November 25, 2009

All of us at Riding wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Our office will be closed this Thursday and Friday ...
but we'll be back on Monday to ship our December issue - gotta work off all that turkey!

Quarterly Meeting with OC Parks Director Mark Denny • Thursday, December 10th

Please join Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks for a meeting with OC Parks Director Mark Denny. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for supporters of the Orange County regional park system to meet with and discuss various issues and concerns with the Director of the OC Parks. This is a good opportunity to share ideas that can benefit our regional park system.

Please RSVP directly to Theresa Sears:

Where: Muth Center at Upper Newport Bay (2301 University Dr., Newport Beach)
When: Thursday, December 10th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dressage Rider, Eric Grimm, talks about life in Afghanistan

Faith Grimm's (Felicity Farm) husband, Eric, is currently in Afghanistan leading an Agribusiness Development Team. She sent us this video his Unit made, talking about what they are doing and their lives in Afghanistan. Eric is an active Dressage rider, and shows their stallion, Remise and helps with the babies at Felicity Farm.

Click here to watch the video. We hope Eric returns home soon!

Practice Show Braiding at Home with Mane-A-Kins™

Each kit contains a Mane-a-kin™, braiding elastics, colored ribbon, yarn, yarn needle, comb and detachable base.

Finally, there's a convenient way to practice show braiding skills at home. There are plenty of products equestrians can use to help braids look great and to go faster, but where are they going to develop the hand skills associated with show quality braiding? Many equestrians do not have their own horse or easy access to a barn, so they are limited in their options if they want to develop better hand skills. Now there's a much easier way ... with Mane-a-kins™.

Each Mane-a-kin™ is completely hand crafted with a mix of genuine and synthetic hair to replicate both the fullness and slippery nature of horse hair. The hand skills gained from using a Mane-a-kin™ are transferable to those needed to work on a live horse.

Mane-a-kins™ are perfect for:
• A teaching tool in large barns • Equestrian Camps • Braiding/Product Demos • Holiday or birthday gifts • Decor

MSRP: $34.95. Volume Discounts Available.

Contact Robin Morris for more information: 860-201-5948, 860-485-8076,

Hawthorne Country Store's Black Friday Sale!

Classified / Photo Ads

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2002 Thoroughbred Gelding.
"Amstel" started his eventing career with Buck Davidson
in Florida. He's flashy on the flat and a careful jumper.
Runs all phases in loose ring snaffle.
Currently competing at Preliminary Level. Ready for CCI*.

Contact Hawley Bennett: 951.852.8556

Visit Amstel's page at to access USEA Results.

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.

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

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