November 12, 2009

Congratulations to Janice Koch!

Janice Koch, from Duarte, CA, is the winner of our monthly $50 gift certificate drawing ... and all she did was sign up to receive our weekly e-News!

Congratulations Janice ... and good luck to all of you!

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Clinic • November 20-22

In addition to her guest speaker engagement at WCAR's annual gala in Los Angeles tomorrow, the three time World Cup Jumping Finals winner Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum will be giving a clinic Nov. 20-22 at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, just down the road from where Meredith grew up riding at the Foxfield Riding Academy.

Riding spots are likely full, but auditing is definitely available. Auditing is $55 per day or $145 for all three days.

Call Kasey Ament for more info at 805-794-6107.

Memorial Service for Margaret Sears • Monday, November 16

Please come and celebrate Margaret's life!! Memorial service to be held on Monday, November 16, 1:00pm, Del Mar Horse Park (14550 El Camino Real, Del Mar)

Anything mailed or sent by delivery to the above address should be marked "c/o Pony Expresso" - the name of Margaret's business.

If there is anyone who would like to speak at the memorial, please contact Marc Grock at 619-813-8223 to coordinate.

Donations should go to: Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 300C, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-473-5121.

Attorney B. Paul Husband's New Blog

Check out B. Paul Husband's blog,, about the horse business.

Here's part of his most recent entry:


Structurally, the horse business has natural tax shelter aspects. The words “horse business tax shelter” are not a curse – they reveal a benefit. It is legal and fair. This natural tax shelter works in a couple of ways.

First, historically, farmers have been “cash basis” taxpayers. This means that when a farmer spends $10,000 or $100,000 on a stud fee, that expenditure can be deducted in full in the year that it was paid. Compare this tax treatment to the purchase of steel to build an office building. The developer may pay $10,000 or $100,000 for steel girders, but cannot deduct that $10,000 or $100,000 in the year that it is spent. Rather, the steel expense would have to be “capitalized” or added to the cost of the building and deducted over 20 years or more.

Click here to read more!

Gorgeous Equestrian Bling Still Affordable in a Tight Economy

When riders are cutting back and watching their bottom line, many non-essentials get slashed from their budgets. But thanks to The Finishing Touch of Kentucky they no longer have to forgo the guilty pleasure of bling. Whether you’re looking to express yourself with jewelry that’s fun and trendy, or reserved and classic, or just looking for a stock pin that’s not ‘run-of-the-mill’, The Finishing Touch of Kentucky has tons of gorgeous pieces, and all with super-affordable price tags that means you can indulge in more than just one – and with no residual guilt!

Announce to the world that you love horses with a gorgeous Tiffany style silver charm bracelet with adjustable double toggle clasp. Lengthen it with the second ring, or shorten it and let the second ring hang like a charm. Each ring contains the words I ♥ Horses, and a beautifully detailed horse shoe showcases tiny, semi-precious black onyx cabochon stones on either side for a tastefully done splash of equestrian. A miniature Finishing Touch of Kentucky horse head logo dangles from the end. Perfect with jeans or dressed up, this bracelet is also available with Mother of Pearl, Pink Mussel and Jade Dyed Red stones and retails for just $20.95. Item #HWB819.

For those who want to express the western side of their personality, our bracelet of silver tone florets dotted with man-made turquoise by Swarovski will look dazzling encircling any wrist. But at only $15.95 retail it won’t dazzle wallets! Complete the look with matching earrings, at $8.95 retail. Bracelet item #HWB816, earrings item #HER4827.

For those who are looking for a more classic piece, the black onyx and Swarovski crystal horsehead necklace is an elegant choice no matter what area of equestrian sport you hail from. With channel-set

Swarovski crystals surrounding a beautiful black onyx oval, and a stately horse head set in 14kg plated gold on a 20” snake chain, this piece will be sure to garner compliments! Although everyone will think it’s an expensive piece, your secret will be that it was only $28.95 retail! Item #HNE574. Also available in silver finish.

Stock pins are a staple for any rider, but who wants to blend in with the crowd? The Finishing Touch of Kentucky has a huge inventory of beautiful, natural stone stock pins that are anything but boring. Available in both gold and silver finishes with stones in every color under the sun - from Blue Lace Agate to Abalone Pink and Cat’s Eye Peridot - and priced at super affordable $8.95 retail, you’ll be able to buy several and change up your ratcatcher or stock tie every weekend. Stock pin shown, item #HPN1323.

To see the entire line of gorgeous, affordable Finishing Touch of Kentucky jewelry, including money clips and hair accessories, or to find a retailer near you, please visit us at

About The Finishing Touch of Kentucky: The Finishing Touch of Kentucky is a small, family-owned corporation in Nicholasville, Kentucky, just south of Lexington - the horse capital of the world. We take pride in making high-quality equestrian jewelry that is designed and crafted in Kentucky and plated in Rhode Island, which was once the costume jewelry capital of the world! The image “Made in USA” continues to grow in its appeal to discriminating buyers.

