booth number.

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Fox-Pitt Remains Flawless to Take Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

by Joanie Morris

William Fox-Pitt put in a foot-perfect show jumping round to complete a weekend during which Cool Mountain exceed expectation and made his first CCI4* a winning one at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone.

Riding for Great Britain, Fox-Pitt was the man to catch all weekend and finished on his dressage score of 42.8. But Rolex Kentucky had always eluded him so his flawless round in the Johnson Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park made the win that much sweeter as he added a Rolex watch to his accolades as one of the most decorated eventing riders in history.

"I know my chap tries to jump the jumps," said Fox-Pitt. "He tried his heart out."

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New Awards Will Spotlight Successful Second Career Potential of Thoroughbred Horses

After Thoroughbreds have completed their race careers, they are often ideal candidates for another vocation. To call attention to these horses' second career possibilities, nationally-recognized Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has created a series of annual awards, the first of which will be presented to the top Thoroughbred sport horses of 2009.

Divisional awards, named for legendary Thoroughbred sport horses, will be given to those Thoroughbreds who were the top achievers in 2009 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) competitions in the following disciplines: Hunter (Stocking Stuffer Award), Jumper (Touch of Class Award), Dressage (Keen Award) and Eventing (Antigua Award). The USEF is assisting in the award selection process by tabulating the points earned and verifying that the winners are Thoroughbreds. The divisional honors will be awarded at the USEF's annual Silver Stirrup Awards Banquet in January 2011.

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Tack Sale Fundraiser to Benefit CHANGE (Coins to Help Abandoned and Neglected Equines) • May 1

What: Tack Sale Fundraiser
When: Saturday, May 1, 10am - 4pm
Where: CHANGE Program Warehouse, 501 Lakeville St, Ste F, Petaluma

No reasonable offer will be refused!!! Over 100 blankets • English & Western Saddles • English & Western Bridles • English & Western Saddle Pads • Nylon, Rope & Leather Halters • Accessories • Wraps • and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

For more information visit www.sonomachangeprogram.com or call 707-763-122

Jamie La Fortune Is Looking for Sponsors to Help Kids Ride in the Upcoming Jamul Kiwanis / St. Pius Horse Show • May 15

What: Jamul Kiwanis / St. Pius English/Western/Driving/Reining Show
When: Saturday, May 15, Gates open at 7am, Show starts at 8:30am
Where: 14107 Lyons Valley Rd, Jamul

Classes will include: Pleasure & Equitation for English & Western, Park Saddle Type, Leadline, Walk Trot, Cross Rail, Dringing and Reining. Youth & Amateur, Open Divisions. Class Cost: $4.99; Grounds Fee: $10 per horse. Ribbons through 6th and High Point Awards.

This will run like a Class A Show without the expenses. Contact Jamie La Fortune at jamulfeed@yahoo.com or 619-741-0539

Fundraiser for USA Pentathlon • May 15

What: Fundraiser for USA Pentathlon "The World's Most Complete Athlete"
When: Saturday, May 15, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: At the home of Bud & Shelley Jones, Mission Hills Country Club Estates, 12144 St. Andrews Dr., Rancho Mirage

Bud & Shelly Jones and friends: Wendy Augustus & George Parker, Michael Cintas and ECI, Mario & Paula Gonzales, Michael & Tamara Groat, Michael & Lisa Lindley and Michael and Marian Shaughnessy cordially invite you to a fundraiser for USA Pentathlon. Meet Olympians, National Champions and VIPs at this prestigious evening of food, drink, live and silent auctions, and the opportunity to invest in Olympic dream.

Invest in the organization and the dream! Come ready to bid on:

  • Official Team Captain for the 2010 World Championships in China!
  • Train and spend a "Day in the Life of an Olympian" at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs!
  • And much more!

Visit www.usapentathlon.org for more information.

Lusitanos in Brazil for May 2010 • May 16 through May 30

(received via e-mail from Debra & Dominique Barbier)

There is still time for you to join us for a great trip to Brazil, beginning May 16. This is an unparalleled opportunity to ride great horses, attend an exciting International Auction on a beautiful farm, participate in a special clinic and ride beautifully trained horses.....and then cap the trip off with the International Lusitano Expo in Sao Paolo!

Whether you are looking for a Lusitano of your own or simply want to enjoy the splendor and hospitality of Brazil, this trip is a great value. This year's auction features an exceptional group of young horses as well as schooled horses. It's a great opportunity to find your dream horse at prices that haven't been seen in a few years in Brazil....and as the Lusitano is enjoying a terrific burst of popularity, it is likely we won't see values like this again!

Join us....we'll have a wonderful time together and you'll experience Brazil as an insider with special access and all the amenities!

