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!

 
June 2018 - Anique Equestrian

California-based new cooling shirt line is off to a hot start.

There’s enough cute and effective sun shirts out there that it’s somewhat surprising a new entry would venture into this crowded field. But dressage rider and marketing consultant Kelly Artz felt otherwise. Frustrated with the many shirts she tried, Kelly decided she could do better. The result is Anique, a new equestrian sun shirt line that incorporates flattering fit and pretty details with hard-core cooling and sun protection and perspiration management. Made in Los Angeles, the soft seamless knit shirts are woven with a cooling smart yarn and UV protection.

 
June 2018 - WEQx Games

Gladiator Polo & U-25 U.S. Open Jumping Championship among proposed competitions for WEG-concurrent event.

Plans for the inaugural 2018 WEQx Games™ are taking shape under Mark Bellissimo and the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C. The competition intends to have nine spectator-friendly equine competitions that highlight the accessibility, diversity, athleticism, and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages.

 
June 2018 - Represent!

Young West Coasters venture far afield in international dressage and jumping competition.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Hayden Zadel & Triskel De Kerlive

Ben Ebeling and Behlinger are among three pairs chosen by US Equestrian for the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour, which is linked to the Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program. Combinations are required to earn at least two scores from the FEI Young Rider Team Test and two scores from the FEI Young Rider Individual Test in CDI-Y events between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to be considered for selection to the Tour. As a part of FEI CDI-Y events, at least two FEI Young Rider Freestyle test scores must also be earned. The accomplished equestrian son of Olympian Jan and Amy Ebeling, Ben will compete with teammates Callie Jones from Kentucky and Anna Weniger from North Carolina.

 
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.

 
June 2018 - Bingo! Moments

Melissa Creswick continues a learning legacy during Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Southern Clinic.

by Nicole Bhathal, CDS Southern Regional Director • Photos: Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’, education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.

 
June 2018 - Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals

First-timer’s reflections on a unique team experience.

by Alexa Corse, Stanford Class of 2019

The announcer’s voice resounded throughout the indoor equestrian arena at Lake Erie College, the site of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championship last month: “Our next rider is Alexa Corse.”

I reminded myself to breathe and rode into the arena. The cavernous space was surprisingly quiet, until the judge at the arena’s far end rang a small, old-fashioned bell. That was my cue. I rode down the centerline of the dressage court—the 20x60 meter area bordered with low, white rails—in which I’d perform Training Level Test 1.

 
May 2018 - The Gallop: Harrisburg, Here We Come!

Stanford Equestrian riders celebrates their 13th year of topping the IHSA Zone 8 Finals. From left are Head Coach Vanessa Bartsch, Cecilia Lang-Ree, Jillian Rogers, Caroline Soane, Claire Womack, Anna Salamone, Kelsi Okun, Hannah Ankeny, Alexandra Ulmer, Assistant Coach Tina Davey.

Stanford wins 13th consecutive intercollegiate zone championship in region rapidly getting bigger and better.

by Kim F. Miller

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition is bursting at the seams in the national organization’s Zone 8, especially in the primarily Northern and Southern California Regions 1 and 2. Participation growth is such that Region 2 has a moratorium on new teams and Region 1 is close to needing one as leaders work on expanding capacity to accommodate more schools that want to join the circuit.

 
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