September 24, 2009

Two Stolen Horses from Redwood Valley, Northern California
Two of our miniature horses were stolen from the farm in Redwood Valley, CA on September 11, 2009. If you hear about them or see them, please call us at 707-489-9921 or 707-462-7656.

The little mare is quite distinctive, with her homozygous markings. The stallion is a Celebrations Legacy Royale son, and is sleek and well put together. We can identify them by their DNA.

These horses were targeted. The stallion was in a pen that was surrounded by other pens and he had to pass through 3 gates to be stolen. Fourteen other horses were passed up to take him. He was the best horse on the farm. The theives left the gate open to the large pasture with the idea that all the horses would get out and we would think we couldn't find two of them. The fourteen mares did not leave the pasture.

In retrospect the neighbors remember a truck with a horse trailer pulled off the road tucked in nearly out of sight. The grandma who lives on the farm heard the dogs barking insistently at 3:00 am. Being 89 years old, she wisely did not go out to see.

Thanks for keeping your eyes and ears open for them.

Vince and Shirley Valente
1441 Ridgeview Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482

Los Angeles International Jumping Festival - Ashlee Bond Wows the Crowd & Theo Boris Shows His Talent

The Grand Prix of Los Angeles (Sept. 19) was nothing short of spectacular as it opened with a live performance by Mishavonna, an American Idol Semi-Finalist (, the National Anthem performed by a duet of violinists, and then there was the grand prix itself. After the exciting opening ceremonies the crowd was primed for an exhilarating night of world class show jumping, and the riders did not disappoint them. However, course designer Leopoldo Palacios made sure the riders worked for the accolades.

Santiago Rickard aboard his own Jet Star was the first to post a clear round and the crowd went wild. The crowd was assured of a jump off when Lane Clark piloted Kiss The Sky (Horsemanship Unlimited, owner) to a clear round and the crowd was even more enthusiastic. Ashlee Bond, fresh off her rookie international tour representing the USA showed why she is becoming America’s darling of show jumping when she and Cadett 7 jumped with room to spare. Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson joined the jump off group as did Harley Brown. Stefanie Saperstein, last to go in the field of 24 wowed the crowd and herself when she posted a clear round with El Sueno’s Quanto VI (El Sueno del Amistad, owner) making for a six horse jump off.

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Ashlee & Cadett 7 in the jump off and setting the pace
at the $50K Showpark Grand Prix, Aug. 29th.

Photo: Erpelding Photography

USRider Advises Horse Owners of New Tire Tariff Impact

Lexington, KY (Sept 17, 2009) – With the U.S. President’s proposed tire tariff, imported tires are going to cost more in the very near future. And while the tariff will be imposed on tires imported from China, many feel that the tariff will actually affect pricing on all tires.

On Sept. 11, President Barack Obama approved raising the tax on car and light truck tires from China by 35 percent the first year, beginning Sept. 26; 30 percent the second year; and 25 percent the third. The new tax will be in addition to the four-percent tariff currently in place.

According to CNN, from 2004 through the end of 2008, tire imports from China increased by nearly 300 percent (in terms of value) while domestic production of tires decreased by over 25 percent and about 4,400 jobs were lost in the domestic tire industry; additional shutdowns are expected to add another 2,400 losses in 2009. The domestic industry now has less than 50 percent of the U.S. tire market.

In light of the predicted price increases, USRider recommends horse owners consider buying new tires now to avoid the higher prices.

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HITS Desert Circuit Grand Prix Schedule Features Four FEI World Cup Classes and $300,000 Finale

All 16 Events Are Qualifiers for the 2010 $1 Million USGPL Grand Prix

Thermal, CA - September 23, 2009 - HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce its grand prix schedule for the 2010 HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California. This year's schedule features 16 grand prix classes held over six weeks of competition, and $800,000 in total prize money will be awarded. There will be four FEI World Cup qualifying classes, and the grand finale is a $300,000 grand prix on Sunday, March 14.

The 2010 HITS Desert Circuit Dates and Grand Prix Schedule are as follows:

DC I: January 26-31 - $25,000 Grand Prix on Friday; $50,000 Grand Prix on Sunday
DC II (World Cup Week): February 2-7 - $25,000 Grand Prix on Thursday in the Indoor Arena; $50,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix on Saturday night in the Indoor Arena; $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday outdoors
DC III(World Cup Week): February 9-14- $25,000 Grand Prix on Thursday in the Indoor Arena; $50,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix on Saturday night in the Indoor Arena; $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday outdoors