For more information contace Debra & Dominique Barbier, barbierfarm@aol.com, 707-696-2828 or visit www.DominiqueBarbier.com

Monty Roberts is Back in the USA for Several Teachable Moments

Monty Roberts has announced several upcoming clinics in California; rare appearances in the past few years. Roberts spends about 300 days per year touring worldwide to live audiences interested in his renowned concepts of gentle horse training. He has toured continually since the release of his first book The Man Who Listens to Horses, a New York Times bestseller in 1996.

Roberts has revolutionized the way many horses are trained today worldwide. His Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, is a highlight in the newly published book, Stables, by Kathryn Masson from Rizzoli Press for which a book signing will be held in Santa Barbara on June 11. Flag Is Up Farms is world renowned for developing and maintaining the Join-Up International teaching of force-free horse training.

On May 24-26, Roberts will teach a three day clinic, RIDING WITH RESPECT: striving for performance from your horse through non-violent training. This is the first ridden clinic given by Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms in over 10 years. Riders from all levels will learn Monty’s perspective of understanding the horse’s generous nature. All disciplines and types of horses are attending.

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IHSA Nationals Come to Kentucky - Horse Park's USHJA Building Hosts Open House for IHSA Members

The 43rd Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships, May 6-9, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, will see USHJA keeping stride-for-stride with festivities.

An Open House for IHSA members, at the Horse Park’s new U.S. Hunter Jumper Association building, Thursday evening, May 6, will celebrate the new partnership forged between the two organizations, and two USHJA members -- Junior Hunter Task Force chairman, Don Stewart, of Ocala, FL, and 2009 President’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms in Buffalo, NY -- will judge the Nationals’ hunter seat classes.

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Anne Kursinski Clinic • June 18-20 • May 1st registration deadline

What: Anne Kursinski Clinic
When: Friday-Sunday, June 18-20
Where: Portola Valley Training Center, Menlo Park


May 1 is the sign-up deadline for this unique opportunity to ride with five-time Olympic show jumper and California native Anne Kursinski, a Jimmy Williams protégé. Sponsored by trainers Toni and Colin McIntosh and Sidelines Magazine, the clinic will be held at the Portola Valley Training Center. Sessions set at 2’9”, 3’3” and 3’9” are open to six riders apiece and auditing is unlimited.

Each two-hour session will focus on the essential elements of flatwork, gymnastics and jumping in the technique of the American system of forward riding. The clinic will take place in the sprawling Grand Prix ring at the PVTC. In the
event of rain, the facility’s spacious indoor ring will be used.

“I love teaching and giving back to the sport,” Kursinski says. “I think that teaching makes me a better rider, and I greatly enjoy figuring out the best way to explain a concept to each individual student.”

For more information and registration materials, visit www.mcintosh-stables.com.

Spring Stampede • May 1-2

What: Spring Stampede - Fundraiser for CA State Horsemen's Association Region 5
When: Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2
Where: Livermore Rodeo Grounds, Robertson Park, Livermore

Now celebrating its 17th year, the Spring Stampede is a popular fundraiser for the California State Horsemen’s Assn. Region 5. English and western classes will be joined by gymkhana and cattle sorting, plus the chance for winery trail rides. Admission is free for spectators and a vendor area and the Kiddy Korral are among the attractions. The venue is the Livermore Rodeo Grounds at Robertson Park in Livermore.

In addition to the competition and fun, the Stampede will again host an adoption of BLM Mustangs and Burros. For more information, visit www.springstampede.info, call Gina at 925-354-6514 or e-mail Lvs2Ride@yahoo.com.

Tierra Del Norte Arabian Show • May 2

What: San Diego County Arabian Community Show
When: Sunday, May 2
Where: Vista Palomar Riders Arena, Vista

All breeds are welcome at the San Diego County Arabian Community Show. It will be held at the Vista Palomar Riders Arena in Vista. Rail, Trail Gymkhana and various fun classes begin a 9 a.m. Vendors and a raffle event are other highlights.

For more information, contact Debra at 760-525-2589 or visit www.tdnaha.org.

Partners Therapeutic Fundraiser • May 2

What: Fundraiser for the Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
When: Sunday, May 2, 10am - 6pm
Where: Color Me Mine, 214 B Town Center Pkwy, Santee

Paint pottery for a great cause at this fundraiser for the Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship program in San Diego County’s Lakeside. All proceeds from the pottery studio’s $6 fee will go toward helping students like Brooke Thompson continue their remarkable success. Thanks to progress Partners Therapeutic helped her make over the last few years, Brooke recently reached the milestone of being placed in a general education science class for one hour three times a week. “A year ago she would not have had the self control or patience to sit through a general education class,” her mother Tonya reports happily. “These are skills that she has acquired while working with the horses.”

The fundraiser will take place at Color Me Mine, 214 B Town Center Parkway in Santee. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and funds raised will go toward feed, tack and scholarships.

For more information on the Color Me Mine fundraiser, call Tonya Thompson at 619-820-7454. For more information about Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship, visit www.partnershorses.com. Visit Riding Magazine’s YouTube channel to see a video of Partners’ riders preparing for the CALNET show in Los Angeles.

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