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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December 2017 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:24

Amateur jumper rider Chandler Meadows has followed Red Bucket Equine Rescue’s good work for several years. When she won the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Final at the Las Vegas National, she knew right away she wanted to donate $1,000 of the purse to Red Bucket. The student of Morley Abey & Joie Gatlin is pictured here with her partner in the victory, Damian, and Red Bucket’s Susan Knox, left, and founder Susan Peirce. Chandler’s parents matched her donation and she hopes that other equestrians might follow suit. Top ranked rider Kent Farrington’s donation of his $71,000 Central Park Grand Prix purse to hurricane relief was definitely an inspiration, Chandler added. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Right after wrapping this issue, editor Kim F. Miller rushed off to the Las Vegas National in time to see Richard Spooner win three big show jumping classes, including the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping competition. And Kaitlyn Lovingfoss won her third major medal finals with victory in the WCE Finals.

 
December 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by by Lauren Billys
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:14

USEA Convention in Long Beach gives attendees a glimpse of our region’s unique character.

by Lauren Billys

To those attending the United States Eventing Association’s annual convention, I am happy to welcome you to USEA Area VI. We are honored to host the event, set for Dec. 6-10 in Long Beach. Each year the convention hosts the year-end awards, educational seminars, and meetings to plan for the upcoming season’s activities. Being the host of the convention, our area is recognized and highlighted for our achievements and character.

 
December 2017 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:55

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Instructor Certification Workshop for Young Horses
Dec. 4-6 in Stanislaus County’s Waterford

Connie Arthur’s Lone Tree Farm hosts this Instructors’ Certification Program Workshop for Young Event Horse Trainers and Riders. “If you already have your ICP Certification, please consider coming to get additional certification,” Connie says. “But if you haven’t been through the ICP program, here is an outstanding chance to get more education, meet your peers and become certified!”

It’s likely the riding spots are full at this point, but auditors are encouraged. “If you have anything to do with young horses - either riding or coaching students who ride young horses, this workshop is for you!”

For more information, visit www.lonetreefarm.net.


 
November 2017 - Candid With Karen
Written by by Karen Healey
Monday, 30 October 2017 20:05

Preparation that involves doing it the hard way produces the best results.

by Karen Healey

A little bit of preparation goes a long way toward success in our sport. As a student of George Morris, that idea was hammered into my consciousness early on. It was a foundation of my training program for 30-plus years and today as I coach riders with all levels of equitation and jumper ring aspirations.

 
November 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by by Lauren Billys
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:38

Please consider donating to my equine supplies registry for horses in need after two devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

by Lauren Billys

In the past month, it seems our earth is going through some growing pains. Watching our surroundings changing around us has been heartbreaking. In the wake of the devastation brought upon Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, I have started a fundraiser to aid the hundreds of horses on the island who are in dire need of assistance.

 

 
November 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:26

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Super fun night Oct. 18 at the launch party for the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Organizer Scott Hayes, hospitality chief Jessica Mathews & Adequan’s West Coast wonder Deven Vespi kick off the festivities, held at Dr. Mark & Tiffany Silverman’s lovely home in Rancho Santa Fe. See our September issue for the full story on this new four-week CDI series. Hot news: the “Masterclass” presenters will be Monty Roberts & Boyd Martin, Laura Graves, Helen Langehanenberg and for the circuit’s finale: Charlotte Dujardin, giving special talks before each Saturday’s night’s Grand Prix Freestyle. Thanks to www.troydoney.com for the great photo!

Staff members at Equal-i-zer Hitch continue the Provo, UT company’s tradition of community service. They recently spent a day helping build homes with Self-Help Homes, a non-profit providing quality, affordable housing for first-time home buyers.

Homeless veterans from the San Jose area’s HomeFirst program enjoy a day with horses at Victory Ranch as part of the non-profit’s Veterans Ranch Visit Program. Victory Ranch is operated by Army veteran Doug Hutten and has hosted the Kids & Horses Education Program for 11 years. For more information, visit www.victoryranchinc.org.

Noah Nelson’s Noah’s Ark costume is a winner in the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association’s Finals Costume Class. The son of Leslie Pinkerton Nelson of Sterling Silver Stables, Noah also had a terrific show in the 11 and under equitation and hunter classes. Photo: Osteen

 
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.

 
December 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:22

Onondarka Medal Finals Crown Avery Glenn

On the final two days of competition for the Del Mar International Season Finale, some of the West Coast’s best 12 and under equitation riders took to the indoor arena at the Del Mar Horsepark to compete in the prestigious Onondarka Medal Finals. In order to participate in the finals, riders had to qualify by accumulating at least 12 points in Onondarka medal classes held throughout the year.

 
December 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:07

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November 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 20:46

Living in inland San Diego County, I’ve had way too much first-hand experience with wildfires. Even as a seasoned fire veteran, I am heartbroken by the extent of devastation caused by October’s windblown rampages in both ends of the state. Our report details two of what were probably hundreds of evacuations, all of them executed by brave, selfless members of our equestrian community – not to mention some non-horsey people who said yes when a horse was handed to them in an Albertson’s parking lot in Orange County!

 
November 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 19:57

Tamie Smith & Sunsprite Syrius. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Tamie’s Trip Pays Off

After making the cross-country trek from Southern California’s Murrietta, Tamie Smith’s show jumping trip proved successful on Sunday, Oct. 22 as she completed a wire-to-wire win in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship in Maryland with Sunsprite Warmbloods’ Sunsprite Syrius. The 9-year-old Trakehner gelding ended the weekend on his dressage score of 40.9. “I’m thrilled. He was perfect in every phase, and I couldn’t have asked him to be better. He show jumped today like a million bucks,” Smith said proudly.

 
November 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:34

Abby Weese and Grant Archer celebrate their wedding in September, witnessed by several friends in the hunter/jumper community. Abby was a top amateur rider before turning her star jumper over to Mandy Porter. The San Diego Grand Prix rider had an extra wedding gift for Abby on Oct. 7, when she rode Milano to an impressive win in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento. In March, the super duo won the HITS Million class. Abby’s hubby Grant is the brother of Matt Archer, of top NorCal business, Shady Lane Farm, LLC.

 
November 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:22

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Three-Day Stallion Testing
Nov. 3-5 in Solvang

Pollyrich Farm in Central California’s Solvang has been officially named as the North American Stallion Testing Host Site for a Nov. 3-5 test for the Oldenburg GOV, AHHA, Westfalen NA, AHS and Rhinelander studbooks. “It’s the first time the verbands have allowed this three-day test instead of the normal 70-day test,” explains Pollyrich’s Buffy Oas.

 
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