April 2018 - The Gallop: Local Leadership

Shannon Lilley takes over reins of Eventing Riders Association of North America.

by Kim F. Miller

Bay Area-based eventer Shannon Lilley takes the presidential reins of the Eventing Riders Association of North America, ERA of NA, the association founded and known until last year as the Professional Riders Organization, aka “PRO.” Based in the Santa Cruz area’s Soquel, the 2011 Pan Am team gold medalist has been involved with the organization for several years. The group was always meant to be a wide-ranging advocacy group for the sport, but the previous name spurred an “identity crisis,” Shannon explains.

 
April 2018 - Career Change-Life Change

Show jumper Woodpecker de Villars transitions to Adult Equitation, bringing healing joy to rider Marcy Connelly Wehde.

by Winter Hoffman • photos: 2018 ESI Photography

Against a stunning backdrop of purple foothills under a cornflower blue sky at the Coachella Desert Circuit, Marcy Connelly Wehde adjusted her tack, smoothed her show coat and studied the course. She was embarking on her first Big Eq Adult Medal with her new mount Woodpecker de Villars (2002 Wandango x Joue Fleur de Lys), also known as “Woody.”

For Marcy, age 39, Vice President of Operations for California Receivership Group, this was a sublime moment.

 
April 2018 - HITS Highlights

Simpson, Porter & Glynn are among the stars in Week 7 of the HITS Coachella circuit.

Week 7 closed out Sunday March 11 at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal with blue skies, big smiles, and sunshine. Riders competed for top honors in featured hunter and jumper classes throughout the week, and earned points toward the coveted Horseware Ireland Grand Circuit Champion and Equo Riding Apparel Second-Half Circuit Champion awards.

On Wednesday afternoon, jumper riders competed for $5,000 in the Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome. Taking home the blue ribbon was Lindsey Garner and Capilano in 38.274, followed by Kyle King and Andiamo vh Kapelhof Z in a time of 38.609. Third place was awarded to Austin Krawitt aboard High Jack in 39.908. Capturing the fourth place ribbon was Richard Spooner and Ace of Diamonds in a time of 40.339 while Karl Cook rounded out the top five in 40.678 aboard Cyrano VDV.

 

 
March 2018 - Classic Equine Equipment

Gorgeous, durable stalls only scratch the surface of company’s broad and ever-evolving line of horse keeping equipment.

by Kim F. Miller

From rubber barn aisle pavers to powerful yet safe barn fans, Classic Equine Equipment has an inventory that extends far beyond the gorgeous stalls that it’s most famous for. Over its 27 years, the company has earned loyal clients and a growing fan base among horse owners who prioritize safety and smooth stable workflow wrapped in an elegant, durable package, no matter the price point. Clientele ranges from owners of Miniature Horses and Draft breeds to a few zoo animals.

 
March 2018 - Fashion, Fittings & Fun

Ella & Schatzi Biernat at Horse And Rider Boutique's new Del Mar location.

Horse And Rider Boutique adds a Del Mar showroom and shop.

by Kim F. Miller

Barbara Biernat was not expecting walk-by business when she opened Horse And Rider Boutique’s first showroom in San Diego County’s Del Mar. When a passerby purchased two pairs of shoes within two hours of opening the doors to the public, the dressage apparel maven thought otherwise. But even if walk-in business pleasantly surprises her, she’ll continue to focus on what’s made her mobile business highly sought: outfitting equestrians in the finest European brands and providing highly personalized service.

 
March 2018 - USHJA Gold Star Clinic: First Person

Grateful for the opportunity to become a better & more knowledgeable horseman.

by Kate Abajian

The United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Gold Star Clinic was overall an outstanding experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who has the desire to improve their riding and horsemanship. I cannot thank USHJA and the Emerging Rider Task Force enough for taking the time and energy to put together such an amazing learning experience.

 
April 2018 - Raising The Bar

Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival & this month’s “Convention” with Edward Gal, Peter Hans Minderhoud & Monty Roberts set new standards.

by Kim F. Miller • photos: Terri Miller Photography

A lot has happened since Scott Hayes noticed some open weeks on the Del Mar Fairgrounds calendar a year ago. He was in the venue’s office while staging the super successful West Coast Dressage Convention with Carl Hester when those openings triggered an epiphany that may go down in U.S. dressage history: How about a top-level, multi-week circuit on the West Coast?

On Friday Feb. 16, the reigning queen of international dressage Charlotte Dujardin and four-time U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters closed out the manifestation of that epiphany – the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival -- on a very high note.

 
April 2018 - Horse Hauling Update

Commercial Drivers License regulations are clarified to quell concerns of recreational enthusiasts.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with American Horse Council staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification, by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts.

 
March 2018 - The Gallop: Electronic Logging Device

New commercial transportation safety mandate to be implemented April 1 amid continuing horse owners’ confusion.

by Kim F. Miller

"If you’re not a little confused, you’re not thinking clearly.”

Absorb this quote from a wise graduation speaker and take a deep breath before attempting to figure out whether the “electronic logging device” regulations apply to you. If you never haul your own or somebody else’s horse, you can stop reading now. If you occasionally haul your own or somebody else’s horses, but never for a fee and not in pursuit of prize money, you can pretty safely stop reading. Everyone else: better keep reading.

 
March 2018 - Cheval Insurance Services

Founder’s experience with insurance and horses brings many benefits to clients.

In the changing marketplace for equestrian, sports and recreational insurance, you need to keep your options open.  There are only so many carriers who write the coverages for your business and they are constantly changing their rates, their representatives and their underwriting requirements. Cheval Insurance is here to help you stay on top of the market.

 

 
March 2018 - The Gold Star Clinic

New clinic was a golden opportunity for jumping athletes on the Emerging Jumper Rider Pathway.

After three days of intensive flatwork, gymnastics and jumping exercises, along with numerous unmounted educational sessions and stable management work, riders at the USHJA Gold Star Clinic - West put what they learned all week to the test in the final day’s modified Nations Cup competition at HITS Desert Horse Park Jan. 21 in Thermal. Chef d’Equipe Rich Fellers’ team of Alyce Bittar, 16, Clea Caddell, 12, and Maud Christal, 12, came out on top with a total of 8 faults.

Amateur jumper rider Lauren Craft more than holds her own among the talented young riders.

Days started early and were chock full of learning in & out of the saddle.

 

 
March 2018 - Horse People: Trent McGee

photo: Kim F. Miller

Fifteen-year-old embodies the term “student of the sport.”

by Kim F. Miller

Horseracing was Trent McGee’s first addiction. At 6, his dad took him to the Santa Anita Racetrack where, “I fell in love with the horses,” the 15-year-old recounts. ”They were so amazing and I immediately wanted to do that.” Weekend trips back to the track were a frequent family outing after that.

For his seventh birthday, Jason and Dolores McGee arranged riding lessons for their son. They started at the Traditional Equitation School at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, where instructor Caitlin Steimle suggested Trent check out a Grand Prix competition at the facility to “see if you like it.”

 

 
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