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August 2019 - A Many-Faceted Practice
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:35
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Sensitivity tops an amateur rider’s long list of reasons for riding with Anne Howard.

Constance Broz was stumped by the request for a brief summary of what she likes most about working with Anne Howard – only by the “brief” part, though.

“There are so many facets to her practice,” says the amateur dressage rider who came to Anne for physical therapy and later moved her horse to Anne’s barn to enter full training. “In a word, it’s the ‘sensitivity’ to read where the horse and rider are at.”

 
August 2019 - California Pony Power
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:08
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Zone 10’s Pony Jumper Final team heads to Kentucky in title defense mode.

California’s top pony jumpers have a big task ahead: defending their twice-gold team past at the Pony Jumper Finals portion of the USEF National Pony Finals held Aug. 5-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The team is comprised of two veterans and two newcomers to this championship. All have high expectations for good performances and lots of fun.

 
August 2019 - Are You Prepared?
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:46
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Disaster planning for horse owners.

Horse owner preparedness is a 24/7, year-round requirement in California. The approach of National Preparedness Month in September is a good reminder to double check readiness for coping with wildfires, floods, mudslides and whatever else Mother Nature may throw our way.

Toward that end, here’s a good guide from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of several organizations to provide critical support during California’s recent disasters.

 
August 2019 - New Excitement Simmering for Summer Event at Woodside
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:35
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A new saddle plus two $2,500 cash prizes spur anticipation for the inaugural Modified Training Challenge during Aug. 9-11 eventing competition.

by Kim F. Miller

The inaugural Modified Training Challenge is attracting strong entries for The Summer Event at Woodside. The eventing competition is set for August 9-11 at The Horse Park at Woodside, one of the country’s premiere equestrian venues.

The innovative “M-Training Challenge” division is designed to prepare and showcase horses and riders moving up from standard Training Level’s test of scope and skill in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping.

 
August 2019 - Still Time To Enroll
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:06
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North American League surges toward September finalé in the West!

The North American League (NAL) division is heating up as the summer show season is officially in full swing.

The NAL qualifying season runs from September 1 through August 31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors, but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for the West Coast Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, Sept. 18-22 and the National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 10-19. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.  

 
July 2019 - Healthy, Not High
Written by CRM
Monday, 01 July 2019 05:58
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Therapeutic benefits of CBD gain acceptance in the equestrian world.

Steffen Peters’ endorsement of Trove LLC’s CBD products may move the needle toward clarity in the confusing swirl of information surrounding the use of hemp-plant derived cannabidiol, aka “CBD.” As the four-time Olympian shares on page 10, he began taking Trove’s CBD in late January to help with extreme performance anxiety and has experienced remarkably positive results.

 

 
July 2019 - USEF Response
Written by CRM
Monday, 01 July 2019 05:51
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United States Equestrian Federation responds to wide range of opinions on SafeSport policies.

The recent and unexpected death of Rob Gage has been shocking to the equestrian community. Any time a life is lost, it is a tragedy. In recent days, a number of member concerns have been raised regarding processes used by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). There has also been an increase in the distribution of incorrect and misleading information, as well as the bullying, harassment and blaming of survivors.

 

 
July 2019 - Five-Star Frankie Thieriot-Stutes
Written by photos: Sherry Stewart
Monday, 01 July 2019 04:02
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California amateur eventer does more than “get by” with a little help from her friends.

photos: Sherry Stewart

“Wow, just wow!” is how California amateur eventer Frankie Thieriot-Stutes summarized her CCI5*-L debut at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials in Germany June 13-16, when she and Chatwin finished a remarkable fourth.

 

 
July 2019 - Time To Ride Welcomes 62 Programs
Written by CRM
Monday, 01 July 2019 03:14
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American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance effort underway with 2019 pilot program to promote youth engagement.

The new Time To Ride® program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment.

The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding.

The lesson series are offered through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues.

 
June 2019 - The Gallop
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 22:17
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Moving Forward After the Unthinkable: IEA Nationals success reflects resiliency of the Black Fence Farm family.

by Kim F. Miller

There is no “getting over” the death of 20-plus horses, but there is “looking for positive things to keep going” for Black Fence Farm’s Katie Flanigan.

One September morning in 2015, Katie arrived at her Clovis training barn to several horses showing clear signs of distress. Along with those who have already died from feed containing an ingredient toxic to horses, another 10 owned by Katie are in “hospice care” with her. They are comfortable and appear healthy, but cannot be ridden because sudden collapse is a possibility after poisoning by monensin, an ingredient intended for cattle feed.

