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Youth & Yearling Challenge

Entry deadline Sept. 1, Competition: Nov. 29, in Riverside
The Youth and Yearling Challenge (YAY) is a cooperative effort between the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Trainer Incentive Program and the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program to increase the adoption of BLM American Mustangs through innovative gentling competitions and awareness programs. The YAY program is also designed to help youth build and improve their horsemanship skills and life skills through competition. This competition will be hosted and managed by TIP trainer Sue Watkins of Riverside.

The competition runs for 60 days from Sept. 27-Nov. 29, and is open to youth aged 8 to 17 who meet the event's criteria. The final test consists of three preliminary in-hand classes measuring body condition, grooming and showmanship, an obstacle course and a demonstration of horsemanship skills. Youth trainers who complete the event can keep their Mustang for an adoption fee of just $25, and they will receive $200 toward the horse's care. Competitors who don't plan to keep their Mustang are asked to find willing adopters to buy the horse at the end of competition auction and the trainer can keep the sale proceeds, above the $25 BLM transfer fee.

For more information, contact Sue Watkins at horseysue@gmail.com or 530-318-1974.

Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Sept. 6-7 in Aqua Dulce

The Morgan Horse Club of Southern California is hosting a cowboy dressage clinic with Dianne Olds Rossi at Weber Training Stables in Aqua Dulce. Riders of all experience levels and horses of all breeds are welcome. There are spots for nine riders to work with Dianne in morning and afternoon sessions, with lunch and group discussion in the afternoon. Spectators are welcome, too, for a $10 fee.

On Saturday, Dianne will perform a cowboy dressage freestyle exhibition after the clinic sessions. It should be a treat for those familiar with Dianne's "world of dancing horses" legacy and newcomers alike.
For more information and/or to sign up for the clinic, contact Kris Hubbard at 714-397-7204 or kristinehubbard@sbcglobal.net.

Dutch Warmblood Keuring Tour
Sept. 15 and 16-17 in Somis and Hanford

With breeding season wrapping up, horsemen and women are now turning their attention to the preparation of their best young horses for annual inspections.  With that in mind, the KWPN-NA (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America) recently announced dates and locations for the 2014 KWPN-NA Keuring Tour.  A respected jury of Royal Dutch Sport Horse experts including Lana Sneddon (IN) and Deborah P. Harrison, DVM (CA) will be joined by fellow judges Bart Henstra and Arie Hamoen of the Netherlands in a whirlwind tour of keurings at 13 different sites in the United States and Canada during the month of September, looking for the "best of the best" from North American breeders as foals, yearlings, young horses, geldings, stallions and mares are evaluated for conformation, movement and potential talent for sport.

"The keuring tour is very important for our breeders and for the studbook," explains Willy Arts, Chairman of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors and long-time breeder with DG Bar Ranch in Central California's Hanford. "The primary goals are quality control for the breed here in North America as well as to educate both breeders and spectators." Equine veterinarian, sport horse breeding judge, successful breeder and stallion owner Dr. Deborah Harrison of Lio Lomas Dutch Warmbloods in San Juan Bautista, agreed with Arts.

These keurings give breeders an objective opinion of their horses and how they meet the Dutch system's expectations and goals for their type of horse and sport direction," said Harrison.  "Our goal as judges is to evaluate, educate and advise the participants at a keuring, imparting as much information as we can. We advise them on what they may need to improve on, since as breeders their goal is always to improve the next generation. We see wonderful horses on this tour, and I always enjoy being part of the jury and I am happy to help breeders in any way I can to pursue their breeding goals."

Participation in last year's KWPN-NA keurings increased markedly over previous tours, and both Sneddon and Arts expect the growth and support for the Royal Dutch Sport Horse to continue among North American breeders.

The tour comes to California Sept. 15 at the El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis and Sept. 16-17 at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford. For more general information, visit www.kwpn-na.org or www.elsuenoequestriancenter.com and www.dgbarranch.com for specifics on the keurings at those locations.

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