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November 2018 - Hail To the Queen
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:20
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A weekend with Isabell Werth.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Reigning dressage queen Isabell Werth urged some of California’s top riders and horses to bring out every ounce of brilliance and perfection during the latest SH Productions Masterclass. It was held Oct.  13-14 at Ad Astra Stables, the base for Rebecca Rigdon and David Blake. The facility is lovely to begin with and was even more so gussied up with VIP tents and vendor booths ringing the dressage court.

 
October 2018 - Back on Track
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:25
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Carefully vetted new products expand the company’s comfort & health-oriented crusade.

The average pharmacy offers an overwhelming array of over-the-counter support devices for knees, ankles and other problematic joints. Some are called “sleeves” and some are called “braces.”

Though many consumers don’t know it, there’s a big difference. The “brace” designation denotes Federal Drug Administration approval, Back on Track’s extensive line of FDA approved braces is a distinction that means the world to the company’s U.S. leader Bo Lofvander. That level of dedication to proven product quality means a lot to the company’s consumers, too, because that is what helps them feel better, whether they are high performance athletes recovering from an injury, or a non-athlete anxious to ease everyday joint and muscle tension.

 

 
September 2018 - Calling All Contenders
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:36
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Entries rolling in before Sept. 14 deadline for inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships in Las Vegas.

by Kim F. Miller

Entries for the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships are off to a strong start as the Sept. 14 deadline nears. Held concurrent with the Las Vegas National CSI4*-World Cup Nov. 13-18, in Las Vegas, this long-in-the-works competition fulfills what organizer Pat Doyle sees as a big hole in the sport. A prominent horse show manager based in Chicago, Pat estimates that a majority of exhibitors want and are inspired by the “energy and excitement of a real national championships.”

 
September 2018 - Showiest of Show Horses
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:25
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Andalusian World Cup brings beauties to Las Vegas.

Andalusian World Cup, Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas, is a premiere horse show that boasts one of the largest gatherings of Iberian horses in the nation. The show is home to Andalusians, Friesians, Lusitanos, Partbreds and many more breeds. Despite being a breed show, it offers open Dressage and Working Equitation, making it a fun and diverse show.

 
September 2018 - Back To School Bash
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:16
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Wonderful welcome to the horse world.

The Paso Robles Horse Park hosted its first Back To School Bash Aug. 10-11, but it wasn’t traditional academics that were the focal point. Instead, speakers including Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson offered current and newbie equestrians a fun welcome and loads of useful information to the horse-owning world.

 
September 2018 - With A Little Help From Friends
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:54
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Tracy Bowman goes to World Para-Driving Championships.

Tracy Bowman is representing the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. She’ll be in the driver’s seat herself, but is far from alone as her route there has been greatly aided by the help of those in the equestrian community and a special surprise grant awarded to her by Southern California Equestrian Sports.

 
September 2018 - It’s WEG Time
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:46
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Quadrennial competition starts Sept. 11 in North Carolina.

It’s finally time for the FEI World Equestrian Games™! Set for Sept. 11-23 at the Tyron International Equestrian Center, in Mill Spring, NC, this quadrennial, eight-discipline event is a massive undertaking and one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar.

The FEI disciplines – jumping, dressage and para dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event.

 
September 2018 - Back to School
Written by by Nan Meek
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:36
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Dressage education follows a year-round, life-long calendar.

by Nan Meek

Why do we think about “back to school” in September when the new school year almost always begins in August? Isn’t August considered vacation month?

School, learning, education – it’s always a good month to learn something new, and I was fortunate to have just spent the past weekend learning a lot about my favorite subject of dressage.

For two days, I played sponge and absorbed as much as I could from George Williams, US Dressage Youth Coach, USDF President, and someone whose own education I envy. He studied at the Reitinstitute von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany, worked with and alongside Karl Mikolka at Tempel Farms here in the US for 20 years, and trained in Germany with Olympic gold medalist Klaus Balkenhol, former US Dressage Team Coach.

 
August 2018 - The Road More Travelled
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 27 July 2018 18:59
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Jumping rider development pathway is becoming well trod.

by Kim F. Miller

DiAnn Langer has been talking about the “pathway” for a long time. As USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe, she’s led the way in establishing a clear progression for young athletes with international jumping aspirations. National governing bodies in mainstream sports – volleyball, basketball, baseball, etc. – have long had these and DiAnn is among many to feel equestrian sport deserved and needed the same.

 
August 2018 - Time Out for Education
Written by photos & text by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 27 July 2018 18:40
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Good turn-out for USHJA Trainer Certification Program clinic with Chris Kappler.

photos & text by Kim F. Miller

There are no natural breaks in the hunter/jumper show season, but 16 professionals took a weekend away from the circuit to up their game by attending the United States Hunter/Jumper Association Trainer Certification Clinic July 14-15. It was hosted by Peppertree Equestrian’s Kristin Baretto at Sycamore Trails Stables in San Juan Capistrano.

