posted February 18, 2014

Top-Ranked U.S. Riders Take Center Stage This Weekend During California Dreaming Productions' Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W in Burbank

By Yellow Horse Marketing for California Dreaming Productions

All eyes will be on the West Coast this weekend as many of the nation's best and brightest dressage riders are scheduled to canter down centerline at California Dreaming Productions' Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, February 20 - 23, 2014 in Burbank, CA. Dressage fans attending the show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center will get their first look of the year at U.S. Team hopefuls including Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel, Kathleen Raine, Jan Ebeling, and David Blake as they make their 2014 international competition debuts and continue their journeys toward this summer's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. In addition, equestrian enthusiasts from around the world can follow the competition action via an all-new live streaming video service with expert commentary by FEI 5*(ret) judge Axel Steiner.

"I'm looking forward to our CDI season getting started," said U.S. Dressage Team hopeful Kathleen Raine of Adventure Farm in Murrieta, CA. A member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 1994 WEG, Raine is looking to qualify for a chance to earn another World Games medal, this time aboard her longtime partner Breanna. "I think California Dreaming Productions has many exciting plans for our shows here in California, and we are very lucky to have these top quality CDIs so close to home!"

The Mid-Winter Dressage Fair, sponsored by Hof Kasselmann, will host a full field of 43 CDI competitors seeking valuable WEG and national championship qualifying scores from a renowned panel of judges including Gary Rockwell (5* USA), Jean-Michel Roudier (5* FRA), Cara Whitham (5* CAN), Jayne Ayers (4* USA), and Magnus Ringmark (3* SWE). The Mid-Winter Dressage Fair has also been designed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as an official Developing Program Observation Competition, where USEF coaches will be in attendance to observe riders in select classes in an effort to spot and select talented combinations for coveted invitations to training sessions and grants.

But the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair is about much more than just CDI competition. Over three days and three arenas, more than 150 exhibitors will compete for fabulous prizes at all levels from green horse and rider to adult amateur Grand Prix. In addition to a fantastic atmosphere and competitor-friendly show experience, the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair also offers competitors a chance to qualify for regional and national programs, including the popular Markel/Cornerstone Young Talent Search, the California Dressage Society Annual Show, and Great American/USDF Regional Championships.

"On behalf of the organizing team, I'd like to extend a huge 'thank you' to all of the West Coast riders for showing their tremendous support for our first show of the season," said Alisa Wilson, who is partnered with husband David Wilson and long-time CDI organizer Glenda McElroy to form California Dreaming Productions. "We're so excited about our new CDI series this year, and we want to make sure that our competitions are more than just about showing - we want riders to leave saying that they had a fantastic experience!"

General spectator admission to the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair is free, but dressage fans can enjoy the show in ultimate style with VIP box seating, which features ringside tables and hospitality, as well as a special Saturday brunch. During competition breaks, riders and spectators can shop for equestrian fashions and gifts in the expansive Vendor Row. Those unable to attend the show in person can keep up with all the action from the CDI arena via live streaming video with commentary by FEI 5* (ret) judge Axel Steiner. Viewers may access the live video, a broadcast schedule, and daily orders of go via this link:

Formed by a partnership between long-time show organizer Glenda McElroy of Burbank, CA and Grand Prix riders and trainers David and Alisa Wilson of Chino Hills, CA, the goal of California Dreaming Productions is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast. Additional show information is available on the new California Dreaming Productions website,, as well as regular updates posted on Facebook at For more information, contact Glenda McElroy,, or David and Alisa Wilson, and

posted February 10, 2014

Only Four Days Remain to See AMERICAN MUSTANG THE MOVIE in Ontario, CA

Stunning 3D Film Narrated by Daryl Hannah, Brings Plight of America’s Wild Horses to Big Screen

If you’re in the Southern California area, be sure to come out and see AMERICAN MUSTANG THE MOVIE, a new 3D film exploring the plight of our country’s wild horses. Audiences are invited to learn about the majesty of these horses in the wild, and the current threat to their very existence as told through the story of one young girl’s fascination with a wild horse recently rounded up from BLM lands.

When: 6pm screening daily through Thursday, February 13.  ONLY FOUR DAYS REMAINING.

Where: Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 & IMAX Theaters 4900 E. 4th St., Ontario Mills, CA 91764

Buy Tickets Here:

Why are there more wild horses stockpiled in government holding pens then thriving on the range? Why are these supposedly protected icons of American freedom inhumanely rounded up, torn from their family herds, and routinely auctioned to slaughterhouse kill buyers? How can we preserve our wild horses on the range where they belong, in the face of powerful interests competing for coveted grazing land?

