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November 2015 - Dressage In The Desert
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:43
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USDF annual meeting comes to Las Vegas Dec. 2-5

Educational opportunities abound as the United States Dressage Federation brings its annual convention to Las Vegas Dec. 2-5, with the help of Adequan.

November 2015 - College Preparatory Invitational Update
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:39
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Marnye Langer to judge Inaugural CPI in LA & six travel grants are available.

The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) welcomes Marnye Langer as the judge for the Los Angeles CPI horse show which will take place for March 11-13, 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.

Also, six travel grants, up to $1,500 in value, have been made available for riders participating in either the Los Angeles event or the original CPI, held in Wellington, FL, in January. The grants have been recently made available by the USHJA Foundation.

November 2015 - Odysseo
Written by Patti Schofler
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:30
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Brand new show by Cavalia debuts in San Francisco November 19.

by Patti Schofler

After interviewing for the director position for Odysseo, Cavalia’s brand new equine spectacular which makes its Bay Area debut Nov. 19 at AT&T, Wayne Fowkes flew to Cavalia’s Montreal headquarters to determine if his ideas about  direction and choreography would work as well with horses as they had with humans.

November 2015 - Horsey Field Trip
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:23
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Coto de Caza Equestrian Center hosts inquisitive youngsters.

Twelve developmentally disabled youngsters from the Speech and Language Development Center were invited to the Coto Equestrian Center in Coto de Caza for an unusual field trip filled with fun and unique experiences.


October 2015 - The Gallop: Ready for Rain?
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:23
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Drainage and due diligence are best defense against “Godzilla El Niño.”

by Kim F. Miller

With the horrible fires of summer and early fall hopefully behind us, it’s time to face Mother Nature’s next likely assault. All indicators point to what the Los Angeles Times described as a “Godzilla El Niño” arriving in late fall or early winter.


October 2015 - Prohibited Substance Alert
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:15
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Phenibut, an ingredient in calming products, added to USEF’s forbidden substances list.

Tasked with protecting the welfare of equine athletes and ensuring the balance of competition, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program constantly monitors products and product claims.

October 2015 - Jordyn Hechter
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:08
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Young rider is “movin’ on up” on the A-rated hunter/jumper circuit.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Last month Jordyn Hechter competed for her first time in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals and finished 11th out of 33 competitors on her hunter/equitation horse Taboo. Her trainer Jasmin Stair couldn’t have been more pleased with Jordyn’s performance as she had just moved up to the 3’6” division this year on her 11 year old, 15.3 hand Swedish Warmblood and was up against top riders who have had several years experience competing in the Maclays.

October 2015 - Letter To The Editor
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:04
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After reading Europe 101, in the August 2015  issue, please extend my sincere appreciation and congratulations on a terrific, informative story! Capturing an "authentic you-are-there" feeling, I was super impressed by Genay Vaughn chronicling her journey to Europe and acknowledging all the supportive people, traveling experiences and positive "can do- will remember" learning opportunities. Genay remained undaunted and eagerly learned invaluable lessons (bring your breeches and boots; familiarize yourself with national and international requirements) consistently demonstrated poise, patience, professionalism and an unflagging interest and excitement in every horse related activity and travel opportunity showing personal and  equestrian maturity exceeding her chronological age.
A terrific article!!

Marcia Salans | Huntington Beach, CA

October 2015 - Prizes or JR Posse
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:01
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Show organizer offers charitable option.

West Palms Events is a proud supporter of Compton JR Posse (CJP) and is happy to be partnering with them on a brand new charity program at the Flintridge Autumn Classic! Class winners will now have the option to have West Palms Events make a donation to this worthwhile charity in lieu of receiving a traditional 1st place prize. Winners can opt-in by choosing a redeemable certificate along with their blue ribbon instead of the regularly offered prize. West Palms Events will make a monetary donation to the CJP for each certificate redeemed!”We are very happy to be able to help CJP with a new charity program,” says Dale Harvey of West Palms Events. “This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for competitors to support the charity as well!”

