August 2021 - Horseland SD, A Premier Boarding Facility in San Diego Now Under New Management and Offering Openings To New Boarders, Trainers & Instructors
Written by photos by Nate White
Friday, 30 July 2021 04:00

photos by Nate White

Calling all horse owners and enthusiasts in and surrounding San Diego! Horseland SD has openings for interested boarders, as well as opportunities for trainers in search of an elite equestrian facility that can house up to 20+ training horses.

The facility sits on 14 acres in the heart of the Tijuana River Valley. For 70 years, Horseland has provided a safe and welcoming environment for horses and their riders, regardless of discipline or skill. Though new ownership was established in 2017, the intention for Horseland remains the same - to carry on the tradition and history of the farm, and to always provide a safe and enjoyable home for horses and their owners/trainers.


With that mission in mind, new owner, Alejandro Vigil recently hired long-time horseman, Adam Rickart, to manage the boarding operations of the farm. Rickart, originally from Minnesota, was raised within the Arabian horse community and has worked for National level trainers, as well as shown and won many championships as an amateur in elite, national competitions.

Rickart shares, “I look forward to this new adventure, and managing such a great facility that is open to all breeds and riding disciplines. My priority is to maintain a farm that is an enjoyable and safe environment for all of its residents: horses, trainers, boarders and lesson participants.”

Additionally, Vigil and Rickart are collectively offering opening(s) to trainer and/or riding instructors with interest in leasing 10-20+ stalls for their training and/or riding lesson operation at the Horseland property. With excellent riding/jumping arenas, presentation areas, turn-out, a EuroXisor and a variety of stalling accommodations, Horseland can meet the needs of any trainer, specifically those specializing in western, hunter or dressage-related disciplines.  

Individual Boarders with horses are also welcome at the farm, with boarding options to include indoor stalls (12’ x 16’), indoor/outdoor stalls (12’ x 24’), and open air corrals (16’ x 24’). Trailer parking is also offered to boarders; and for trail-riding enthusiasts, easy access can be found to over 70 miles of trails (including the beach)! Boarders have access to shared general facilities as well, including tack rooms, wash racks, arenas and turn-out.

Whether trainer, instructor, or owner/boarder, Horseland SD can offer a safe and happy home for your horses and the facilities to accommodate all levels of skill and involvement. For more information, visit and/or contact Alejandro Vigil at 619.880.9747, Adam Rickart at 763-244-5254, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

July 2021 - Windsor Welcomes Laura Guajardo Brown
Written by by Cheryl Erpelding
Friday, 02 July 2021 02:24

by Cheryl Erpelding

Windsor Equestrian Center in East San Diego County underwent a change of ownership two years and ago and is steadily making improvements to the grounds and building its riding school and training program.

Last month Laura Guajardo Brown joined the team as the head trainer. She is a lifelong horsewoman and was born in Mexico where she learned to ride and came up through the levels in three day eventing even making the Mexican Three Day Equestrian Team for the 1987 Pan Am Games. She flew with the team to the event, but was pulled from the squad at the last moment for another male military rider. If she had competed with the team, she would have been the first female rider and civilian to have done so. She went clear at the event and rode as an independent international rider. Laura also competed in the 80s at Rolex at the Advanced level under her former married name Laura Antmann. She has also completed many FEI level courses and has taught and trained in Mexico several Olympic level horses and riders.

Laura also is a huge fan of Friesians and owns a stallion named Camelot De Audibert. He is a five time world champion whom Laura adores and loves to perform with.

Laura brings a lifelong experience in the horse world and enjoys bringing horses along. She is currently training some of the Windsor horses that are for sale and she enjoys teaching the riding school riders.

Windsor offers lessons in both English and Western on quality lesson horses. The facility also has several nice horses for sale.


Laura enjoys performing with her 5 time World Champion Friesian Stallion Camelot. Visit her website:

Laura competed at the Advanced Three Day Level at Rolex back in the 80s under her married name Laura G. De Antmann on Agamernon. She previously competed a stallion named Fina Estampa as Laura Guajardo Brown in 1986. Laura competed for 20 years in eventing and has trained five horses to the advanced level.

Laura rode as an international rider at the 1987 Pan Am Games, but not as a member of the Mexican team.

Laura Guajardo Brown with the Mexican Olympic Team in 1987. Although she made the team as the first female and civilian, she was pulled out at the last moment by the Chef d'Equipe for another Mexican rider.

Laura schooling a nice mare that will be offered for sale soon in Windsor's large lighted arena.

Windsor Equestrian has a busy riding school program with solid lesson horses to help new riders learn how to ride both English and Western style of riding.

Windsor has undergone many improvements including this nice clubhouse for the facility.

Laura Guajardo Brown bringing along a green prospect that will be offered for sale soon.

July 2021 - Day Creek Ranch West & Silver Crest Stable Welcomes Kamila Dupont Dressage
Written by by Kamila Dupont
Friday, 02 July 2021 02:29

by Kamila Dupont

I started riding as a kid with a horse in Florida. As a teenager, I moved to Westchester County NY with my family, and joined Pony Club at Sunnyfield Farm. The seed for Dressage was sown when I began lessons with a German Riding Master, Richard Waetjen.

