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August 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:40
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This month I am particularly struck by and grateful for the work of our California Riding Magazine contributors, “old-timers” and newbies alike. Our longtime Dressage News & Views columnist Nan Meek not only wrote about the Herculean logistics involved in staging a dressage show, she helped to actually stage a CDS show during this issue’s deadline and wrote the “heroic” cover story about the WHOA! Woodside Day Of the Horse in such a way that I am already making plans to experience the October event myself. Who could resist such horsing around?

August 2019 - A Many-Faceted Practice
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:35
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Sensitivity tops an amateur rider’s long list of reasons for riding with Anne Howard.

Constance Broz was stumped by the request for a brief summary of what she likes most about working with Anne Howard – only by the “brief” part, though.

“There are so many facets to her practice,” says the amateur dressage rider who came to Anne for physical therapy and later moved her horse to Anne’s barn to enter full training. “In a word, it’s the ‘sensitivity’ to read where the horse and rider are at.”

August 2019 - ProElite
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:22
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Ultra-Premium horse feed now available across the U.S.

For horse owners focused on performance, choosing the right feed can make all the difference. Now, horse owners across the U.S. have access to the best horse feed line on the market. ProElite® feeds, the market’s first ultra-premium horse feed, give horse owners the confidence they need to win.

August 2019 - PEMF
Written by by Amanda Lamb
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:13
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Results convert equestrian from skeptic to believer in Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy.

by Amanda Lamb

As a horse owner and rider, my number one priority is keeping my horses feeling good, physically and mentally. Along with regular medical treatment and supervision, I’ve been using Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy regularly on my horses for over a year. I was so impressed by the results I saw in my horses, along with other horses in my barn, that I completed training with the machine to become a PEMF technician.

August 2019 - Horses Go Where Reiki Flows
Written by by Cheri Gross
Friday, 02 August 2019 01:55
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Energy force modality is often called “first aid in your hands.”

by Cheri Gross

Lots of lucky equines throughout California are experiencing the power of Reiki. Never heard of Reiki? Head over to Sometimes called “first aid in your hands,’ reiki is a universal life force energy. Reiki energy flows through the reiki practitioner to the person or animal (horse in this instance) being presented with the reiki energy. Reiki is not new; it’s been practiced since the 1800’s.

August 2019 - Dressage News & Views
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 02 August 2019 01:43
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dressage news

On with the show!

by Nan Meek

There’s a dressage show almost every weekend within reasonable driving distance of the little patch of paradise I call home, most of them organized by either a professional show manager or a commercial equestrian center.

These days, most of those dressage shows are “three-star,” meaning they are recognized by CDS, USDF, and USEF (officially, California Dressage Society, United States Dressage Federation, and United States Equestrian Federation). A few of them are “one-star” shows, recognized only by CDS.

August 2019 - The Saddle as a Prosthetic?
Written by by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE, ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life™ All Rights Reserved
Thursday, 01 August 2019 22:15
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Proper saddle fit has many therapeutic benefits.

by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE, ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life™ All Rights Reserved

I realize that discussing the saddle as a purely “therapeutic device” for riding may be a bit of a stretch, but I do want to make a point here for the use of the saddle as a helpful “prosthetic” when allowing a rider to sit properly.

August 2019 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:11
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Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, job changes, new hires, marriages, new management and barn moves. Send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!

August 2019 - Thinking Differently
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:52
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Emerging Athletes Program clinician Jimmy Wofford delivers five days of new and old horsemanship knowledge.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

“I make a career out of repeating myself,” said three-time Olympic eventing medalist Jimmy Wofford during the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program June 26-30 in Los Angeles. But the riding clinician’s knowledge is so deep and broad he actually didn’t repeat himself very often over five days working with 23 students, aged 13 to 24, and with 3’ and 3’6” jumping experience.

August 2019 - Thoroughbred Makeover: California Contenders
Written by by Kaitlyn Zaleski
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:41
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Eight California Thoroughbred trainers headed for Kentucky this fall.

by Kaitlyn Zaleski

Hot summer days and a busy schedule while getting ready for my wedding at the end of July led to a quiet month for Hula’s Thoroughbred Makeover training. Considering the very active spring and early summer that we’ve had, I think this has actually been the perfect excuse to give Hula some down time. We did recently take one trip into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada for the day to do some hill work. She has become such a pro at hauling that the trip required zero training moments and was just pure fun! She even expertly navigated three different water crossings, something we’ve struggled with in the past.

