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May 2019 - Twin Time
Written by photos: Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:31
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Twin Rivers Spring International Event draws huge turn-out while Tamie Smith & Meg Pellegrini continue winning ways.

photos: Sherry Stewart

The West Coast eventing season is underway big time with international events at Galway Downs in Temecula and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles happening within two weeks of each other. Great turn-outs from throughout the region and beyond distinguished both events.

 
May 2019 - Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Monday, 29 April 2019 15:44
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Emilee Libby is “not the bridesmaid” and the event draws great turn-out & high praise.

by Kim F. Miller

Emilee Libby very much wanted to protect the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CCI4*-S lead in what would be her biggest win with the 10-year-old Jakobi, and two major distractions didn’t stand in their way.

First, Emilee noticed runners-up Tamie Smith and Wembley circle late on their course as she approached the startbox. Once underway, the loudspeaker announced that Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin had parted company.  “It was actually more nerve wracking,” said the 31-year-old Emilee. “I was worried whether she was OK.”

 
December 2018 - LEGIS League
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:49
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LEGIS League is a fun and welcoming awards program for all levels.

by Brooke Goddard

In 2014, Marnye Langer and the team at LEGISequine.com launched LEGIS League as a fun awards program for hunter, jumper and equitation riders that welcomed a variety of competitors from entry-level through 1.10m jumpers. This year, the USHJA Affiliate program gained bolstered support, expanding to add Starr Vaughn, Leone Equestrian, and C&C Horse Shows to the docket and launching a LEGIS League Dressage program.

 
December 2018 - Tri-Valley Horse Show Association
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:47
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End of an era for longtime Los Angeles area organization.

photos: Kristin Lee Photography

After many, many years in the Southern California hunter/jumper market, the Tri-Valley Horse Show Association staged its final Championship Show & Medal Finals Nov. 3-4 at the Camelot Riding Club in Newhall and it will cease operation as of 2019.

 

 
December 2018 - Galway Downs International Wrap-Up
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 20:35
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James Alliston, Charlotte Babbitt & Bec Braitling emerge as CCI2*, CCI1* and Training Three Day victors.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Competing at Galway Downs, a venue whose motto is “a legend reborn,” James Alliston is a living legend in no need of rebirth. The Northern California-based Brit logged yet another international win with his victory in the CCI2* aboard the Palomino Swedish Warmblood mare, Pandora. Already dubbed “the little legend,” the diminutive mare with a big jump and a tall rider was one of few to sail clear over Mark Donovan’s show jumping track. In doing so, the pair improved from second-standing they’d maintained since dressage.

 
November 2018 - Sacramento International Highlights
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:33
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World Cup wonders & two weeks of terrific hunter/jumper competition.

photos: McCool Photography

The West Palms Events team was no sooner done with the Sacramento series, set for another two weeks of the Del Mar International competition, when it announced two new shows for next year’s calendar: the Sacramento Memorial Day Classic May 23-26, and the Sacramento Spring Classic May 29-June 2, both in 2019.


 
November 2018 - Menlo Charity Horse Show Highlights
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:05
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photos: Alden Corrigan Media

Nearing its 50th year, “Menlo” continued its unrivaled tradition of equestrian excellence in the lovely setting of the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. This benefit for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired marked its 49th year of high level hunter/competition and social events including two retirement ceremonies, an equestrian fashion show, fine dining and lots of shopping opportunities.

 
October 2018 - Split Rock Sonoma International
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 19:33
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Rufer rules at the inaugural $100,000 CSI2* Grand Prix.

After two times coming in second, Karrie Rufer finally made it to the top of the podium Sunday winning the $100,000 CSI2* 1.45m Grand Prix with Morning Star Sporthorses’ Mai Tai 2 at the Sonoma International CSI2*, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour.

 
September 2018 - North American Youth Championships
Written by by Catie Stazsak
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:14
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Team dominance and three double-gold medalists highlight rebranded youth championships.

by Catie Stazsak

Rebranded with a new title after more than four decades as the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the 2018 FEI North American Youth Championships brought together some of the brightest young stars in the sports of show jumping and dressage. With numerous zones and regions represented, the United States dominated the podium, but a new division proved that Canada has an incredibly strong group of youth competitors coming up through the ranks.

 
September 2018 - Pony Jumper Championships
Written by CRM
Monday, 13 August 2018 18:04
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Zone 10 repeats golden performance.

USHJA Zone 10 riders went to the 2018 USEF National Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington, KY, hoping to return West with gold medal titles for the second year in a row. After strong performances in both the team and individual competition, they got their wish.

 
July 2018 - Temecula Valley National Horse Show
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:09
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Porter takes another victory at successful series debut.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Nilforushan Equisport Events promised a great show when they announced the inaugural Temecula Valley National Horse Show early this year. As the new three-week hunter/jumper series came to an exciting conclusion June 2-3, there was broad agreement that the promise had been fulfilled. The atmosphere, the footing, the prize money and the courses were all applauded. And the big crowd gathered in perfect early summer weather June 2 got a great show in the $40,000 Aon Grand Prix that closed out the high jumping action.