It was to be years later, watching Hilda Gurney ride in the Montreal Olympics that the buried dream became a full-blown reality. I started training with Hilda in the early 1980’s. I went professional and got sponsors and was fortunate that they provided wonderful horses for me to compete. In 1983, I received a USET European training grant and went to Germany for the first time. What a mind-expanding trip that was! In 1984 I competed in the Olympic Trials. By 1990, I felt I needed help with our horse Nebelhorn and wanted to train in Europe, specifically Germany. Fortunately, I was able to work with the legendary Herbert Rehbein. Not only did I learn how to ride better, I was able to see the reason for their success in equestrian sports. It is a combination of the depth of their breeding programs, their work ethic and a national program to educate and promote youngsters in all the disciplines. Every small village has a riding hall where children learn the classic principles of riding, and every big town has facilities where there are schoolmasters who can bring them into the more serious sport of Dressage. I stated riding dressage when I was 15, some of the Germans start when they are 10, hey! even 5!     

Kamila and Perignon last summer, Intermediare 1

Short version, I had two extended stays in Germany, the first one for two years, the second one for 5 years, separated by 7 years in-between in Florida and California.

I made the “A” List for the USET and was allowed to compete for the US in International Competitions in Europe from 2001-2005 as well as German National Tests. In 2006, when my contract with my sponsor was up, I chose to return to California. Re-inventing myself took a while, but my hard work has paid off and I continue to show and train partnerships to the USDF Medal Levels.

Teaching was always a personal passion, hopefully I will continue to educate and inspire others on their journeys. My latest project is called Wellness Through Dressage. Helping horses and rider maintain radiant health throughout life is the focus of my daily work. In the past, I was driven to succeed in competition, now I have a reached a point where my goal is the long term well-being of myself, my students and their horses.  

To reach that goal, I dreamed of a facility where I could bring this lifestyle to fruition. As fate would have it, Hunter/Jumper trainer Shauna Pennell had a dressage arena at her new barn and invited me to join her.  A philosophy we share is that Life is all about balance. The right amount of work, rest and play is at the heart of happy horses and humans.  Collaborating with trainers from other disciplines is always rewarding and I’m looking forward to being at Day Creek Ranch with Shauna.  

Visit for more information.


July 2021 - Dropping Stirrups
Written by by AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm with Christine Hamilton
Friday, 02 July 2021 02:08

by AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm with Christine Hamilton

Learning to ride without stirrups is a huge confidence builder as a rider.It’s a way to gain a deeper seat and better balance through your seat without squeezing your thighs or legs.

When you first start to ride, you want a shorter stirrup so you have a tighter leg. But as you get to be a better rider, you want to elongate your leg so you can sit deeper in the saddle to get a full swing and more use of your leg and foot. That’s true whether you are riding English or western events. Riding without stirrups will help you achieve that.

It also helps your confidence and skill if you lose your stirrup or stirrups in a class or in a maneuver. With or without your stirrups, you know how to maintain your balance as a rider.

To practice riding without stirrups, you can cross your stirrups over your horse’s withers so they don’t flop around and hit your foot. You do that also in a class if the judge calls for an entire pattern to be ridden without stirrups. If you are asked to drop your stirrups on the rail or if you are asked to do only part of a pattern without them, don’t cross them over.


Troubleshooting Dropped Stirrups

When you drop – or lose – your stirrups, one big problem can be picking them back up - especially with an English stirrup. When a rider cannot pick up a stirrup, it’s usually because she is lifting her leg as she tries to pick up the stirrup, bending the knee.

In a western saddle, you can lift your leg up to pick up your stirrup because that nice, big, thick western fender of leather keeps the stirrup in place.

But put a rider in an English saddle with that little-bitty stirrup leather, and if she lifts her leg, it releases the stirrup leather and the stirrup moves around.

To do it right, keep your leg in the correct position and just move your ankle. When you drop a stirrup, you have to turn your toe out and let the stirrup out. When you pick it up, you simply turn your toe in, grab the stirrup with your toe and wiggle it into position at the ball of your foot.

If you feel like you are losing your balance, a common instinct is to squeeze or grip with your legs. But when you do that, it pushes your weight upward and you’ll have a harder time maintaining your balance. Instead, lengthen your leg.
Rider’s Tip

If you want to be a better western rider in dropping and picking up your stirrup, put yourself in an English saddle and that will really teach you the art of picking up your stirrups without changing your leg position.
How To

As a beginner riding without stirrups for the first few times, you should probably work on a longe line with an experienced person helping you.

Begin by dropping and picking up your stirrups while standing still at least five times after you mount. Do this in an arena without looking down or using your hand to help your foot find the stirrup.

Then, graduate to dropping and picking up the stirrups at a walk. When you can do that, progress to the sitting trot, posting trot and then the canter.

For a fun training exercise in dropping your stirrups and picking them back up, try this: Ride a figure 8, but not a lazy 8 – it’s more like two circles with a straight line in the middle. Drop your stirrups at the center of the figure eight and ride one circle without them, then pick them up again at the middle to ride the next circle with your stirrups.

Or to really challenge yourself, drop your stirrups at the center line and pick them up at the first quarter of the circle, drop them again at the half-circle mark, then pick them up at the three-quarter-circle mark and then drop them at the center line again.

Another variation would be to pick up your stirrups or drop them every five strides. Count out loud as you do it. When you get this down, you know you have it mastered.

Start all of these at the walk, then progress to the sitting trot, the posting trot and the canter. Make sure your circles are fairly large – at least 70 feet in diameter or larger.


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