August 2018 - Time Out for Education

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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.

 
August 2018 - Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

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Base camp for equestrian vacation adventures in North Lake Tahoe

by Nan Meek

Tucked away in the sleepy mountain town of Truckee, perched above I-80 along Donner Lake in the heart of the High Sierra, Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center is North Lake Tahoe’s vacation haven for horse lovers from June 1 through the end of September.

 
August 2018 - In Loving Memory of Doug Herthel, DVM

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August 11, 1946 — July 11, 2018

Doug Herthel lived an extraordinary life. Not simply due to the impact he made as a veterinarian, but more so because of the person he was. A thinker and a problem solver, Dr. Herthel had a brilliant mind and relentless passion for veterinary medicine, the patients he treated and the clients whose friendships he valued beyond measure. His life’s work was inspired by his endless curiosity, pursuit of science and deep love of the horse. His greatest source of joy and that which defined him, however, was the family he built alongside his treasured wife, Sue. He was a man of great compassion, with a generous spirit and thoughtful approach to the way he practiced medicine and treated those around him. In Doug’s presence, new and old friends felt appreciated and valued.

 
July 2018 - Sunsprite Warmbloods

Emilee Libby and Sunsprite’s Fleurette. Photo: Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography

All-around athletes, great brains and a wee bit of playfulness distinguish prominent sporthorse program.

by Kim F. Miller

Google “Sunsprite” and several definitions come up. There’s a rose by that name and a “wearable sun and light tracker” that improves energy, mood and sleep. But ask anybody in the eventing world what Sunsprite means and the answer is Pamela Duffy and Don Trotter and nearly 20 years of producing talented, versatile sporthorses under the Sunsprite Warmbloods banner.

Despite their big presence on the eventing scene with horses, volunteerism, sponsorship and cheerleading, Sunsprite Warmbloods is actually a small program. Since getting started in 2000 at their modest-size property in Temecula, Pam and Don estimate they have produced between two and five babies a year.

 
July 2018 - Youth Polo

San Diego County program brings newcomers to the game.

The Lakeside Polo Youth Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and educating a new generation of polo players at Lakeside Polo Club in East County San Diego. Kids learn horsemanship, polo skills, and teamwork on the beautiful grass field and polo arena at River Valley Equestrian Center, not far from the Lakeside Rodeo. With its emphasis on a strong work ethic and positive atmosphere, the innovative LPYF encourages children to learn and improve their game.

 
June 2018 - Western States Horse Expo

Popular programs return for event’s 20th anniversary in Sacramento.

This month’s Western States Horse Expo marks the event’s 20th anniversary. For the last two decades this exposition has celebrated the spirit of the horse, the equestrian and rural lifestyle with all that they encompass. Happening June 8-10 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, this has been the premier event of its kind, and has been one of the most trusted resources for innovation, inspiration and education within the equestrian community unlike any other!

 
August 2018 - Doing The Fair Thing

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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.

 
August 2018 - New Cal-Bred Thoroughbred Award

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Retired Racehorse project debuts new award at Thoroughbred Makeover this October.

The Retired Racehorse Project debuts a special award for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover that honors horses bred on the West Coast. Sponsored by the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, in honor of After the Finish Line, the $2,500 award will be presented to the top-scoring California-bred at the competition, taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

 
July 2018 - The Gallop: Wild Horse Update

Wild horses & burros get partial good news in the current Interior Appropriations bill.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill approved unanimously by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 14 would keep in place prohibitions against killing healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter.

“We appreciate that Senate Appropriators are listening to their constituents, who expect America’s wild horses and burros to be protected in keeping with the spirit of the law,” said Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. “We will remain vigilant against policies and practices that would cause wild horses and burros to suffer — directly or through third-party sales — including a needless push to perform dangerous, costly and unproven field sterilization surgeries on wild mares and jennys.

 
July 2018 - Triple Crown Arenas

Thirty years of experience combines with cutting edge expertise on riding surfaces.

For over 30 years Triple Crown Arenas has been providing Southern California with equine construction services that have ranged from a simple hot walker and barn pad to full turnkey commercial properties.

In this time, the owner of Triple Crown Arenas, Ron Johnson, has learned quite a few lessons about what makes a horse property successful and has been able to take that knowledge and improve on the services that he offers the Southern California horse world.

 
July 2018 - Taking A Break

No Santa Barbara National this year.

The management and directors of the Earl Warren Showgrounds, in consultation with Langer Equestrian Group, as the manager of the annual Santa Barbara National Hunter Jumper Show, have made the decision to cancel the 2018 horse show.

 
June 2018 - Dutch Treats

West Coast Dressage Convention brings Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud to Southern California.

photos & text by Kim F. Miller

Scott Hayes, Edward Gal, Monty Roberts, Hans Peter Minderhaud

West Coasters are getting a little spoiled with the caliber of coaches brought in from afar these last few years by Scott Hayes Productions. On April 21-22, Dutch Olympians Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhaud came to the peacefully gorgeous El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. They worked with seven horse/rider pairs each day, the same pairs each day except Saturday the finale was Sabine Schut-Kery and her budding Grand Prix star Sanceo, while on Sunday, Dawn White O’Connor worked with the 9-year-old, Esperanza, by the accomplished Dutch Warmblood sire, Jazz.

 
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