June 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:35

June is one of our favorite issues because we celebrate riding schools and entry-level equestrian programs. We hear stories of kids of all ages connecting with horses for the first time and of adults circling back to a beloved activity of their youth. Riding school horses and people man, woman, horse or pony the friendly front lines of efforts to keep equine interactions widely accessible, both economically and geographically speaking.

 

 
June 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:28

Tali Dejong and Amadeus. Photo: McCool Photography

Savannah Jenkins and Limequyl. Photo: McCool Photography

97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show

At the 97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show, Tali Dejong and Amadeus emerged victorious in the Grand Prix. Finishing in second place, less than one second behind Dejong, was Alyce Bittar and Lara Croft B. Coming in third was The Flying Ham ridden by Carly Anthony. The USHJA National Hunter Derby saw 38 horses with Limequyl and Savannah Jenkins taking the top spot with a score of 183.


 
May 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:38

SH Productions’ West Coast Dressage Convention V was a big hit April 21-22. Here are organizer Scott Hayes and clinicians & Dutch Dressage Superstars Edward Gal and Hans Peter Mindenhoud flanking Monty Roberts. More on this in our June issue.

April indeed brought showers to Northern California, but was a little crueler in Southern California where an EHV-1 situation arose in Orange County. As we went to press with this issue, three horses had tested positive for the dreaded virus and were being cared for in isolation at a stable where the virus was first diagnosed on April 13, a Friday, naturally! A total of 56 horses possibly exposed to the virus were under quarantine, with veterinarians from the California Department of Food and Agriculture supervising close monitoring for signs of new cases. As of April 19, no additional cases were reported. Our best wishes to all!

 
May 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:34

Lisa Wall and Tangled Up in Blue top the USHJA National Hunter Derby at LEG Gold Coast April. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

LEG Gold Coast April Highlights

Out of a field of 24 horse and rider combinations, it was professional Lisa Wall aboard Mia Dimson’s Tangled Up in Blue who earned the top honors.

“This was her first hunter derby win,” Lisa said. “This mare just recently moved up to the 3’6” level. She is still learning, and we are putting her together. She rode really well. Each horse show, she’s consistently getting more broke.”

 
May 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

New H/J Shows
May 12-13 & 17-20 in Paso Robles

The Spring Fling Schooling May 12-13 is the second in a new series of hunter/jumper schooling shows staged by and at the beautiful Paso Robles Horse Park. Whether you’ve taken a long break from competitions, are considering getting your feet wet for the first time, or just looking for an organized, affordable and fun show jumping experience, this is your ticket. Meet fellow horse enthusiasts, compare your skills to other riders, and hone your competition skills in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Held in partnership with the Santa Barbara Riding Club, the series continues in October with the Harvest Special and concludes this year with the Winter Wonderland in December. The schooling shows are designed to give local equestrians access to affordable, well-run competition at a first class facility.

 
April 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:45

Nayel Nails Another Biggie

Nayel Nassar’s 14 year old Hanoverian Lordan doesn’t compete often, but when he does compete, he goes big. The pair won the AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella Sunday March 18. That followed Lordan’s last outing at Cochella, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup class, which he won on Feb. 10. The two-for-two track record speaks volumes of Nayel’s careful management of his spectacular horse.

 
April 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:36

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March 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:49

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Real horse people, like Trent McGee featured in this issue, are lifelong learners. The 15 year old hunter/jumper rider is off to an early start with his horsemanship education, having already ridden in clinics with George Morris, Joe Fargis and, most recently, Richard Spooner during the USHJA Emerging Jumper Athlete Gold Star clinic. We have two reports on that, along with equally interesting clinics with German dressage master, Johann Hinnemann, and eventing’s “queen of cross-country,” Lucinda Green. Thanks to junior rider Kate Abajian and eventing professional Jessie Hargrave for contributing articles that we can all learn from.

