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"Ruby Red" Bucket Fundraiser
Sat., Nov. 15 in San Bernardino County's 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, horses. The event begins 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.

The event will take place at Red Bucket Ranch in Chino Hills. For tickets and more information, visit www.redbucketrescue.org.

Cowboy Flea Market
Nov. 16 in San Diego County's Bonita

Get a jump on holiday shopping or get a great deal on something for yourself. Tack, vintage rustic home décor, jewelry and clothing are all part of this fundraiser for Bonita Equestrian Therapy. The sale will be held at Sweetwater Farms in Bonita with food provided by Devilicious and proceeds benefiting the non-profit that helps kids, adults and combat injured veterans through interacting with and riding horses. It's a win-win for all and super-affordable vendor space is available.

For more information, contact Jessica at jessicamalouf@yahoo.com.

Las Vegas National
Nov. 13-15 in Las Vegas

West Coast show managers' efforts to create a compelling fall jumper circuit continue to produce exciting results and a rising tide effect on the whole sport in our region. Contributing to and benefitting from that trend is Blenheim EquiSports' Las Vegas National, which is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

American Olympians Reed Kessler, Rich Fellers and Will Simpson share the stage with recent WEG rider Lucy Davis and Olympic and WEG alternate Charlie Jayne. LA Masters Grand Slam winner Jos Verlooy of Belgium stayed in town after that big September win and will contest the Saturday class. And that's not to mention a long list of familiar Grand Prix faces: Richard Spooner, Lane Clarke, Vinton Karrasch, Jenni McAlister and Mandy Porter, to name just a few.

The main events for spectators start on Thursday with the Markel Insurance 1.40 meter Series Finals and an FEI Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by EquiFit, Inc. Friday, it's the iJump Team Challenge Finals and the Las Vegas 1.35 meter Speed Classic, presented by Bruno Delgrange and Equ Lifestyle, respectively. Saturday is built around an afternoon Winning Round Classic, at 1.40 meters, followed by the big event: the $75,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier, a perfect whetting of the appetite for the international show jumping returning to Las Vegas for the World Cup Finals next April.

Visit www.showpark.com for full schedule details.

NorCal Clinic with Mark Leone
Dec. 4-7 in Sacramento

The Northern California Hunter Jumper Association has a 13-year history of bringing in great clinicians and this year's event is no exception with Mark Leone on tap. The event will take place at Leone Equestrians (no relation) in Sacramento.

New Jersey-based Mark Leone represented the U.S. on the international show jumping circuit for many years, including 29 Nations Cup outings and 10 World Cup Finals. He's dedicated to helping aspiring equestrians and currently serves as Zone 2 Jumper committee chairman and sits on several USEF committees.

Six groupings of seven or eight riders each are open to pros, amateurs and juniors, at fence heights of 3', 3'3" to 3'6" and 3'6" and over. There will also be a pony session if enough pony riders enroll. Applications are due by Nov. 10 (by regular mail!) and will be drawn by lottery, with lucky riders alerted by Nov. 15.

For more information, visit www.norcalhunterjumpers.com.

USHJA Annual Meeting
Dec. 7-11 in Las Vegas

Interesting debates, new ideas and entertaining awards banquets are a staple of the United States Hunter Jumper Association's annual meeting. It is set for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a full slate of meetings and social opportunities for those who want to help shape the sport and celebrate the year's accomplishments.

Early hotel reservations are recommended because the Meeting follows on the heels of the National Finals Rodeo, which packs the town.

For more information, visit www.ushja.org.

George Morris Clinic
Dec. 12-14 in Ventura County's Somis

Master horseman George Morris makes his annual trek to California for a clinic at the stable of his longtime protégé, Karen Healey. Karen, of course, has parlayed her experience as a working student for George into one of the winningest hunter, equitation and jumper trainer resumes on the planet.

Three sessions each day accommodate riders at various fence heights and corresponding experience and goals, and auditors are welcome. For viewers, this cram course in horsemanship costs $200 to watch all three days, if paid in advance.

The clinic will be held at Whitethorne Ranch in Somis.

To inquire about rider spaces or other questions, e-mail Melissa Jones at mmj214@aol.com.

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