September 3, 2009

Fire News: The Lipizzan Connection Evacuated Their Horses - All Are OK, But They Lost Their House

(news received via email from Judy Walker)

Ingun Littorin and Barbara Gjerset of The Lipizzan Connection evacuated most of their horses to our barn but had to leave 14 mares and foals that would not trailer out. When they went back in after the fire came through, they lost their house, but all horses were fine, most evacuated to Pierce College, with a few left on the property that would not trailer. The firefighters have been taking in water and hay.

The Lipizzan Connection
3275 Stonyvale Road
Tujunga, CA 91042

Photos by Christa Munro

Summer Retires at the $50K Showpark Grand Prix, Aug. 29, 2009

Wild Turkey Farm's show jumping mare Summer ridden by Mandy Porter was retired at the $50,000 Showpark Summer Classic Grand Prix before a packed indoor crowd. Mandy and Summer represented the United States in the 2007 World Cup held in Las Vegas. Summer also earned the PCHA Grand Prix Horse of the Year in 2006. Summer will retire to Barbara Ellison's Wild Turkey Farm as a broodmare.

Photo by Erpelding Photography

Ashlee Bond & Cadett 7 go double clear and faster than Richard Spooner…

… at the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the Showpark Summer Classic show - Aug. 29, 2009

Richard Spooner finishes second with Pako
just behind Ashlee.

Keri Potter & Rockford 1 take third
with their clear round in the jump off.

40 horses competed in the covered arena at Del Mar Horsepark with a standing room only crowd for the World Cup qualifying event.

For more photos click here (photos by Erpelding Photography)

Harmony Grove Equestrian Center is Pleased to Offer An Eventing Clinic with

October 3 & 4, 2009 in Escondido, CA

  • BBQ* and a question and answer session with Gina Saturday night
  • Auditors welcome*
  • Overnight stabling available

*Tickets for BBQ will be available for sale prior to the clinic and at the clinic; fee applies for auditors

Robin Garrett (760) 716-3401 or
Margaret Thomas (910) 548-5886
for more information and to reserve your spot.

Greg Best Clinic - October 9-11

Natalie Rooney Pitts is hosting a Greg Best Clinic - October 9-11 at the American Canyon Training Center (in American Canyon, CA). There are a few open spots. Greg teaches only three in a group which means everyone gets lots of individualized attention. The cost is $215/day or $600 for all three days. Auditing is $25/day or $50 for all three. All levels are welcome. $100 deposit holds a spot. For more information call (707) 312-1119.

EAP Level II Training - September 5 & 6

The EAP (Emerging Athletes Program - USHJA) Level II Trainings will be this weekend (Sept. 5-6) at the Blenheim show facility in San Juan Capistrano. Bernie Traurig is the clinician, Melanie Smith Taylor will back him up and Lisa Baldasari (Hap Hansen's barn manager) will oversee the riders in the barn.

Audits are available at $25.00. It is a GREAT experience to see this program in progress.

Estimated $300,000 Available in 2010 Extreme Mustang Makeovers -
Trainer Applications Available Now

The Extreme Mustang Makeover, the nation’s most unique equine competition, will offer an estimated $300,000 in prize money as it enters its third year of competition after two years of what industry observers are calling nothing short of amazing events across the United States.

“We’ve been very fortunate in this economy to be able to sell out all of our events with the average adoption of the Mustangs holding at about $1,000 per head,” said Mustang Heritage Foundation Executive Director Patti Colbert. “Our goal each year has been to place 1,000 Mustangs in good homes through the Extreme Mustang Makeover and our Trainers Incentive Program and the American public has responded. We will close out 2009 with 1,000 of our nation’s wild horses gentled and starting new relationships with their adopters.”

Read more here ...

Horses for Sale  

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

BEAUTIFUL 6 YEAR OLD PRE ANDALUSIAN STALLION sired by the famous Bolero. Broke and gentle enough for kids. Has done parades,
is very well mannered and would be a good family horse. Not currently registered, but could be.
Victor, 916-687-7419

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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