 
August 2019 - WHOA!
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:27
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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse.

by Nan Meek

What do horseback riders who enjoy dressing in super heroines and heroes costumes to ride the Woodside trails, equine artists of all ages, and families throughout the Bay Area have in common? The 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse, which this year expands to three days of equestrian festivities, Friday through Sunday, October 11, 12, and 13, with events throughout the Northern California “horse country” community of Woodside.

 
August 2019 - Thinking Differently
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:52
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Emerging Athletes Program clinician Jimmy Wofford delivers five days of new and old horsemanship knowledge.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

“I make a career out of repeating myself,” said three-time Olympic eventing medalist Jimmy Wofford during the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program June 26-30 in Los Angeles. But the riding clinician’s knowledge is so deep and broad he actually didn’t repeat himself very often over five days working with 23 students, aged 13 to 24, and with 3’ and 3’6” jumping experience.

 
August 2019 - Area VI Young Rider Camp
Written by by Bruce Hill
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:39
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Education, friendships, morale building and fun highlight camp at Twin Rivers Ranch.

by Bruce Hill

When you attend Young Rider Camp you are guaranteed to have a great time. There is lots of fun to be had as you learn from different coaches, make new friends and grow old friendships throughout the week. Being around your horse, friends and great mentors all week is a great opportunity to learn in a fun, supportive environment. In my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with a week spent at Young Riders Camp.

 
August 2019 - Healing Powers
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:31
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Dementia patients are welcomed to the wonderful world of horses.

by Brooke Goddard

Dementia saps a person’s independence and creates many difficulties not only for the afflicted person, but for the family as well. Jill Hamilton knows well the toll dementia takes, as her mother is in the late stages of the disease and has to live in a special facility.

 
July 2019 - The Gallop
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 01 July 2019 05:59
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Steffen Peters shares anxiety issues while endorsing CBD as part of the solution.

by Kim F. Miller

Seeing “Steffen Peters” and the word “anxiety” in the same sentence jumped off the page while reviewing a recent press release. It was sent on behalf of Trove LLC, a new line of CBD  -- cannabidiol -- products that the four-time Olympic dressage rider is endorsing while pursuing a fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next summer.

 
July 2019 - In the Aftermath
Written by by Kristin Medall Simpson-Ferguson Hardin (posted on Brian Sean Wee’s Next Level Horse Business Facebook group.)
Monday, 01 July 2019 05:53
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SafeSport is necessary unless and until we all do better.

by Kristin Medall Simpson-Ferguson Hardin (posted on Brian Sean Wee’s Next Level Horse Business Facebook group.)

Facebook has been a mob since Rob’s decision.

I’ve never been more saddened by people’s lack of decorum and lack of respect for the dead, those left behind, the victims, and the human beings who did the multi-year investigation.

 
July 2019 - Rob Gage Suicide
Written by CRM
Monday, 01 July 2019 05:49
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Well-known trainer’s death stirs intensified debate about SafeSport.

Well-known hunter/jumper trainer, rider and coach Rob Gage took his life on June 12, sending shock waves throughout the sport and beyond. He was a three-time World Cup Jumping Finals rider in the 1980s and, more recently, partner in Judge My Ride. He was an active coach with many friends and supporters in the industry.

 

 
July 2019 - Fear No Fear
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD
Monday, 01 July 2019 03:25
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Elevate your ride and enjoy it more.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD

Fear can be debilitating. It can also be highly motivating. How do you transform nerves that negatively impact your performance into an internal fire that focuses your mind, elevates your ride, and opens the door to more joy in the saddle?

First, let’s talk a bit about fear and nerves: I place fear into three general categories: Realistic, Physical, and Mental.

 
July 2019 - Robert Ridland Honored
Written by CRM
Monday, 01 July 2019 03:11
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Long and ongoing career honored with induction into Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame recently held its annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania. Among the four new inductees were Olympic veteran and current U.S. Chef d’Equipe, Robert Ridland; long-time announcer and horse show manager, Peter Doubleday; Olympic rider and coach and the first President of the USET, Colonel John W. “Gyp” Wofford; and Bold Minstrel, the only horse to win medals for the U.S. at the Pan American Games in two different disciplines.

 
June 2019 - Rabies Prevention
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 22:16
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Annual vaccination offers a responsible approach to protecting against core diseases.

All core equine diseases pose grave dangers, but rabies presents the most serious threat for exposed horses and humans who encounter them. Annual vaccination is the only way to protect your horse against rabies — which is 100% fatal to horses once clinical signs appear.

 
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