March 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:44

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Clinton Anderson Horsemanship Clinic: March 6-8 in Rancho Murieta

It may be a bit late to participate with your horse in this clinic with well-known Australian horseman Clinton Anderson, but auditors are welcome and there is much to be learned by watching. Emphasizing fundamentals and suitable for horses and riders in any discipline, the sessions will focus on developing a safe, responsive and willing horse, creating a trusting and respectful relationship, overcoming fears and accomplishing goals.

For more information on this clinic and others, visit

HITS Thermal Finale: March 15 in Thermal

Eight weeks of HITS Thermal hunter/jumper competition come to a close on Sunday March 15 with an ideal finale in the AIG $1 million Grand Prix, the last of 18 Grand Prix held at the thriving desert venue.  In the past few years, the class has drawn top riders from around the world. The competition is as fierce as the atmosphere is exciting, with the huge main arena packed several rows deep with spectators.

The jumping starts at 2 pm, but get there early to get a good seat, especially if it’s a hot day and you want shade. Early birds will be rewarded with fun pomp and circumstance of the Horseware Ireland Grand Circuit Champions parade and the presentation of the second-half circuit champions, sponsored by Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Saddle Pads.

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Dustin Davis Clinic: March 20-22 in Castaic

You won’t go home with any videos or branded gear, but you will go home with new ideas about the value of truly paying attention to what your horse is telling you. Dustin specializes in gimmick-free methods of starting colts, restarting other horses and solving an array of issues, all with the goal of enabling the horse’s owner to maintain and carry forward the work begun with his help.

This is a private clinic, but auditors are welcome. To sign up for the Castaic clinic, call Summer Richardson at 661-510-7290. For inquiries about other Dustin Davis clinics, visit or call 580-369-8663.

Camelot Equestrian Park: Various events & dates in Oroville

A busy year is underway at Camelot Equestrian Park in Oroville, starting with the Camelot Dressage Show Series. The first of four shows is March 28-29 and the format for all is a schooling day with the judge on Saturday, then the actual show on Sunday. Saturday night exhibitor parties are famously fun. The next in the series are set for April 25-26 and May 30-31.

A trail ride fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is set for May 2, May 2-3 is the May Days Play Days Donkey Show and the next week is a Horse Trials. Equestrian events of all types fill out the rest of the schedule.

For a complete agenda, visit

Twin Rivers International Event: April 9-12 in Paso Robles

The Twin Rivers International Event is loaded with highlights for riders at all levels and for spectators. The CCI*/** and a CIC*** will host the very top level contenders, plus competition in Beginner Novice through Advanced, as well as Young Event and Future Event horse divisions. The location is the Baxter family’s beautiful 500-acre competition venue in Paso Robles.

Area VI’s Adult Team Challenge will be a sure fire hit for all. Riders, both amateur and professional, are encouraged to form teams of three or four riders, all riding at the same level, either Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary. In addition to the fun and challenge of riding for their team, riders will go for prizes including embroidered coolers, special prizes from sponsors APF and Devoucoux, and the opportunity to be interviewed by video specialists Ride On Video and Frankie Thieriot Stutes of Athletux. The Adult Rider program will also be celebrating the performances of FEI 1* riders with special Adult Amateur Awards in this competition.

The event will start with an opening wine and cheese social on Thursday.

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Trainer Certification and Course Design Clinics: April 11-12 and 13-15 in Reno

Maplewood Stables in Reno will be even busier than usual in the run-up to the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. The hunter/jumper training barn and breeding business is owned by Julie Winkel, who wears many hats in the hunter/jumper industry. On April 11-12, Julie and renowned course designer Linda Allen are hosting a USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic. This super successful national program is certifying trainers at the rate of roughly 100 per year, helping raise and standardize methods of training horses and riders. March 23 is the deadline for reserving a spot.

As presenters, Linda and Julie will be joined by Jose Alejos, an expert young horse starter. He’s known for his innate feel and compassion and a keen understanding of Warmblood breeds’ unique temperament and what their future training as sporthorses will entail.

The TCP clinic is followed April 13-15 by a Course Design School with Linda and Chris Collman. This United States Equestrian Federation accredited course is designed for trainers, riders and active hunter, jumper and equitation course designers. March 1 is the deadline to reserve a spot for this.

After that, Reno is just a one-hour flight from Las Vegas, where the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping get underway Wed. April 15.

For more information, visit or call Julie Winkel at 775-742-4615.

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