Monthly Editorials
December 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:27

We Love Lucy!

Show jumping’s biggest stars took center stage at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal for Sunday’s $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*. Talent was not in short supply as many notable names filled the main event’s Order of Go including three of the top ten riders from the Longines FEI Jumping World Rankings – Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. But, in front of a packed grandstand, a live webcast on HITS TV, and sold out VIP, it was 23-year-old Lucy Davis, of Los Angeles and Barron, owned by Old Oak Farm, who showed them all how it’s done.

December 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:11

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

November 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:53

Daniel and Susan Ighani’s daughter, Luciana.

Drake Wilder Stutes. Frankie rode with him until two weeks before he arrived. She competed until 6.5 months with The Chatwin Group's Chatwin.

Congratulations All Around!

Drake Wilder Stutes was born to Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Michael Stutes on Oct. 6. Frankie is chief of Athletux athlete marketing organization, an accomplished eventing rider and frequent host of Ride-On Video’s delightful event reports.

November 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:35

HITS National Sunshine Series II
Nov. 4-8 in Thermal

Originally designed as “boutique” show, this newbie has grown up fast, hosting a CSI-5* jumping class in only its second season. Schedule-wise, it snugs right into the series of big jumping classes that are part of the Longines FEI World Cup™ jumping, along with early October’s Longines  LA Masters.

Expect big names and intense competition for the $350,000 in prize money on offer for the big Sunday class.

For a full schedule of the five-day show, visit


October 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:56

Nick Haness Rides Top Two in CPHA West Coast Pre-Green Hunter Finals

On Friday evening, Sept. 11, hunters had the spotlight in the inaugural $25,000 CPHA West Coast Pre-Green Hunter Finals on the Pacific Hunter Field of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. After two rounds of competition, Nick Haness rode away as both Champion and Reserve Champion on Ilene Kurtzman’s Delilah and Ashley Weiman’s Weekend Romance, respectively.

October 2015 - Book Review
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:47

Good Horse, Bad Habits

September 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:55

Beautiful Tennessee Walking Horse mare, registered name Spotless in Seattle, barn name Scarlett Ohara, is available for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center (N. San Diego County). Scarlett is 19 yrs young (horses live to over 30 now) and loves to go out on trail alone and camping! Owner had to downsize and moving so she was donated to help raise funds for the rescue. Adoption fee is $500. Forward moving, not for a novice, needs at least an intermediate rider. Scarlett is papered and gorgeous, flaxen mane and tail, healthy and sound. 15.3 hands., contact Nicki Branch at 760-742-0285.

September 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:23

Farewell Garry McClintock

Pine Valley Mountain Rider Martin Jorgensen provided this tribute to longtime San Diego horseman, saddlemaker and vaquero advocate Garry McClintock. Garry wrote colorful and informative columns for California Riding Magazine for many years and we know how much he will be missed, though never forgotten.

September 2015 - What's Happening
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 21:27

Harvest of Hope
Sept. 12 in Calistoga

Sunrise Horse Rescue of St. Helena holds its sixth annual benefit dinner and auction, on Sept. 12 at Blossom Creek Farm in Calistoga.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and can stroll through the Blossom Creek Farm stable, mingling with horses and perusing silent auction lots. They will enjoy live music, brews and some of the finest of Napa Valley wines. The stable’s arena will be transformed into a rustic yet elegant setting for a seated dinner (guests are encouraged to wear boots to negotiate the arena sand). There will be a demonstration of natural horsemanship using “Equus,” the language of the horse, during the pre-dinner reception. A live auction will take place during the dinner. Auction lots will include international trips, a personalized experience at The Cameo Cinema in St. Helena, horse-themed adventures and more.

August 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Monday, 03 August 2015 19:58

U.S. Dressage Is Ready For Rio!

The United States Dressage Team bid a fond farewell to the Pan American Games as they departed the Caledon Equestrian Park in Ontario, Canada, with Team Gold medals, an Individual Gold medal for Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, an Individual Silver medal for Laura Graves and Verdades, and a 2016 Olympic Games berth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The week was marked by team success, invaluable experience, and ambitious optimism about the future.
Peters and Graves’ teammates in earning team gold before the Individual competition were Los Angeles-based Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo and Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin.

