September 2017 - The Gallop: CPHA Finals Kick Off Medal Season

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss & Vancouver, Nina Vogel & Durango take top honors in CPHA Junior & Amateur Medal Finals

by Kim F. Miller

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals, Aug. 18-19, launched the medal final season that culminates a year of hard work toward goals often set in January. If the quality of competition seen in the Blenheim Farms indoor arena, provided by ACE Equestrian, is an indicator, we are in for top-notch showdowns in both age groups.

 

 
September 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equine Partnership

Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot

by Kim F. Miller

Big Shot has lived up to his name since he joined the Karazissis family’s Far West Farm program this past January. He came through Buffy and Rick Oas’ Pollyrich Farm as a sales prospect, but star hunter rider Jenny Karazissis couldn’t bear to let his “beauty, style, good brain and overall quality” go to another barn. Clients, the Morris family, were easily persuaded to buy “Dude” for their daughter Dulcie Lou to campaign as a Junior Hunter next year. This year, Jenny and the 6 year old Holsteiner (Lordanos X Corrado I) have dominated the 3’3” Hunter Division and were headed to the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky in mid-August.

 
September 2017 - Lights, Camera, Action

Equestrian films to debut in October’s San Diego International Film Festival.

The San Diego International Film Festival, set for Oct 4-8 and produced each year by the San Diego Film Foundation, is proud to announce the addition of an Equestrian Film Track to this year’s edition. The San Diego International Film Festival features topic specific tracks that present groundbreaking, independent films telling stories that resonate with San Diego patrons in a variety of areas. Returning unique film tracks include American Indian, Environmental, Military and Social Justice. This year, there is a new track to represent our equestrian community. The Equestrian Film Track will highlight the diverse and creative efforts of filmmakers that explore topics related to horses.

 
September 2017 - The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

New series of four CDIs has the dressage community abuzz.

by Kim F Miller

The debut of the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival has competitors and fans abuzz with excitement over the circuit of four CDIs, three of them brand new. The brainchild of event producer Scott Hayes, the series begins in Galway Downs in Temecula Jan. 3-7 of next year, then moves to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego for another three weeks of international competition: Jan. 18-21, Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 14-17. The weeks between international shows will likely be filled with one or more national shows sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Dressage Society.

 
September 2017 - Horse People: Zazou Hoffman

Hard work, talent and a pinch of good fortune put young rider in the Grand Prix spotlight.

by Kim F. Miller

Zazou Hoffman still has to pinch herself.

Even after a junior career dominated by catch-riding, working student gigs and winning the 2009 Maclay Finals, having two solid Grand Prix horses and four significant wins already seems surreal.

 
September 2017 - The Chase Is On!

Riding to the hounds in southern California.

by Julie Beer

Yes! The red coats, the hounds, Tally Ho! and all that. The real deal. Interested? Read on!

The Santa Fe Hunt, established in 1969 in Rancho Santa Fe, is alive and thriving in Temecula Horse Country. Foxhunting, also known as “Riding to the Hounds,” is the foundation of today’s hunter/jumper discipline. To be clear, coyote, not fox, are dominant in this part of the country. Because coyote are both very clever and fast, it’s extremely rare for the hounds to actually catch one; thus Santa Fe Hunt considers itself a “chase,” which is also the philosophy of the Masters of Foxhounds Association that rules all recognized hunts in the US.

 
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