 
December 2018 - It Worked!
Written by article & photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:41
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Las Vegas National & the AON/USHJA National Championships

article & photos: Kim F. Miller

An idea hatched about four years ago came to fruition in Las Vegas Nov. 14-18, as the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships hitched its wagon to the Las Vegas National Horse Show, now a fixture on the West Coast circuit thanks to the great stewardship of organizers Blenheim EquiSports.

 

 
December 2018 - UC Davis Dressage
Written by by Katie Mednick
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:40
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Student team is off to a good start.

by Katie Mednick

UC Davis’ first two Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows of the season went smoothly at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo’s newly renovated facility on the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

Like other collegiate equestrian leagues, athletes competing in IDA shows have 10 minutes to warm up a randomly-assigned host team’s horse before entering the court to complete a test.

 
December 2018 - Zones 9 & 10 Riders Earn Coveted Medals and Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider Titles at Zone Jumper Team Championships
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:32
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November 11, 2018 concluded the final USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships of the year with the last USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider titles and invitations to USHJA Gold Star Clinics awarded to Individual medalists of the USHJA Zones 9 and 10 Jumper Team Championships.

 
November 2018 - NorCal Champs
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:48
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Patty Gill, Alli Christy, Palmer Dooley & Laurel Piombo take top honors.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association’s annual medal finals have been a talent spotter for equitation stars for many years. Held during the Sacramento International Welcome Week, at the Murieta Equestrian Center, this year the competition continued that tradition in a new venue. On Sept. 29-30 each of four divisions was conducted over two rounds, plus a work-off.

 
November 2018 - Area VI Eventing Championships
Written by by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chairman
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:24
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Organizers, sponsors, courses & great riding make for an awesome season finale.

by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chairman • all photos: Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography

Del Mar Eventing and the Horse Park at Woodside hosted a spectacular Area VI Championships. The October 5-7 weekend hosted 330 entries and the first Area VI Advanced championships. Robert Kellerhouse thanked the Area for allowing the Horse Park to host the Championship. He gave a special thank you to Dawn Robbins, Stacie Macaluso, Jenna Dewald, Rick Dunkerton and the sponsors at Professional’s Choice, Sabo Eventing and The Riding Academy for helping to make the championship classes happen.

 
November 2018 - The North American League West Coast Finals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:52
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Seventy junior & amateur riders vie for five Finals titles in competitive league.

photos: Captured Moment Photography

Just after the U.S. show jumping team earned gold at the World Equestrian Games, juniors and amateur riders engaged in their own heated competition at the 2018 North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals. The two days of hunter and jumper competition comprise one of the two Finals that culminate the NAL’s year-long Series that includes classes at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. This year’s NAL West Coast Finals were held in beautiful Southern California weather during the Blenheim EquiSports International Jumping Festival, Sept. 22-23 in San Juan Capistrano.

 
October 2018 - Kudos to Krupnick Geffen, Buckingham & Sanders
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 19:22
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Counter intelligence carries the day for CPHA Foundation Equitation Championship winners.

As summer draws to a close, 119 equestrians in three age sections hit the books - the USEF Rule Book, that is - to practice the equitation tests that are uniquely built into the two rounds of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation Equitation Championships. Those who had put in extra hours with the counter-canter had an edge throughout the Championships, held Aug. 25-26, at the Showpark Summer Classic at the Del Mar Horse Park.

 
September 2018 - Hunterdon Cup
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:10
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Lovingfoss locks in win in a competition unique for more than its horse-switching work-off.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Of the 47 riders who competed in the third annual USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic - West Coast, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, Kaitlyn Lovingfoss stood out with the top score in each round to take the win. On a gorgeous day, July 23, at the Del Mar Horse Park, the unique equitation class challenged riders to show their skills over courses set by Thomas Hern.

 
July 2018 - WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:14
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An unusual do-over, various ages and experience and beautiful hunters make for a stand-out class.

photos: Kim F. Miller

A bright clear morning and handsome hunters galloping on a big grass field made the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular spectacular indeed. An unusual twist, in the form of a re-ride for the eventual winner Jamie Taylor and L’Con Reyes, made it even more so. Throughout the morning jog, course walk and early rounds, questions floated around about what role, if any, handiness would play in the judging of the two-round competition. The class specs say the second round “should include elements that allow horse and rider to demonstrate brilliance, rideability and handiness.”

 
June 2018 - Spry Septuagenarian
Written by photos & report by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:45
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Del Mar National not acting its age!

photos & report by Kim F. Miller

Celebrating its 73rd year during three weeks of competition April 17-May 6, this illustrious show proved itself a spry septuagenarian. To those of us around long enough to have “DEL MAR!!” be the pinnacle of our show calendar as juniors, it’s delightful to have the event still be something truly special in these very different times. Exhibitor and fan-posted photos and videos on the Del Mar Arena jumbotron were one of my favorite modern era touches, and they reflected the wide-spread excitement.

 
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