Monthly Editorials
May 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:05

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After a recent work-out, my swim coach validated my enthusiasm for this issue’s annual celebration of riding programs and events that open the horse world to new people. She was fresh from a Saturday afternoon watching Grand Prix jumping at a Blenheim EquiSports show in San Juan Capistrano.  “The jumps were so big,” she said with wide eyes and a big smile. “The horses were so big! And we got to pet about 10 of them!”

 
May 2019 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:47

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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!

 

 
May 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:35

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High Fever: Installment #11

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Before the first break, Roxy and Ann had gotten eight horses to the track. Each horse trained smoothly and the girls laughed and joked like 12 year old girls riding at summer camp. The barn was running like a well-oiled machine. They were in the office planning the next sets when Jude Keenan stormed in. He refused to acknowledge Roxy’s presence and directed his comments but not his gaze to Ann while opening and closing the drawers on his desk, banging around as if to look for something.

 
April 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:05

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Even though the eight weeks of HITS Coachella hunter/jumper competition are already over, the start of the Del Mar National Horse Show always feels to me like the real start of the show season. Maybe it’s because the show includes three disciplines: dressage, western and hunter/jumper. Or maybe I’m showing my age in that my heyday as a junior competitor coincided with the Del Mar National being an all disciplines-rolled-into-one-affair and it was a big deal for us NorCal riders to trek south to be part of it.
I’m super excited to see the pageantry of dressage Freestyles, Night of Horse during Western Week, and the Grand Prix of Del Mar in early May. Hope to see many of you there!

 
April 2019 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

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Olivia Frost Joins Hansen Dam

Southern California equestrian hub, Hansen Dam Horse Park, adds another spoke of activity in welcoming dressage trainer Olivia Frost to its roster of resident professionals. Since taking over the Horse Park in late 2017, Managing Director Larry Langer has prioritized working with trainers who share his goal of bringing high-quality equestrian experiences to new and existing enthusiasts throughout the region.

 
April 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:56

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Accounting, installment #10.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

The Los Angeles traffic slowed to an afternoon crawl. She rested her head on the steering wheel and tuned into the DJ on the radio.

Recently, she’d switched from music to talk radio. The LA music scene had become tiresome. Her latest obsession was a talk show about sex and relationships. The show was hosted by a smart psychologist and a smart-ass comedian. The people who called in ranged from 14-year-olds calling in on a dare, to attention starved semi-celebrities hoping to shock the public into talking about them. Occasionally, there would be some interesting, legitimate questions.

 
Announcing New Founders Club Members & the New Leading Gold Tour Rider Award, presented by Club Hípico La Silla
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:00

Blenheim EquiSports is delighted to welcome the newest member of the 2019 Founders Club: Club Hípico La Silla & Alfonso Romo, Jr.

 

After years spent building its world-renowned horse breeding program, La Silla is once again poised to host the highest level of international competition on its gorgeous grass arenas at Club Hípico La Silla.

 
March 2019 - Thoroughbred Makeover: We’re Really Doing This!
Written by by Kaitlyn Zaleski
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:54

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KZ Equestrian jumps at the opportunity to represent California at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover during the inaugural year of the Team format.

by Kaitlyn Zaleski

It’s been nearly two weeks since Retired Racehorse Project released the list of trainers accepted to compete at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, and the excitement of receiving their email inviting me to be amongst the 673 selected trainers still hasn’t worn off! As a lifelong equestrian and Thoroughbred enthusiast, I have been a devoted fan of the Thoroughbred Makeover competition since its inception. And this year, for the first time, I won’t be watching from the sidelines.

 
March 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:25

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The Whole Enchilada & Three Phone Calls, Installments #8 & #9.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Ann exhaled, pounded her forehead into the steering wheel and wondered what to do next. With no other ideas in mind, Ann continued driving and was not surprised that the parking lot did not contain Johnny’s shiny Land Rover.

 

 
February 2019 - Dressage News & Views
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:28

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Knowledge, fun and friendships flow at CDS Annual Meeting & Health Fair.

California Dressage Society board members have been working on the idea of incorporating an equine health fair into the annual meeting for some time and this year they pulled it off beautifully.

 
January 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:36

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We are thrilled to kick off the New Year with this 100-page issue packed with educational, inspirational and newsworthy content. Thanks to all the individuals who lent their time as article sources and contributed thoughtful pieces.

For the fifth consecutive year, we are honored to produce personal tributes to the recipients of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association’s Special Awards. Each of their stories reflect the very best of the West Coast equestrian world that California Riding Magazine has been reporting on for 33 years.

 
January 2019 - Fair Warning - CDS Health Fair Could Change Your Life
Written by by Nan Meek
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:22

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“Health for the Horse, Health for the Rider” in Anaheim on January 20.

by Nan Meek

It’s a tradition to begin the New Year with new resolutions: lose weight, work out, move up a level (if you’re a dressage rider) or finally, at last, no excuses, get those flying changes confirmed! Variations on those themes occur annually, don’t they?

 

 
January 2019 - Rainbow Equus Stars
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:15

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The Winner’s Circle welcomes submissions and photos. E-mail them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
December 2018 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 19:11

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My Christmas wish is that we all continue contributing what we can to those struggling in the aftermath of November’s cruel fires: evaluating what we truly need against what we can give to those with more pressing needs. This issue’s articles detail our equestrian community’s renowned courage and generosity in the worst times. As we went to press just before Thanksgiving, the fires were out for the moment but the need for help will extend for months and years.

 
December 2018 - Farewell Clarinius
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:18

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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!

