August 27, 2009

Summer Is Retiring!

This Saturday Wild Turkey Farm's Grand Prix horse, Summer, ridden by Mandy Porter, will be retired before the Saturday night $50,000 Grand Prix at Showpark, Aug. 29, 2009.

Photo: Mandy Porter and Summer at the
2009 Summer Classic - photo by
Erpelding Photography

See more photos from the
Summer Classic here

Don't Miss Horses Unlimited's
2009 Sporthorse Auction - October 18

Visit for information on this upcoming Sporthorse Auction (October 18th).

Featuring offspring by International Stallions:

  • Leonberg
  • Galant du Serein
  • Pik L
  • Noble Champion

Click here to view their full page color ad, appearing in our upcoming September issue.

Read an article on Pik L, the only American-Based Stallion with three offspring in the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships on our bulletin board. Click here - scroll down to Aug. 24th post.

2009 AERC National Championships Set for September 11 & 13

Each year endurance riders from around the U.S. and Canada gather to compete for the American Endurance Ride Conference’s top honors in the National Championship rides.

This year, tiny Greenville, California (population 1,150) will be the launching point for the 100-mile ride on September 11 and 50-mile ride on September 13. Midway between Redding and Reno, the Northern California location has all riders ask of a trail: elevation changes, gorgeous views, shallow creek crossings, and wildlife sightings.

Read more here ...

John French and Rumba Win Inaugural Hunter Derby Finals

After three brilliant performances, John French and Rumba will go down in history as the inaugural winners of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. Before the start of the final day of competition, George Morris addressed the crowd gathered in the Johnson Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The hunter derby courses are bringing us back to tradition, we’re surrounded by lovely horses and no doubt we’ll see a championship performance tonight,” Morris said, wishing the horses and riders the best of luck.

Read more here ...

Five-Year-Old Selten HW and Four-Year-Old Aesthete Crowned Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Champions for 2009; Cabana Boy Leads USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International

by Jennifer Keeler

Wayne, IL – Crowds hurried to the entrance of Lamplight Equestrian as the day started early with the first phase of the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.

Christopher Hickey and “Cabana Boy” did not disappoint, and were rewarded by judges Linda Zang, Hilda Gurney and Maryal Barnett for their efforts.

This two-time Young Horse National Champion (2007 as a five-year-old and 2008 as a six-year-old) made convincing work of the FEI Prix St. Georges test with a resounding score of 72.895%. Cabana Boy, a 2002 bay Hanoverian gelding (Contucci – Britania by Bordeaux) was bred in the United States by Douglas and Shannon Langer of Wisconsin and is owned by Hilltop Farm, Inc. of Maryland.

Second in today’s class (which counts towards 40% of the overall championship results) was California’s Heidi Gaian and “Chicago”, her own dark brown Holsteiner gelding (Calido I – Diana XI by Corleone, bred in Germany by Claus-Wilhelm Kuehl) with a score of 70.526%. Third was George Williams riding “Don Bailey” (black Oldenburg gelding, Donnerhall – Pirola by Pik Bube, bred in Germany by Renate Lange) with 67.719% for owner Elizabeth Juliano of Ohio.

Read more here ...

Horses for Sale  

We have several horses for sale in our September issue and online. Check out:

Safe, calm, very loving 12 y/o
appendix quarter horse.
Great for trails and light ringwork.
A great best friend.
Can be flexible on price if going to good home.

Visit to see more.

Wanted: Readers!  

We frequently receive review copies of books before they're available to the general public. They range from beautifully illustrated, coffee table caliber books to training how-tos in every imaginable equestrian subject.

You can be one of the first to read these books. All we ask is a short review for our readers. If we OK your review, it will appear online at and possibly in print in California Riding Magazine. Best of all, you keep the book!

Click here for a list of available books.

Don't Forget to Vote for the Cutest Foal!

Thank you to everyone who entered our "cutest baby" contest! Check out the entries (click here)

Vote for your favorite by September 21, 2009 - the winner receives a $50 Gift Certificate!

Drawing Contest for Kids

Submit your horsey drawings by September 30, 2009 for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate
to your favorite tack store!

Click here for details about submitting a drawing.

There's still time to enter and win Mary's weekly giveaway!

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