About American Mustang the Movie

Horse advocate Price, together with award-winning director Monty Miranda addresses these compelling questions in a unique blend of documentary and character-driven filmmaking. AMERICAN MUSTANG combines sweeping 3D cinematography of horses in the wild and compelling voiceover storytelling with touching vignettes of a young girl’s deepening affection for a wild mustang as it’s gentled by a pair of horsemen. Designed to bring the story of wild horses to broad audiences, AMERICAN MUSTANG is a true family film; as entertaining as it is enlightening. AMERICAN MUSTANG premiered in November at the Starz Denver Film Festival and is currently rolling out to theaters nationally.

About the Filmmaker

Writer/Producer Ellie Phipps Price is an equestrian and wildlife advocate who has passionately campaigned for the protection of wild horses since realizing the magnitude of their inhumane treatment and potential extinction. She has personally adopted 172 mustangs, and established a wildlife sanctuary in Northern California. Realizing that adoption cannot address the larger need to manage horses in the wild, Price became a first time filmmaker; writing and producing AMERICAN MUSTANG to bring the issue to the general public.

For more on the film and to view the trailer:  View at

posted January 15, 2014

Saddlefit 4 Life 1-day Professional Seminar with Jochen Schleese • Jan. 16, 8:30am-5pm

"Recognizing Saddle Fit Issues to Horse and Rider"
Date/Time:Thursday January 16, 2014 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center:
Address: 26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 240-8441
Seminar Fee: $197 - includes "Beyond the 9 points of Saddle Fitting" DVD
Instructor: Jochen Schleese - Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist.

It's not too late to register! Contact Connie: (702) 370-1199,

Seminar Qualifies for USDF University Credit!

posted January 14, 2014

New York State Horse Council Statement of Support for the New York City Carriage Horse/Carriage Horse Industry

Marsha S. Himler, President, New York State Horse Council has just released the following Statement of Support regarding the New York City carriage horses:

It is not a question of whether the carriage trade is necessary to New York City or not. The carriage horses are an iconic symbol of NYC; they are part of the cultural heritage not only of NYC, but also of America. They provide economic benefits to the City through tourism and tax revenues. Today's carriage horses provide a presence and exposure to rural animals not available to many anywhere else.

Some people have labeled the carriage horse industry as "inhumane." It is not. While the word "inhumane" is not mentioned in the law, cruelty is. NYS Agriculture & Markets Law, Article 26 and more specifically, Section 353, defines cruelty as "failure to provide proper sustenance, such as food, water, shelter and veterinary care.

All the NYC carriage horses are well taken care of and have better than average stabling available to them. Each horse is provided food and water (each carriage carries food and water for the horses so they may eat/drink during working hours); the stables are warm, well-ventilated and have spacious stalls for resting during non-working hours; veterinary care is required and provided annually and on-call; each horse also has a mandatory 5-week vacation break. The NYC carriage horses are probably the most regulated horses in the country, if not the world. They are covered by approximately 144 pages of regulations; they are watched over very closely by several organizations, including the ASPCA.

It is the opinion of the Board of Directors of the New York State Horse Council that the NYC carriage horses and their owners should be allowed to continue to operate their small businesses without fear of reprisal or loss of livelihood. The horses are a great tourist attraction because they ARE horses - not cold, impersonal pieces of metal.

The NYS Horse Council hereby calls on all other State Horse Councils and all concerned horse groups and horsepersons throughout the country to come to the support of the New York City carriage horses and the carriage industry. The world is watching to see what happens here; the outcome could affect YOU!

Marsha S. Himler, President, NYS Horse Council

"The mission of the New York State Horse Council (NYSHC) is to create a strong, unified voice for all interests toward the preservation of a future for horses in New York State. "

posted December 22, 2013

Dressage in the Desert - Jan. 25 & 26

Rancho Mirage Riding Park, 35050 Via Josefina, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Entries Open Dec. 15, 2013; Closing Date: Jan. 10, 2014. Judge: TBD; TD: TBD. 2014 GAIG/USDF Regional Championship Qualifying Competition. USEF Level 2 Competition #331456. Recognitions: USEF/USDF/CDS/DASC. Show Manager/Secretary: Ryan Bell, 760-851-4755,

Visit for more information.

posted October 29, 2013

SoCal Native Halliday-Sharp Returns for Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

from Galway Downs

Fifteen years have passed since Liz Halliday-Sharp rode in the inaugural Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, and now she plans to ride HHS Cooley in the CCI3* on Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

The Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional's Choice, the California Horse Trader and the PRO Tour.

