July 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:11

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

More Fun in Surf City
July 6-9 & Aug. 10-13 in Huntington Beach

West Palms Events’ hunter/jumper shows at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center feature fun new classes this summer. The first is the Sun and Surf Tandem, in which all but the final fence on course will be jumped in unison. It’s open to juniors and amateurs, with two divisions: 2’ to 2’3” and 2’6”. The Ride and Groom Relay uses teams of one rider and one groom. The rider navigates a course set at 1M, then the groom embarks on an obstacle course with the combined fastest time taking top honors.

Both new classes will be added to the agenda for the Huntington Beach Surf Classic, July 6-9, and the Summer Classic Aug. 10-13. The latter show also features a big fundraiser for Horse Nation Foundation on Aug. 12.

The Foundation is a non-profit program that pairs rescued horses with young people who are working on life-enriching lessons including gang and bullying avoidance, effective communication and building strong morals and values.

The horses in this program have suffered abuse and neglect, and are receiving a second chance at life with kindness and proper care. The youngsters who interact with them are working toward building a strong emotional foundation in order to grow into confident, productive individuals. This innovative educational program helps the kids gain self-esteem and life skills through positive action and horsemanship skills.

For more information, visit www.westpalmsevents.com.


Emerging Athletes Program
July 12-16 in Los Angeles & July 19-23 in Petaluma

The riding spots are spoken for in these educational sessions organized by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, but there’s plenty of time to plan on auditing, which is free for both California sessions.

Set for the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, the Southern California events will feature Olympic show jumper Joe Fargis with the stable management portion covered by Anne Thornbury. Geoff Teall and Nanci Synder are the coaches for the NorCal edition at the Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma.

Along with learning a tremendous amount about riding and overall horsemanship, our California participants will hope to earn spots in the national EAP training session, set for November at Lake Erie College in Ohio.


2016 silent auction winners Dawn and Hannah Klinedinst with McLain Ward at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Big Stuff at Sonoma Horse Park
Various dates in Petaluma

The series of hunter/jumper shows at Sonoma Horse Park comes to a peak with the HMI Equestrian Classic, July 26-30, then the Giant Steps Charity Classic Aug.  2-6. The first show includes the $40,000 Equine Insurance Grand Prix, a $25,000 USHJA International Derby and a $15,000 USHJA National Derby presented by Circle Oak Equine.

The Giant Steps event is always a hit of summer. It features a $40,000 Grand Prix, a $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by the Barnett Family and a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. There’s also the $5,500 Battle between Junior/Amateur teams versus professionals squads.

The show’s annual silent auction fundraiser should be a big hit for exhibitors and fans far and wide. Online bidding enables all to participate and the items on offer are awesome. With the remote bidding opportunity, items such as four tickets to the 2018 NCAA Final Four Championship games, an instant wine cellar, a personalized photoshoot with Tara Arrowood, consulting session with Branded by EQ, and a week-long stay at a private ecological reserve—the most biodiverse place in the world for birds—in coastal Ecuador will be available to all. More of this year’s unique offerings will be announced on social media in the coming weeks. As always, this is a fundraiser for the good work done by Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding Center.

Better get entries in, though. These shows sell out fast!

For more information, visit www.sonomahorsepark.com.


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