March 2019 - Classic Equine Equipment


Twenty-eight years of experience enable customers to fulfill barn building, updating or renovating needs, preferences and dreams.

Substitute the word “horse-keeping” for “hardware” in Ace Hardware’s catchy jingle, “Ace, your helpful hardware place,” and you have the perfect lyric for a Classic Equine Equipment jingle: “Classic Equine Equipment, your helpful horse-keeping place.” It doesn’t rhyme as well, but it conveys Classic Equine’s firm place at the top of the stable equipment industry and explains how it got there: helping each client fulfill their needs, preferences and dreams.

March 2019 - Rain Wreckage


Hoof Haven Farm battles creek-turned-raging river during Valentine’s Day storm.

“We’ve lost our battle with the creek,” Teri Cagle posted on the Friends of Fallbrook Facebook page.  And that was the last thing she did on her phone Thursday Feb. 14 as the Valentine’s Day rains swept through her 10-acre equestrian property, Hoof Haven Farm, in San Diego County’s Fallbrook.

March 2019 - Equine Land Advocacy


Many forms of action lead to the desired result of preserving land for owning & enjoying horses.

by Denise Y. O’Meara for Equine Land Conservation Resource

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is, in basic sense, the act of publicly speaking, writing or recommending on behalf of or in support of an idea, action, cause, policy or proposal. It can also be, specifically, helping persons to achieve their needs in terms of rights. There is even an Advocacy charter, but we won’t get into that here. We’re going to talk about advocating for what your equine community needs, and how to do it.

February 2019 - The Gallop: The Gold Star Clinic


Learning to train, develop feel and build a broad knowledge base are focus of excellent educational event.

by Kim F. Miller

“To be great, you have to be able to ride horses of many different types and to solve problems.” And to love that aspect of the sport.

That was an underlying message from renowned international show jumper Katie Monahan Prudent, the lead clinician in the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star clinic. Now in its second year, the West Coast Gold Star took place Jan. 17-20 at HITS Coachella, concurrent with the first week of the hunter/jumper show circuit.

February 2019 - Well Earned Prize


$25,000 prize enables hard working Los Angeles dressage trainer to do more hard work.

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) has announced that Lehua Custer and F.J. Ramzes, owned by Wendy Sasser, have been awarded the 2019 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize in the amount of $25,000. Lehua was selected because she displays the characteristics and qualities of being a talented, committed, qualified rider with plans to reach and excel at the international levels of dressage.


February 2019 - A Parent’s Perspective


Sharing the love of horses with your offspring.

by Alice Chan

From the time he could toddle, whenever there was the opportunity, I would put my son, Benjamin, atop ponies. Round little chestnut miniature horses at the farmer’s market. A grey Welsh pony in rainy England. Tucked in front of me on a beach trail horse.

March 2019 - Britta Pedersen: Healed and Helping Others


Former top rider helps equestrians excel as a physical therapist and performance training fitness expert focused on sport-specifics for equestrians.

National Three-Star Champion eventer Frankie Thieriot Stutes thought a generic gym work-out would suffice as a saddle-time supplement fitness-wise. While getting a chance to work with Britta Pedersen, Frankie learned she was sorely wrong about that. And, we do mean sorely wrong.

Working with Frankie at the behest of US eventing chef d’equipe Erik Duvander, Britta designed a sport specific training program for Frankie, with an exercise prescription tailored to her strengths and weaknesses. Britta recalls Frankie first describing the work-out as not too hard, then calling the next day to report that muscles she never knew she had were reporting otherwise – very loudly.

March 2019 - The Mustang


New mainstream film depicts successful program through which convicts train wild Mustangs.

The Mustang is about Roman, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past. He is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer, played by Bruce Dern, and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider, played by Jason Mitchell, Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable Mustang.

March 2019 - The Gallop: On The Eventing Lookout


Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander likes what he sees out West.

by Kim F. Miller

The annual fundraising clinic at Galway Downs celebrated its 21st year in January and the concept of having 20-plus trainers work all weekend with a flow of new horse/rider pairs is a familiar phenomenon for most who took part.

But it was all new for USEF High Performance Director Erik Duvander, who served along with Ian Stark as coach for the highest level of participants. “To see that many trainers and horses simultaneously, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m very impressed with the initiative,” he said. “It’s nice to see coaches putting that time in for free, to see the funds it brought to the sport. The whole experience was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope to be invited back again next year.”


February 2019 - Technology in a Traditional Industry


Cutting-edge apps and software enhance equestrian lives.

by Emily Riden / Jump Media

Modern horse sport is based on distinctly old-fashioned traditions. Hunter and jumper riders compete in formal jackets and breeches that mimic those traditionally worn in the foxhunting field. Equestrians of all disciplines mount their horses from the left side because, historically, mounted soldiers carried their swords on the left. No matter the form of riding, tradition runs deep in the way things are done throughout the equestrian industry.

February 2019 - Editor’s Notes


Next year my New Year’s resolution is going to be cloning myself at least three ways. Last month in Southern California, the third weekend of January had three great educational events taking place concurrently, and we could only get to two: the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic with Katie Prudent and the California Dressage Society’s Annual Meeting and Health Fair. It helped that the Gold Star Clinic began on a Thursday, so we hit two days of that at HITS Coachella, then to Anaheim for the CDS get-together. I was sad to miss the Galway Downs eventing clinic headlined by chef d’equipe Erik Duvander and Ian Stark, along with 20-plus local eventing celebrities. Fortunately, participating young rider Kelsey Holmes has agreed to report on her experience for our March issue.


January 2019 - The Gallop: The Equine Platform


New horse selling/buying endeavor brings outside tech into the equestrian arena.

by Kim F. Miller

It didn’t take long for rising Grand Prix jumping star Mavis Spencer to sign on with start-up company The Equine Platform. She didn’t know much about the thriving luxury car marketing companies Donny Gath operates, but she recognized the equestrian world applications of his expertise early in his call to recruit her to the new company.

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