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April 2019 - Del Mar National Preview
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:13
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Equestrian excitement abounds at the Del Mar National, starting April 16.

Get ready for a thrilling three weeks of world-class equestrian competitions at the 74th annual Del Mar National Horse Show April 16-May 5, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Del Mar National Horse Show is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of showcasing some of the most exciting and prestigious equestrian competitors in the country. The show attracts nearly 1,500 horses in three distinct disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.

 
April 2019 - Double The Challenge
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:52
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Whitethorne LLC adds a second unique equitation competition to the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit.

Whitethorne LLC and Georgy Maskrey-Segesman are pleased to announce their sponsorship of two exceptional equitation events for 2019. The 2019 “American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge” will be featured for the third year at the Blenheim June Classic III at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano from June 17 – 19, under the management of Blenheim EquiSports. Georgy created this class initially in 2017 to bring a new perspective and opportunity to the equitation ring.

 
April 2019 - David Lichman Clinic Report
Written by by Suzy McMinn
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:45
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Liberty Horses, Tennessee Walkers, and Laughter.

by Suzy McMinn

The multi-talented David Lichman presented “Liberty Performance to Music” at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville on March 10. This free performance showed Lichman’s young liberty team in their third public appearance. It was a day of beauty, horsemanship, and many moments of laughter.

 
April 2019 - Review: The Mustang movie
Written by article & photos by Kristin Lee
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:36
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A visit to Return To Freedom sets the stage for moving movie about the horse-human bond.

article & photos by Kristin Lee

If you ever have been or get to go to a “press event,” you know it’s the adult version of a field trip! I was thrilled to attend just such an event for The Mustang movie, the new film that is getting rave reviews.

 
April 2019 - A Million Dollar Day
Written by photos: Wendy Gleason/Malibu5starnaturals.com
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:30
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Three-time Million Dollar winner Beezie Madden tops two-timer Nayel Nassar in exciting end to HITS Coachella Circuit.

photos: Wendy Gleason/Malibu5starnaturals.com

The seventh annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix served as an exciting finalé for the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. Staged on a beautiful day, Sunday March 17, the big money class drew its typical field of high-performance riders from across the country and around the world. The best of those, four-time Olympic medalist and two-time World Cup champion Beezie Madden made her trip from the East Coast worthwhile by riding Darry Lou to top honors and the $350,000 prize.

 
March 2019 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:28
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Twenty-eight years of experience enable customers to fulfill barn building, updating or renovating needs, preferences and dreams.

Substitute the word “horse-keeping” for “hardware” in Ace Hardware’s catchy jingle, “Ace, your helpful hardware place,” and you have the perfect lyric for a Classic Equine Equipment jingle: “Classic Equine Equipment, your helpful horse-keeping place.” It doesn’t rhyme as well, but it conveys Classic Equine’s firm place at the top of the stable equipment industry and explains how it got there: helping each client fulfill their needs, preferences and dreams.

 
March 2019 - Rain Wreckage
Written by By Kim F Miller
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:19
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Hoof Haven Farm battles creek-turned-raging river during Valentine’s Day storm.

“We’ve lost our battle with the creek,” Teri Cagle posted on the Friends of Fallbrook Facebook page.  And that was the last thing she did on her phone Thursday Feb. 14 as the Valentine’s Day rains swept through her 10-acre equestrian property, Hoof Haven Farm, in San Diego County’s Fallbrook.

 
March 2019 - Equine Land Advocacy
Written by by Denise Y. O’Meara for Equine Land Conservation Resource
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:14
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Many forms of action lead to the desired result of preserving land for owning & enjoying horses.

by Denise Y. O’Meara for Equine Land Conservation Resource

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is, in basic sense, the act of publicly speaking, writing or recommending on behalf of or in support of an idea, action, cause, policy or proposal. It can also be, specifically, helping persons to achieve their needs in terms of rights. There is even an Advocacy charter, but we won’t get into that here. We’re going to talk about advocating for what your equine community needs, and how to do it.

 
February 2019 - The Gallop: The Gold Star Clinic
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:42
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Learning to train, develop feel and build a broad knowledge base are focus of excellent educational event.

by Kim F. Miller

“To be great, you have to be able to ride horses of many different types and to solve problems.” And to love that aspect of the sport.

That was an underlying message from renowned international show jumper Katie Monahan Prudent, the lead clinician in the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star clinic. Now in its second year, the West Coast Gold Star took place Jan. 17-20 at HITS Coachella, concurrent with the first week of the hunter/jumper show circuit.

 
February 2019 - Well Earned Prize
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:35
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$25,000 prize enables hard working Los Angeles dressage trainer to do more hard work.

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) has announced that Lehua Custer and F.J. Ramzes, owned by Wendy Sasser, have been awarded the 2019 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize in the amount of $25,000. Lehua was selected because she displays the characteristics and qualities of being a talented, committed, qualified rider with plans to reach and excel at the international levels of dressage.

 

 
April 2019 - Backyard Horse Keeping
Written by by Denise Y. O’Meara, PLA for ELCR
Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:09
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What to consider before you commit.

by Denise Y. O’Meara, PLA for ELCR

There are many considerations that make backyard horse keeping a viable option. Maybe there are no nearby boarding stables, or the cost of boarding at someone else’s facility is prohibitive. Perhaps you’re already set up with an existing barn and fencing. The presence of a great trail system or other equine facility nearby may make stabling your horse elsewhere a non-starter. In fact, your neighborhood may be home to many small horse properties, with regular riding companionship!

