November 19, 2009

Our December issue is off to the printers ... don't miss out on our January issue!

We just put the finishing touches on our December issue!
Look for it on December 1st!

Make sure you don't miss out on our January issue ... here’s a taste of what’s coming up:

  • More Breeder Articles - Read about some amazing stallions, or brag about your own!
  • Year-End Thanks & Congrats Ads - Students: Let your trainer(s) know how much you appreciate them with a thank you ad ... Trainers: Congratulate your students for all their hard work this year!
  • Equine Affaire Special Edition - Read all about what’s going on at Equine Affaire this February. If you’re going to be there let everyone know - put your booth number in your ad!

Call right away and make sure you're included - this issue closes early due to the holidays!


National Preview Crowns LAHJA Champions - West Coast Pony Finals Feature Top Ponies

The Los Angeles National Preview (November 4-8) hosts the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association’s Medal Finals for Junior, Senior, and Pony Riders. In addition, the West Coast Pony Finals, one of the largest gatherings of ponies outside of the USEF Pony Finals, is in its ninth year of championships for both hunter and jumper ponies.

"Many West Coast riders can't make the trek to Kentucky for the National Championship, so we started this event in 2000. It has grown into one of the largest pony events outside of the USEF Pony Finals. Usually over 50 ponies attend," explained Larry Langer of the impetus for the West Coast Pony Finals. The National Preview is the last major show on the West Coast with "A" rated pony sections.

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Dressage Training Online Announces YoungStar Program That Will Send Seven Winners to Germany

An exciting new program from will send seven lucky winners to Germany on an all-expense paid trip that will focus on the 2010 summertime young horse program. The YoungStar Spotlight program is open to riders, trainers, owners, breeders and judges and will award grant money to further the winner’s education.

“The YoungStar Spotlight program will send the winners to Germany on a hosted trip that will include airfare, lodging and attendance at Bundeschampionate,” said Reisa Bonetti, founder of the innovative dressage website, “This is an amazing program and a fantastic opportunity.”

The seven winners of the YoungStar Spotlight program will take part in a private tour led by dressage trainer and rider Scott Hassler. They will visit some of the most well known addresses in Europe where they will have a chance to get up close and personal with the most knowledgeable trainers, riders and breeders of young dressage horses.

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Photo: Dressage Training

Improving the Outcome after Tendon & Ligament Injuries

Tendon and ligament injury causes both economic and personal hardship for horse owners and industry professionals. A prolonged period of lay-up and rehabilitation is necessary, but whether the horse will be sound at the end of the rehabilitation period is uncertain. Lameness due to tendon and ligament injury is common in performance horses, affecting up to 25% of racehorses over a career and accounting for up to 43% of injuries in event horses, but it is also common to companion horses. Chronic lameness often follows the initial injury, with recurrence as high as 80% of racehorses with tendinitis.

Tendons connect muscle to bone, providing elasticity and increasing both gait efficiency and support to the lower limb alignment. Ligaments connect bone to bone, giving structural support for joints and maintaining suspension of the fetlock joint as part of the suspensory apparatus in the horse. Tendon and ligament injury can be classified into three categories: traumatic laceration or rupture; acute inflammation with swelling and pain (tendinitis); and a more subtle degenerative injury due to a failure to heal due to repetitive damage.

The connective tissues from which tendons and ligaments are made are closely related. The highly organized structure of tendon enables it to be both strong and elastic. The cells within tendon produce the extracellular matrix that is organized into the fibers responsible for tendon’s unique mechanical properties. The tendon fibers are made of the protein collagen (predominately type I). The collagen forms long interlaced fibers in the same alignment with the tendon length, but the fibers also have a pleated pattern termed “crimp” that, like a spring, gives elasticity to the tendon.

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Win a Shopping Spree to San Diego Saddlery!

Win a $100 or a $50 or $25 shopping spree to San Diego Saddlery! Come in any time between Nov. 15 - Dec. 18 and enter our drawing to win a gift certificate - just in time for the holidays! You can use it to purchase gifts or to treat yourself! Three gift certificates will be given away: one $100 certificate, one $50 and one $25.

Good luck and happy shopping!

Scott Hofstetter Clinic • Sacramento • Wednesday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 6

The Northern California Hunter Jumper Association (NorCal) is pleased to present a hunter and equitation clinic with Scott Hofstetter. Learn about hunters and equitation from this world-renowned rider, trainer and judge. NorCal members are invited to audit at no cost.

Where: Leone Equestrians, Inc., Sacramento, CA
When: December 3 - December 6, 2009

Holiday Trail Ride • Pine Valley • Saturday, Dec. 5

Holiday Trail Ride to benefit rescue horses.

Cost $30 (includes trail ride & brunch served after the ride). $15 for brunch only. Raffle tickets will be sold for great prizes, and there will be a silent auction full of wonderful items such as joint supplements, equine artwork, restaurant gift certificates, wine, home decor, tack, grooming products and so much more. You need not be present to win.

Where: Horse of the Sun, 28271 Old Hwy 80, Pine Valley, CA
When: December 5, 2009, 9:00am
Contact: If you have items to donate for the event call Audrey Reynolds, 619-247-7237 or email

Benefit Tack Sale / Swap Meet • Murrieta-Tenaja • Saturday, Dec. 5

On Saturday, Dec. 5th TSC Equine will be hosting a Benefit Tack Sale/ Swap Meet.

Proceeds go to the Santa Rosa Plateau Riding Club and two Scholastic Equestrian Teams: Murrieta Valley and Lakeside Lancer.

The event is to raise money for the Teams' upcoming 2010 Horse Show Season and for the Plateau Riding Club
Trails. Last year, these Scholastic Equestrian Teams took home numerous awards for their League.

Booth spaces are available for a small donation of $15.00 for a 10x10 and $25.00 for 10x20. You do not have to be at the sale. If you cannot attend the sale, but would like to liquidate some of your horse related items, we will sell your items for you for a % of the sale price. There will be advertising in local equestrian magazines and a canvassing of barns, tack stores and horse shows to draw more people than any garage sale could possibly bring.

Take advantage of this opportunity to raise a little money for Christmas, find that perfect gift and raise a little money for these great causes as well! Fun, food and great treasures to be had!

Where: Baron of Bavaria Farm, 42018 Calle Pino, Murrieta-Tenaja, CA
When: December 5, 2009, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Contact: Sheri, 310-383-8910,,

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"Milo" is trained through Third level with a
confirmed piaffe, passage, and schooling his
tempi changes. This is a very special horse with strong
FEI potential and the talent and presence for the show ring.

Please Contact Allison Harding- 858-401-2668-

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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!

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