December 10, 2009

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Are You Going To Be At Equine Affaire?

Equine Affaire is celebrating their 10th Anniversary at this February's event (Feb. 4-7 in Pomona). Make sure you pick up our January issue in a few weeks to read all about this fun event!

Riding Magazine will be there - come see us at Booth #784.

There's still time to get into the special Equine Affaire Section of our January issue. If you're going to be there make sure you let our readers now by advertising your booth number.

Contact us today for details: 858-503-7872 or

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Equestrian Projects Comment Period Ends Dec. 15th

The comment period for the Cuyamaca Equestrian Facilities project ends December 15th. CEA encourages all equestrian interests to comment favorably on these proposed projects.

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Email, fax or snail mail your comments to:

Christine Beck, Environmental Coordinator
Southern Service Center, California Department of Parks and Recreation
8885 Rio San Diego, Ste 270
San Diego, CA 92108

Fax: 619-220-5400 • e-mail:

Performance Horse Supply Has a New Website!

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Thanks to Michael Brown for the new design. Let our design team help you with your online presence! Contact us today for ideas on how to spruce up your website!

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Green and Gold to Recognize the World's Best Jumping Rider

The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), in partnership with the FEI, today launched a major new initiative to recognize the world’s best rider according to the Rolex Rankings.

Starting at the 2009 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Paris, the leading rider will wear a Green & Gold armband featuring the words, “Number 1, The Rolex Rankings”, at FEI Jumping events throughout 2010.

The Rolex Rankings are updated every week and officially released at the start of each calendar month. The Number 1 ranked rider will wear the Green & Gold for as long as they remain in the top position, handing it over to another rider only when they are knocked off the Number 1 spot.

Germany's Marcus Ehning wearing the new Green and Gold armband denoting him as the world's No1 Show Jumper at the Jumping International CSI 5* in Paris, France.

FEI Bureau Member Christian Paillot said, “There are many famous items of clothing which recognize sporting excellence including the Yellow jersey in the Tour de France and the Green Jacket at The Masters Golf – the sport of Jumping now has its own.”

Marcus Ehning, the first rider to receive the Green & Gold from IJRC President Rodrigo Pessoa, said, “It is a great privilege to be the first holder of the new Green & Gold armband and I hope to wear it for many months to come! The Rolex Rankings are the only true guide to a rider’s current form, and the Green & Gold is a great way for equestrian fans to quickly identify the leading rider when they compete in competitions throughout the world.”

The World Jumping Riders Rankings were originally launched by the FEI in the 2000 and became the Rolex Rankings in 2007. Points are awarded to riders who compete in FEI events throughout the year and they are the only rankings which provide up to date rider standings on a monthly basis.

Ranking points are awarded to riders who compete in both team and individual events throughout the year, with the number of points dependent on the level of the competition and prize money available. The top rated events for individual riders include The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final, the final competition of the European Championships and a number of 5* competitions. Top rated team events include the FEI Nations Cup™ Top League competitions, the team competitions at the Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian Games and FEI European Championships.

The latest Rolex Rankings published on 2 December 2009 are available here.

Press release provided by FEI Communications.

USEF Offers New Varsity Lettering Program for High School Equestrians

You don’t have to be a record-setting
quarterback, point guard or track star to letter
in high school sports anymore. The United
States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is writing a
new chapter in the recognition of high school
sports — one that honors Equestrian athletes.
The USEF’s High School Equestrian Athlete program will offer specially designed emblems and pins, exclusively for equestrian athletes in grades 9-12.

“High school equestrians have earned their place among the most dedicated athletes,” shared John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer. “Not only are they putting in long hours to train for and compete in the sport they love — they do so while taking the concept of teamwork to the highest level, forming a partnership with a horse to achieve their goals.

“Until now, most high school students haven’t had the opportunity to letter in equestrian, simply because there are so few school-sponsored programs,” Long continued. “We look forward to the beginning of a new tradition, where equestrians are able to earn the recognition they deserve, alongside their fellow athletes and classmates.”

The new High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12, and are currently USEF members, or become USEF members. The program will run June 1–May 31 of each year, and will honor those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins. These are designed to be worn on existing high school letterman’s jackets, or any jacket of the athlete’s choosing, as a rite of passage and symbol of achievement.

