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March 2018 - The Gold Star Clinic
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:56
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New clinic was a golden opportunity for jumping athletes on the Emerging Jumper Rider Pathway.

After three days of intensive flatwork, gymnastics and jumping exercises, along with numerous unmounted educational sessions and stable management work, riders at the USHJA Gold Star Clinic - West put what they learned all week to the test in the final day’s modified Nations Cup competition at HITS Desert Horse Park Jan. 21 in Thermal. Chef d’Equipe Rich Fellers’ team of Alyce Bittar, 16, Clea Caddell, 12, and Maud Christal, 12, came out on top with a total of 8 faults.

Amateur jumper rider Lauren Craft more than holds her own among the talented young riders.

Days started early and were chock full of learning in & out of the saddle.

 

 
March 2018 - Horse People: Trent McGee
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:50
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photo: Kim F. Miller

Fifteen-year-old embodies the term “student of the sport.”

by Kim F. Miller

Horseracing was Trent McGee’s first addiction. At 6, his dad took him to the Santa Anita Racetrack where, “I fell in love with the horses,” the 15-year-old recounts. ”They were so amazing and I immediately wanted to do that.” Weekend trips back to the track were a frequent family outing after that.

For his seventh birthday, Jason and Dolores McGee arranged riding lessons for their son. They started at the Traditional Equitation School at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, where instructor Caitlin Steimle suggested Trent check out a Grand Prix competition at the facility to “see if you like it.”

 

 
March 2018 -Season Preview
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:42
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New FEI 3* jumping, March 31, highlights Blenheim EquiSport’s spring season in Southern California.

Blenheim EquiSports’ six-week Spring Series starts March 21 and is highlighted by the Spring Classic II, March 27-31, and its exciting new designation as an FEI CSI-3* jumping competition. That means several FEI-sanctioned classes culminating with a 1.5M $80,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, March 31 on the Oaks International Grand Prix field. Compared to the East Coast, FEI classes have been few and far between out West. This addition is a big boost to riders aspiring to rack up ranking points without leaving home, not to mention fans of top sport.

 
March 2018 - Horse Source
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:36
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Natasha Traurig to head up the Neil Jones Equestrian USA-West Team.

The new year is well underway for Neil Jones Equestrian USA. The European business, established over two decades ago, began to bring a selection of quality show horses to North America in 2016, and has now established two bases in the States. With satisfied customers on both sides of the water, and a client base on both the East and West coasts, Jones continues to offer a group of 20 or more sale horses on this side of the pond.

 
February 2018 - The Gallop: Temecula Valley National Horse Show
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:58
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Veteran show jumpers realize their wish list in launch of new hunter/jumper series at Galway Downs this April.

by Kim F. Miller

International show jumper Ali Nilforushan is a go big or go home kind of guy. The 2000 Olympian and 2006 World Cup Finalist has long wanted to elevate the caliber of West Coast competition and he and his wife and fellow pro rider Francie are putting their ideas to action with the inaugural Temecula Valley National Horse Show. The three-week, top USEF rated hunter/jumper series debuts April 17-22, then resumes with back-to-back weeks May 22-June 3, all at Galway Downs in Temecula.

 
February 2018 - Peter Grant Clinic
Written by by Ginger Freeman
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:46
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Understanding course design is key to horse and rider progression.

by Ginger Freeman

Along with several other riders from Shady Lane Farm, I took a day off from riding to learn from Canadian FEI course designer, Peter Grant, in early December.

Understanding the dynamic and technical aspects of course design is essential to achieve effortless beauty on course. Peter’s in-depth description and hands-on activities about course design gave me a different perspective on show jumping and some helpful hints of what to focus on while practicing at home to achieve success on course.

 

 
February 2018 - Les Talents Hermès
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:40
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New equitation class with Paris perk for high scorer and their trainer.

Sonoma Horse Park introduces Les Talents Hermès, a unique equitation competition offering three separate sections: 3’3”, 3’ and Pony. Les Talents Hermès will take place on September 22- 23 at SHP Season Finale. Each section features one round on Saturday and one round and a work-off on Sunday. A welcome dinner and draw for order of go will be hosted in the VIP on Friday, September 21.

 

 
January 2018 - The Gallop: Fires Everywhere
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:38
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Fires, heroic efforts and boundless generosity spread with equal speed.

by Kim F. Miller

The scope of December’s fires has been matched by the scope of generosity toward its victims. “We are so inundated with people who are looking to donate,” says Stacy Kendall, founder of the nearly 12,000-member Facebook group, Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation. “In eight years of doing this group and for the 30 years being a member of this community, I have never experienced anything like it.”

 

 
January 2018 - A Horseman at the Helm
Written by by Kim F. Miller • photos by Philip D. Klipa Photography • produced by Alicia Anthony & Julie Conner-Daniels
Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:30
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New year brings a new owner and approach to the newly christened Hansen Dam Horse Park.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Philip D. Klipa Photography • produced by Alicia Anthony & Julie Conner-Daniels

Hansen Dam Horse Park has many obvious attributes. Thirty-eight acres, ample stabling and arenas and access to the sprawling Hansen Dam Recreation Area are a few of those. Between thriving training businesses, an active Riding School and a full calendar of equestrian competition and special events, there’s always something going on yet it never feels busy or crowded. A sense of peace and space distinguishes the San Fernando Valley facility that is bordered by the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains.