 
October 2018 - World Equestrian Games
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:31
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U.S. wins double silver in dressage, gold & silver in reining, while hurricane adds challenges to all.

by Kim F. Miller

Hurricane Florence made the World Equestrian Games even more interesting than it was already on track to be. Mark Bellissimo’s Tryon International Equestrian Center stepped up when the original host, Bromont, Canada, had to back out with just 18 months to prepare for the quadrennial competition that features eight disciplines over two weeks. There’s been a lot written about the parts of their ambitious plans that didn’t get finished in time, but watching from home on FEI-TV, and following media.

 
October 2018 - Safe Sport Training FAQs
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:12
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New USEF rule is a mandate for all adult competing members.

The US Equestrian Federation announced a rule change on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, requiring that, effective January 1, 2019, all USEF members 18 and over with an Adult Competing Membership must complete Safe Sport training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. Since that announcement, the Federation reports that over 3,500 USEF members completed the Safe Sport training. To provide further guidance, below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new rule change.

 
September 2018 - Equine Sports Cars
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:28
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Allison Mathy offers Lusitanos whose good looks wrap a complete sporthorse package.

by Kim F. Miller

Kristin Evanson is not one for flash in a horse. “I’m not into stuff like that,” says the 60-year-old amateur dressage rider. But she couldn’t disagree when her friends teased her about her new “Barbi horse,” Déjà Vu. Kristin’s 11 year old Prix St. Georges-trained Lusitano is a palimino with lovely, indeed “flashy,” looks and gaits and temperament to match.

 
September 2018 - And, We’re Off...
Written by by Catie Staszak
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:19
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Longines FEI Jumping World Cup League is underway in the west.

by Catie Staszak

When Beezie Madden landed off the final fence at the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Paris with Breitling LS, her final, nearly perfect score of 4 not only secured the Cazenovia, NY native her second career victory in a World Cup Final, but it also marked the second straight year the North American League produced the World Cup Champion.

 
September 2018 - An Awe-Inducing Adventure
Written by by Linda Ballou
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:04
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Riding in the wilds of British Columbia.

by Linda Ballou

I answered the call of the wild with a horse pack trip in British Columbia offered by Tyslos Park Lodge & Adventures. The McLean family has been taking international travelers into Chilcotin/Cariboo Country, one of the last great wilderness areas in North America, for over 60 years. Among their horseback riding vacations is a lodge stay for experienced riders who want to gallop over hill and dale, and horse pack trips for those who just want to rock along taking in gorgeous vistas. This region is also famous for its cayuse (wild horses) and grizzly bear populations, as well as world-class fly fishing. Expert guides and trustworthy mounts take riders, wildlife photographers, and fly fishers on an adventure into an untrammeled wilderness that can’t be reached any other way.

 
September 2018 - Ready In the Desert
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:52
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Grass derby field among new highlights at Coachella Valley venue.

The installation of the new HITS Desert Horse Park Grass Hunter Derby Field is a highlight of the upcoming 10 weeks of hunter/jumper competition in the Coachella Valley venue formerly known as Thermal.

“We can’t wait to host some of our Hunter Derbies on the grass Derby Field that we are working on,” said HITS President and CEO, Thomas Struzzieri. “It’s something different and I think a lot of the Hunter exhibitors who show with us are going to really enjoy it.”

 

 
September 2018 - Meet Chandler Meadows
Written by by Winter Hoffman, courtesy of Phelps Sports
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:41
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Summer study abroad of an equestrian sort.

by Winter Hoffman, courtesy of Phelps Sports

Twenty-three-year-old Californian Chandler Meadows traded the Newport Beach seaside for the flower-filled meadows of Amsterdam, the pastoral manors of Germany and the cypress villas of Italy on her showjumping tour this summer.

 
September 2018 - What Makes a Helmet Safe?
Written by by Lyndsey White
Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:32
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An inside look at the different parts of the helmet.

by Lyndsey White

Gone are the days of simple hard plastic with a velveteen outer layer. Nowadays, helmets are held to a much higher standard of safety testing. They’re more aerodynamic and better padded, without adding extra weight, and they are stylish so riders will want to wear them. The safety of every ride is the main goal for each helmet manufacturer as they strive year after year to develop the safest helmet they can, while keeping it comfortable, attractive and easy to wear.

A few of the top helmet manufacturers around the world shared with us some of their most important components when it comes to making helmets.

 
August 2018 - Go Zone 10!!
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 27 July 2018 18:44
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College-age Grand Prix riders to pony star jumpers are ready to represent in New York and Kentucky.

by Kim F. Miller

A streamlined name is not the only thing new at the Adequan™ FEI North American Youth Championships. West Coast riders are poised to present their best at the jumping and dressage competition formerly known as the North American Junior Young Riders Championship. Competition takes place Aug. 1-5 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y.

 
August 2018 - Doing The Fair Thing
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 27 July 2018 18:38
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OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center plans for permanence and growth.

by Kim F. Miller

The Orange County Fair & Event Center board of directors voted to keep the property’s Equestrian Center during its May 24 meeting. Southern California horse owners were delighted and relieved by that, while also steeling themselves to stay vigilant in advocating for the Costa Mesa boarding and training facility’s long-term existence and, ideally, its expansion.

 
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