December 3 , 2009

"What Were You Thinking When You Wore THAT to the Barn?"

Announcing the "What Were You Thinking When You Wore THAT to the Barn?" Makeover Contest, sponsored by Kerrits!

We all have them. They're hidden away in the back of our closets and only ever worn when the rest of our riding gear is too dirty to wear. They amount to the ugliest riding gear anyone's seen, and brings our barn friends to ask, "What Were You Thinking When You Wore THAT to the Barn?" But here comes Kerrits to the rescue with 8 great prizes to get you riding in style!

GRAND PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a complete Kerrits gear makeover with her choice of a jacket, shirt, breeches, socks and gloves!

SECOND PLACE: One Kerrits Jacket of their choice!

THIRD PLACE: One pair of Kerrits Breeches of their choice!

5 RUNNER-UP GIFTS: Additionally, the five runner-ups (4th - 8th places) will receive a Kerrits Gift Pack with Socks and Beanies!

*A small requirement for the winners: As this is a makeover contest we ask that you send us a photo in your new riding gear so we can post your before and after to Facebook!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: To get started, simply post a picture of yourself in your worst riding gear to our Facebook wall starting now through Monday, Dec. 7th by noon EST. We'll then pick our top-25 favorite "worst outfits" and post them to a new album where EVERYONE can vote to pick the winner for worst outfit by "Liking" their favorite photo. Fan voting will begin Wednesday, Dec. 9th at noon EST through Friday, Dec. 11th at noon EST. Winners will be announced on the SmartPak Facebook wall as soon as all of the votes are tallied.

For complete details visit our Facebook Contest tab at:

A Call for Entries for Equine Ideal: Winter 2010 Online Photography Contest

All professional and amateur photographers who seek to capture the ideal image of the horse are invited to enter the 2010 Online Photography Contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers' Network.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2010. Winners will be announced on April 10th. Winners will be recognized on the contest's website, Images are to be submitted in a digital format as per guidelines found on the contest's website.

Images will be judged by professional equine photographers based on: impact, equipment expertise, technical/artistic expertise, light and color, subject matter, creativity and suitability.

As the contest sponsor, the Equine Photographers' Network will be awarding ribbons to first to sixth places and prizes to the top three placing photos in each of the seven categories and a Best of Show award in both the Professional and Amateur divisions. This contest will also feature two People's Choice Awards, a very popular feature from previous contests where the public is invited to cast their vote for their favorite photo from the professional and amateur divisions. View results from previous contests here:

The official rules and entry form are available online at For more information on the Equine Photographers' Network, visit the website at or email

$100,000 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Offered. Adopt. Train. Compete.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is shaking up the horse industry again as it offers a sister event to the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover with its $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.

“Fans of the Extreme Mustang Makeover already know that the Foundation has been very successful in placing nearly 2,000 yearling, three and four-year-old mustangs for adoption after a training competition,” said Executive Director Patti Colbert. “Now, there is a large population of older horses being managed by the Bureau of Land Management that need adoption. So, we are bumping it to another level by providing a competition for trainers who adopt a five or six-year-old wild horse, train the animal and then compete for $100,000.”

Unlike the current Extreme Mustang Makeover, where horses are randomly assigned to trainers, the Supreme Extreme will allow trainers to choose their horses and adopt them prior to the competition. Up to four horses can be adopted at one time and current BLM adoption requirements will apply. In order to adopt, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and be able to demonstrate that adequate housing, food, water and facilities will be available to humanely care for the animal. Specific facility requirements also apply that pertain to type and height of corral as well as shelter from the elements. For complete adoption requirements go to or call 866-4Mustangs.

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Kaystein & Fappani Continue to Lead NRHA Open Futurity

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma held four more championship classes today in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and Level 2, plus the NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 and 2. In addition, the show welcomed the 2nd go, 2nd section of the $190,000 added NRHA Open Futurity and 1st go, 3rd section of the $120,000 added NRHA Non Pro Futurity.

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Randy Paul and Rancho Oso Rio LLC’s Tinker With Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic) lead today’s scores with a 221.5 giving them the third place position in the composite standings thus far with a 445.5. 23 Partnership’s Kaystein (Einstein x Kay Freckles) and Andrea Fappani continue to lead the Level 4 Open Futurity division 2nd go, as well as the composite with a 448.

David Nuernberger’s Wimpys Tonnob (Wimpys Little Step x Powder Playgirl) and Michael Davis marked a 221 to lead scores in the Level 3 Intermediate Open, Level 2 Limited Open and Level 1 Open divisions for the day. The pair sits atop the composite leaders in the Level 1 Open division with a 439.

Smoking Sundown (Gunner x KR Anniegityergun) and Marco Ricotta received a 220 today and now lead the Level 3 Intermediate Open division composite with a 442.5. Day Creek Ranch LLC of Simi Valley, California owns the stallion. In the Level 2 Limited Open division, Janiene Borror’s Hick A Shine and Mike Boyle lead the composite with a 441.5.