Troxel Photo Contest Focuses on Helmet Awareness

“Safety in Focus” Online Photo Contest Lets Equestrians Share Their Favorite Photographs

Troxel LLC, the worldwide leader in ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets, is now accepting submissions for its new “Safety in Focus” online photo contest. Judges will award prizes, including a grand prize of $250 worth of Troxel merchandise, to five winning photos and showcase all the best entries online.

The contest is in support of Troxel’s newly upgraded Safety Center website (, the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of equestrian helmet safety information available online. Featuring videos, tips from the pros, and interactive games for kids, the site is designed to engage equestrian riders, promote safe helmet practices and ultimately reduce the occurrences and severity of head injuries.

“The ‘Safety in Focus’ contest is a fun way to get the equestrian community thinking about head protection,” said Shay Timms, CEO of Troxel. "One of the basic issues of helmet usage revolves around fashion, and we are very excited to share – and show off – how great our customers look in action.”

The contest starts today, and runs until December 9, 2009. Winners will be chosen by December 16, 2009.
Contest details are available at:

About Troxel: Troxel is the world's leading provider of ASTM / SEI certified equestrian helmets for competitive, schooling and recreational riding. Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and research leadership in helmetry. Based in San Diego, California, Troxel now dedicates all its resources to equestrian helmets and related accessories, and has provided over three million helmets to the equestrian market.

A Bold New Plan to Save our State Parks

In the coming months, there will be many ways you can help us save state parks. Right now, we're organizing volunteers to gather signatures to help qualify the State Park Access Pass for the November 2010 ballot (click here). On November 10th, along with several other environmental partners, we took the first step of filing potential ballot language, the "California State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010." Not only are park supporters the most passionate voices on this issue, but using volunteers will be a great cost-savings for the campaign.

Since early 2008 we've tried to work with the Legislature and Governor to Save Our State Parks. Although we staved off the closure of 80% of the system (proposed by the Governor), and elimination of all core state funding for state parks (also proposed by the Gov), it's clear that the powers that be in Sacramento aren't riding to the rescue.

We're done trying to convince them. We're taking our case to the people. CSPF is actively working to put the State Park Access Pass on the ballot in November 2010 and we need your help. We will be working hard this Fall and Winter to gather public support.

You've demonstrated your support for state parks over the last year, can you help take it one step further and help us gather signatures in your community? If you're willing to commit to helping put the State Park Access Pass on the ballot, please join our team and find out more on our website (click here).

Thank you again for all of your support!

Elizabeth Goldstein, President

National Welfare Code of Practice Endorsed

A national Welfare Code of Practice has been endorsed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the U.S. Trotting Association. The Welfare Code of Practice, drafted by the American Horse Council, outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding, training, care, use, enjoyment, transport and retirement of horses.

“We hope that as many organizations as possible will endorse it to show that the industry as a whole is committed to the welfare and safety of the horse,” said AHC President Jay Hickey. “We know that the safety and welfare of our horses is very important to us. We hope that this code will be another indication to others that the horse community takes its responsibilities to our horses very seriously.”

Read more here

Return to Freedom Benefit • Agoura Hills • Saturday, Nov. 21

Equine Art Show & Sale. The Frame Gallery is pleased to present Majestic Mustangs - a benefit for Return to Freedom.

Join us on a walk through majestic herds of America's Wild Mustangs as seen through the eyes of three renowned artists - Kimerlee Curyl, Bristol Mac Donald, Tony Stromberg.

Opening Reception with Bristol Mac Donald and book signing by Deanne Stillman.

Shop for original equine art, photography, sculpture and books. Lots of great holiday gift ideas. Refreshments, silent auction and raffle. Bring a friend!

Where: The Frame Gallery, 5907 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA
When: November 21, 2009, 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Exhibit continues through Dec. 12
Contact: 818-991-8161

Horse Auction • Mira Loma • Saturday, Nov. 21

Horse auction - colts from Canadian Border. Over 100 head for sale. Registered Foundation QH Colts, Blue Roans, Palominos, Buckskins - all colors - 40 APHA registered colts, 15 minie cross mares and babies.

Cash or credit cards only - pay $100 deposit for a bidder number.

Where: 10001 Limonite Ave, Mira Loma, CA
When: November 21, 2009, 6:00pm sharp
Contact: Mike Koopman, 256-490-9630

Classified / Photo Ads

We're constantly updating our online photo ads & classifieds.

Visit to see more.


“Eskimo” is a 14 year old Thoroughbred.
He is an experienced eventer ready to help someone
new come up the levels. He is very honest, dependable,
hard-working and absolutely loves cross country.
Currently competing prelim with intermediate potential.
Easy on the flat and very eager to please!
Won at Training and Novice, competitive at Prelim.
Graduating college and can no longer afford, must sell.

Lisa Loeb, 858 335-3007

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.

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