September 17, 2009

Cayla Richards & Asparagus Win 2009 ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals - West Coast

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class was first held 76 years ago, and has remained one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders (ages 17 & under). Past winners and top finishers include recognizable West Coast names such as such Bernie Traurig (1961), Fred Bauer (1970), Francie Steinwedell-Carvin (1977), Lauren Kay (1990), Keri Kampsen (1997), Nicole Shahinian Simpson (1992), Richard Spooner (Reserve Champion, 1988), Matthew Sereni (2003) and Jamie Taylor (Reserve Champion, 2002). Riders who competed in the Region 8 (CA, HI, NV) Maclay Regionals on Saturday qualified by earning 25 points as of August 31, 2009.

Medal riders had to pick and maintain a marching pace to master the course that Scott Starnes set for Saturday night’s Regional Finals. Of the twelve efforts, the toughest part seemed to be fences four through eight, which included a short turn off the corner to a hay bale vertical in three long strides to an oxer-vertical one stride directly to another three stride line, followed by a right hand turn to vertical-vertical one stride combination to a sharp right bend in a long five to a fan oxer.

Cayla Richards and Asparagus. Photo: Captured Moment

After thirty-four rounds, judges Chrystine Tauber and Leo Conroy brought back twenty-eight riders in two groups of fourteen for the flat phase. In this final the flat counts for 50% of the total score. At the conclusion of the second group, five riders were asked to remain in the ring – Jocelyn Neff, Lucy Davis, Saer Coulter, Theo Boris and Cayla Richards. The work-off included six jumps, a difficult counter-canter turn, a halt and a hand gallop to the last fence. Neff nailed it. Surprisingly Davis had some trouble that included losing her counter canter. Coulter also lost the counter lead in the final two strides. Boris rode in his usual soft yet confident style. However his halt was a bit brief and his bold hand gallop took him slightly past his distance. Fresh off her CPHA Medal Final win, Richards kept her cool and performed all the tests flawlessly for the win.

News provided by Equestrisol.

Fundraiser for Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center - This Saturday, September 19th

Steele Canyon Golf course is hosting a Mystery Dinner Theatre with a hilarious Old West theme and script. A Portion of the proceeds will benefit CornerstoneTherapeutic Riding Center.

The cost is very reasonable and you will be helping many children and adults living with disabilities, in addition to our wounded warriors.

There will be a silent auction with many awesome items, so come out for a night of fun and intrigue and make a difference in the life of someone else all at the same time…doesn’t get much better than that!!!


$39.95 per person. Western Duds Recommended

For information or reservations contact
Barry Rice, Head Wrangler,

Volunteers Needed at CDS San Diego Dressage Show - September 26 & 27

CDS San Diego's upcoming show has grown! Another ring has been added and more volunteers are needed.

Contact if you can help out!

Drille Divas and Rhythm Riders Relay for Life Team Present "Horse Power for Life" - October 3rd

October 3, 2009 at Creek Hollow Ranch
26131 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065

To benefit The American Cancer Society, and the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The Drille Divas and Rhythm Riders invite riders and teams of all disciplines to come together for this important cause. You are cordially invited to participate in our Drille Diva Day!

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Join the USEF, USET Foundation and the USEA in Celebrating Jack Le Goff's Life and Contributions to the US Equestrian Team - October 19th

Jack Le Goff
1931 - 2009

The USEF, USET Foundation and the USEA invite you to a celebration of Jack's life and contribusions to the United States Equestrian Team.

Hamilton Farm, Gladstone, NJ
October 19, 2009, 6pm

Please RSVP to Christy Baxter at or at 908-326-1152
by October 10.

Donations to the USET Foundation
Jack Le Goff Memorial Fund are welcome.

Please call 908-234-1251 for more information.

Horses for Sale  

We have several horses for sale in print and on the web.

Here's one of our latest:

Can compete in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Jumps 3'3 with ease. 7 years old. Simple, sound, safe, and honest. Pony is located in Long Beach Area. Email for videos and more information. 949-456-0015,

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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