April 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 23:39

Event Calendar

World Cup Finals: April 15-20 in Las Vegas

We have been promoting this elite and rare-to-have-in-our-backyard event for many months. The World Cup means the world’s best in dressage and show jumping competition, sponsored by Longines and Reem Acra, respectively, and all the entertaining trappings that go along with that. Add to that ample shopping opportunities in an entertaining destination and this is the can’t miss event of the year.

For more information, visit www.worldcuplasvegas.com.

Del Mar National: April 16 – May 3 in Del Mar

Happy 70th to the Del Mar National. Western Week kicks off the festivities April 16-19 and is highlighted by the Night Of The Horse equestrian vaudeville show starring Tommie Turvey, Bobby Kerr and the Knights of Iceland. Mary’s Tack & Feed returns as the fun evening’s longtime sponsor. Dressage Week follows April 23-26 with competition at the CDI 3* and 1* levels, plus U-25, Young Horse and Young and Junior Riders divisions. The Evening Of Musical Freestyles is the cornerstone of this week of elegant action. Show jumping fills the final week. Highlights are aplenty, with the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix on Friday May 1, sponsored by IJump Sports, and the next night, both the $10,000 Speed Derby of Del Mar and the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar.

Spectating opportunities include ringside tables with delicious dinner service and grandstand seating in the typically packed Del Mar Arena.

For tickets and more information, visit www.delmarnational.com.

Team USA Fundraiser: April 23 in Rancho Santa Fe

The best dressage riders make everything look easy, but nothing could be further from the truth. That goes for the riding and training and for everything that has to happen behind the scenes to get those top pairs onto the international stage, especially funding. This fundraiser for the United States Equestrian Team will do exactly that.

Timed to coincide with the Del Mar National Dressage Week, the evening will include an elegant buffet dinner and a live auction and be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on Thursday, April 23. All proceeds will be used by the USET Foundation to defray the high cost of preparing for the Olympic trials and the Olympic Games, set for August of 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

Everyone is asked to do their part by forming teams to compete for raising the most donations. The grand prize is a clinic and dinner with a Team USA coach of the winning group’s choice. Team formation is underway and confirmation of donated prizes is needed by April 16.

Tickets and/or tables for the evening can be purchased through www.uset.org. For more information, contact co-hosts Christine Traurig, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Sean Caddell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Project RIDE Fundraiser: April 25 in Sacramento County’s Elk Grove

Project RIDE is a recreational therapeutic horseback riding program for people with special needs in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove. The steak dinner is a fundraiser for RIDE’s scholarship program. In addition to a great dinner, the evening will include dancing and silent and live auctions of donated items and opportunities, plus a “guess the stallion’s weight” contest.

Tickets are $40 and doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.projectride.org or call 916-685-7433.

Return To Freedom Opening Day: May 2 in Santa Barbara County’s Lompoc

The Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary invites all to its annual opening day celebration. It’s the kick-off for a May through September season of walking tours and activities meant to educate and engage the public in the preservation of America’s wild horses. The Sanctuary was founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo and has since saved and provided sanctuary for hundreds of horses and inspired many to join the cause.

Opening day festivities include music, food and kids activities, plus details on the season’s events. A Living History Tour on Sat., May 16 combines a brief video and Q&A discussion with a walking tour to see horses that represent remarkable breed diversity, history and individual stories. Sunrise and afternoon “photo safaris” are a great way to get to know these living symbols of the West, and a May 31-June 5 photography clinic with Tony Stromberg and Kimerlee Curyl is a great opportunity for more serious shutterbugs and those looking for a full immersion in the ways of wild horses.

Visit www.returntofreedom.org for more information and a full schedule of events.

Super Horse & Trail Clinic: May 2-3 in Alameda County’s Castro Valley

Whether you are thinking of entering Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge or just want to try something new in pursuit of a better partnership with your horse, this clinic is billed as a “great introduction to what it takes to have a Super Horse and safely hit the trail.”

Led by Charles at his home facility, the weekend will focus on building a versatile horse through exercises concentrating on shoulder and body control, and possibly cow work. Instruction will include back-up and side-pass, pulling logs and other objects, opening and closing gates, walk, trot and canter work, flag carrying, pushing a large ball and ground-tying, as time allows. There will also be ground pole work and jumping up to 18 inches.

A few spaces were open at presstime and auditors are welcome. For more information, call 510-886-9000 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fiesta Charity Spectacular: May 9 at in Los Angeles

Now in it’s 17th year, the Spectacular will again be the apex of the Fiesta Charity Horse Show that runs May 6-10 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The Spectacular showcases the beauty, elegance and agility of Spanish and other breed horses in an entertaining evening that’s equal parts dazzle and delight. Celebrities, vendors, food, silent auction and raffle complete the event.

Western Dressage, Andalusian, Friesian, Lusitano, Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, P.R.E., Plantation Walking Horses, Saddlebred and Working Equitation are among the disciplines and breeds to be showcased throughout the Fiesta Charity Horse Show. Admission to the competition is free every day and it’s a great time to re-visit or be introduced to beautiful, colorful and talented horses of different stripes and the typically beautiful, colorful and talented owners who love and care for them. The horses and the tack, costumes and equipment that go with these horses usually have stories and histories attached and the owners are usually happy to share them with fans.

(Fittingly, California Riding Magazine will feature Spanish and other special breeds in our May issue!)

Throughout its history, the Fiesta has raised tons of money for cancer research. This year, it partners with Kure It Cancer and is also honoring the Wounded Warrior Project and Hollywood Cares.

For tickets to the Saturday night Spectacular and other info, visit www.fiestacharityshow.com.

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