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Terri Miller Wins Third Offield Farms Shoot to Win Photo Contest

World-renowned equine photographer Terri Miller was chosen as the winner of the third Offield Farms Shoot to Win Photo Contest held at the Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. Miller's winning photo, titled "Dressage Dream," of Elizabeth Ball on Iris Eckstein's Orion, was selected from dozens of photos submitted. The panel of judges was charged with the task of identifying an image that best captured the excitement of dressage and Miller's photo was determined to best meet the criteria of the contest.

"Our third photo contest was difficult to judge," explained Karin Reid Offield, who created and has sponsored the World Cup Dressage Finals Shoot to Win Photo Contest for the past three World Cup Finals held in the United States. "It was important that the winning photo showcase the excitement and energy of our sport. I had hoped that I would find a photograph that captured the audience's moment of excitement during Steffen's wonderful rides, as the creative banners and American flags showed the spectators' enthusiasm. However, when I saw Terri's photo I thought, 'Wow, now there is a shot!'"

For Offield, Miller's photo, "had an advantage of being taken in a spot where no one else had ever been. That's really the goal of the contest-showcasing images that break free from the norm and deliver the excitement of dressage. We wanted an image that makes people stop and stare. Terri's photograph does that for me and it's worthy of a magazine cover. Congratulations to Terri and all of the photographers that entered our contest."

Terri Miller, of Lake San Marcos, CA, commented, " I am thrilled to have won the Offield Farms World Cup photo contest, especially with this particular photo." "Dressage Dream" was taken during the pas de deux competition held during the World Cup Finals. Ball and Orion were paired with Olympic medalist Guenter Seidel on Marie Meyer's Fandango. The duo rode a costumed Phantom of the Opera piece that brought the house down.

"I have always loved the vantage point of being up high, whether in a tree, helicopter, or in this instance, in my 'secret aerie' at the Thomas & Mack Arena," Miller explained. "This was the very last shot that I got of Beth and Orion as they rode out of the arena with their ribbons. I just loved the gestural feeling of the moment, from Orion's pointed ears and softly reaching leg, to Beth's rustling dress, flying hair and the sweep of her arm with her rose corsage. I chose to treat this image as an art piece, rather than a straight photograph because the entire performance felt dreamy and surreal. Hence my choice of the blue tones and the edges that fade to a soft-focus black."

For her efforts Miller received $500 in prize money, along with a matching $500 donation to the equine charity of her choosing, the Monterey Horse Park in California. She explained her choice, " I chose the Monterey Horse Park because in general we're losing so much land to development, and as riders we're losing access to so much recreational land. This is a great chance to not only save a little piece [of land] for equine use, but also to create a world class show facility as well."

This is Miller's second Shoot to Win victory; she claimed the inaugural prize in 2005. Her photos and paintings have graced the covers of dozens of magazines, calendars and catalogs. Her work is frequently juried selections for museums, galleries and exhibitions, including the 2009 American Academy of Equine Art show at the Museum of the Horse. A graduate of New York's acclaimed School of Visual Arts, Miller sees through the lens with the eyes of a painter. As a student of equine movement, Miller has a keen eye for finding the very best moments of energy, harmony and brilliance.

"Terri's photo is amazing, but a visit to our website shows that the judges had their work cut out for them in choosing the winning entry," Offield stated. "I want to thank all the photographers that took the time to enter this year. It is appreciated and fun. " To view the winning photograph and a gallery of many other entries, visit To learn more about Miller's equine charity of choice, log on to

Special Fundraiser To Raise Money for Cancer Research

USC Mascot, Fiesta of the Spanish Horse and Medieval Times have teamed up to raise money for cancer research.

There's a reason Medieval Times is the No. 1 dinner attraction in North America: Their unique combination of a medieval banquet and thrilling competition between Knights captures the imaginations of all ages.

Tickets now available at a low price of $35.00 (original price is $56.00) Call or Email your order in to us at 818-842-8444 or
Tickets are good until Sept 30, 2010.


Katie Upton's First Annual Holiday Open Studio • Saturday, December 12

Please join us here at the barn for an informal exhibition of recent and past work: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and more!

Pull up a hay bale and share some holiday good cheer!

When: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 (rain date Dec. 19), 1pm-5pm
Where: 2262 Las Canoas Rd (near Botanic Gardens), Santa Barbara

R.S.V.P. to Katie, 805-455-0977,

View Katie's beautiful work at

Cavaletti Clinic • Saturday, January 9

Inge Schuler is offering a Cavaletti Clinic in January. Riders will work over cavaletti to increase strength and flexibility.

Session I - Pre Novice. 9am-11am • Session II - Novice. 11:30am-1:30pm

When: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Where: Haras de Tous Saints, 1030 W Westward, Banning, CA 92220

Call Inge to reserve your spot - 951-849-1483 or e-mail

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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. NEW BOOKS ADDED 12/2/09!

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