Halliday-Sharp, now 34, grew up in Fallbrook, Calif., about 20 minutes south of Temecula, and she'd just started going to school at the University of California-San Diego when she last rode at Galway Downs. At the time, her father was living in England while motor racing in Europe, and he suggested that she take a break from college and join him for a year

Halliday-Sharp liked England, so she applied, through a family friend, to become a working student with English superstar three-day rider William Fox-Pitt. "I had an interview at his place just before going home to the USA. He offered me a position as a working pupil, and I packed up and moved there in January of 2000," she recalled. "My 'one year off' somehow became 14, and here we are!"

And she soon also followed her father into motor racing, eventually becoming a winner in sports car and GT endurance racing, even driving in the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans. For about a decade, Halliday-Sharp juggled motor racing and three-day eventing, but just this year she decided to make training and competing her horses the priority.

"For a lot of years, when I was racing at a very high level, I only had a few event horses to compete, so when I was away racing my team at home was able to keep them up and running for me," said Halliday-Sharp. "I had some big sponsors at the time and a lot of support, and they were some great years for the racing side of my life! Over the last few years I've started doing more with the horses, but I was still doing a little bit of racing up until the middle of this year."

After winning her first motor race of this season, Halliday-Sharp said she made the tough decision that neither sport was getting her adequate attention. She chose horses over cars—for now.

"I have to fully focus on the one sport for a while. My plan is to now give eventing my all while I have some great horses," she said. "I'm sure that I can come back to racing as a hobby in the future. I will certainly miss being in a fast car, but I don't want to look back in a few years and wonder what I could have done if I'd just put all my focus into eventing."

Still, riding at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event was a happy accident. She had aimed HHS Cooley for the Boekelo CCI3* in the Netherlands in early October, but she didn't qualify in time. While she was at the event as a spectator, though, other American riders and team officials urged her to come to Galway Downs. She thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit her hometown again.

"I'm finally on the radar [for a future U.S. team], so I wanted to show everyone that I am serious about making it in this sport. It was great to have a lot of support from them in trying to organize the trip, and then along with the help of my family and others I was able to pull together this crazy but exciting opportunity!" she said.

"It's certainly an added bonus that I grew up in Fallbrook and that loads of my family and friends are still in California, so I'm really thrilled to be able to compete in my home state again."

Like the other riders, supporters and fans, Halliday-Sharp will enjoy the music and food that will be a central part of the weekend.

Faultline will perform as the musical headline act on Saturday night, playing from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Faultline, a five-member, Southern California-based party band, says their music has only one purpose: to keep the dance floor full of people. They combine rhythm and blues, Motown, disco and more to create a memorable live-music experience.

Popular local musician Lee Koch will kick off the musical acts at Wednesday night's welcome party. The Thursday night Halloween Party will rock with DJ Mas spinning the music, and Friday night's Taco Party will feature live music by Wild$ide.

And three more musicians—guitarist Gil Gillem, guitarist Larry Thompson and guitarist James Wells—will entertain fans on Saturday afternoon, performing in each of the three oasis points on the cross-country course (at noon, 1:20 and 3:00 p.m.).

Each oasis will feature food by one or more of the four gourmet food trucks scheduled to be on sit, complemented by local wine and beer.

The Gold Medal Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Devoucoux, Ian Stark Equestrian Center, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.

The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak Equine and Temecula Creek Inn.

The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design. is a Friend sponsor.

General admission for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event is $10 per day in advance, $15 at the gate, with children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Patron's passes—which include seating in the ringside tent, lunch and a full selection of beverages—are available for $55 per day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and $75 for Saturday, in advance.

For all advance ticket reservations, go to

For more information on the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, visit or call 951-303-0405. To learn more about eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association's website (

posted October 24, 2013

Top-Ranked Davidson Rides Two At Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

from Galway Downs

Buck Davidson, the No. 1-ranked event rider in the United States, will be riding two horses in the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event on Oct. 31-Nov. 3, hoping to win the CCI3*. He'll be shipping Absolute Liberty and The Apprentice from his base in Riegelsville, Pa.

