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Reining Clinic with Casey Deary
May 11-12 in Temecula
The California Reining Horse Assn. hosts this clinic with 2012 National Reining Horse Assn. Futurity Champion Casey Deary. This opportunity to learn from the best is suitable for everyone from entry-level Non Pro riders to veterans of the Open division. Auditors are welcome, too. The clinic will be held at Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula. Participation fee is $350 and auditing is $30
Visit www.calreining.com or call 951-205-0245 to register and/or get more information.
Poker Ride Time
May 18 in San Diego County's Lakeside
The Lakeside Frontier Riders group is a long-time fixture in the San Diego equestrian community and their major annual fundraiser, the Poker Ride, is popular with riders far and wide. It is staged out of the Tumbleweed Arena in Lakeside and follows a six-mile riverbed course that's suitable for all experience levels. Registration is $25 in advance and $35 on the day of and both include lunch after the ride. Additional poker hands are available for $5 a pop, with a $150 first place cash prize at stake. The day also features a silent auction and a raffle for terrific prizes.
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Common Ground Clinic
May 19 in San Diego County's Twin Oaks Valley
The Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association had such a good response to their first Common Ground Clinic that they are bringing it back this year to the Walnut Grove Park Arena. Demonstrating and discussing horsemanship skills for riders in any discipline, the clinic's presenters are dressage trainer Angie Taylor, western trainer Robin Bond and hunter/jumper trainer Michelle Parker. Angie's emphasis will be rider biomechanics and their impact on the horse; Robin will focus on techniques for negotiating common obstacles found on the area's trails; and Michelle will share her methods for bringing out the best in horse and rider.
There are opportunities for riding in and/or auditing the sessions individually or doing all three. Proceeds from rider and auditor fees will help the Equestrian Association keep Twin Oaks Valley and surrounding areas horse and rider friendly.
For more information, contact Patty Morton at 760-744-0780 or email@example.com and/or visit www.KeepItEquestrian.com.
Memorial Day Classic
May 23-27 in Burbank
The Langer Equestrian Group's Memorial Day Classic hunter/jumper show is a highlight of the late-spring calendar for good reasons. One of those reasons is the California Professional Horseman's Association Foundation Bowling Benefit that returns to this year's show. With funding requests made of the CPHA Foundation on behalf of Devon Gibson, Kathy Hobstetter and Allison Sherred, a successful Bowling Benefit Fundraiser will aid these horsemen greatly. So, don those funky shoes, find your best bowling shirt, and come out for a night of laughs, strikes and spares, and a good time while supporting a valuable cause.
For information, contact George Chatigny at
Another highlight is the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which this year is presented in partnership with After the Finish Line. This charity raises funds to help Thoroughbred programs aimed at giving off-the-track Thoroughbreds a new career. Come support this great cause and watch some of the best hunters in the West.
The Classic's other special events include the $30,000 Grand Prix and the Classic Equitation Challenge, which is a team event that's usually as fun for the spectators as it is for the participants.
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All Morgan Spring Classic Horse Show
May 25-27 in Temecula
The beautiful wine country of Temecula is the setting for the 52nd All Morgan Spring Classic Horse Show on May 25-27. There will be Halter, English, Driving, Western, Hunt and Carriage classes, plus walk/trot and leadline for the younger set. The venue is Casner Ranch.
This year's show features additional attractions for longtime Morgan enthusiasts and newbies alike. On Saturday afternoon there will be a presentation on Cowboy Dressage narrated by Northern California trainer and judge Garn Walker. The difference between Western Dressage and Cowboy Dressage will be one of the topics on Garn's docket.
Sunday afternoon features a showcase of Morgans available for purchase. Each horse will be presented in the ring for six minutes, in whatever manner the owner feels best shows him off. Supported with printed information on the horse's accomplishments, the showcase is a terrific way to appreciate the breed's versatility and showmanship. And, if you're in the market for a new horse, all the better!
The Spring Classic is hosted by the Morgan Horse Club of Southern California and the show is 4-star rated by the American Morgan Horse Assn. Daryl Hopson of Walla Walla, WA will serve
Visit the Club's website for more information: www.mhcsc.org or contact show manager Mary K Hartman at 909-226-2281.
Various dates, starting June 1, in Marin County's Woodacre
The family-owned Dickson Ranch in Woodacre is preparing for its three summer english/western schooling shows. The dates are June 1, July 13 and Aug. 10. These are great opportunities to get a little show mileage for beginners or experienced hoses and riders in need of a tune-up.
The 50-acre ranch is surrounded by meadows and redwood groves, so it's a beautiful place to spend the day. Owned by the same family for six generations, the 100-horse-plus boarding and training facility is managed with an emphasis on family enjoyment, so visitors can expect a warm welcome and a good time.
The schooling shows will be judged by
Jan Bolds, Heather Corfee and Melanie
Dickson Ranch is also set with the dates for its four summer camps run by trainer Dawn Ellen. The first runs June 24-28. All feature riding and horsemanship instruction, plus swimming, art and other fun activities.
For more information on the schooling shows and the camps, call 415-488-0454 or visit
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