OFF-WEEK: February 16-21

DC IV(World Cup Week):: February 23-28 - $25,000 Grand Prix on Thursday in the Indoor Arena; $50,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix on Saturday night in the Indoor Arena; $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday outdoors
DC V(World Cup Week):: March 2-7 - $25,000 Grand Prix on Thursday in the Indoor Arena; $50,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix on Saturday night in the Indoor Arena; $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday outdoors
DC VI: March 9-14 - $25,000 Grand Prix on Friday; $300,000 Grand Prix on Sunday

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Hansen Dam Gaining Attention
Trainers Enjoyed Success at Verdugo Hills 4 & Hansen Dam Fall Approaches

The hunter/jumper shows are steadily developing support of area trainers. Langer Equestrian Group committed to producing the five show Verdugo Hills Series, as well as the upcoming Hansen Dam Fall (October 2-4) and the Hansen Dam Fall Preview (Oct.24) a one day show before the first show of the IEL season. New owner Sterling Champ has made a lot of improvements at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, which provides Los Angeles area trainers and riders another quality venue for shows. LEG offers a variety of incentives to help keep costs down by lowering various fees, and also offering an incentive to exhibitors who show at multiple shows.

The Hansen Dam Fall show (, a three day "B" show offers a full complement of hunter, jumper, equitation, and medal classes. Trainers are growing increasingly impressed with the facility and horse shows. During the Verdugo Hills 4 show this summer, trainers and exhibitors alike praised the improvements new owner Sterling Champ has made.

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AERC’S National Championships

The premier event of the American Endurance Ride Conference, the annual National Championship ride, proved to be a weekend of celebration in Northern California on September 11 and 13. At the site of the annual Patriot’s Day ride in Greenville, California, competitors arrived from all over the western U.S. and Canada to compete for AERC’s top prizes.

The 100-mile championship ride, held Friday, was won handily by Lindsay Graham, a fourth-year veterinary student at the University of California at Davis. Riding Chris Martin’s 7-year-old chestnut Arabian gelding, Monk, Graham finished the technical course in nine hours and 58 minutes, 35 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Brad Green of Auburn, California, riding Pawnee, his 10-year old Arabian cross gelding.

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Volunteers We Need Your Help!!!
We are in great need of 1-2 volunteers for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 2:45-4:30pm. We need immediate help through Oct. 29th.

Please Call 760-722-4839 • Ivey Ranch Park Association, 110 Rancho Del Oro Dr, Oceanside, CA •

Majestic Farms LLC Free Open House - Saturday, September 26th

Majestic Farms LLC will be hosting a free Open House featuring pony rides for children, equestrian demonstrations, hands-on games and learning, crafts and light refreshments. The four-hour event is designed to allow community members to experience firsthand the beauty and grace of the American Saddlebred and Morgan Horse.

The Open House will be held at 1679 Sunset Dr in Vista (just off Hwy 78) on Saturday, September 26.

Beginning at 9:00 am guests will enjoy a "Meet and Greet" with accomplished show horses and riders. Along with riding and driving demonstrations, a local veterinarian, Dr. Tad Bender, of Creekside Veterinary Service, will give a talk regarding equine nutrition. Between demonstrations children will have a chance to make lifetime memories during their private 10 minute riding lesson. To reserve your free riding lesson contact Eric Antman at 760-732-0334 or

Cowboy Horse Tack Swap Meet - Sunday, September 27th

Annual Cowboy Tack Swap Meet • Sunday, September 27 • 8am - 1pm
McClintock Saddles, 25077 Viejas Blvd., Descanso, CA 91916

Bring your items to sell or come to buy. Many vendors with a huge variety of used tack, commonly bought items, used & new, english & western, saddles, tack, saddle bags, bareback pads, blankets, pads, stirrups, bridles, reins, halters, lead ropes, lariats, training items, grooming supplies, feeders, antiques, vintage cowboy stuff, farm finds, western art, crafters, books, videos, jewelry, western clothing, show items, boots, hats, helmets, specialty jerky, etc!

(12x12) space discounted this year - $25. Sellers must call first.

Thanks to McClintock Saddles. Come by and see his custom saddles & tack.
Thanks to Descanso Hay & Feed for allowing us to use their parking lot. They're discounting $1.00 off each bale of Bermuda or Alfalfa and will be open earlier for the tack sale!

For information call Jeanie, 619-851-7510. Free Entry. No ATM close. No checks. Cash only.

Horsetown USA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner - Saturday, October 3rd

Horsetown USA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Norco, CA

Inductee Demonstrations Featuring National Champion Trainers riding National and World Champion Horses. Performance by Norco's World Famous Mascot, "Hail Yeah"

Public Welcome

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Nellie Weaver Hall, 3737 Crestview Ave, Norco, CA
3:00 pm: Hors D'Oeuvres & Cocktails
4:00 pm: Welcome Reception
6:00 pm: Prime Rib Dinner
Induction Ceremony following Dinner

951-371-4402 •

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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.

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!

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

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