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July 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 01 July 2019 02:57
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This was a heartbreaking month. On June 23, Don Trotter passed away after a short illness. Partner with his wife Pam in Sunsprite Warmbloods, Don touched many lives on the West Coast eventing scene and well beyond. He was a special advocate of volunteering and led by his own example in many ways, over many years, at many events and on a nationally impactful level. He was kind, wise, joyful, positive and funny. He will be mourned and missed but not forgotten because of the indelible impression he made on many hearts. We re-arranged our lay-out at the last minute to place his farewell on page 47, next to pictures of this year’s Area VI Young Riders heading to Rebecca Farm for the NAYC. You know he will be cheering you – and the rest of us – on in spirit.

July 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Monday, 01 July 2019 02:50
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Installment #13, The Ranch.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

The Ranch.

She wasn’t sure that she wanted to be there. And yet it was as close to home as she could imagine.

Kids everywhere. She never did like kids. But she had to admit, these kids were pretty cool. They all worked hard for the privilege of riding at the Ranch. Dee made sure of that. If you didn’t work hard, you didn’t last at the Ranch. Kids who wanted to go to fancy shows moved on, kids who didn’t want to get dirty left. What remained was a group of kids, age eight to 19 that weren’t afraid to dig in and do what needed to get done. Yeah, she had to admit, these kids were okay. Dogs, barn cats and those damn goats. Dee called it “Ann’s junkyard” because so many of the lifelong residents of the Ranch had come from her barn at the track.

July 2019 - A Lovely Day of Dressage
Written by by Sydney Callaway
Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:00
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Arroyo Del Mar’s Musical Freestyle Exhibition & Open House


by Sydney Callaway

Nestled in the Rancho Santa Fe hills of San Diego, the Arroyo Del Mar facilities provide a zen-esque atmosphere to its elite dressage trainers and boarders. The masterminds behind the facilities are familiar figures to the dressage world and podiums. In 2005, Shannon Peters convinced her husband, Steffen Peters, to open their own training and boarding facilities. What felt like a risky endeavor at the time now exemplifies the Peters’ style: orderly, successful, and classy.

July 2019 - Show Report - Temecula Valley National Horse Show II & III
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:17
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New hunter/jumper show finishes second season on a high note.

by Elaine Wessel

Following the second week of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show in mid-June, two more weeks of riding returned to Galway Downs from May 22-26 and May 29-June 2. The highlight event of the third week was the $40,000 MediVet Equine National Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 25, which ended with John Pearce adding yet another victory to his trophy case in Temecula, as he and Firestone S overcame the field as the swiftest double-clean pair to secure the greatest stake of the prize money. As the best-performing rider under the age of 25, Alex Volpi navigated Foster 39 to first prize in the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic.

July 2019 - D - R - E - S - S - A - G - E
Written by by Nan Meek
Monday, 01 July 2019 02:54
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dressage news

Eight ways it shapes our lives.

by Nan Meek

After writing for one of my clients about what horses contribute to a community, I got to thinking about what my favorite riding discipline - dressage - contributes to those of us who practice it.

Numerous books about classical dressage describe the historic practice of horsemanship by royalty and nobles as part of a “gentleman’s education”.

July 2019 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:13
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California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by August 1st for the September issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

July 2019 - Show Report - The Spring Event at Woodside
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:51
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Emotional Advanced win for Sara Sellmer & PDQ Leigh: James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso KD top Intermediate division.

Winning an Advanced division anytime is a big deal. It was even bigger for Canadian professional Sara Sellmer, who did so at the Spring Event at Woodside aboard Jill Walton’s PDQ Leigh. In 2016 at the same venue, Sara’s horse, TF Kreisler, died following an incident on the CCI*** course and Sara hadn’t been back since.

July 2019 - Show Report - USHJA WCHR Hunter Spectacular
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:06
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Jenny Karazissis gets a second win of special class, this time aboard Really.

After two rounds of exceptional hunter performances Jenny Karazissis and Michelle Cobb’s Really were crowned the 2019 champions of the $25,000 USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Their high score of 91.5 in the second round and 180.12 total combined score secured their victory over Katie Taylor and Bravado Farms LLC’s L’Con Reyes with a score of 176.12, and Leslie Steele aboard Glen Haven Farm LLC’s Park City with a score of 175.25.

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