Monthly Editorials
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.

May 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:01

New Digs

Kate Considine has moved her hunter/jumper training business to Flintridge Riding Club. She had been based in Lake View Terrace for many years. Having brought along numerous horses and riders to regional and national acclaim, Kate looks forward to continuing as well as expanding her business at The Flintridge Riding Club.

May 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 01:52

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

April 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:31


Christine Traurig Becomes USEF Young Horse Coach

Christine Traurig, who rode for the United States on the bronze-medal team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, takes on a new role as America’s dressage Young Horse Coach. Christine, 56 years old, of Carlsbad, succeeds Scott Hassler who retires May 1 from the position he held for almost a decade as the first U.S. Young Horse Coach.

“All my life as a rider, trainer, and horsewoman, my biggest passion has been to develop horses to the best of their athletic abilities,” said Christine on her appointment by U.S. Equestrian Federation that is subject to contract negotiations. “My goal for this program is to make America a country that produces top-quality international horses to field championship teams and Junior/Young Rider Teams so that one day we can proudly say: Made In America!”

Christine joins the U.S. dressage program led by Robert Dover, Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, and which includes Debbie McDonald as Developing Coach, George Williams as Youth Coach, and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker as Assistant Youth Coach.

“She brings enormous talent and years of experience with young horses and top coaching at all levels,” Robert Dover said. “Christine will build upon the last decade of great work by Scott Hassler. Our world-class machine, with adequate funding, will produce sustainable excellence, resulting in medals for America.”

Christine was born and raised on her parents’ farm near Verden, Germany–which has been the home of the World Young Horse Championships for the past several years. She began riding before she could walk. At the age of 12, she attended the National Riding School at Hoya with the trainer Otto Meyer. She rode sale horses at the Hanoverian Elite Auction and worked for the late German national trainer, Holger Schmezer, in Verden until she moved to the United States in 1982.

She returned to Germany in 1999 to train with Johann Hinnemann, competing at three consecutive Bundeschampionat in Warendorf on Limited Edition.

Christine on Etienne was selected for the U.S. team at the Sydney Games, earning a personal best score, and helping America win a third consecutive bronze medal. She was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year in 2000.

She moved back to Southern California in 2005. She has two children, Natasha and Lucas.


Farewell Grace Karazissis

Mother to Nick, Sr., and Kost Karazissis, who founded Far West Farms, Grace passed away on March 18. According to the Far West Farm website, Grace rode horses in her native Florence, Italy. She and her husband, Nicolas, left Florence to work in Peru directly after World War II and she continued to ride horses until she was five months pregnant with Nick Karazissis Sr. Nicolas Karazissis’ dream was always to live in the United States and the family ultimately moved to Los Angeles in 1955. Once settled, Grace resumed her riding with the Women’s Calvary at Pickwick, which is known today as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

She was an elegant and admired presence on the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit throughout her life.



Farewell George Bernard


A much-loved figure in San Diego County’s Lakeside and surrounding communities, George Bernard passed away recently after sustaining severe head trauma in a fall from his horse. George was husband to Marty Bernard, owner of East County Feed, friend to many and supporter of several causes. The Olaf Weighorst Museum in El Cajon is one of many local endeavors with which George was closely involved. A Vietnam War veteran, George supported many veterans’ efforts. On a lighter note, the colorful gentleman was particularly well known for his award winning cowboy beans and Dutch oven biscuits.


Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, marriages, new management and barn moves. Please 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!


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.

May 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:02

West Palms Scholarships

Hunter/jumper show management company West Palms Events congratulates recipients of its first annual Michael Nyuis Scholarship: Ariel Black, Payton Smith and Ian McFarlane. Each rider will receive a $6,500 scholarship for West Palms Events’ shows this year.

May 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:00

Trouble with Tack

by Bob Goddard

April 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:34

ADOPT ME: Lily is a stunning 16.1 hh 8 year old Thoroughbred mare.

This beauty is a real pleaser, and is genuinely a treat to ride.

She has a solid foundation under saddle, terrific transitions, and is very responsive to leg, seat, and hand aids.

Lily enjoys working and displays an appetite for learning and performing.

She has a fantastic temperament, wonderful ground manners.

This mare has tons of potential.

She has some trail experience and has just started over fences.

Adoption applications are available at

Adoption fee: $1500.

