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JULY 2014

Educational Series
Various dates & San Diego locations, starting July 15 in Rancho Santa Fe

Wendy Jo Auburne and her SDHJ Riding Academy are set to debut a series of educational horsemanship presentations. Veterinarian Anne McCabe will focus on equine medicine in a horse show context during the first session, July 15 from 6 to 7 pm, at host Oceancrest Farms in Rancho Santa Fe.

The series is "designed to supplement hunter/jumper enthusiasts' education by hooking them up with experts in various fields of hunter/jumper expertise," explains Wendy. Veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, braiders, equine massage specialists and judges are all on the agenda for these non-riding clinics.

"This program is in no way designed to detract from a rider's education with their chosen trainer: it's designed to enhance it," Wendy says. "We are not a riding program, but a continued education program... The education provided goes beyond riding and into all aspects associated with the sport of hunter/jumper riding." She welcomes the "curious, young and old alike, as well as horse trainers and young people who aspire to become professionals in this sport.

"This is a cooperative effort between many people who have a heart for this sport and desire to share valuable information to anyone who desires to learn," Wendy continues. "My hope is that by providing this type of continued education, the future of our sport in San Diego and its long legacy of success can be passed down to the next generation of young up and coming professionals in all the aspects of it. And the rest of us just might learn a lot in the process!"

Michelle Monroe is set to speak on Equine Energy Sports Massage on Aug. 19, and Fransisco Ortizharo will talk about the intricacies of farrier work for hunter/jumper horses in September.

Admission is $20 and more talks are in the works. Visit www.sdhjridingacademy.com for more information.

Trifecta, by artist Darlene Katz.

Horses in Motion Art Exhibit
July 19-Aug. 30 in Solana Beach

Nativa Interiors hosts a six-week art exhibit showcasing the gentle beauty of horses, celebrated with an opening cocktail reception July 19 at the store's Solana Beach location. The exhibition includes more than a dozen works by 10 locally and nationally renowned artists, many of whom represent the local art culture in Southern California.
Horses in Motion will be presented gallery-style in the front of Nativa's vast 7,000-square-foot Solana Beach showroom and will run from July 17 to August 30.

"Horses in Motion is near and dear to my and my husband's heart," says Silvina Petrate, who owns Nativa Interiors with her husband, Mario Scolari. "We're from Argentina, the birthplace of the best polo horses, and home to the most awarded polo players in the world. We grew up spending much of our time on horse ranches. I love these animals and am thrilled to do them honor with this art exhibit."

"We are also so pleased to support After the Finish Line with 10 percent of the proceeds from artwork sales going to this amazing organization that rescues and re-trains Thoroughbreds for a second life after their racing careers are over," Silvina continues.

HORSE by artist Amos Lee. Stainless steel, 44.5"H x 15"W x 38"L, on base 11.5"W x 19.5"L

The exhibition is organized and curated by abstract artist Leticia Demeuse, a local San Diego artist by way of Brazil. Artists include renowned glass sculptor, Joseph Moscoso; painter Darlene Katz; equestrian artist Donna Bernstein; painter Ritch Gaiti, who specializes in Native American art, and stainless steel sculptor, Amos Robinson, whose bike scultures can be seen at the Boardwalk Shopping Center in Solana Beach. Each featured piece by all 10 celebrated artists focuses on capturing the heart, soul and ethereal nature of horses, and pays creative tribute to these gorgeous animals.

Nativa Interiors invites the public to its opening reception unveiling the Horses in Motion art on Saturday, July 19, from 4:00 to 7:00PM. The exhibit is on display at Nativa Interiors Solana Beach location at 143 S. Cedros Avenue through August 30.

For more information on the exhibit, visit www.nativafurniture.com. For more information on After the Finish Line, visit www.afterthefinishline.org.

CDS Southern Junior Clinic
July 25-27 in Norco

USDF gold medalist Liz Hendrix is the featured trainer for this year's California Dressage Society Junior Clinic. It will take place at Pepper Glen in Norco. Liz is based in the Bay Area's Livermore and has a long history in the sport. She trained and competed in dressage and jumping on the East Coast as a young rider. Her career includes working for Olympian Lendon Gray and riding for the Verden Sporthorse Auction in Germany. Liz represented Region 8 at the North Ameican Young Riders Championships three years in a row, and served as Region 7's chef d'equipe in 2007 and 2008.

For more information on participating, riders and/or auditors can reach out to their local CDS chapter leaders or contact Kristin Young at 949-677-1334 or kristinyoung@cox.net.

Giant Steps Charity Horse Show
July 29-Aug. 3 in Petaluma

Gucci returns as the presenting sponsor of the marquee event for the Giant Steps Charity Horse Show, the Six Bar and Gala on Sat., Aug. 2 at the Sonoma Horse Park. This is the second year Gucci has partnered with Sonoma Horse Park and Giant Steps Charity Classic. Gucci's commitment to the global sport of show jumping is well established. Gucci proudly sponsors top riders Edwina Tops-Alexander and Jessica Springsteen, and presents the annual Gucci Paris Masters.

"We are honored to once again partner with Gucci on the Giant Steps Charity Classic," says the Sonoma Horse Park's owner Ashley Herman. "Gucci's strong equestrian heritage makes them an ideal partner for the SHP. Saturday's Gala has always been the most anticipated event of the season, and together with Gucci, we will present an unforgettable evening of elegance and excellence featuring a six bar competition, seated dinner, live auction, and an inspirational riding demonstration by Giant Steps riders."

Now in its fifth year, Giant Steps Charity Classic showcases top equestrians from up-and-coming junior riders to some of our nation's best. Additionally, the 2014 edition of Giant Steps Charity Classic has received a Premier (AA) rating from the USEF, the prize money has increased to over $140,000, and each evening boasts a featured competition and event, all of which benefit the programs at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. The two title events of the weekend are the Six Bar and Gala presented by Gucci on Saturday evening and the $40,000 Shaklee Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

July 11 is the deadline to register for Gala VIP tables and individual tickets via www.giantstepsriding.org. For more information on the whole competition, visit www.sonomahorsepark.com.

Ventura County Fair Horse Show
August 4 & 5 in Ventura County

English day is Tuesday, Aug. 5, with a slate of 30-plus classes, from cross-rails to jumping. Wednesday is Western Day, with divisions from halter to speed and trail. All breeds are welcome and the event is recognized by the American Paint Horse Assn. and the Appaloosa Horse Club. The Greater Los Angeles Paint Horse Club has partnered with the Ventura County Fairgrounds staff to bring this show back to the Fair.

For more information, contact Sue Fleczok at 805-527-9655 or whoopteedoowest@sbcglobal.net.

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