This new program requires enrollment and documentation prior to lettering. For more information, or to complete an enrollment application, simply visit this link on the USEF Youth Programs page:

Please note: current Seniors are offered the opportunity to enroll by January 29, 2010, and complete the requirements by May 31, 2010, to earn their letters on a shortened schedule. For more information on the USEF’s High School Equestrian Athletes Program, please contact Lauren Fahey via e-mail at

Press release by Sarah Lane, provided by USEF.

Driven By Compassion and a Love for Horses, Temecula Valley Women Launch Equine Sanctuary "Villa Chardonnay, Horses With Wings, Inc."

Every year, hundreds of horses that were once companion animals are left homeless, neglected & abused. Their owners are often elderly and can no longer care for them. Others have become victims of the economic times.

This was the tragic case for Chameleon, a 16 year old Arabian, once prized for his beauty & intelligence. Chameleon was living in Perris, CA when his owner passed away. He was not being fed regularly, his ribs showing....and an injury festering on his leg.

To help alleviate the suffering of a horse like Chameleon, a life affirming equine sanctuary has been established in southern California’s Temecula Valley to rescue the most neglected of these unfortunate equines.

Spearheaded by two compassionate women, Monika Kerber & Louise Gardner, the sanctuary was launched this year at a 10 acre site amidst the vineyards & ranches of southern California’s wine growing region.

Known as Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, Inc. the ranch has recently been incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal rescue & sanctuary to provide critical care for horses & other abandoned animals. At Villa Chardonnay the horses can find a home, shelter, food, medical needs. & most important - love & caring.

Just this past weekend, Chameleon found a new life when Kerber & Gardner rescued him & transported the abandoned animal to their sanctuary.


Today, Villa Chardonnay cares for nearly 20 once abandoned horses. Because the number of equines at Villa Chardonnay continues to grown & their needs multiply, a fundraising campaign has been initiated to help build additional shelters, provide veterinary care & basic needs for the horses.

Villa Chardonnay receives no federal or local funding & has been solely supported by Kerber & Gardner, who have a “wish list.”

“The rainy season is coming and we are hoping to build two shelters in the open paddocks before a possible El Nino arrives this winter,” said Kerber.

“We are inviting all horse lovers & animal rights activists to visit our web site to see our activities & if they can, find a way to help support our efforts. Please go to and consider donating,” she said.

“Any donation, large or small, would be appreciated & would be put to good use to care for our growing family.”

Villa Chardonnay has also been involved with community service “equine therapy” for disadvantaged children & challenged adults. Equine therapy has been shown to improve the lives of both people & the abandoned horses, who need human companionship.

The officers of Villa Chardonnay, Monika Kerber, president & Louise Gardner, CFO, are also animal rights advocates & seek to inform the community & government agencies of abuse to equines, including the atrocities involved with equine slaughterhouses; abusive transportation practices to Canada & Mexico; and issues involving both mares & foals with Pregnant Mares Urine for hormone therapy.

Both Kerber & Gardner are business professionals with full-time careers, in addition to overseeing Villa Chardonnay. Kerber is a marketing manager for a Los Angeles based company & Gardner is director of engineering & marketing for a national lighting manufacturer.

For more information about Villa Chardonnay, visit or call 408-710-6286.

Sabine Schut-Kery Clinic • Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13 • Hidden Valley

This benefit for the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse presents a unique opportunity to learn from one of our area’s most talented and charismatic dressage trainers, Sabine Schut-Kery. A German native, Schut-Kery has an extensive background in exhibition riding and is equally successful in the dressage show ring, where she is now mostly focused. Whatever level of horse she is training, she is geared toward helping horse and rider enjoy the journey through correct and effective dressage techniques. That she is a simply delightful person is a big plus, not to mention the chance to ride at the drop-dead-gorgeous El Campeon Farms in one of California’s most beautiful horsey enclaves, Hidden Valley, near Thousand Oaks.

All proceeds of the auditing fees and a portion of the riding fees go to the Foundation, which is devoted to the preservation and purity of the Spanish horses breeding and way of life.

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2009
Where: El Campeon Farms, Hidden Valley

To sign up, contact the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse in Albuquerque, N.M., by calling 505-294-0800.

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