 
March 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:42

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit Weeks I-III

Week I

The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit was near the half-way point at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal as we went to press, with the March 18 AIG $1 Million set for the big finale. That’s the first jewel in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping, luring riders from around the globe. Here’s a recap of the first three weeks, and check out our photo page (page 62) from the Feb. 10 Longines FEI World Cup qualifier, in which Nayel Nassar, Beezie Madden and Mandy Porter, finished 1, 2 and 3.

 
March 2018 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:35

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar


Horse Evacuation Clinic
March 6 in Calabasas

ETI Corral 36 hosts this free presentation by Vicky Beelik and her PPI Program, which stands for “plan, prepare and implement.” A big crowd is expected so reservations are required.

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February 2018 - Dressage News & Views
Written by by Nan Meek
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:50

I Love Dressage ... Why? A valentine to our sport.

If February isn’t the best month to celebrate dressage, then what is? This is the month we demonstrably appreciate those we love with hearts and flowers, cards and candy, but what about our horses? Mine are dressage horses, so my thoughts turned to why I love dressage.

 

 
February 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:00

Christine Traurig, pictured here with Carl Hester during last year’s West Coast Dressage Convention. Photo: Kim F. Miller

After a long history based at Albert Court in Rancho Santa Fe, Christine Traurig relocates to Caballos Del Mar in Encinitas. The training facility is owned by Julie Burtech, a longtime student of Christine’s. The German-born 2000 US Olympian is moving into a newly built barn on the property, which is also home to dressage trainer Birthe Laufer.

 

 
February 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:37

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January 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:03

Avery Lambert. Photo: Tricia Booker / USHJA Archives

Avery Lambert

The USHJA’s Youth Leadership Award was presented to Avery Lambert of San Jose during the association’s December annual meeting. Twelve-year-old Avery currently competes in the large and medium-rated pony hunters, serves as an ambassador for The Paisley Pony Magazine, volunteers regularly in her community with her classmates, and holds a 4.0 GPA.

“She has demonstrated dedication to her academics and her horsemanship, and her sportsmanship, positive spirit and passion for helping others are what make Lambert the 2017 recipient of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award,” reported the USHJA press release.


 
January 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:57

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June 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:34

Sarah Rune & Canty Rune Training Stables

Long time horse trainer Laurie Canty is excited to announce the transformation of her training stables by bringing Sarah Rune in to take on a leadership role. Rune started off as a student of Canty’s, later becoming her assistant, and has now been tapped to take over Canty’s operations. Having trained horses and riders in California for many decades, Canty is looking forward to a new phase of semi-retirement as Rune oversees more day-to-day responsibilities of training and coaching.

 
June 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:21

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar


Temecula Dressage Classic
June 8-10 in Temecula

Taking up the weekend of the late Lisa Blaufuss’s neat dressage show in Paso Robles, the Temecula Dressage Classic is loaded with last-chance qualifiers that make it a must-attend for serious dressage competitors. But it’s not going to be all serious and no fun. The idea is to make the most of time spent with horses, friends and fellow dressage enthusiasts in the lovely environment of the Galway Downs Equestrian Center in the heart of Temecula wine country.

 
May 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:36

Farewall Walterstown Don

Walterstown Don, ridden by Rebecca Braitling and owned by Lauren Burnell, passed away competing at Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & Horse Trials in Paso Robles in the CIC3* on Saturday April 14. The 16 year old gelding collapsed while galloping between fences 18 and 19 on the cross-country course. Braitling was attended to by the on-site medical team and was transported to the hospital for further care. Twin Rivers organizers and US Eventing Association joined all of the West Coast equestrian community in offering condolences to the horse’s team.

 
May 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:29

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April 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:47

California continues to be a non-stop whirlwind of interesting and fun equestrian action, much of which is covered in this issue. Between the final weeks of the inaugural and fantastic Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival, Horse Expo Pomona and the close of the HITS Coachella eight-week hunter/jumper circuit, we were out and about quite a lot and loving it. Looking forward to this month’s continuation of the same.

