May 13, 2010

SHOW DATE CHANGE: Please note that the June 6th ECHO show has been moved to June 13th
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UC Davis Center for Equine Health Receives $3 Million Endowment to Benefit Horses

The William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation has pledged $3 million to support the Center for Equine Health (CEH) to continue its operational, educational and research efforts to benefit horses. The CEH is part of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

The Mabie Endowment will ensure the permanence of the CEH and allow it to continue its research and educational programs in equine medical science.

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The Del Mar National Horse Show Concludes Another Successful Series - Thrilling Equestrian Competitions Come To a Close

The pinnacle of the three-week Del Mar National Horse Show, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, an AGA event, was truly international in flavor. Riders hailed from all over the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Iran. American, Rich Fellers of Oregon, earned the big bucks again this year!

The three-week show featured competition in Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper classes, and each week had a featured event.

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Guinness World Record® Ride Rocking the USA!

All proceeds going to horse rescues and charities! Trail rides in every state… all on 6/13/10… now taking entries!

On June 13th SOMETHING WONDERFUL is going to happen…The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) with the help of all trail riders in the United States along with ACTHA’S large loyal sponsorship support from the most impressive names in the industry; WILL BE THE CONDUIT FOR ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE AND MAY NEVER BE DONE AGAIN!

On June 13th thousands of trail riders with a heart and appreciation of what the horse has done for mankind, will assemble in every state in the union. They will have a gay ole time “casually” competing along a six mile trail near them. Along the trail will be a series of safe, fun and natural trail obstacles. They and their friends will cheer each other on for the best execution of the obstacle possible. Each obstacle is safe and is being judged by helpful trained judges. There will be over 1000 winners from 3 division so there is a spot for everyone! Even those not wishing to “casually” compete. However only those who do compete will be counted in the Guinness Record!

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Woodside Spring Previewed a Great Season ... Peter Breakwell, Alec Lawler and Hope Glynn are Stars!

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Spring may have been slow in coming to California this year, but the Woodside Spring Preview started off with a bang. A combination of beautiful weather, a wide range of classes, and a great facility brought in record numbers of entries to fill some very large and exciting classes. The show served as a selection trial for the Zone 10 NAJYRC teams, and the main jumper ring was a veritable “who’s who” of top jumper riders comprising the Young Rider candidates, top professionals, and strong Amateur Owner riders. Add in world class course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio and the stage was set for keen competition.

Twenty-seven riders faced off in the $5,000 High Junior/ Amateur Owner Jumper Classic and competition was fierce. Alec Lawler was on fire as he and Live Fire posted one of the seven clear rounds and outraced them all in the jump-off. “Any Junior Jumper Classic win is a big win, but the fact that this one had Young Rider points attached made it a little more important. I thought the course was fair for the level of horses in the class.” In 2009 Lawler rode on the gold medal Zone 10 Junior team at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Kentucky. This year he is hoping to qualify for the Young Rider team.

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Bright Star Saddlery's 7th Annual Anniversary Sale Event • May 14-16

Bright Star Saddlery is having their 7th Annual Anniversary Sale Event Friday through Sunday May 14-16. A chance to win RAFFLE PRIZES with every $10.00 spent. Up to 70% off of Saddles, tack, jewelry, apparel, footwear, books. Large kids department. Bring in your used boots, tack, bits and saddles for consignment!

Sale Hours: Friday, May 14 - 10am-5pm
Saturday, May 15 - 10am-4pm • Sunday, May 16 - 10am-4pm

28708-C Roadside Dr, Agoura (Yamato's Shopping Center)
818-879-8333 •

UPHA Chapter One Show • May 13-16

Chapter One of the United Professional Horsemen’s Assn. has big plans for its annual show, slated for May 13-16 at the Horse Park at Woodside. UPHA caters to gaited horses and enthusiasts and this competition is sure to be a hit with fans of gorgeous, glamorous, high-stepping horses who work under saddle and behind beautiful carts. American Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Morgans, Standardbreds, Roadsters and even Friesians will all get their turn in classes that range from breed specific under-saddle and driving classes to Open Western and English Pleasure divisions.

Social events begin with a trainer party on Wednesday evening and continue with a Friday cocktail get-together and a Saturday night exhibitors’ bash with trainers manning the grills.

For more information, visit or call Jennifer Dixon at 650-740-4344.

Backcountry Horseman Packing Clinic • May 15

The Santa Ana River Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California hosts its third annual Packing Clinic and Packing Trail course on May 15. This year’s featured trainer is Lee Green, a multiple Mule Days Farrier Champion and professional packer. The daylong program is designed to convey packing basics to novice and intermediate packers. The focus will be hands-on education using iron and dummy mules and introducing packing equipment to the horse.

The host facility is the Laramore Riding Arena in Mira Loma. Pre-entry is required to secure a participation spot and auditors are welcome.

For more information, contact Thaddeus Chodakauskas at 951-312-0724 or Carol Chodakauskas at 951-733-2898 or visit, where the entry form can be downloaded.

Wine and Cheese Reception to Benefit Horses of Tir Na Nog • May 21

What: Horses of Tir Na Nog Wine & Cheese Reception
When: Friday, May 21, 2010 • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego

You are invited to a very special reception at the Town and Country Hotel to celebrate the lives saved and the hearts healed at Horses of Tir Na Nog. 100% of the proceeds go to the horses.

• Wine & Cheese Reception • Tour of Bella Tosca Day Spa • Silent Auction (Closes at 7:00 p.m)

Reservations are $35 per person. Please RSVP by May 18, 2010. Online reservations are available at Business Casual or Ranch Chic Attire. Parking Validated. For more information call 619-465-6384.

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A coming five-year-old gelding destined for the show ring! His mother is by Prinz Gaylord and a relative to the great Stakato. His sire is the notorious PABLO. Placido should finish out about 16.1 to 16.2 hands. Placido was the top colt at his Hanoverian inspection where the judges declared him a stallion prospect and used him in their advertisements. He is a compact, modern type with a muscular build. Consistently going under saddle. A star in the making and he could be yours! $20,700. Other horses available.

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