 

 
January 2018 - Horse People: Alex Henry
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 December 2017 21:47
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Lost lower leg is a surmountable obstacle for inspiring young rider.

by Kim F. Miller

Warming up for a recent clinic, 15 year old Alex Henry impressed her coach by systematically testing her horse’s responses to her aids. At one point, the coach encouraged more left leg. She applied more pressure with her left thigh and gave extra taps of the whip on that side, where her lower leg would fall if she still had it. Alex lost that to bone cancer two years ago, but she never lost her desire and drive as an equestrian.

 

 
March 2018 - USHJA Gold Star Clinic: First Person
Written by Kate Abajian
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:53
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Grateful for the opportunity to become a better & more knowledgeable horseman.

by Kate Abajian

The United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Gold Star Clinic was overall an outstanding experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who has the desire to improve their riding and horsemanship. I cannot thank USHJA and the Emerging Rider Task Force enough for taking the time and energy to put together such an amazing learning experience.

 
March 2018 - West Palm Events Update
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:45
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Hunter/jumper show venue shake-up in Paso Robles & new home for NorCal Finals.

West Palms Events Management is moving its late spring and fall hunter/jumper shows to Twin Rivers Ranch Horse Park in Paso Robles. The well-reviewed competitions were launched at the Paso Robles Horse Park a few years ago. That venue will now host its own rated show, the Rosé In May, May 17-20, the weekend preceding the first WPE show at “Twin,” as the eventers most familiar with the venue call it.

 
March 2018 - A Master In Our Midst
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:38
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Johann Hinnemann.

Johann Hinnemann says submission is always the goal during the Adequan®/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference.

It was family reunion time for some of the superstar participants in the Adequan®/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference with German master Johann Hinnemann. As demo riders in the Feb. 6-7 event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Steffen Peters and Kathleen Raine reunited with Johann, who was instrumental in their careers. The same is true of USEF Young Horse Coach Christine Traurig, who assisted throughout the session.

 
March 2018 - Monterey Horse Park Dream is No More
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:35
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Board of directors informs supporters that 15-year effort is finished.

The Monterey Horse Park Board of Directors would like to thank you for being a steadfast and longtime supporter of the MHP. Your hard work and dedication has been a mainstay of our shared dream.

For over 15 years we have worked together to make the dream of building a world class equestrian venue on the former Fort Ord a reality.

 
February 2018 - Wildflower Farm & Fortuna Del Charro
Written by Photos courtesy of Erin Lane Luth and Erin Perryman Photography
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:48
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Excelling under new ownership, two high-end stables create their own “happy place” for horses and riders.

Photos courtesy of Erin Lane Luth and Erin Perryman Photography

Olympian Guenter Seidel’s relocation to Wildflower Farm in Encinitas is not the only hot development at the first-class training and boarding facility; since purchasing the already beautiful eight-acre property a year ago, Alan Smith has implemented physical upgrades and inspired attitude adjustments that almost seemed too good to be true when he first spoke of them.

 

 
February 2018 - Lessons From The Fire
Written by by Susan Friend LeTourneur
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:41
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Veteran trainer shares preparation, evacuation & shelter-in-place strategies.

by Susan Friend LeTourneur

It is inevitable. If you live in the foothills or mountains in Southern California, at one time or another, you will be faced with fire. One can only hope it is not on a windy night and you have plenty of time to implement your evacuation plan. We have a good one (see below for more details).

 

 
February 2018 - Share Your Opinion!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:38
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American Horse Publications launches fourth Equine Industry Survey, sponsored by Zoetis.

American Horse Publications (AHP) launched its fourth Equine Industry Survey at www.ahphorsesurvey.com. Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by April 1, 2018.

 
January 2018 - Making Miracles
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:35
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The equestrian community came together and saved horses during the Creek Fire.

by Brooke Goddard

Gail Thackray was jolted awake by a big flash of light Tuesday, December 5. It was her mother, who lives with her in the Los Angeles area’s Lake View Terrace, calling from her cell phone from the adjacent house. Their ranch was on fire, and they had to quickly decide what to take with them – photos, records or pets.

 

 
January 2018 - Horse People: Nick Onoda
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:27
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A classical advocate joins Arroyo Del Mar.

by Kim F. Miller

Nick Onoda is the newest sport scientist to join what has become a dressage laboratory at Steffen and Shannon Peters’ Arroyo Del Mar training facility in Del Mar. Nick brings his emphasis on classical dressage as it applies to training that’s tailored to each horse’s nature and physiology.

 

 
January 2018 - Area VI Year End Winners
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 December 2017 21:35
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Local eventers celebrate accomplishments while welcoming fellow riders from across the country.

With Chairman Chris Scarlett at the helm, Area VI did a terrific job welcoming those in town for the US Eventing Association’s annual meeting, Dec. 6-10 in Long Beach. The gathering featured four days of education, sports advocacy and governance sessions relevant to riders, officials and enthusiasts throughout the country. On Friday, Area VI-ers gathered for their annual awards presentation.

 

 
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