Red Bucket Equine Rescue welcomes visitors every Sunday 1:00-4:00.

Horses are shown by appointment.

Show season is in full swing and we are lucky to have the World Cup Finals back in Las Vegas this month. I’m looking forward to cheering on the U.S. riders, getting photos, passing out copies of this issue and the 2015 California Horseman’s Directory at this amazing event.

Dressage gets a special emphasis this issue with features on Charlotte Jorst, Michelle Reilly and California Dreaming Productions latest excellent event in San Juan Capistrano, where Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 nailed down their World Cup Finals berth. Meanwhile, talented young jumper rider Sydney Callaway did a terrific job with her in-depth profile on Will Simpson, who won nine Grand Prix during the eight-week HITS Thermal circuit, and we’ve got a photo spread from the AIG $1 Million class that closed the series. We’re very happy to share the work of dressage enthusiast Lori Savit and the Laguna Beach Horse Lovers, who are off to a galloping start in their mission to share the sport with more people.

I really miss being an amateur hunter rider, but I am having fun helping my good friend Ronnette Leja teaching lower level dressage, basic riding and jumping. It is very rewarding to help riders get better and see their huge smiles when they succeed. I’m also having fun with my foster horse Joey - aka “Marquis” from FalconRidge Rescue. He is certainly a sweet horse and is coming along nicely. After he is further along in his training, I will be looking to adopt him to the right person and then go get another one. Saving one rescue horse at a time is my new mission along with bringing all of you the latest California horse news every month.

Happy Riding!

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April 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:30

Kasey Perry’s Florida Feats

Kasey Perry and Goerklingaards Dublet (Diamond Hit x La Costa/Olympic Ferro) braved pouring rain and Dublet’s inexperience to win both of their Grand Prix classes with a 74.8 percent and 71.5 percent in the Palm Beach Derby National Show in Florida in early March.

As of mid-March, Kasey and Dublet, owned by Diane Perry, were ranked seventh in the Pan American Games Small Tour Ranking List. However, the week of February 12, Kasey showed the big bay 12 year old Danish gelding in his first Grand Prix to win against eight competitors with a 69.3%.

At the Global Dressage Festival 3 CDI-W, the pair won the Intermediaire Freestyle and finished second out of 48 horses at Prix St. Georges.

“He went through our second Grand Prix with ease and happiness,” says Kasey. “We are still working on his straightness in the piaffe and passage, but that was our only weak area. His canter pirouettes were beautiful, along with his 2’s and 1’s. The next day he was very tired. Grand Prix two days in a row was a lot for him. But he was quiet and worked with me through the test. I am so proud of him.”

Kasey and Dublet also brought home The Horse Of Course High Score Award.

From the Sacramento area’s Orangevale, Kasey is also competing in the 2015 Global Dressage Festival with Diane Perry’s Grand Prix mare Trøstruplund’s Scarlet. She has been a participant in the invitational USEF Observation Clinics with Robert Dover, U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe for emerging athletes, with USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald, and with Scarlet is on the USEF Dressage Grand Prix Long List.

Ariat Wins

Ariat International, headquartered in the East Bay Area’s Union City, has earned two innovation awards at the prestigious BETA International equestrian show in Birmingham, UK.

The Performance Country Collection won best Country Fashion and Footwear while the Monaco Stretch was highly commended for Rider Footwear and Chaps.

“Ariat was competing against strong products in each category and is honored to receive these two awards from such an incredible organization,” says Alexander Hagen, managing director of Ariat Europe.

The Monaco Stretch is a culmination of superior innovation and craftsmanship in a truly elegant boot for the world’s finest riders. French baby calf leather with a stretch leather panel creates a glove-like fit. The oiled inner leg panel provides a secure grip in the saddle. The square toe, contoured ankle, and high Spanish cut topline create a commanding profile. ATS® technology adds comfort and stability.

The English Country Collection features classic styling with a GORE-TEX® construction and beautiful waterproof leathers making this collection ideal for outdoor living in any weather. The new ATS Pro technology adds comfort and stability, while Ariat’s U-Turn® Entry System allows boots to be pulled on and off easily - no matter the shape of the foot.

Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear and apparel. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into english riding boots and authentic western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world.

Press release provided by Ariat. For more information visit or call 800-899-8141.

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