August 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 03 August 2015 19:04

Functional Electrical Muscle Stimulator Seminar
Aug. 3-4 in Petaluma

Circle Oak Equine hosts this advanced training seminar on the Functional Electrical Muscle Stimulator. Presented by Equinenew, LLC, the clinic is mainly meant for practitioners already using this treatment that is said to be particularly effective for horses with sore backs and other issues. The seminar will cover case studies, unusual reactions and new applications.

July 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:14

Pan Am Games Participants

Extra cheers for our two West Coast riders representing the U.S. in dressage at the Pan American Games this month in Toronto, Canada. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 join Laura Graves and Verdades in the Big Tour division, and Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks and Alice Womble’s Sanceo join Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin on the Small Tour squad. Steffen’s top mount, Legolas, is owned by Four Winds Farm, which also owns Rosamunde, with whom Steffen is a traveling reserve for the Big Tour.

July 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 22:48

Be Free! July 10-12 in Santa Cruz

Watching horses at liberty is a great joy for most of us, and especially for those who’ve learned to incorporate liberty training into their relationship with their horses. Teddie Ziegler of Phoenix Farms Horse Training is offering that chance in three-day clinics, the next slated for Santa Cruz July 10-12. Teddie is a Certified Master Trainer in the Carolyn Resnick Method teaching the “Waterhole Rituals.”

June 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by Administrator
Friday, 05 June 2015 03:31

Paso Robles Horse Park's owner, Linda Starkman enjoys the Central California Memorial Day Classic.

Underway in Paso Robles

Rebecca Bruce and Bombastic B took home the first blue ribbon in the Grand Opening of the Fairway Field. That was a 1.0m class in one of four rings in action May 20, the first day of competition for the Memorial Day Central California Classic at the brand new Paso Robles Horse Park.

June 2015 - What's Happening
Written by Administrator
Friday, 05 June 2015 03:25

Zone 10 NAJYRC Final Jumping Trials: June 4, 5 & 7 in San Juan Capistrano

The Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Riders Championships are set for July 14-19 at the Kentucky Horse Park and qualifying processes for show jumping, eventing and dressage come to a close this month.

December 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:23

Karen Healey Scales Back

Last month’s Las Vegas National was the last show for Karen Healey Stables. One of the winningest equitation, hunter and jumper trainers in the country, Karen is closing up shop at Whitethorne Ranch in Somis as of December 1.

November 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:01

ADOPT ME! Princessa is a 6 yr old Quarter Horse cross mare up for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center. She has had 60 days of professional training and currently with trainer Mike Pellkofer in Valley Center who said she is doing awesome and a wonderful ride. She stands 14.3 hands high and was previously rescued by the San Diego Humane Society last year. Healthy and sound and up to date on vaccinations. Princessa is a darling mare!

November 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:43

NorCal-ers Off to EAP Finals

Ransome Rombauer and Michael Williamson are among 16 candidates selected for the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes National Training Session. And, Cecily Hayes has been selected as one of four to participate in the stable management portion of the event.

October 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:03


Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly presents Anchor Man. Anchor Man is a stunning 16.1 hh 8 year old Appendix gelding. With tons of personality and show ready glamour, this wonderful horse is ready for it all....flat work, jumping, trail....and a forever family.

October 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:51

Tony William DeGroot

DG Bar Ranch patriarch Anthony “Tony” DeGroot perished in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Alaska. He died on Sept. 16 at the age of 80. Tony was well known and much loved by many in the horse world.

October 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:35

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar


September 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:44

Porter’s On A Roll

Mandy Porter is finishing summer in style. She won the $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix at the Menlo Charity Show up north the first weekend of August, then did the same at the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix down south in San Juan Capistrano the next weekend. Both victories came aboard David Murdoch’s Eminent.

September 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:21

Twine Awareness

As I walk into the barn, I can’t help but notice the collection of bailing twine hanging from my instructor’s neck like a rustic version of a Hawaiian flower lei. Or perhaps a pale imitation of those beads the girls earn at Mardi Gras. I’m careful not to ask what she’s been up to this morning.


