November 5, 2009

Day of the Horse - December 13th

Do you have a special event planned for Day of the Horse, scheduled for Dec. 13 in California? If so, let us know! We want to report on it for our December print edition of California Riding Magazine.

Please contact Kim F. Miller at or by phone at 949-644-2165.

Zazou Hoffman Named the Winner of the 2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championships!

The 2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championships have come to a close, and it was 17-year-old Zazou Hoffman of Santa Monica, CA, who prevailed through three rounds to win this year's coveted equitation final. The ASPCA Maclay National Championships are the highlight event of the 126th National Horse Show. The 126th National Horse Show is featured at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, which holds jumpers classes through Sunday, November 1 in the War Memorial at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY.

In the first round of competition, 150 riders were tested on a course designed by the judges, Bill Moroney of Middleburg, VA, and Jack Towell of Camden, SC, in cooperation with course designer Richard Jeffery of Dorset, England. The course featured an option two-stride and multiple opportunities to make inside turns. The riders who rode the course smoothly, out-of-stride, and with style were the ones called back in the top 30 to test on the flat. Three groups of 10 were tested, and from there the judges called back the top 24 riders for a second round over fences.

The top 24 returned in the following order, with Samantha Harrison of La Canada, CA, called back on top.

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Zazou Hoffman and Ivy were victorious in the
2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championships.

Photo © 2009 Jennifer Wood/PMG.

Nunnink Corners The Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

Kristi Nunnink and Corner Street were always number 1 at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in the CCI2*. They topped the 23-horse field in Friday’s dressage phase with a score of 46.9 and stayed on top through Sunday’s climactic show jumping phase.

With her three closest competitors less than two points behind her as show jumping got underway, it looked as if Nunnink and the bay gelding would have to be absolutely perfect. But third-placed Tamra Smith dislodged two rails on Bubbles@Bricky before second-placed David Koss lowered three rails with Look Sweet. Those miscues gave Nunnink, of the Sacramento area’s Auburn, all the room she needed.

Corner Street was en route to a faultless round until Nunnink said she caused him to barely tick the final two fences and drop the rails to the ground. “I just got a little too excited because it was going so well!” said Nunnink, 48. “Even though they’d taken the pressure off, I still really wanted to jump around clean."

...Read the full report in our upcoming December issue!

Equine Industry Survey Launched by American Horse Publications

The American Horse Publications (AHP) is conducting an Equine Industry Survey to gauge participation trends in the U.S. equine industry. In addition, the survey seeks to gather information regarding the most important issues facing the industry.

Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Stowe is an assistant professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky.

The survey is sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and Pfizer Animal Health.

Those eligible to participate in the survey are men and women, 18 and older, who currently own, manage or lease at least one horse and live in the United States.

The survey closes January 15, 2010. To take the survey, visit

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Five Trainers are Heading to Maui

Langer Equestrian Group Rewards Trainers with Trips

As the show season draws to a close, five professionals who regularly attend Langer Equestrian Group shows are making plans to head off to Maui for some much needed rest and recreation, courtesy of LEG. The company sponsors the Maui Trainer Incentive as a way to not only encourage participation at the shows, but reward professionals for their efforts, support and success.

Larry Langer, President and CEO of LEG, started the Trainer Incentive because professionals are the hardest working people in this sport. Most trainers take few vacations, and when they do they are rarely extravagant. "I remember taking 30 plus horses on the road," said Langer. "Trainers are not recognized enough in our highly labor intensive sport. My staff and I thought that a special vacation and cash awards for professionals would be meaningful since they are the backbone of our sport."

Maui trips are awarded to the professionals whose students earn the most points at the Woodside, Colorado, Hansen Dam and Woodside Dressage series, as well as a fifth prize for the professional member of the Memorial Day Classic Equitation Challenge winning team.

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Manna Pro Announces New Partnership with NARHA to Support Equine Assisted Therapies
“Seasons Treatings” holiday promotion gives cash and free treats to dozens of NARHA centers.

This holiday season, horse owners can help equestrians and horse-lovers with disabilities each time they purchase bags of Manna Pro® horse treats at retailers across the U.S and Canada. In this new partnership, a portion of the proceeds from Manna Pro® Horse Treats will go directly to NARHA, whose centers provide equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs.

