August 2017 - The Gallop: A Day at the Emerging Athletes Program

USHJA program delivers the gift of Joe Fargis’ gentle & effective horsemanship.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Horses are a gift to us to learn about nature, sportsmanship and life,” said 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis in response to a question that began the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program training session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center July 12-16. As he worked with 19 fortunate and motivated young riders, the much-decorated show-jumper applied that broad perspective to many details of his simple, classic horsemanship. It was a privilege to audit a day of instruction from Joe, Thursday, July 13, during which West Coast young riders also worked in small groups with stable management expert Anne Thornbury.

 
August 2017 - Horse Races & Fair Eclipse Weekend

Ely, Nevada, combines western traditions with solar eclipse celebration.

One of the most authentic western celebrations in the U.S. gets a celestial twist for 2017, lining up with the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Each year horse racing, a county fair and other traditional events dating back almost 100 years bring together neighbors and visitors alike in the remote town of Ely, Nevada. This year, the festivities planned Aug. 18-21 include a solar eclipse train ride on the historic Nevada Northern Railway, offering a unique glimpse into this rare event. In celebration of the eclipse, Ely’s Economy Drug luncheonette will be serving a special Light-to-Dark-to-Light eclipse sandwich.

 
July 2017 - New San Diego Venue

Lakeside Equestrian Park to serve East County Equestrians.

San Diego County is working with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit organization, to build a premier equestrian facility on a 14-acre parcel at 11055 Moreno Ave. The conceptual layout includes a covered arena, which is the planned showpiece of the facility. The facility will host junior, high school, and senior pro rodeo; cattle events; barrel racing; gymkhanas; western and english horse shows; clinics and trail events.

 
August 2017 - Glefke and Farmer Penalized

Re-hearing results in same penalties for doping case in the hunter world.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee held a rehearing on June 6 and 7 in a doping case against Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke. The case involved the presence of the forbidden substance GABA in the horse UNEXPECTED at a 2016 USEF Licensed Competition.

 
July 2017 - May Day

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosts a happy day for its riders and the public.

photos by Kim F. Miller

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosted its annual open house Sunday, May 28. The long-running community event showcased riding school students and A circuit riders in team competitions ranging from flat classes to a Gambler’s Choice jumping and a High Jump that rose to about 4’6” in height. Plus, pony rides and horsey crafts throughout a beautiful day at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Orange County’s Laguna Hills.

 
July 2017 - Youth Spotlight: Black Oaks Pony Club

Central California club and its members represent the future of national organization.

Black Oaks Pony Club has a long history in the Paso Robles area and it also reflects the future of the U.S. Pony Club’s effort to expand its membership base. Eventing has long been the competitive discipline most associated with Pony Club, but the organization now offers “certifications,” formerly called “ratings,” in show jumping, hunter equitation, dressage and even western.

 
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