August 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Monday, 03 August 2015 20:04

Shayna Simon To Arroyo Del Mar

Young dressage trainer Shayna Simon relocates to Steffen and Shannon Peters’ Arroyo De Mar Stables in Del Mar, where she has room for a few more horses and riders. Shayna spent several years developing young Lusitanos for Brookside Equestrian Center in Walnut, and most recently based her training business at Oakridge Farm, in San Diego County. She was “sad to leave” but looks forward to furthering her dressage knowledge by working alongside Steffen, an Olympian, and highly accomplished Shannon, as well as the rest of Team Peters.

August 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Monday, 03 August 2015 19:46

READY FOR ADOPTION - JOEY! 2005 TB gelding from FalconRidge Equine Rescue. He’s been in training at Harmony Farms with Ronnette Leja and myself. He’s a super sweet gelding, 16.2 hands and is coming along nicely after being previously starved by his former owner in Riverside County. Joey is schooling training level dressage and just started work over fences. Adoption fee is $1,500 payable to FalconRidge, requires intermediate or above rider as he is still very green about many things. Email or call me for details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 858-967-5765.

I have been enjoying working with my foster horse Joey. It’s been very therapeutic for me helping him learn how to be a good horse for his rider. But I hope to adopt him out soon as I am going to have lymphedema surgery on my left leg to remove four-plus liters of lymphedema sludge out of my leg in October. Last year’s surgery, which is not covered by health insurance, was a success although the recovery was pretty rough. I finally got past the, “Can I go through this again stage?” so I’m looking again for donations and already have gotten a lot of help from all of my friends. If you would like to help, this is my GoFundMe link:

We also want to thank Charles Wilhelm who runs his final column in this issue. Charles’ articles will now be found in our sister publication, West Coast Horsemen. I personally thank Charles and Ann Wilhelm for their awesome support of California Riding Magazine and myself for all these years.

We are excited about a lot of great stories this issue. As part of our dressage emphasis, we have reports from all over the state and well beyond. Read about the Andreas Hausberger clinic in the Bay Area, Rebecca Rigdon and David Blake’s new digs in San Diego County, the “Anke (Herbert) Effect,” Catherine Rose Chamberlain’s ascent and Genay Vaughn’s engaging account of this summer’s European adventure.

We’ve also spotlighted rehab and therapeutic products and services, starting with the remarkable tale of eventers Sarah Braun and Perfect Intention’s comeback from way too many health hardships. Plus, competition reports and photos galore from Camelot Equestrian Park, Franktown Meadows and Surf City.

First-hand accounts from show jumper Sydney Callaway and dressage rider Cassidy Gallman bring the North American Junior Young Rider Championships to life. Our volunteer reporter from the eventing community, Madi Holtzman, went straight from Kentucky to The Event at Rebecca Farms in Montana, so her NAJYRC report will follow in our September issue.

Thanks to all our awesome story subjects and contributors!

Happy Riding!

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July 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:19

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly Presents Behren! Behren is a strikingly beautiful 8 year old 16.1 hh Thoroughbred gelding. Behren has been trained in both western and English styles of riding and is sensible with a great work ethic. This horse is personality plus and genuinely likes people. With great conformation, and a warmblood look, Behren will make a wonderful Hunter, trail buddy.....or just a best friend. He has been well started under saddle and is ready for his next step...a forever home! Adoption fee: $1,500

July 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:12


Matt Brown Moves East

June 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Administrator
Friday, 05 June 2015 03:38

I am so glad to see this late rainfall in May. The drought is still scary here in Caliornia. Hopefully all of you are reviewing your emergency and fire disaster plans and your horses are ready to evacuate if and when fire storms come your way when we head into summer and fall.

Flexible, shown here on their way to finishing seventh at the World Cup. They went on to win the $60,000 World Cup of Del Mar just a few weeks later. Photo: Erpelding Photography

June 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Friday, 05 June 2015 03:30

A Big, Scary Word

by Bob Goddard

Let’s not be afraid of anthropomorphism. Yes, it’s a big, scary, sci-fi kind of word and it’s impossible to pronounce gracefully the first time you try, but the meaning is easy to grasp. It’s simply the practice of assigning human attributes to animals. And things, if you want to take it that far.

May 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:06


Raven is a beautiful black quarter horse mare up for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center.

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