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October 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 04:01
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After spending much of August working from a quiet family cabin in Northern Idaho, coming home to the beginning of medal finals season and various league wrap-ups was a bit of a head-spinner.

While going to press for this issue, I jumped back into the whirlwind with a weekend at Blenheim EquiSports’ International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano. It was one-stop shopping for the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals and the EMO Insurance/USHJA’s 3’3” Jumping Seat Finals Medal Finals, won by Emma Catherine Reichow and Nicole McMillion, respectively. Not to mention the five North American League jumpers and hunter finals for the West Coast and the final round of the Markel Insurance Grand Prix league before the finals at the Las Vegas National next month.


October 2019 - Escola del Sol
Written by photos: Erpelding Photography
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:45
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A place in the sun for Portuguese Classical Training, Iberian horses and equestrian enlightenment.

photos: Erpelding Photography

In realizing their own equestrian dreams, Sarah Pinney of Sun Hill Training and Ann Rogers, owner of Escola Del Sol, have created a magical world to which like-minded enthusiasts are welcome. The training, breeding and sales of Iberian horses, Portuguese Classical Training Methods, Working Equitation, Dressage, boarding and clinics are all on the menu. Plus, the beautiful property in San Diego County’s Ramona has a wonderful Airbnb apartment for visitors.

October 2019 - Arnell Sporthorses
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:38
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Ongoing winning streak puts Central California eventing program in ascent mode.

by Kim F. Miller

Lauren Burnell’s 2-year-old son Royce already has an impressive point on his future resume: kickstarting Arnell Sporthorses into high gear as a source for top eventing prospects in America. His mom, Lauren Burnell, an accomplished amateur eventer, and professional Rebecca Braitling are the principals of the business and his grandparents, Roger and Joelle Burnell, are key investors. But without Royce’s arrival, Arnell Sporthorses might have continued as a small, quiet endeavor focused only on finding a few good horses for Lauren.

October 2019 - Galway Downs Preview: The Secret’s Out
Written by article and photos by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:31
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Exhibitor & fan upgrades galore for Galway Downs International Horse Trials on Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

article and photos by Kim F. Miller

Any hope eventers had of keeping Galway Downs as their own Shangri-La got blown away this past year. New, elite competitions let the international dressage community and national hunter/jumper exhibitors in on the fact that the venue in Southern California’s beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country is an ideal place to excel in and enjoy top sport.

October 2019 - Smith Steals The Show
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:06
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Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials sees Pan Am Games team gold medalist continue to shine.

With a new course designer at the helm and divisions that spanned from Intro through the CCI4*S level, it was an action packed weekend at the Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials that concluded Sept. 22 in Paso Robles.

October 2019 - Fast Growing Dressage Program
Written by by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:58
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LEGIS League Hosts its Second Annual Dressage Finals at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center.

by Brooke Goddard • photos: Tamara with the Camera

Competitors finished out their summer strong at the second annual LEGIS League Dressage Finals at the Starr Vaughn Summer Dressage Finale (Aug. 23-25) hosted at Michele Vaughn’s beautiful facility located near Elk Grove, Ca.

The LEGIS League is a popular awards program sponsored by, Horsemen Insuring Horsemen. Since its inception last year, LEGIS League Dressage has doubled its membership, and expanded to include 12 categories – encompassing all levels from Training Level through Prix St. Georges for juniors, amateurs, and professionals.

October 2019 - What’s New?
Written by by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE • ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life™ All Rights Reserved
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:48
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New Bi-NateLine of saddles continues Schleese’s cutting edge traditions.

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

Schleese continues to be an industry leader in developing and using the latest technology in the saddlery department, and what we are working on right now underlines that.