Davidson made the cross-country journey to the Galway Downs CCI3* in 2011 and 2012, enticed by the ease of the trip. His horses will load on a plane in Baltimore and fly nonstop to Ontario, Calif., slightly more than an hour north of Galway Downs. "So it's really not much harder than going to any other three-day event on the East Coast," said Davidson. "They leave home in the morning, and I can ride them at the event that afternoon."
Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional's Choice, California Horse Trader and the PRO Tour are the Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.

The East Coast contingent consists of more than just Davidson's horses, though. Alison Springer, of Marshall, Va., is bringing Copycat Chloe; Kristin Schmolze of Califon, N.J., is bringing Ballylaffin Bracken; and Caitlin Silliman of Paoli, Pa., is bringing Remington XXV.
Leading the California contingent will be Jolie Wentworth on GoodKnight, the pair that finished second in the 2011 Galway Downs CCI3* and fourth in 2012, and Gina Miles, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, on Chanel. Lauren Billys, who represents Puerto Rico but lives in Visalia, Calif., should mount a strong challenge on Ballingowan Ginger. They won the Galway Downs CCI2* in 2012 and finished second in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials earlier this month.
Galway Downs will also be welcoming home native Californian Liz Halliday-Sharp, who has lived in England for the last 15 years while competing in motor racing and in eventing. Halliday-Sharp, 35, grew up just minutes away in Fallbrook and rode in the first Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in 1999, but this year she'll be riding in the CCI3*.

The Galway Downs International Three-Day Event gets underway on Thursday, Oct. 31, with the first horse inspection at 11:00 a.m. There the ground jury of Gil Rolton of Australia, Angela Tucker of Great Britain and Wayne Quarles of the United States will insure that all of the 149 horses are ready to start.

The Training Level Three-Day Event will kick off the actual competition with dressage on Thursday afternoon, running 49 horses in two divisions in two rings. Also on Thursday and Friday, Galway Downs will also be hosting, for the first time, the West Coast Championships for the USEA Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse series.

The CCI3*, CCI2* and CCC1* horses will perform their dressage tests throughout the day on Friday, while the Training Level Three-Day Event horses will tackle the cross-country course in the afternoon.

Saturday is cross-country day for the CCI horses. The 52 horses in the CCI1* will take center stage in the morning, followed by the CCI2*, and then the CCI3* will provide the cross-country climax. But the day won't be over yet, because the Training Level Three-Day Event competitors will conclude their event with show jumping in the Main Arena as the sun starts to set.

Then, on Sunday, the three CCI divisions will take over the Main Arena for show jumping, starting with the CCI1* and finishing with the CCI3*.
Each day will feature music and food, and on Saturday fans can move through three oasis sites that will each feature popular local gourmet food trucks and musicians.

"I promise that it's going to be an amazing weekend," said organizer Robert Kellerhouse. "Where else can you see some of our country's best horses and riders compete, listen to great local music and eat great local food—all at the same place. And you can even drive a Land Rover over their fantastic test track while you're here!"

Saturday night will feature the musical headline act, Faultline, performing from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Faultline, a five-member, Southern California-based party band, says their music has only one purpose: to keep the dance floor full of people. They combine rhythm and blues, Motown, disco and more to create a memorable live-music experience.

The Gold Medal Sponsors are: Devoucoux, Ian Stark Equestrian Center, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.

The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak Equine and Temecula Creek Inn.

The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design. is a Friend sponsor.

General admission for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event is $10 per day in advance, $15 at the gate, with children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Patron's passes—which include seating in the ringside tent, lunch and a full selection of beverages—are available for $55 per day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and $75 for Saturday, in advance.

For all advance ticket reservations, go to

For more information on the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, visit or call 951-303-0405. To learn more about eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association's website (

posted October 24, 2013

Michael Leon Proves Unbeatable at Gold Coast 7

from LEG Up News

Michael Leon brought home the $5,000 LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus after earning his fifth Gold Coast derby win with Copado (Piñon West LLC, owner) at Gold Coast 7 (Oct 17-20). The win was all the sweeter as Michael swept the top three ribbons in the $1,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard Copado, Cullen (Piñon West LLC, owner), and Freedom (Anna Sophia Lotman,owner), respectively.

"After I won my first derby with Copado at the beginning of the year, I set a goal to keep the wins going and try my hardest to win the $5,000 LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus. It's been exciting for me to try and compete for the bonus at each derby," Michael explained. "Annette Peterfy, Copado's owner, has been incredibly supportive and made sure Copado could go to every derby. I'm grateful to her and also to Langer Equestrian Group and LEGIS for sponsoring this bonus for the riders. I could not be happier to have achieved my goal."

