California Riding Magazine • April, 2009

Flying Changes

Steffen Peters Receives Whitney Stone Cup

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation awarded Steffen Peters of San Diego the Whitney Stone Cup. The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition and high standards of sportsmanlike conduct while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Steffen, riding Ravel, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, was the highest-placed American dressage rider, earning fourth place individually, and was narrowly edged out of the Individual bronze.

Legendary Horseman Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt was a legendary cowboy with a mission of spreading the teachings of natural horsemanship to a national audience. He took his methods on the road for more than 30 years and even had a workshop scheduled at his ranch this month. In his late 70s, Ray passed away March 12.

One of the country’s top horsemen, Ray was a familiar American hero with a surprising slant on horsemanship, emphasizing cooperation and respect over coercion. Ray’s goal was to persuade others that getting along with a horse means working on ourselves.

Ray had his summer operations at Rattlesnake Ranch in Mountain Home, ID and his winter operations at Oak Valley Ranch in Era, TX.

Will Simpson and Nicole Shahinian Launch New Training Business

Olympic show jumping team gold medalist Will Simpson and his wife, internationally renowned rider Nicole Shahinian Simpson, are launching Simpson Show Jumping. The venture creates an opportunity for owners interested in competing at the elite level to work with two of the world’s top show jumping athletes.

Simpson Show Jumping will host clinics, develop and train young horses and offer coaching to a limited number of serious students. The primary focus of the business, however, will be coaching clients in the international arenas that host competition at the highest level of the sport.

NRCHA Board Members Announced

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Board has announced the results of its 2009 Board of Directors election. The board includes Californians Sandy Collier of Buellton, Jon Roeser of Lemoore, Kathy Gould of Raymond, Dave Archer of Clovis and Howard Erenberg of Santa Ynez. Additionally, Dan Roeser of Marsing, ID is on the board.
Reigning President Lyn Anderson was re-elected to her position, as was Howard Erenberg to Vice President, Carol Rose as Secretary, and Dave Archer as Treasurer. The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, is the governing body of cow horse competition. It is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse.