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Sunrise Horse Rescue Benefit
Sept. 6 in Napa County's Calistoga 

Sunrise Horse Rescue of St. Helena stages its fifth annual benefit dinner and auction, Harvest of Hope, on Sept. 6 at Blossom Creek Farm in Calistoga. Some of the organization's rescued horses will be on hand to greet attendees and the evening will include live music, a natural horsemanship demonstration using the rescue horses, plus a seated dinner. Silent and live auctions include a getaway to Ireland, an African safari, horse-themed experiences, winery tours and tastings and more.

At the Harvest of Hope event last year, the non-profit welcomed an overflow crowd. "We raised enough money to operate for the year, which encompasses the care and feeding of 20 abandoned and neglected horses," says Lisabeth O'Connor, Board President. "This year, with the gracious support of Valerie and Bob Fish at Blossom Creek, we're hoping to go even bigger," she adds.

For tickets and more information on the rescue, visit www.harvestofhopeforhorses.com.

It's Finals Time!
Various dates in Southern California

School is just starting but it's finals season on the hunter/jumper circuit. The California Professional Horsemen's Association's Junior and Adult Finals already wrapped up, in mid-August at the Blenheim Summer Classic (see story page 30). Next is the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals, set for the Blenheim Fall Tournament Sept. 10-14 in San Juan Capistrano, where the top finishers will earn spots in the National finals later this year. None other than long-time USET chef d'equipe George Morris will serve as one of the Regional's judges.

The following week during the International Jumping Festival, Sept. 19-21, also in San Juan Capistrano, is the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. The Festival also stages the Hunter Seat Medal Regional Finals and the Adult Equitation Regional Finals for USEF zones 8, 9 and 10. Plus, International Jumper Futurity Finals for 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-olds.

The 12 and under Onondarka and the WCE finals that were affixed to the National Horse Show in Los Angeles are moving out to the HITS venue at Thermal as part of the relocated and renamed Sunshine National Nov. 4-9. (California Riding Magazine, Aug. 2014).

Good luck to all, including those going for year-end awards and finals hosted by the West Coast's many regional hunter/jumper associations.

Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit
Sept. 7 in Sonoma County's Oakmont

The Trione Polo Field will host polo players, polo ponies and military dignitaries during the Fifth Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit for combat-injured American soldiers living in Northern California. The benefit, sponsored by St. Francis Commandery (Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller) and hosted by the Wine Country Polo Club, is designed to generate support for three programs that help wounded veterans in various ways.

The afternoon features two polo games played by some of the San Francisco Bay Area's highest rated polo players and polo ponies and a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings with honored military guests. A Chandon Divot Stomp complete with Chandon Wine, a women's hat competition, silent auction, wine tasting, and more cap the event.

For tickets and more information, visit www.wvpb.org.

Day Of The Horse
Sept. 13 in Ventura County's Thousand Oaks

It's time for the 10th annual Day Of The Horse presented by ETI Corral 37 at the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park in Thousand Oaks. It's entertaining, educational and free! Vaulting, drill teams, Spanish sidesaddle, dressage, jumping and dazzling costumed Arabians are just a few of the attractions that guarantee it will be a fun day. Plus a Wild West Show and food and drink.

For more info, contact Barbara Kloster at 805-494-8755 or computersnoway@verizon.net.

The Camelot Classic
Various dates in Butte County's Oroville

The ever-growing Camelot Equestrian Park, in the Chico-area's Oroville, has a full slate of educational events coming up. Sept. 6-7 there's a horse trial, with a dressage schooling show, including western dressage classes, that Sunday.

The Camelot Classic, Sept. 13-14, begins with Saturday morning classroom discussion of topics relating to eventing's "long format" competition. Barn and veterinary inspections, conditioning, organizing gear for the four phases and pacing are among the topics anticipated. Practical sessions follow that afternoon with an emphasis on both riding and the inspection aspects. On Sunday, it's a cross-country clinic with Valerie Owen and Wendy Wergeles. Finally, as far as September shows, there's a hunter/jumper competition on the 21st.

British Olympic eventer Lucinda Green visits Camelot Oct. 10-11, and there's a $70 participant discount for those who sign up by Sept. 15. She's a six-time Badminton and two-time European Championships winner and is known to give terrific clinics.

Finally, the year's big bash, the Seventh Annual Ride & Dine gala is set for Oct. 25.

