January 2015 - What's Happening / Event Calendar
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:51

What’s Happening... California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

The “No Show”
Jan. 3 & Feb. 15 in Orange County’s San Juan Capistrano

Blenheim EquiSports introduces the “No Show” Jump Day as a way of giving young horses and/or riders show ring experience at an affordable price. The event is modeled on a European format and features a course, designed by USET show jumping chef d’equipe Robert Ridland, of 10-12 obstacles at the “A” show standard. It will include a Liverpool and an open water option. No ribbons, no fees: just $25 per round and no limit on how many rounds.

For entry forms or more information, visit www.showpark.com or call 949-633-3445.

The Nature of the Horse
Jan. 25 in Santa Barbara County’s Lompoc

Bestselling author, world-renowned trainer and educator Andrea Kutsch presents a seminar on the nature of the horse. The location is the beautiful venue of Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Sanctuary in the Santa Barbara area’s Lompoc.

Andrea will share important knowledge about the brain, vision and processing abilities of horses, and offer insights based on her Evidenced Based Equine Communication® methodologies. Andrea has established over 150 gestures that horses use and she’ll demonstrate many of them while working with horses in this seminar.

“Evidence based equine communication is a scientifically proven methodology using gentle communication in the training of horse owners and horses,” explains Andrea. EBEC gives the opportunity to work quietly, emphatically, and humanely with horses and fulfill a social responsibility to support and to respect the natural environment and the evolution of this highly social animal.

The seminar will provide ample opportunity for questions and the chance to see Andrea demonstrate her technique on some of the untouched Mustangs that make RTF their home.

For more information, visit www.andreakutschakademie.com/cms/

CDS Meeting & Symposium
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Los Angeles

The California Dressage Society’s 48th annual meeting and Symposium is set for Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, preceded by a board meeting Jan. 30. The education component of the gathering is billed as the “go to educational event of the year” for many reasons.

The Symposium’s focus is to provide attendees a much broader outline of dressage beyond the new USEF tests. The intent is to build on existing knowledge about how to ride the new test to show the relationship between the tests, the training scale and how key elements in the new tests can help the rider and horse develop correctly to best be prepared for the demands of the advanced requirements found in the FEI levels.

Lilo Fore and Judy Harvey are on tap as presenters.  Lilo is a Five-Star World Equestrian Games Judge, Ground Jury president for the World Cup Finals this April in Las Vegas and a member of the USEF test writing committee. Judy is an international trainer, coach and former FEI competitors. Californians got a taste of her wise and information presenting style when she co-hosted a clinic with British superstar Charlotte Dujardin last year.

The Symposium will take place at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center’s Equidome and feature a silent auction of CDS Chapter baskets, shopping, food and more.

For more information, visit www.california-dressage.org.

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