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April 2017 - Making It Happen
Written by Kelsey Holmes
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:08
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College and continuing an equestrian dream can co-exist.

by Kelsey Holmes

Every junior rider dreads the inevitable point in their lives when they believe that they are forced to choose between pursuing a professional riding career and venturing off to college.

For me there was no decision; I was going to college whether I wanted to or not. But the idea of the classic college experience excited me, and I understood that that would mean taking a step back from competition for a while.

April 2017 - Help A Horse Day
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:02
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California equine charities are among past winners and participants in ASPCA’s annual awareness event April 21-26.

The fifth annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day is set for Wed, April 26, with events taking place throughout the country from April 21-26. Organizations planning to celebrate with a Help a Horse Day event, meeting the ASPCA’s criteria and taking place within that timeframe, may be eligible to win one of 11 grant prizes totaling $100,000 for best celebration efforts to be used to support general operations.

April 2017 - USA Equestrian Trust
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:51
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Applications for 2017 grants for equine non-profits are due May 1.

USA Equestrian Trust is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2017 grants program. Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $36,500 reserved for hunter and jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

March 2017 - The Gallop: World Cup Week at HITS Coachella
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:01
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Ashlee Bond earns an unexpected victory, with fellow young stars hot on her heels.

by Kim F. Miller

Hometown favorites and young riders were the Grand Prix ring stars of World Cup Week at HITS Coachella. Ashlee Bond bounced back from the birth of her daughter Scottie four months ago to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ class aboard Chela LS. Chela had bounced back from her own big health issue: staph infections in both hocks about 18 months ago, so Ashlee was understandably swimming in delighted emotions over the win.

March 2017 - CPHA Spotlight: Shayne Wireman
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:37
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San Diego professional operates an idyllic environment in Bonsall, and has a hand in growth of hunter/jumper sport in the area.

by Kim F. Miller

In Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center, Shayne Berridge Wireman has established the kind of training program that everybody wishes they or their children had grown up in. Located on her own property in San Diego County’s Bonsall, Chestnut Hills offers the gamut of riding opportunities, from beginner lessons to showing on the A hunter/jumper circuit. It’s what’s between those bookends that makes Chestnut Hills really stand out: summer camp sleepovers, beach rides, horse camping trips and, most importantly, an emphasis on having fun in the sport while taking the horsemanship side of it very seriously.

March 2017 - Helping Horses In Need
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:59
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TheraPony joins other equine assistance efforts in upcoming events.

On a sunny Sunday morning in February, the TheraPony crew was busy bathing Daisy the pony and Stormy the Mini. The two horses were getting ready for a big day. They were heading over to Tractor Supply in Ramona to set up a Kissing Booth ahead of Valentine’s Day.

February 2017 - The Gallop: Adequan®/CDS Annual Meeting & Symposium
Written by photos & article by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:59
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Two days of “college level” horsemanship make CDS’ 50th anniversary golden.

photos & article by Kim F. Miller

High winds, heavy rains and flash floods could not stop intrepid California Dressage Society members from celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday. At the annual meeting and symposium Jan. 19-22 in San Diego, representatives of the association’s approximately 3,500 members gathered Friday to discuss business matters among its 30 chapters and to swap ideas for fulfilling CDS’ main mission, education, and the fundraising that facilitates that.

February 2017 - A Stern Start
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:48
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Drug & medication ruling indicates new level of consequences in pursuit of clean sport.

Along with rebranding itself as US Equestrian and unveiling a new overall look, “Joy of Horse Sports” ad campaign and website to go with it, the United States Equestrian Federation got the New Year off to a stern start regarding consequences for violations of its drugs and medications rules. Maintaining “clean sport” is considered critical to growing the sport’s fan base and stiffer penalties are seen as part of the path to achieving that.

February 2017 - Meet US Equestrian
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:44
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United States Equestrian Federation undergoes a major re-branding to build fan base.

The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce a rebranding, launch of a new fan membership, and additional membership benefits. Effective Jan. 11, the Federation has become US Equestrian and has adopted a refreshed identity as part of a new overall strategic plan for the organization. This includes a refreshed logo that removes the shield element and better aligns the brand with other successful national governing bodies.

February 2017 - Letter to Readers
Written by Neda DeMaayo
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:33
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An already-dire situation for America’s Wild Horses could get worse and calls for united support.

by Neda DeMaayo

As we enter 2017, there’s every reason to be concerned about the fate of the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on the range and 45,600 in government holding facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management program responsible for their welfare has said the situation on the range is dire, yet it did not ask for a budget increase. The independent advisory board intended to help guide that program called for euthanasia of wild horses in holding and the lowering of sales restrictions.

April 2017 - Nancy Reed: A Tribute
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:05
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The California horse community loses a great friend.

Following a five-year battle with cancer, noted California horsewoman Nancy Reed, age 70, passed peacefully at home in San Diego County’s Lakeside on February 26, surrounded by family and friends, with one dog between her feet and another at her side to comfort her passing.