 

 
April 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:44

Farewell Malcolm Rossoll, longtime horse show announcer who passed away in mid-March. Photo: Tish Quirk

Freestylers Head East

Hunter/jumper trainers Jill and Trevor Gaffney are moving their Freestyling Farms to Ohio, saying goodbye to their Northern California base of the last four years. Per their Facebook page announcement:

 
Aprll 2018 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:42

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Good Horses Galore
Three dates in three locations.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program has three Mustang adoptions set for this month: April 7-8 in King City; April 8 at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove; and April 13-15 in Paso Robles during the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous. In each case, there will be plenty of wild Mustangs available for meet and greets and to consider making your own. Used in every imaginable discipline, Mustangs are naturally healthy and hearty horses. Owners and trainers describe them as loyal and eager to please.

 
March 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:48

Nick Cwicke joins Next Level Eventing

After 10 years in Alabama, Arizona native Nick Cwicke has made the 2,000-mile move to join Tamra Smith at Next Level Eventing in Temecula. After so many years on the East Coast, the decision to head back wasn’t easy, but Nick says it was the right move at the right time.

 
March 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:41

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February 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:53

'Consider it lunch with the experts,' said USEF Youth Chef d’equipe DiAnn Langer. But on Saturday night, it was dinner and Q&A with five superstars for the 24 riders who earned their spots in the Gold Star clinic. From left are 2008 Olympic team gold medalist Will Simpson, 2012 World Cup Champion and 2012 Olympian Rich Fellers; top international rider Kirsten Coe; US High Performance Team Vet Dr. Geoff Vernon; and lead clinician Richard Spooner, long time star of the national and international jumping circuit. Their collective wit and wisdom made for an unforgettable evening.

Our team was flung far and wide this past month. I hit the first week of the HITS Coachella (aka “Thermal,” and aka “Indio” to those of us of a certain vintage), Anne Hempy traveled to Sacramento for the California Dressage Society Annual Meeting & Symposium and editor Kim F Miller attended the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider’s Gold Star Clinic, led by Richard Spooner, also at HITS Coachella. All of that happened just after our deadline for this issue, so stay tuned for coverage in our March edition.

 
February 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:47

Reilly Cunningham. Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography

Reilly Cunningham Logs College Prep Victory

The College Preparatory Invitational exceeded expectations as a sold-out group of 160 exceptional student riders from grades 8 to12 traveled from as far away as Hawaii to participate at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, FL. Reilly Cunningham made the most of her trip from San Diego County’s Valley Center by riding to the high point title in the Open division.

 
February 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:54

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Adequan/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference
Feb. 6-7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Johann Hinneman is the featured trainer in this year’s Adequan USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference. Recognized worldwide as a trainer and coach, having served as Canada’s team trainer and German National Coach, alongside Klaus Balkenhol, his student roster reads like a “Who’s Who” of Olympic medalists and various national champions, including Steffen Peters, Coby van Baalen, Marlies van Baalen, Ulla Salzgeber, Heiki Kemmer and Alexandra Simmons de Ridder.

Auditing is available for USDF members. To purchase tickets, visit www.usdf.org.


 
January 2018 - Founders Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:10

We wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that the holidays were good for all, especially those affected by the latest rounds of nasty fires. As the show circuits resume and normalcy returns for most of us, may we keep the victims in our hearts throughout the year and continue to share whatever we can: be it time, money or simply encouragement. Check our Facebook page for suggestions of where to donate or help out in the months going forward.

 
January 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:00

Bill Steinkraus Leaves a Legacy

Legendary equestrian, William “Bill” Steinkraus , passed away on November 29 at the age of 92. A five-time Olympian, four-time medal winner and first U.S. Show Jumping Individual medalist, Steinkraus boasted one of the most decorated equestrian careers in U.S. history. He passed away surrounded by his family and loved ones.

 
January 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:42

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Masterclasses & Freestyles

Some of the horse world’s best minds and most talented riders will share their knowledge and insights with spectators and competitors at the 2018 Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival during the crowd-pleasing Masterclasses. These will be held on Festival Saturday evenings prior to the much anticipated FEI-level freestyles.

 
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