September 2015 - Eight Amazing Days
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:59
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It was “Right On!” for the Special Olympics World Games with Ride On taking the reins.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Kristin Lee/LA2015

For Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Sara Jones, the prospect of managing the equestrian competition for the Special Olympics World Games transitioned from being “pieces of paper to real people” well before the first of 123 riders, from 35 countries, entered the Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in late July.

November 2015 - Collegiate Competition
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:41
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Fresno State Bulldogs start the season ranked #5 in the NCEA rankings.

The 2015 United Equestrian Conference (UEC) Champion Fresno State equestrian team looks to carry its victorious momentum into the 2015-16 campaign.

“I am very excited about the strength the 12 newcomers bring to this team,” head coach Eric Hubbard said. “They have been impressive in practice thus far, have made some big impacts already and seem to ignite a lot of fire into our returners. This team has one of the best attitudes I have encountered in our program, they work just as hard in the barn, classroom and weight room as they do in the arena.”

November 2015 - Making Strides To Help Others
Written by Nancy Albright
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:34
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Hayden Show Jumping turns charity Into fun and $8,000 in funds raised.

by Nancy Albright

The Equestrian Extravaganza & Charity Fundraiser brought Hayden Show Jumping barn members and extended community together at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Orange County’s Laguna Hills.

November 2015 - Wild Horses of San Juan Capistrano: Really?
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:27
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Public art project is designed to draw attention to wild and domesticated horses in America.

San Juan Capistrano is a horsey city. It’s full of domesticated horses and highly trained equine athletes. But wild horses, not so much.

At least until last month, when the Wild Horses of San Juan Capistrano campaign arrived in the Orange County city, as the first roll-out of what’s set to be a national campaign called Horse of a Different Color™.

November 2015 - Joining the HITS Parade
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:22
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Enviro Equine announces HITS Thermal Desert Circuit 2016 sponsorship.

Enviro Equine, located in Austin, TX, will be a sponsor of the 2016 HITS Thermal Desert Circuit. Spanning eight weeks with total prizes of nearly $3 million, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal and the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix highlight this circuit. This is Enviro Equine’s first year to sponsor the event.

October 2015 - Mark Watring Stables
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:16
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New digs, same focus on family-friendly success with horses.

by Kim F. Miller

Mark Watring Stables’ relocation to Hidden Valley Ranch this past April was not a big move in distance – it’s literally a mile away from Mark’s base for the last 20 years – but it’s a big move in setting and amenities. Built on 36 acres once owned by Dale Evans and Roy Rogers, Hidden Valley Ranch Equestrian Center has the first class features to support the first class training and family atmosphere Mark has always been known for.

October 2015 - Horse People: Miela Gross
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:11
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San Diego rider makes a lovely swan song in the equitation division.

by Kim F. Miller

Making the most of opportunities is not a gift often associated with youth. But 17 year old Miela Gross has that gift and, combined with intense focus and hard work, she harnessed it to achieve a big goal: winning a medal final.

October 2015 - Tab Hunter Confidential
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:06
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Most Americans know Tab Hunter as a movie star of the 1950 and 60s, but equestrians know him as a top rider and horseman, too. It’s a passion he often refers to as his reality check from what could be a crazy life in Hollywood.

October 2015 - Growing Para-Equestrian
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:02
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USEF and USPEA create International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence.

Growing The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce its partnership with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) to establish International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE). COEs will serve as the foundation to attract new athletes to para-equestrian dressage and develop athletes and coaches for competition at the international level, including the Paralympic Games.

September 2015 - The Gallop: And ... They’re Off!
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 03:34
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Rich Fellers & Flexible kick off the World Cup race and an exciting season of show jumping is underway.

by Kim F. Miller

It was a perfect 10 for Rich Fellers and Flexible at the $126,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier in Langley, BC. The pair, partnered for a decade, bested a field of 26 competitors representing the USA, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico.

With just three advancing to the jump-off, it was a heart pounding finish for the crowd as the 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse sailed over the final fence with just a second to spare.

September 2015 - Rocking Their World
Written by Joell Dunlap
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:47
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Therapeutic riding star, Red Power, aka “Sam,” builds bridges between different worlds.

by Joell Dunlap • photos by Robyn Peters

If you were asked to physically describe the best horse to use for work with children on the autism spectrum – you almost certainly wouldn’t describe Sam.

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