At Gold Coast 7, Michael started the class off with a bang on Freedom with a score of 90. His next two rounds were just a few points behind as Cullen and Copado scored 88 and 86, respectively. "Freedom is greener and he's still learning the turns and faster tracks, so the handy classes are a little harder for him," Michael commented. "Copado, being a seasoned jumper, truly excels in the handy rounds."

This proved exactly the case as Copado earned a 92 for his handy round and Freedom took a look at the first fence, a large coop. "Freedom was great, but he just got a little spooky at the coop because he hadn't seen it before and it was in the light." With two rubs in Cullen's round, Copado rose to the top of the leader board yet again. All three horses also won multiple championships at the show and multiple Gold Coast Series championships as well.

Michael had nothing but praise for Copado, who has performed consistently at every show. "Copado is a total pleaser and will jump from any angle or distance. He never has a bad day and has such an easy-going, fantastic personality. He's just been a great ride and I'm really fortunate to have him," Michael gushed. Copado will finish out the year trying for the LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus for the LA "A" Show Series at the National Preview Horse Show (Oct 30-Nov 3) and Los Angeles National Horse Show (Nov 6-10). "Next year, we'll probably do more of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies and he'll do more of the amateur owner hunters with Annette," Michael said.

As for his plans for the $5,000, Michael hopes to give back to his barn. "Maybe we'll see a new golf cart around! I'm not sure yet," Michael shared. "I have so much support from my barn, and that support is definitely one of the keys to my success. We're like a family and everyone is always there for each other."

Equitation riders had some excitement in their ring as well, as Gold Coast 7 hosted the CPHA Horsemanship and the CPHA Child-Adult Medal Final (Los Angeles Region). In the CPHA Child-Adult Medal Finals, junior rider Sarah Peterson (Courtney Cochran, trainer) won out on her Unscripted. "I wasn't really expecting to win at all," Sarah noted. "In the first round, I scored a 72 and placed seventh so I was really surprised and happy just to make the work off." Sarah improved on her first round and scored the highest score in the second round with an 82, which sent her into the work off in second place. "The work off included two rollbacks and we had to halt and back after the second one and then trot a fence," Sarah recalled. "I felt comfortable with the work off and after I went I started to feel like maybe I could win."

Sarah's beautiful riding did earn her the win. Allie Fudge (Elvenstar Farms, trainer) placed second, Caroline Bersch (Joe Thorpe, trainer) placed third, and Mara Chemerinsky (Marci Mosconi, trainer) was fourth. Sarah is working on her partnership with Unscripted, which she just bought three months ago. "This is our fourth show together and I feel like we're starting to come together as a team," Sarah said. She and Unscripted are off to a good start as the pair also won the LAHJA/LA Saddlery Junior Medal Class and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Classes.

Though she was in Los Angeles for the weekend, Sarah usually spends the weekends in Santa Barbara. "I live in Santa Barbara, but I attend Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada," Sarah explained. "So I stay in Los Angeles for the school week and then I go home on the weekends to ride." Thirteen-year-old Sarah plans to continue doing the 3'3" and 3'6" medals next year.

In the CPHA Horsemanship Finals, twelve-year-old Abrielle Reed (Huntover, trainer) worked through her nerves—and the fact that she was riding a pony against a class full of horses—to earn the win. "I'm usually pretty nervous for medal finals, and this was no exception," Abrielle remembered. "Each course was pretty nerve-wracking, but I got over my nerves by the end of each course."

Abrielle and her Key West shone against all the riders on horses and had the highest score in the first round, but had a few less-than-perfect distances in the second. "Several riders who didn't have great scores on the first day came back and rode really well in the second round. I was glad I made the work off, but once I was in the ring, I started freaking out a little," Abrielle admitted. "It's like having a test that you study and study for and then when you take the test, you can't remember anything. I kept going over the numbers for the fences, but I got lost in the work off when they read it the first time."

Thankfully, Abrielle got the work off down by the second read through and executed it flawlessly. Isabelle Garcia (Linda Cooper, trainer) placed second, Julia Stone (Courtney Cochran, trainer) was third, and Grace Ewell (Cha Cha Jago, trainer) placed fourth. "I'm very excited for this win," Abrielle said. "Hopefully next year I'll move up to a horse and maybe do some of the bigger medals."

