March 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:28

We get around!

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 19 we’ve covered the California Dressage Society convention in San Diego, Horse Expo Pomona, the HITS Coachella (Thermal) World Cup weekend in the desert and the Area VI Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at the Fresno County Horse Park. We experienced every kind of California weather during that time! Throughout our travels, we realized the good fortune to have a career that enables us to report on and spend time with some of the best people anywhere. Their horses are awesome, too!

We hope you enjoy this month’s mix of coverage, highlighted by our regular columnists’ insights on several subjects: Karen Healey ponders whether the stricter medication rules will curtail cheaters in the hunter/jumper sport. Genay Vaughn talks about the pros, cons and realities of a season on the Florida dressage circuit. And, Lauren Billys explains why she had to give up her childhood habit of riding in oversize boxer shorts. They just don’t cut it for the Olympic eventer!

Thanks for your story ideas and photo submissions and we’ll see you on the circuit soon!

Happy Riding!

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March 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:22

A First GP Win

Week III was the charm for Zazou Hoffman, who earned her first Grand Prix win in the $25,000 SmartPak Open Prix on Feb. 3 at HITS Coachella. Her mount was W Zermie 12, a 14 year old Dutch mare by Rubert R. Zazou is a West Coast favorite. She was a top junior and winner of the 2009 ASPCA Maclay Finals, and has worked for Dick Carvin and Francie Steinwedell’s Meadow Grove Farm since graduating UCLA. Since turning professional, she has had increasing success in the jumper ring and seems on course to fulfill her longtime goals of becoming an international rider. Zermie is owned by Saree Kayne.

The Winner’s Circle welcomes submissions and photos. E-mail them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
March 2017 - Out & About
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:11

Have a photo of a fun adventure with your horse, pony, riding club or horsey friends? We want it for our Out & About page. Please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with caption info and photo credit if needed.

Dressage rider Caroline Hoffman and her 2017 Westminster Dog Show winner Best of Breed, Toy Fox terrier

Sabine Schut-Kery visits Cottonwood Farm in Las Vegas for a clinic Feb. 11-12. Pictured from left are Sabine, Cottonwood Farm trainer Veronika Morris, Anke Herbert, Dawna Kuhlmey and Joan McFarren, with Pearlie Rohrbacher on her horse Vinni.

California Riding Magazine sales representatives Stephanie Baldwin and Cheryl Erpelding at Western States Horse Expo in Pomona, Feb. 3-5.

Jennifer Tirres and Janice Herrod in the Horseman’s News booth at Western States Horse Expo in Pomona, Feb. 3-5.

Sherrel Heath and FourFlex.

Robin Hoeflinger (left) – Star Milling Co. Sales Rep, and Dr. Robert Bray (right) – consulting equine nutritionist for Integrity Horse Feeds.

Lynette & Dave Frank of Forco Feed Supplement.

Barb of EquiPride

Lynn of L&D Trailers.

Fran and Bill Klovstad of The Thrifty Horse.

Tractor Dean of West Coast Footings.

SmartPak

LMF Feeds

 
March 2017 - Candid With Karen: Who Knows?
Written by Karen Healey
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:25

Will the Federation’s stiffer drug penalties curtain the cheaters?

by Karen Healey

"Who knows?”

That’s my answer to the question a lot of people have been asking about whether the United States Equestrian Federation’s aggressive stance on medication abuses will make a difference.

 
March 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:18

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

AIG $1 Million Jumping
March 19 in Thermal

The AIG Million Grand Prix starts at 2 pm at HITS Coachella Desert Horse Park on Sunday, March 19, but savvy spectators will be there well before then to stake out seating for this popular class. Plus, you can catch the Parade of Champions at noon, featuring the second-half and full-circuit champs in various divisions, and the leadline class that precedes the Grand Prix.

 
March 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:09

IEA Adds An NCEA Board Member

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino, Ed.D., Executive Director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. The addition of Fiorentino comes from the ongoing collaboration between the IEA and NCEA to funnel more riders into collegiate equestrian sports.

 
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