It’s important to be able to determine the amount of pressure exerted on a horse’s back during riding – something that has long been known and researched using mainly computerized saddle pads, which have been on the market for some time now. They consist of (usually) 256 individual sensors which can measure in split seconds the amount of pressure under any given saddle on the horse’s back. Of course, the action of a horse in motion will make this picture change with almost every step, but overall, it is quite easy to determine where the problem spots are. This whole process usually requires the use of a very expensive pad (which not every saddle fitter has, of course), and more importantly – the ability to diagnose what is being seen and then make the necessary changes to the fit of the saddle.

October 2019 - Next Level Win
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:37
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Rosemary Bilson wins the inaugural LAHJA Mary Jane Watson Medal Final.

The Gold Coast Labor Day Horse Show (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) hosted the inaugural LAHJA Mary Jane Watson Medal Final presented by Calabasas Saddlery. Twelve-year-old Rosemary Bilson aboard Dealmaker sealed the deal in her first medal final appearance. “My goal was to have two consistent rounds and work on having a good pace,” Rosemary explained. “I wanted to keep my horse listening to me and in front of my leg.” This final was held in the past by the Tri-Valley Horse Shows Association.

October 2019 - CPHA Winners
Written by photos: Holly Casner
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:25
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Sydney Shelby, Talise Baker-Matsuoka, Michelle Gaubert are stars of CPHA finalés in NorCal.

photos: Holly Casner

West Palms Events hosted the CPHA Style of Riding Northern Championship, the CPHA Child/Adult Medal Finals, and the CPHA Horsemanship Medal Finals during the the Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival II the first week of September.

“Medals are really a stepping stone to excellence in the other jumping disciplines,” said West Palms Events CEO Dale Harvey. “We love hosting medal finals and seeing these dedicated riders performing so well in such a competitive environment.”

October 2019 - IEHJA News: Come One, Come All
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:50
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Galway Downs is new location for IEHJA Year End Show Nov. 7-10.

by Patti Schooley

Inland Empire Hunter/Jumper Association president Gretchen Clark is excited to hold this year’s Fall Festival at beautiful Galway Downs in Temecula. This new venue “offers the facilities necessary to grow our year end show,” she states. Now, jumper classes can be offered both Thursday the 7th and Friday the 8th. Clark expects this two-day format to attract more jumper riders particularly from the local area. “It no longer made sense for Inland Empire to hold its year end final in Los Angeles County. The bulk of our competitors come from the Inland Empire, Greater San Diego and Orange County.” The Temecula location is central to these competitors.


October 2019 - The Gallop: Para To The People!
Written by by Kim F. Miller • photos by Kim F. Miller, taken during the 2017 Symposium at Ride On
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:53
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Californians on a quest to increase para-dressage participation.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Kim F. Miller, taken during the 2017 Symposium at Ride On

Continuing the momentum of earning an unprecedented four individual medals at the World Equestrian Games last summer, the U.S. Para Dressage Team won the Championships at the Tryon Fall Dressage CPEDI3*, held in mid-September in North Carolina. This latest top-level victory reflects the success of the US Para-Dressage Team’s mission, stated head of coach development Michel Assouline.

October 2019 - The North American Working Equitation Championship
Written by photos: Michael T. Photography
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:41
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New championship for “new” discipline coming to Del Mar Horsepark, October 11-13.

photos: Michael T. Photography

The North American Working Equitation Championships, featuring horses and riders from as far away as Michigan and Alberta, Canada, will include three jam-packed days of competition.

October 2019 - Meg Pellegrini & Ganymede
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:34
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“Boss pony” and young rider are in it to win it.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

At their first competition together, Meg Pellegrini and the Connemara Thoroughbred pony Ganymede started off with a 23 dressage score in their Beginner Novice test. That was in 2015 when Meg was 11. They finished on that score to win the division and since then the dynamic duo has been in the winners circle, up to Preliminary and CCI2*, more often than not.

October 2019 - James Alliston & Helen Bouscaren
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:09
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Galway Downs International sees equestrian couple compete, call friends together and commit to wedded bliss.

by Kim F. Miller

However James Alliston and Helen Bouscaren do at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, there’s going to be a big party. James will be competing at the top level, the CCI4*-L, and Helen will tackle the CCI3*-L. Whatever their results, after both finish their final show jumping phase on Sunday, Nov. 3, they’ll transform into bride and groom and tie the knot at a special spot on the cross-country course with the sunset as their backdrop.