 
May 2019 - Dressage News & Views - Dressage Technology
Written by by Nan Meek
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:01

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Distance learning has a valuable place in our sport.

by Nan Meek

Dressage principles stretch back in time to Xenophon, the Greek general and student of Socrates who wrote the first surviving manual of horsemanship, The Art of Horsemanship. With the assistance of technology, the study of dressage can now stretch across space and time … or at least, across geography and time zones.

 
May 2019 - Thoroughbred Makeover: Weekend Adventures
Written by by Kaitlyn Zaleski
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:40

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Getting out & about with Hula brings big benefits.

by Kaitlyn Zaleski

After several months of what has felt like a “three steps forward, two steps backward” dynamic, it’s finally starting to feel like we are making consistent progress with Hula. She has become so sweet to be around and easy to handle. When it comes to riding, we are starting to be able to build on previous rides each time rather than feeling like we have to start from scratch every time we sit on her back. I attribute most of this “slow” progress to her age and immaturity, and less so to the fact that she was a racehorse.  Ultimately, it’s a combination of both.

 
May 2019 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:18

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California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Does your special event deserve special coverage in our 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 June 1st for the July issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 
April 2019 - Thoroughbred Makeover
Written by by Kaitlyn Zaleski
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:02

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From the Ground, Up
KZ Equestrian is taking the “race” out of the racehorse by focusing on going back to basics.

by Kaitlyn Zaleski

As I mentioned in my introductory column last month, I have a particular ‘soft spot’ for Thoroughbreds. As such, I’m sure it’s not surprising to hear that my Makeover horse, Hula, isn’t the only one that I own! I also have a 9-year-old bay gelding named Harley (Jockey Club Name: Compratore). He was retired from the racetrack as a 7-year-old, and, to my good fortune, found a second career in the jumper arena and a new home at KZ Equestrian last year. The most common question that I get when someone finds out that I am competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover is: “Why are you competing with Hula instead of Harley?!”…

 
April 2019 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:58

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Ronnie Mutch Run Away Win

Emma Pacyna continued an awesome year, winning the R.W. Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at HITS Coachella March 16 by a whopping 19.5 points. Riding her trainer Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s Constantinos, Emma topped runner-up Augusta Iwasaki and Emma Catherine Reichow. As a trainer’s daughter and working student, Emma wasn’t phased by the Mutch Championship’s requirement of walking the course and warming up her horse on her own, with just a groom to help set jumps. Self-sufficiency has been a hallmark of her whole career.

 
April 2019 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:50

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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 , or call her at 949-644-2165.

Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by May 1st for the June issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 
March 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 05:03

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We Californians pray for rain, then curse it. Mid-February’s heavy rains saw stable owners and event organizers scrambling to cope with downpours that in some areas included four and five inches of rain in one day. Even arenas and stable properties ideally designed to handle water have a hard time with that.

 
March 2019 - Book Review
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:36

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Sgt Reckless: America’s War Horse
Written by Robin Hutton
Reviewed by Marshall W Freeman

I recently finished reading a book about an amazing horse that I had never heard of before, but whose story will stick in my mind forever. I am the father of two daughters who led our young family into many wonderful adventures in the horse riding world, but that is about as close as I ever came to understanding horses. One of those daughters, Kim F Miller, is now managing editor of this magazine. The book, Sgt Reckless: American’s War Horse gave me an understanding of horse qualities I never would have dreamed of! I recommend it to anyone with an interest in equine characteristics.

 
March 2019 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:08

whats happeningCalifornia 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 , or call her at 949-644-2165. Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by April 1st for the May issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 
February 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:20

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Vegas, Baby. Installment #7

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Phone rings.

“Hello?”

“Johnny?”

“Yeah, I just needed to talk – it’s bad today.”

 
January 2019 - Charlotte Bredahl becomes USEF U.S. Dressage Development Coach
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:33

flying changes

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!

Charlotte Bredahl’s New USEF Role

Charlotte Bredahl has been appointed the USEF’s new U.S. Dressage Development Coach, pending final contract negotiations. Bredahl will take over for the newly appointed U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe, Debbie McDonald, who previously held the position of Development Coach.

 
January 2019 - Pax Kristi’s Race, Installment #6
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:36

a damn fine hand

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

The horses entered the paddock, led by their grooms.  Each had a number attached to her bridle so gamblers could identify each horse before placing bets. Friday race crowds were sparse but the paddock area was always busy with spectators hanging their elbows over the fence trying to get closer to the animals.

 

 
January 2019 - Fundraising Clinics at Fresno County Horse Park & Galway Downs; Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival; HITS Coachella
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 December 2018 21:57

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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 , or call her at 949-644-2165. Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by February 1st for the March issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 

 
December 2018 - Werth’s Words of Wisdom
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 30 November 2018 02:22

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Clinic with many-time Olympic and recent WEG gold medalist Isabel Werth is a remarkable weekend of learning.

by Nan Meek

It was raining the night of October 12 when the reigning “queen of dressage” Isabell Werth landed in Southern California for a two-day symposium at Ad Astra Stables in Encinitas, masterfully planned and presented by SH Productions’ Scott Hayes and his team.

Barely a month after decisively winning two gold medals with Bella Rose, in the Team and Grand Prix Special competitions at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, Isabell was back in the USA to share her training philosophy and techniques.

 
December 2018 - Ann Dreams of France. Installment #5
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:21

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by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Ann kept a bag of clothes in the barn office for occasions like these. She called Peter and got his answering machine on her way to the showers.

“Hey Peter, I’m just calling to check on Luke. I’m stuck here at the races and so I need to leave him with you all day. I’ll be back around 6 o’clock tonight and I’ll bring you some soup from the deli. Call me if you need anything and pet Luke for me. I hope you are feeling better and no, I didn’t forget your doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.”

 
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