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Woodside International Horse Trials Area VI Eventing Championships
Oct. 3-5 in Woodside

October is a huge month for West Coast eventing and it starts with the Woodside International Horse Trials. The competition will feature three international divisions—the CIC3*,  the CIC2* and the CIC1*. More than 60 horses from the United States, Canada, England and the Americas will be aiming for the top ribbons, along with the prize money and prizes that go along with them.

In addition, more than 300 horses will be competing in the national-level horse trials, the highlight of which will be the USEA Area VI Championships from the Beginner Novice to the Preliminary levels.
The CIC judges will be Wayne Quarles of the USA and Yulia Novitskaya of Bermuda. Derek di Grazia will once again design the cross-country courses.

The Woodside International Horse Trials will begin early Friday morning, Oct. 3, with the elegance and precision of dressage. Then, starting at 2 p.m., the horses and their riders will tackle a demanding show jumping course set in the attractive and spectator-friendly Grand Prix Arena at the Horse Park at Woodside.

The international horses will climax their performances on Saturday afternoon, when they'll face the challenges of di Grazia's cross-country course in reverse order of their two-phase placing. In this format, spectators will know right away who the winners are, guaranteeing an exciting finish. The winners will receive their prizes at a special dinner on Saturday night, complete with music and more, where all fans and spectators are welcome.

The Woodside International Horse Trials will continue on Sunday with both show jumping and cross-country for the national divisions.
For more information, visit www.woodsideeventing.com.

U.S. Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum
Oct. 4-5 at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford

Hosted by the California Dressage Society, this program provides a correct fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects, per the United States Dressage Federation release. The presenters are renowned dressage breeder Scott Hassler, the USEF's young dressage horse coach and Ingo Pape, one of Germany's most respected breeders and horsemen.

The forum is intended for trainers, owners and breeders, with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for all sport horse prospects and will bridge the educational gap between the current USDF Sport Horse In-Hand Program and the USEF Young Horse Program in the training of sport horse prospects as they progress from in-hand to under-saddle and eventual competition. The correct training of young sport horses is universal; however, horses chosen to participant in the forum will be prioritized based upon their likelihood of a career as a dressage horse. Those interested in other sport horse disciplines are encouraged to apply as a participant or auditor, as attending this forum can be beneficial to anyone involved with young sport horses.

For more information and/or to register, visit www.USDF.org and navigate to the: "Other Programs" tab or e-mail sporthorse@usdf.org.

The Horse Park At Woodside Fundraiser
Sat. Oct. 18 in Woodside

The venerable Horse Park at Woodside has enabled literally thousands to enjoy a life with horses over the years, and this afternoon of demonstrations and fun will raise funds to help ensure that tradition continues for thousands more.

Every kind of fun with horses will be on display as local pros strut their stuff. Look for dressage rider Katie Hoefs-Martin, Extreme Cowboy Mike Raynor, the award-winning Woodside Vaulters, driver Kathi Dancer, reiner Gabe Davide, Saddlebred stars from JL Dixon Stable, jumpers from Willow Tree Farm and carriage tours courtesy of Indian Valley Carriage.

Tickets are $100 before Oct. 11 and $125 after that. Call 650-851-2140 or email info@horsepark.org for more information.

Playday Fundraiser
Sat., Oct. 18 in Shasta County's Cottonwood

Safe Haven Horse Rescue invites all to its annual day of riding, family, friends, food and fun, all for the good cause of helping abused and neglected horses get a second chance at a safe, healthy life. Playday events are suitable for enthusiasts and riders of all experience levels. The venue is the Bobby Jones Arena in Cottonwood.

For more info, visit www.safehavenhorserescue.org or call 530-347-4941.

Enjoy the Ride & The Riding
Sunday, Oct. 26 in Calabasas

The Recreation and Equestrian Coalition had a busy year and it's time to relax, celebrate and raise funds to pay bills incurred during that time. Trial ride participants can choose one of three rides, easy, modern and expert, lasting between one to two-and-a-half hours, all starting from the Malibu Canyon Farms in Calabasas. Entry fees include a nice BBQ lunch, which is available to non-riders, too. And horse rentals are available through Rocking K Horse Rentals (805-499-9512).

REC's mission is "to inform the public and policy makers about access to and use of diverse recreational opportunities available throughout Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area." The volunteer organization's year began in January when the County proposed a new Local Coastal Plan that greatly restricted the ability to keep horses in the mountains. REC members jumped into action and, working on several issues, managed to alter most of the proposals toward more favorable outcomes for keeping and enjoying horses in the area. It was a long, expensive process. The current tab is $50,000 for legal and consulting help needed to negotiate successfully. All proceeds raised during the trail ride will go toward paying those bills.

For more information and/or to register for the ride, visit www.gotorec.org.

Galway Downs International Event
Oct. 30- Nov. 2 in Temecula

Fasten your seatbelts sports fans, it's going to be a wild ride. An under-control wild ride, of course, but fun stuff for spectators to see competitors from far and wide tacking the sport of eventing at levels up to the super challenging CCI Three Star division. That's the level where they earn qualifying points for the 2015 Pan Am Games and get on the radar for a 2016 Olympic run, so top sport is assured.

Riders are also out for $50,000 in cash and prizes and spectators get their pick of dressage, show jumping and/or cross-country on the 240-acre spread in Riverside County wine country. Gourmet food trucks, a vendor village and live music and intense equestrian action couple with a welcoming party, a Halloween bash and lots of live music. Also exciting is the West Coast Future and Young Event Horse Championships, which falls on Halloween Thursday.

For tickets and more info, visit www.galwaydowns.com.

Scott Trees
Oct. 30- Nov. 2 in Thousand Oaks

"California Dreamin': Beyond the Ordinary Equine Photography Workshop" is the official title of this intensive educational session. A knock-out setting is assured with the use of Tilleywood Andalusians in Thousand Oaks. Scott has been teaching photography workshops around the world, with the goal of helping students improve their photographic efforts in general and specifically with horses.

For more information, visit http://events.equinephotographers.net/ca14/.

Luis Lucio Dressage Clinic
Oct. 31- Nov. 2 in Poway

Here's a chance to learn from a living legend of Spanish dressage. Luis Lucio is a two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000) and has had a huge hand in creating and developing the country's strong dressage program over many years. He comes to Peppertree Farms in Poway to help all understand and communicate with their horses. Whether you're able to participate as a rider, or watch as an auditor, the weekend is sure to be rich with chances to "discover extraordinary mental and emotional methods to achieve a new relationship with horses."

For more information, contact Margit Deerman, mdeerman@gmail.com or 619-987-4803.

Ruby Red Fundraiser
Sat. Nov. 15 in Chino Hills

Denim and Diamonds and a bit of "Ruby Red" flair set the stage for an evening of music, fine food and, of course, the horses of the Red Bucket Equine Rescue The event will begin with a VIP tour of the ranch and cocktail reception, followed by dinner, silent and live auctions and live music and dancing. Guests will gather for an unforgettable evening benefitting Red Bucket's efforts to help rescue desperate and deserving horses, and provide the care, rehabilitation and training necessary to permanently re-home them in forever, loving homes.  

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

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