 
April 2019 - Spring Fling
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:50
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April 26 USET Fundraiser set to spring loose funds for Team USA.

A month of training in Florida with Olympian, World Cup Champion and USEF dressage technical advisor and chef d’equipe Debbie McDonald tops a growing list of auction items for an April 26 United States Equestrian Team fundraiser. It’s been a few years since the USET has had a big shindig out West and efforts are underway to make up for lost time.

 
April 2019 - Something Special
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:41
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Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Horse Show returns to Southern California.

by Elaine Wessel

Under the management of Nilforushan Equisport Events, founded and run by the husband-and-wife team of Ali and Francie Nilforushan, the three-week Temecula Valley National Horse Show made its successful debut in 2018, and the competition is set to return this year with an additional week of riding on the docket. With the goal of enhancing the state of show jumping in California and attracting more exhibitors to the West Coast, the Nilforushans and their team are working to provide a memorable and rewarding horse show experience for all, whether from the back of a horse or a seat in the grandstand.

 
April 2019 - For The Good Of The Horse
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:34
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Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields & Thoroughbred Owners of California reach agreements regarding racehorse safety.

Editor’s Note: Horse racing is beyond the scope of California Riding Magazine’s normal coverage, but the deaths of 22 racehorses at the Santa Anita Racetrack recently deeply affected all who care about horses, including much of the general public. For that reason, we’re sharing this March 16 news regarding an unprecedented agreement between major California players in the sport. While arguments exist on either side of most of the points the agreement details, we applaud what appear to be bold steps to safeguard racehorses going forward.

Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) reached an historic agreement on March 16 to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the state. This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America.

 
April 2019 - The Gallop: Kasey Perry-Glass Homecoming
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 March 2019 02:11
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Olympic, WEG & World Cup rider returns as the star of May 4 Equinesta fundraiser for youth dressage opportunities.

by Kim F. Miller

U.S. Olympic and World Equestrian dressage medalist Kasey Perry-Glass hasn’t spent much time in her Northern California hometown of Orangevale since her international odyssey launched about six years ago. She’s happy to be making up for that on May 4 as the featured guest, along with her equine partner Goerklintgaards Dublet, at Equinesta. The event is the brainchild of 16-year-old Joulle Kimura and is a fundraiser for the California Dressage Society’s Foothill Chapter and its youth dressage programs.

It will be held at the Perrys’ beautiful private farm in Orangevale.

 
March 2019 - Britta Pedersen: Healed and Helping Others
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:22
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Former top rider helps equestrians excel as a physical therapist and performance training fitness expert focused on sport-specifics for equestrians.

National Three-Star Champion eventer Frankie Thieriot Stutes thought a generic gym work-out would suffice as a saddle-time supplement fitness-wise. While getting a chance to work with Britta Pedersen, Frankie learned she was sorely wrong about that. And, we do mean sorely wrong.

Working with Frankie at the behest of US eventing chef d’equipe Erik Duvander, Britta designed a sport specific training program for Frankie, with an exercise prescription tailored to her strengths and weaknesses. Britta recalls Frankie first describing the work-out as not too hard, then calling the next day to report that muscles she never knew she had were reporting otherwise – very loudly.

 
March 2019 - The Mustang
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:18
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New mainstream film depicts successful program through which convicts train wild Mustangs.

The Mustang is about Roman, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past. He is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer, played by Bruce Dern, and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider, played by Jason Mitchell, Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable Mustang.

 
March 2019 - The Gallop: On The Eventing Lookout
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:10
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Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander likes what he sees out West.

by Kim F. Miller

The annual fundraising clinic at Galway Downs celebrated its 21st year in January and the concept of having 20-plus trainers work all weekend with a flow of new horse/rider pairs is a familiar phenomenon for most who took part.

But it was all new for USEF High Performance Director Erik Duvander, who served along with Ian Stark as coach for the highest level of participants. “To see that many trainers and horses simultaneously, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m very impressed with the initiative,” he said. “It’s nice to see coaches putting that time in for free, to see the funds it brought to the sport. The whole experience was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope to be invited back again next year.”

 

 
February 2019 - Technology in a Traditional Industry
Written by by Emily Riden / Jump Media
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:38
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Cutting-edge apps and software enhance equestrian lives.

by Emily Riden / Jump Media

Modern horse sport is based on distinctly old-fashioned traditions. Hunter and jumper riders compete in formal jackets and breeches that mimic those traditionally worn in the foxhunting field. Equestrians of all disciplines mount their horses from the left side because, historically, mounted soldiers carried their swords on the left. No matter the form of riding, tradition runs deep in the way things are done throughout the equestrian industry.

 
February 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:46
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Next year my New Year’s resolution is going to be cloning myself at least three ways. Last month in Southern California, the third weekend of January had three great educational events taking place concurrently, and we could only get to two: the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic with Katie Prudent and the California Dressage Society’s Annual Meeting and Health Fair. It helped that the Gold Star Clinic began on a Thursday, so we hit two days of that at HITS Coachella, then to Anaheim for the CDS get-together. I was sad to miss the Galway Downs eventing clinic headlined by chef d’equipe Erik Duvander and Ian Stark, along with 20-plus local eventing celebrities. Fortunately, participating young rider Kelsey Holmes has agreed to report on her experience for our March issue.

 

 
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