Abrielle and Key West have been together for a few years, but when she first got her the pony was quite a surprise. "At the time, I was trying a bunch of ponies. This one pony I tried didn't quite work out, and one of my trainers, Heather Chatham, asked me to help load the pony back on to the trailer," Abrielle elaborated. "I opened the trailer and inside there was a pony with a big bow. I thought, 'Oh, this must be for someone else.' But then Heather told me that she was mine! I was pretty shocked, especially since I'd never ridden her, but it worked out well. We have a good bond now and she's a well behaved, easy going pony."

In the jumper arena, Kathryn Burdett-Griffiths demonstrated the determination and resiliency that all riders know is necessary in the sport. Kat took a tough fall off of Ledinos (Sunset Farms, owner) in her first class of the day. "I'm usually very comfortable on Ledinos, but occasionally he can jump super carefully like he did today," Kat explained. "I was completely off and we couldn't get in sync. After the fall, I was mentally shaken up but I just decided to leave it behind and move on to the next ride."

Kat got back in the saddle and came back to win the championship in the 1.20M Jumpers with Wow Van Het Lindehof (Sunset Farms, owner), AKA Mini. "Mini is more quirky than Ledinos, but she has been quite consistent lately. I just had to have confidence that I would get back in sync, which I did," Kat shared.

Her perseverance proved to be an excellent example for her students. Taking a cue from Kat, Emma Krenzke didn't let a fall stop her from coming back and winning the championship in the 'B' Restricted Child-Adult aboard Tres Chic (Lacy Greene, owner). Emma and two other girls from the University of Southern California's Equestrian Team, which Kat coaches, gained valuable horse show experience at Gold Coast 7. "Our first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association show is the first weekend in November, so some of the girls wanted to get some horse show practice," Kat elaborated. "I think it's definitely helpful for them to get some of the show nerves out before the first show."

Kat plans to focus on coaching the team while finding time for Ledinos and Mini. "I've had Ledinos for seven years and it was really an uncharacteristic day for him. I'd like start to do some of the smaller grands prix with him and keep showing Mini and having fun with her."

There were many more memories from the Gold Coast Series this year. Keep an eye out for our photo essay on the LEGIS Gold Coast Series winners. The Gold Coast series has wrapped up for the year, but there's plenty of excitement coming up! LAEC will host the National Preview Horse Show (Oct 30-Nov 4), Los Angeles National Horse Show (Nov 6-10), and LA Season Finale (Nov 14-17) to close out the horse show season in Los Angeles.

For more information about Gold Coast 7, including complete results and series champions, visit the LEG website.

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posted October 14, 2013

Jump Ahead with a Jeté!

from AHP

Schleese Saddlery, long known as a significant player in the dressage saddle market, and specializing in saddles made specifically for women, has now ventured into the hunter/jumper market with its revolutionary Jeté saddle.

The word Jeté comes from the French and in its verb form (jeter) simply means "to jump". Jeté itself is a noun and means 'the Jump' – in ballet the term "Grand Jeté" connotates a classical leap high in the air in full split extension. That is the feeling Schleese wants to portray with its new saddle – flying through the air at great height!

The Jeté incorporates features never before seen in a jumping saddle, especially in the panel which is a combination integrated/independent style, allowing full flexibility and freedom at the shoulder. This is particularly important in jumping saddles, traditionally made on the "English spring trees" with their forward facing tree points – which can negatively impact the sensitive area of the horse's shoulder cartilage. The Jeté saddle with its AdapTree® and shoulder relief rear-facing tree points allows both forelegs maximum rotation at the shoulder and freedom to jump higher! Its fully adjustable gullet plate (to accommodate the necessary width and angle over the wither and shoulder area) and wool/synthetic blend of flocking allow complete customization to your horse.

The thigh blocks are either integrated (fixed) or on Velcro for rider adjustability and preference. Seat sizes available in half sizes from 16.5"-18" providing a super close contact feel. The Jeté is available in soft black, brown or ranch (caramel) or in two-tone Italian calfskin in a combination of rider choice. The Jeté offers the rider extreme comfort while ensuring maximum shoulder and back freedom for the horse.

Suggested retail price is $5495 with a delivery of 12 weeks for pre-orders beginning October 15, 2013! Further information on the website at

posted October 3, 2013

2013 USHJA Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper West Regional Championships

from USHJA

The final USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships took place September 24-29, at the Sacramento International Welcome Week held at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. As with the previous three Regional Championships, this event received high praise from the participants, who comprised the talented team and individual riders within Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The championship format and team concept was a new experience and the focal point for most of the competitors. 38 horses passed their fitness inspection on Wednesday and were more than ready to take on Thursday's technical course work from German designer Heiko Wahlers.