October 2019 - New Course Designer
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:04
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Hugh Lochore joins Paso Robles eventing venue as cross-country course designer.

Twin Rivers Ranch welcomes world-renowned cross-country course designer Hugh Lochore as their new cross country course designer for the Intermediate through CCI4* levels, beginning with the International event staged in September. This will be the first time FEI divisions will be included in the Fall Horse Trials in several years as the organizing committee expanded the program following record entries at their April FEI event.

October 2019 - Revised World Cup Jumping League
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:55
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Sacramento & Las Vegas retain qualifiers in next cycle of qualifiers starting with 2020/2021 season.

The FEI has announced qualifiers for the next three seasons of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League.

Following a very competitive bidding and evaluation process, the FEI has allocated the eight qualifiers of this prestigious league in the USA, Canada and Mexico confirming the location and dates across the continent for seasons 2020/2021 through to 2022/2023.

October 2019 - Dressage News & Views
Written by by Nan Meek
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:46
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dressage news

Volunteer Road Trip: 16,000 steps, worn-out socks, and even more fun than expected at California Dressage Society Championships.

by Nan Meek

“Let’s volunteer at Championships!” said the text message from my friend. Why not, I thought. We weren’t showing this year, so we wouldn’t be competing. And we both know how much volunteers are needed, difficult to get, and even more difficult for a show to run without – especially a championship show.

The Great American/United States Dressage Federation Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show (aka “Championships”) was held this year on Sept. 19-22 at the Murieta Equestrian Center near Sacramento, a two and a quarter hour drive away.

October 2019 - A Moving Tradition
Written by photos: McCool Photography
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:30
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Kaitlin Perry tops 48th Annual Foxfield Medal Final in its first staging outside its Westlake Village home.

photos: McCool Photography

It is most certainly a special day when generations of riders gather to be a part of a momentous occasion. The event was the Foxfield Medal Finals, which for the first time in 47 years were held on a property outside of Westlake Village. Blenheim EquiSports was honored to host the 48th Annual Finals on the grass of The Oaks International Grand Prix Field in San Juan Capistrano on Sept. 15.  After two rounds and a work-off, Kaitlin Perry led the victory gallop.

October 2019 - PCHA Power Houses
Written by photos: Captured Moment Photography
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:54
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Skylar Wireman, Melia Gross & Renee Rodda top PCHA Finals at 62nd Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show.

photos: Captured Moment Photography

Skylar Wireman had a red-letter weekend at the 62nd Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show (PBNHS) on Sept. 6-8 at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

She captured the win in the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association’s Horsemanship Medal Finals for Riders 14 and under with a stellar work-off aboard Lisa Halterman’s Hot Pants. She dominated the Junior Hunters with her Captivated and was a force to contend with in the major jumper classes with Avalon. Skylar won the $10,000 Harman Family Junior/ Amateur Owner Jumper Classic and was third in the $5,000 Red Onion Jumper Classic. For her efforts, she was presented with the inaugural Carol Dean Porter Jumper Style of Riding Award from Carol herself.

October 2019 - Julia Stone Tops Maclay Region 8 Finals
Written by photos: McCool Photography
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:37
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Emily Williams receives 4th Annual Shelby Drazan Memorial Award.

photos: McCool Photography

Forty-seven riders competed under the lights in the Indoor Arena at Blenheim Farms on the evening of Sat., Sept. 16, vying for a prize in the Region 8 section of the 2019 NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Championships. Their trainers, friends, and family filled the stands and VIP in San Juan Capistrano as the competitors navigated the course’s equitation challenges. In her second time competing in the Maclay Regionals, Julia Stone rode Let’s Go, owned by James Hagman, to a solid first round, then followed up with a commanding flat phase to take a well-earned victory.

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