August 2019 - The Gallop: Anne Howard Interview
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:36
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Passion for horses, dressage and biomechanics enable Northern California equestrian to carry on her mother’s legacy, for everybody’s benefit.

by Kim F. Miller

Anne Howard is a big fan of CeeCoach blue-tooth communication devices that enable her to say things like “Move your left PEA forward” to a warm-up ring student at shows without the whole world hearing. “We used to have to yell those kind of things across the arena and we got a lot of funny looks,” says the dressage coach, trainer and Grand Prix rider and physical therapist and owner of the American Sporthorse and the Center for Dressage Education in the Monterey area’s Watsonville. Anne explains that PEA stands for “panty elastic line,” a term her riders know as a specific point of seatbone connection with the saddle.


August 2019 - WHOA!
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:27
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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse.

by Nan Meek

What do horseback riders who enjoy dressing in super heroines and heroes costumes to ride the Woodside trails, equine artists of all ages, and families throughout the Bay Area have in common? The 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse, which this year expands to three days of equestrian festivities, Friday through Sunday, October 11, 12, and 13, with events throughout the Northern California “horse country” community of Woodside.

August 2019 - Hudson Aquatic Systems
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:20
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Aqua treadmill safely builds muscle, rehabs injuries and improves cardio, without stressing joints.

Injury to an equine athlete can be devastating and sometimes inevitable. Even a small injury that still allows them to compete hinders their overall ability to perform at their peak. Injury lay-up is a double-edged sword. The athlete cannot continue to practice and improve, while suffering muscle atrophy from the limited use of their muscles. Many injuries are caused by the lack of rest of the muscles and the pounding on the joints. Aquatic therapy with an AquaPacer underwater treadmill from Hudson Aquatic Systems uses the natural properties of water; buoyancy, temperature, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure, to create a perfect environment for equine athletes to build muscle, rehabilitate and increase cardio endurance all at the same time.

August 2019 - Joining The Resistance Movement
Written by by Alice Chan
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:09
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The power of the Equiband system in strengthening your horse’s core and hindquarters.

by Alice Chan

It’s a poorly kept secret that equestrians would rather get a second mortgage or live in their horse trailer, before we would part with our horse(s). Even when we should be counting our pennies, our wallets fly open for anything that promises to improve our equine partner’s life.  That said, there is one piece of equipment I wouldn’t go without: the Equiband resistance training bands created by Dr. Nicole Rombach.

August 2019 - Can Your Horse Handle the Vet?
Written by by Katharine V. Mertens, DVM
Friday, 02 August 2019 01:49
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Horses can be trained to cooperate with veterinary care.

by Katharine V. Mertens, DVM

Think of all the things horses learn to do for us: they pull, carry, jump, spin, slide, in a variety of gaits over all types of terrain. They are able to do these things willingly because they understand the job at hand.

In contrast, few domestic horses understand the “job” of being a veterinary patient. Veterinarians, and owners, may not realize how easy it could be to teach them.

August 2019 - Finding The Light
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 August 2019 22:20
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Terri Miller distinguished with the “Silver Camera.”

Terri Miller’s photographs are almost like paintings. She plays with the light, takes them from unusual angles and often lends her pictures a touch of poesy.

That might be because the US American is not only an excellent photographer, but also a passionate painter. And on top of that also a rider. Even if she hardly gets the chance to sit on a horse in the meantime.

August 2019 - California Dressage Society
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 August 2019 21:55
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association news

Peak of activity throughout the state.

July was a busy month for CDS, on both ends of the state. The Junior/Young Rider Championships, South, took place at Galway Downs in Temecula on July 13-14. That same weekend, an Equine Insurance/Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) was going on at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove.


August 2019 - California Pony Power
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:08
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Zone 10’s Pony Jumper Final team heads to Kentucky in title defense mode.

California’s top pony jumpers have a big task ahead: defending their twice-gold team past at the Pony Jumper Finals portion of the USEF National Pony Finals held Aug. 5-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The team is comprised of two veterans and two newcomers to this championship. All have high expectations for good performances and lots of fun.

August 2019 - Are You Prepared?
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:46
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Disaster planning for horse owners.

Horse owner preparedness is a 24/7, year-round requirement in California. The approach of National Preparedness Month in September is a good reminder to double check readiness for coping with wildfires, floods, mudslides and whatever else Mother Nature may throw our way.

Toward that end, here’s a good guide from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of several organizations to provide critical support during California’s recent disasters.

August 2019 - Area VI Young Rider Camp
Written by by Bruce Hill
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:39
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Education, friendships, morale building and fun highlight camp at Twin Rivers Ranch.

by Bruce Hill

When you attend Young Rider Camp you are guaranteed to have a great time. There is lots of fun to be had as you learn from different coaches, make new friends and grow old friendships throughout the week. Being around your horse, friends and great mentors all week is a great opportunity to learn in a fun, supportive environment. In my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with a week spent at Young Riders Camp.

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