Five teams in the Children's Jumpers comprised of 19 enthusiastic riders brought their A game to the Championship with the goal of earning a podium spot. After two rounds of focused efforts, the scores were tallied and Team California II with a fault free total claimed the gold position. Guided by Chef d'Equipe Jill Humphrey, the team of riders included Dalan Laughlin, Zoey Pacyna, Elizabeth McAfee and anchor Serenity Phillips. The Silver medal was awarded to Team California I with 8 faults, riders included Peyton Masteller, Lauren Kee, Jayme Omand and Sophie St. Clair with Chef d'Equipe Kelly Van Vleck. The Bronze medal was presented to the combined Team Zone 10 (a.k.a Hap's Happenings) with Hap Hansen as Chef d'Equipe for riders Madison Myro, Natalie Wendt, Alexandra Bidwell and Jacob Dailey finishing with 9 faults.

Following the presentations Chef Jill Humphrey said, "I just want to say thank you for putting on such an influential class, it has inspired me to pursue riding outside of the junior hunter and Derby ring and I can't wait to see what comes next. USHJA has done an amazing job. This week has been so organized it's hard to believe it's the inaugural year!"

Anchor rider Serenity Phillips said, "There was a lot more pressure on me due to being an anchor of a team. The team experience made me ride a lot better, because I knew other people were counting on me. I also love this format, my goal is Young Riders and this championship format was similar, and I feel that it prepared me. I have never ridden in this type of team format before. All of us supported each other, my teammates were super friendly, and that made it much easier to bond with them during this experience."

Serenity's mother, Susan added, "Serenity is usually so calm and cool, she really takes after her name, and when she came out of the first round she was trembling. When I asked her why, she said, 'It's because I'm riding for the team, it's not just about me, and I have to do well for my team.' This was a terrific experience for her."

The Adult Amateurs also had five skilled teams who gave their best across another course designed by Heiko Wahlers. When the final scores came in, Chef d'Equipe Debbi Long's Team Zone 9 members Bailey Fuller, Leslie Cox, Susan Bernard and anchor Kenneth Long were atop the podium with a four fault total.

A proud Chef d'Equipe Debbi Long said, "I appreciate how USHJA set this up as a level playing field. It allows people from states like Montana, Idaho, and Arizona to compete in this format who ordinarily might not have had the chance to be involved in something like this.

For my riders, this experience allowed for camaraderie and interaction between them as well as with all the professionals involved. The riders really bonded as a group. This interaction helped to make the whole experience an exceptional one on every level."

Team member Susan Bernard added, "I am so proud of my whole team, everyone really pulled their weight. My horse Bongo jumped beyond all of my expectations and I was so proud of him. I was extremely nervous because instead of competing just for myself, I had three more people I was riding for and I didn't want to let them down."

The Silver medal went to Team California III with Chef d'Equipe Susie Artes and riders Kirsten Strain, Marsha Kennedy, Judy Esau and Rebecca Lewis. The team finished with 8 faults.

Scoring a total of 27 faults, the Bronze medal was awarded to Team California II members Lynne Lancaster, Diane Richie, Nikki Christison and Miles Appel, along with Chef d'Equipe Dusty Blackwood.

The individual competition proved to be just as exciting. The Children's section saw 16 entries advance into the starting field of the Championship round. Serenity Phillips (CA) and Tesoro continued their perfected partnership with another faultless two rounds, but found herself in a dramatic three way jump-off for the gold with Dalan Laughlin (CA) and Peyton Masteller (CA). In an absolute nail biting round, both Laughlin and Phillips rode clear again, however the miniscule one second time difference gave Phillips a second gold medal. Laughlin picked up the silver medal and with four faults Masteller took the bronze.

Among the bounty of prizes awarded to Phillips was a spot in an USHJA Emerging Athletes Program 2014 Regional Clinic of her choice. "That is one of the prizes I'm most excited about!" Phillips said.

15 Adult Amateurs competed for individual honors, with Kenneth Long (ID) and Cathy Jones (NV) tying at eight faults each and forcing a jump off for the gold. Long went clear, while Jones picked up eight faults, putting Long in the golden spot atop the podium. Jones was awarded the silver and Diane Puchbauer (CA) who had consistent rides throughout the competition, finished with 11 faults and the Bronze medal.

"It was awesome! Such a different format. Normally you ride in your classes and you have decisions like, do I do the inside or outside turn. In this, you have to be very consistent and it's a whole new perspective on competition." Long said.