In addition to a percentage of sales going to NARHA in the form of a cash donation, Manna Pro is also giving free treats to NARHA centers to use in their programs throughout the year. During the Seasons Treatings promotion period, consumers can go to to cast votes for one of NARHA’s 11 regions. For every five votes a region receives, Manna Pro will donate one free bag of treats. Each participating consumer will also receive high-value coupons from Manna Pro when they register online.

To support its retailers, Manna Pro has created a retail campaign to help stores encourage sales of its popular line of horse treats and raise funds for a worthy cause. Manna Pro developed numerous point-of-sale promotional materials to help retailers get the word out, including special stickers on packaging, shelf talkers with $1 off coupons, and window clings for stores. Manna Pro is also supporting the partnership with a series of print advertisements, online advertising, e-mail blasts and the interactive voting feature on the company’s home page.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, NARHA’s mission is to “change and enrich lives by promoting excellence in equine assisted activities.” Since 1969, the NARHA has provided Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy programs in the United States and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. Each year, dozens of new centers initiate new programs and more than 42,000 individuals with special needs benefit from activities which include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine facilitated psychotherapy and learning, driving, interactive vaulting and competition. The association ensures its standards are met through an accreditation process for centers and a certification process for instructors.

Jennifer Hojnacki, Director of Marketing for Manna Pro, says the partnership with NARHA is just one more way the leading provider of equine treats and supplements can help make horses more accessible to everyone, even those with disabilities. “We are proud of our partnership with NARHA, and we believe strongly in its mission,” she says. “We hope this promotion makes more people aware of the important work NARHA does for people with special needs. And we hope Manna Pro’s donation of money and horse treats helps NARHA impact more lives with its equine assisted activities.”

The Manna Pro® Horse Treats that qualify for the Seasons Treatings program include popular products such as Apple and Peppermint Wafers, Apple and Carrot Blasts®, Flax Snax® and Hoof Snax®, Stable Gourmet® Cookies, and five great flavors of Bite Size Nuggets.

About Manna Pro Products: Manna Pro has long been a trusted name in the animal nutrition industry. Respected products, such as Calf-Manna®, the company’s signature brand, the Super Horse® line of feeds, and Apple Wafers, have been used by discriminating horse owners for decades. Our family of equine supplements has earned its reputation by using only the finest quality ingredients; over the years, we have steadfastly refused to substitute lesser ingredients to lower costs, ensuring the quality and consistency horse owners have come to expect from every purchase.

Equimax Extends Free Job Ad Offer for Equine Employers

Equimax - Where Jobs and Horse People Find Each Other - has extended the deadline for taking advantage of its free job advertising offer for horse industry employers through Nov. 30, 2009. Equimax has hundreds of qualified applicants searching for jobs. Any employer who needs to advertise a job, but does not need to access the Equimax List of Candidates (summarized resumes of horse people looking for work), can advertise that job for free at for up to three months. Employers may post as many jobs as they like in this way. There are no hidden fees. Even confidential listings to a box number are free.

The regular price for an Equimax subscription, which includes internet access to the List of Candidates and posting job advertising on the List of Jobs, is $85.00. Employers who wish to have access to the List of Candidates will receive an automatic $10.00 discount on their subscription if they also advertise their job.

Employers who wish to take advantage of this free job listing offer can submit their advertisement at

California Trainer, Marian Nelson, Gives Back

Many of you will remember the benefit I hosted in 2008 for the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Through generous donations from people like you, we raised $25,000. One-hundred percent of the funds went to By Grace and were used to purchase land on which to build a school for the children.

I returned to Kenya to see the property and to spend time with more than 350 Aids orphans. We purchased shoes, food and school supplies for them and gave them a wonderful Christmas dinner. These children had so little, yet were so grateful and happy!

Each of us has been affected by the economic challenges of the past year. The effects of the financial crisis have trickled down to oganizations like By Grace, which rely on donations to fund operations. If additional funding is not received their only option may be to sell the land they worked so hard to acquire to feed and house the children.