Located on 1,600 acres, the Camelot Equestrian Park is making good progress toward its vision of becoming a premier equestrian venue, as well as a tourist destination, by conducting competitions at all levels. An expanded cross-country course, with fences built by Louis Blankenship of Sierra Equestrian Products, will host three horse trials this year, along with hunter/jumper and dressage shows and clinics. And next Fourth of July weekend, Camelot will host its first recognized three-day event.

For info on all upcoming events, visit www.camelotequestrianpark.com.

Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair
Sept. 18-21 in Nevada County's Grass Valley

Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft horses, this event is the premiere Draft horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Famed equine entertainer Tommie Turvey will perform his delightful specialty act several times and the Classic is concurrent with the Harvest Fair. Musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, Treat Street goodies and the Art of the Classic are among the Fair's attractions.
The venue is the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

For tickets and more info, visit www.nevadacountyfair.com or call 530-273-6217.

Talk To The Animals
Sept. 26-28 in Santa Cruz County's Watsonville

International animal communicator Anna Twinney presents an introduction and a workshop on sharing her gift. The introduction takes place the evening of Sept. 26 and the full-on, two-day workshop continues the weekend of Sept. 27-28. The venue is the Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville.

"Our clinics and workshops are designed to give you the unique opportunity to learn the methodologies and concepts necessary to fully understand and work in the language of the horse," explains Anna on her Reach Out To Horses site. Along with communicating, she is an energy healer and a natural horsemanship proponent. "This hands-on approach will allow you to gain insight and understanding into the mind of the horse, learn how to leave the one way conversation behind, and build a true connection and trust-based partnership with your horse."

For more information, visit www.pregnantmarerescue.com.

Longines Los Angeles Masters
Sept. 25-28 in Los Angeles

Excitement is high for the debut of this combination of "spectacular show jumping action and lifestyle entertainment." Competition begins Friday with the Longines Speed Challenge. Saturday's action starts with the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity, in which international stars partner with amateurs on behalf of various charities. It concludes with the Battle of the Nations, in which USA riders take on those from other countries. Sunday it's the Longines Grand Prix, the third CSI Five Star jumping event of the weekend. All takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For a full schedule and ticket info, visit www.mastersgrandslam.com.

Shea Center BBQ & Family Faire
Sept. 27 in San Juan Capistrano

It just wouldn't be September without the Shea Center Therapeutic Riding Program's annual big bash. Presented by the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo and the Klein family, the family fair and dinner gala is now in its 36th year, which is kind of amazing. Before what is typically a capacity crowd of 1,500 settle into the elegantly dressed up covered arena, there's country fair-style games, Shea rider demos, silent auctions and sneak peaks at what's in store later during the live auction.

Earlier in the month, on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 4, it's the tail end of Shea's Summer Nights Equestrian Education Series. USDF gold medalist and S rated dressage judge Brent Hicks will offer a judge's tips on improving the show experience.

For more info on either event, visit www.sheacenter.org.

Foxfield Jumping Derby & Medal Finals
Oct. 4-5 in Westlake Village

This weekend of beautifully staged and hotly contested competition is a perennial fall favorite on the Southern California hunter/jumper scene. Saturday starts with the Nedra Diskant Memorial Equitation Challenge, followed by the Foxfield Medal Finals. The fences get higher on Sunday with the Calabasas Saddlery Junior & Amateur Jumping Derby and the finale event, the Foxfield Jumping Derby, sponsored by Bob Smith BMW, which is open to pros and amateurs alike.

The Foxfield Jumping Derby is one of the few events of its kind in the United States. Since its inception in1980, thousands of spectators have come to watch top riders compete from all over the West. It's proven to be a great testing ground for future champions. Many of today's Grand Prix riders competed here earlier in their careers, including 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson, three-time World Cup Finals Champion Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, Susie Hutchison, Hap Hansen and Mark Watring, among others. The courses for both the junior/amateur and the open Derbies begin in the main ring. Riders then venture out into the field where they attempt to conquer banks, ditches, skinny gates and the famous water jump, before finishing up in the arena.

Adding to the special aura of the event is the setting itself. Nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains in Westlake Village, the grounds are stunning. Majestic oaks and towering eucalyptus trees have helped make Foxfield a special spot on the circuit for nearly 50 years.
For more information, visit www.foxfield.com.

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