USHJA would like to thank the supporters of the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumpers Regional Championships who have worked tirelessly in bringing success to the events, with special appreciation to Fenwick Equestrian Products, the Awards Cooler sponsor.

To learn more about the USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships visit our website and questions may be directed to Meghan Carney via email or by calling (859) 225-6721.

posted October 3, 2013

Deadline Date is January 24 for 2014 AHP Student Award Contest

from AHP

The 2014 AHP Student Award Contest will award up to three $750 travel awards to attend the AHP Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina on June 19-21, 2014. Travel Award winners have an opportunity to meet leading equine publishing professionals and discuss career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related activities.

One Travel Award winner will be selected at the seminar as the 2013 Student Award winner. The Student Award winner will win a cash award of $1,000 plus an all expense paid trip hosted by Publishers Press to one of their Two-Day Customer Education Seminars in Louisville, Kentucky, to have a unique experience to learn the printing process. Additional cash awards may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All cash awards are sponsored by AIM Equine Network.

Students are eligible to enter the contest if they are a high school senior or an undergraduate college student during the 2013-2014 undergraduate college year, with at least one semester before graduation at the time of application. All qualified applicants will receive a complimentary Student annual membership, a complimentary Student registration certificate for the annual seminar and a critique of their resume. The AHP Student Award Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only.

Student Award applicants are required to send a completed application form plus additional information by January 24, 2014. Eligible students may access guidelines and application at the AHP website at

American Horse Publications is a non-profit association of over 500 equine-related publications, digital media, professionals, associations, and businesses which share an interest in equine publishing. Established in 1970, AHP has continued to promote better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry. The Student Award program, started in 1993, was initiated to promote awareness of the career opportunities available to college students.

American Horse Publications offers other opportunities to students wishing to become involved in the equine publishing industry.

Student Membership is open to high school, college, and graduate students for an annual fee of $25. Student Members receive the following: certificate of membership, an opportunity to attend the AHP seminar at a reduced registration fee, listing in the online Membership Directory, the AHP e-newsletter, "AHP For the record," and eligibility for Student classes in the AHP annual Awards Contest.

The AHP Internship Program was designed specifically for college students who have an interest in horses and seek a career in equine publishing. This program is a great way to provide students with the resume-building experience that's so critical to today's career market. Interns gain valuable hands-on real life experience and member publications and businesses acquire additional help when and where they need it most. The 2014 AHP Student Internship Listings and applications are now available online at

For more information on American Horse Publications and its student programs, visit our web site at or contact: Judy Lincoln, AHP Student Program Co-ordinator at (386) 760-7743;

posted October 2, 2013

Chase-Dunn and Kimbler Have Strong Performances at Pan American Endurance Championship

from USEF • By Kathleen Landwehr

The U.S. was represented well at the Pan American Endurance Championship in Trinidad, Uruguay. On September 27, Mae Chase-Dunn tackled the 120km race in the Senior division while McCamey Kimbler and Mallory Capps contested the Young Riders/Juniors division under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross.

"Since the U.S. was unable to field a full team for either division, the riders competed as individuals. They rode horses that were leased from Uruguayan stables, and the goal of each rider was to perform as well as her horse was capable of while learning as much as possible about competing at an international level representing the U.S.," said Ross. "These goals were achieved. All three riders did an excellent job of representing our country and they learned an enormous amount through their participation."

Chase-Dunn (Riverside, California) ran a smart race with Chamalu to finish in 12th place with a time of 7:00:47. The 12-year-old gelding owned by Gabriel Alvarez recovered well throughout the race and traveled at a pace of 17.78 km/hour, giving Chase-Dunn valuable experience at an international championship.

Seventeen-year-old Kimbler (Aberdeen, South Dakota) rode SB Nazeem to a 13th place finish in the Young Riders/Juniors division with a time of 7:20:46. She and the eight-year-old gelding owned by Haras Santa Barbara achieved a solid performance, traveling at an average speed of 16.97 km/hour.

Capps, a 19-year-old resident of Cumming, Georgia, also competed in the Young Riders/Juniors division. She guided Alex Robaina's Serena Hab during the race, but unfortunately the 12-year-old mare did not pass the final vet check.

In the Senior division, Oriana Ricca of Uruguay and Amrillo HLM won with a time of 5:29:30. Maria Pereira of Uruguay claimed the win in the Young Riders/Juniors division with SM Lady Adela, finishing with a time of 5:15:29.

For more information on the Pan American Endurance Championship, click here.

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