April 2017 - Porter Power!
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:56
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Mandy Porter & Milano close out the HITS Coachella circuit with the AIG Million win.

Dynamite equestrian Mandy Porter of Encinitas rose to the occasion against a top-notch field of 54 riders in the most popular AIG $1 Million Grand Prix class to date. Porter rode Milano, owned by Abigail Weese, to a thrilling finish as the second-to-last rider in a six-horse jump-off. The starting order included several prior victors of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Desert Horse Park including 2016, 2015 and 2014 winners: McLain Ward, Charlie Jayne and Ashlee Bond.

April 2017 - Go For The Grants!
Written by Administrator
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:48
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USHJA Emerging Athlete and Trainer Certification program grant application deadlines approaching.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association offers more than $90,000 in grants to USHJA members this year, including USHJA program grants available for the first time in all 12 USHJA zones.

“We recognize that our members work hard to achieve their goals, and we hope these grants help our members get the most out of these valuable educational programs,” said Kevin Price, USHJA executive director.

March 2017 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:42
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Longevity, good looks, safety & flexibility remain hallmarks as stable outfitter enjoys its third decade.

Classic Equine Equipment is in its third decade of serving horse owners. Its range of products has grown considerably in that time and aspects of its construction methods have changed, but its modus operandi has not. “We were founded in 1991 on a love for horses and a commitment to their ultimate care and safety,” says president John Daniel. “Our mission remains the same: to provide quality stall systems, barn components, exercisers and accessories to met the needs of discriminating horse owners.”

March 2017 - NAJYRC Dressage: What, Where, When & Why
Written by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:34
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The North American Junior & Young Rider Championships promotes horsemanship, riding skills and much more.

by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator

Every year, Junior riders (age 14-18) and Young Riders (age 16-21) throughout North America give everything they have for one goal. One dream to compete with the best of the best in their chosen sport. The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the most prestigious competition for youth riders on the North American continent in eventing, jumping and dressage. A team and individual event, the NAJYRC creates a unique high performance atmosphere that fosters collaboration, organization, and a mental toughness that young people will rarely find elsewhere. The NAJYRC helps riders improve, and, more importantly, creates stronger individuals for lives within the equine community and beyond.

March 2017 - Show Scene Updates
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:56
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Horse Nation Gala Returns to Huntington Beach

West Palms Events continues its partnership with Horse Nation Foundation for the third consecutive year for their annual Grand Prix Gala, to be held at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic on Aug. 12, 2017 at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. The Grand Prix Gala raises funds to support HNF’s mission to help children in need experience the incredible healing power of horses.

“We are very excited to partner with Horse Nation Foundation for their Third Annual Grand Prix Gala,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “They have an incredible program and we’re honored to support such a great local cause at our Huntington Beach Horse Show Series.”

February 2017 - Ride The Rio Surface
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:50
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Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing & OTTO Sport enable all to ride on Olympic quality footing, or a surface pretty close to it.

by Kim F. Miller

There’s a common denominator in what might seem to be diverse corners of the equestrian world: the Rio Olympic venue, dressage Olympian Steffen Peters’ home stable in San Diego and the Rebecca Farms event venue in Montana. All have riding surfaces that incorporate the latest research, technology and applications available. And all have base, drainage and/or surface materials that are available to horse owners through the powerful partnership of Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing Equestrian Services and the German company OTTO Sport.


February 2017 - More World Cup Whiz-Bang
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:46
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Exhibition by five-time German dressage Olympian Isabell Werth adds to an already-sizzling showcase during World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Isabell Werth of Germany, the most decorated dressage rider in Olympic history, will headline the special Dressage Showcase at the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha, March 29 - April 2, 2017. “Young Horses to Grand Prix with Olympic Champion Isabell Werth Presented by the Dressage Foundation” will take place on Friday, March 31 and will be Werth’s first-ever exhibition of this type in the U.S.

February 2017 - Running Wild
Written by Diana DeRosa
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:36
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A story of second chances arrives in theaters this month to entertain & bring attention to America’s wild horses.

by Diana DeRosa

California socialite Stella Davis is living the proverbial “perfect” life until the day everything comes to a crashing halt when her husband is killed in a car accident. And her heartbreaks are just beginning. Soon after the memorial service, Stella is confronted with the possible forfeiture of her home, Double Diamond Ranch, which has been in her family for four generations. In an attempt to save the ranch, her late husband had mortgaged it off to the tune of $6 million, with 90 days to go before the loans would be due.

February 2017 - Taking Flight
Written by Alicia Anthony
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:24
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Veteran equine ground transport company, Brook Ledge, expands into air travel.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, a longtime leader in equine ground transport, has taken their services to the skies offering domestic flights as well as international flights through its wholly-owned subsidiary Horse America.

To meet the needs of clients in a continuously evolving equestrian industry, Brook Ledge has expanded its equine transportation services to include scheduled service flights and private charters to all points in the U.S., as well as across the globe.

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