I am returning to Kenya in November to spend some time with the children and assess their needs. Four of us will be donating our time and own money to help them. In lieu of holding another benefit (the timing just didn’t feel right given the economic climate) I am appealing directly to you to consider donating whatever you are comfortable giving. No amount is too small; every dollar is appreciated and can make a big difference in the life of a child. I guarantee that your donation to Bright Future Foundation (501c tax deduction) or directly to me will be delivered to buy food, shoes, supplies and water. You will be helping to provide many, many children the essentials that all of us take for granted.

It is a joy to spend time with these children and see what a difference the generosity of others makes in their lives. The smiles on their faces and the joy in their hearts is the best return you will ever get on any investment.

Please call or email me if you have questions or need additional information.
Marian Nelson • cell: 415-710-1116 • email:

You may make donations payable to Bright Future Foundation or Celebration for Education and mail to Marian at 31 Alhambra Court, Novato, CA 94949.

Error In October Issue of Riding

We mistakenly printed the incorrect e-mail address and website for Sheri Levine's Drille Divas event (held on Oct. 3) in the October print issue of California Riding Magazine. The information should have read: and We apologize for this error.

Clinics with Johannes Beck-Broichsitter • San Diego • Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 22

For 12 days Johannes Beck-Broichsitter from Germany will be in San Diego. He will be available for lessons on many of those days. A variety of lesson times will be available, perhaps at your facility. He will be teaching at Willow Glen Equestrian Center in El Cajon for most of the weekend of Nov. 14-15 and part of the weekend of Nov. 21-22.

Johannes is a Grand Prix Dressage trainer, primarily influenced by the Spanish Riding School. He is a talented teacher of any level rider. He also works horses in hand.

$75.00 a ride. Auditors are free. Please call for details.

His practical book, Lateral Work for Training a Supple Horse, recently published in German and English, will be available (approx. $37).

Where: Willow Glen Equestrian Center, El Cajon
When: November 11 - November 22
Contact: Jamie Schwartz, 619-997-3379

WCAR Celebration Banquet • Calamigos Grand Ballroom, LA Equestrian Center • Saturday, Nov. 13

The West Coast has a lot to celebrate! Enjoy a roving Bistro Dinner followed by an entertaining and humorous evening of Celebration and Entertainment. Be on hand for acknowledging some of the amazing people of our sport.

  • WCAR Trading Cards Kick Off
  • **New Grand Prix League**
  • USHJA Zone 10 Foundation Awards
  • Zone 10 Prix de States Team GOLD
  • Zone 10 Junior Young Rider Teams and Individuals, Pony Jumpers GOLD - SILVER BRONZE
  • Rumba
  • Ashlee Bond!
  • Srpuce Meadows Nations Cup
  • Great Grand Prix - Hunter - Equitation Successes

Individual Tickets $100 (Table & Group Packages available).

Dedicated to the Aspen Annalise Foundation for Child Safety. Aspen and Annalise were 2 1/2 yr old twins who recently drowned together in a pool. Their mother is a horse trainer here on the west coast. Please support this cause for our show jumping community. A Portion of the Proceeds go Directly to this Foundation.

Where: Calamigos Grand Ballroom, LA Equestrian Center
When: November 13, 2009, 6:30 pm
Contact: For seating opportunities and reservations please contact Kathy at 714-797-1404 or

Explaining "Alpha Sonic" Technology Seminar • Performance Horse Supply • Wednesday, Nov. 18

Help your horses feel and perform better! Terry and her PHS team invite you to join Susan Stoltz, developer of the widely used AlphaSonic technology, to learn how this proven and affordable soundwave therapy can become the SECRET WEAPON in your horse care arsenal.

  • Experience how this technology quickly increases circulation, dissolves pain, reduces inflammation, relaxes muscle tension and relieves stress.
  • Cost of machine is easily covered through savings on vet bills and on pain management, digestive/ulcer and other medications.
  • Become empowered to help your animals, loved ones and yourself recover faster from injury and chronic conditions.
  • No negative side effects - easy and safe for anyone to use!

Limited to 25 guests - Please RSVP by Nov. 13th.

Where: Performance Horse Supply
5256 S Mission Rd, Ste 708, Bonsall
When: November 18, 2009, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Contact: 760-630-7808

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