May 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:02

West Palms Scholarships

Hunter/jumper show management company West Palms Events congratulates recipients of its first annual Michael Nyuis Scholarship: Ariel Black, Payton Smith and Ian McFarlane. Each rider will receive a $6,500 scholarship for West Palms Events’ shows this year.

 
May 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:00

Trouble with Tack

by Bob Goddard

 
April 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:34

ADOPT ME: Lily is a stunning 16.1 hh 8 year old Thoroughbred mare.

This beauty is a real pleaser, and is genuinely a treat to ride.

She has a solid foundation under saddle, terrific transitions, and is very responsive to leg, seat, and hand aids.

Lily enjoys working and displays an appetite for learning and performing.

She has a fantastic temperament, wonderful ground manners.

This mare has tons of potential.

She has some trail experience and has just started over fences.

Adoption applications are available at www.redbucketrescue.org.

Adoption fee: $1500.

Red Bucket Equine Rescue welcomes visitors every Sunday 1:00-4:00.

Horses are shown by appointment.


Show season is in full swing and we are lucky to have the World Cup Finals back in Las Vegas this month. I’m looking forward to cheering on the U.S. riders, getting photos, passing out copies of this issue and the 2015 California Horseman’s Directory at this amazing event.

Dressage gets a special emphasis this issue with features on Charlotte Jorst, Michelle Reilly and California Dreaming Productions latest excellent event in San Juan Capistrano, where Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 nailed down their World Cup Finals berth. Meanwhile, talented young jumper rider Sydney Callaway did a terrific job with her in-depth profile on Will Simpson, who won nine Grand Prix during the eight-week HITS Thermal circuit, and we’ve got a photo spread from the AIG $1 Million class that closed the series. We’re very happy to share the work of dressage enthusiast Lori Savit and the Laguna Beach Horse Lovers, who are off to a galloping start in their mission to share the sport with more people.

I really miss being an amateur hunter rider, but I am having fun helping my good friend Ronnette Leja teaching lower level dressage, basic riding and jumping. It is very rewarding to help riders get better and see their huge smiles when they succeed. I’m also having fun with my foster horse Joey - aka “Marquis” from FalconRidge Rescue. He is certainly a sweet horse and is coming along nicely. After he is further along in his training, I will be looking to adopt him to the right person and then go get another one. Saving one rescue horse at a time is my new mission along with bringing all of you the latest California horse news every month.

Happy Riding!

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April 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:30

Kasey Perry’s Florida Feats

Kasey Perry and Goerklingaards Dublet (Diamond Hit x La Costa/Olympic Ferro) braved pouring rain and Dublet’s inexperience to win both of their Grand Prix classes with a 74.8 percent and 71.5 percent in the Palm Beach Derby National Show in Florida in early March.

As of mid-March, Kasey and Dublet, owned by Diane Perry, were ranked seventh in the Pan American Games Small Tour Ranking List. However, the week of February 12, Kasey showed the big bay 12 year old Danish gelding in his first Grand Prix to win against eight competitors with a 69.3%.

At the Global Dressage Festival 3 CDI-W, the pair won the Intermediaire Freestyle and finished second out of 48 horses at Prix St. Georges.

“He went through our second Grand Prix with ease and happiness,” says Kasey. “We are still working on his straightness in the piaffe and passage, but that was our only weak area. His canter pirouettes were beautiful, along with his 2’s and 1’s. The next day he was very tired. Grand Prix two days in a row was a lot for him. But he was quiet and worked with me through the test. I am so proud of him.”

Kasey and Dublet also brought home The Horse Of Course High Score Award.

From the Sacramento area’s Orangevale, Kasey is also competing in the 2015 Global Dressage Festival with Diane Perry’s Grand Prix mare Trøstruplund’s Scarlet. She has been a participant in the invitational USEF Observation Clinics with Robert Dover, U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe for emerging athletes, with USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald, and with Scarlet is on the USEF Dressage Grand Prix Long List.


Ariat Wins

Ariat International, headquartered in the East Bay Area’s Union City, has earned two innovation awards at the prestigious BETA International equestrian show in Birmingham, UK.

The Performance Country Collection won best Country Fashion and Footwear while the Monaco Stretch was highly commended for Rider Footwear and Chaps.

“Ariat was competing against strong products in each category and is honored to receive these two awards from such an incredible organization,” says Alexander Hagen, managing director of Ariat Europe.

The Monaco Stretch is a culmination of superior innovation and craftsmanship in a truly elegant boot for the world’s finest riders. French baby calf leather with a stretch leather panel creates a glove-like fit. The oiled inner leg panel provides a secure grip in the saddle. The square toe, contoured ankle, and high Spanish cut topline create a commanding profile. ATS® technology adds comfort and stability.

The English Country Collection features classic styling with a GORE-TEX® construction and beautiful waterproof leathers making this collection ideal for outdoor living in any weather. The new ATS Pro technology adds comfort and stability, while Ariat’s U-Turn® Entry System allows boots to be pulled on and off easily - no matter the shape of the foot.

Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear and apparel. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into english riding boots and authentic western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world.

Press release provided by Ariat. For more information visit www.ariat.com or call 800-899-8141.


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April 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 23:39

Event Calendar

 
March 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:07

Californians Show off at Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida

 
March 2015 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

When Two Spines Align; 101 Western Dressage Exercises

 
March 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:44

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
February 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 03:12

NorCal News: Lu Thomas, Macella O’Neill and Charles White receive special honors at NorCal Hunter/Jumper Association awards banquet.

 
February 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 02:43

Grass Grabber

by Bob Goddard

 
February 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 01:48

What's Happening... California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
January 2015 - What's Happening / Event Calendar
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:51

What’s Happening... California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
January 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:43

 

ADOPT ME!

Galaxy is a Purebred Arabian mare up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center (San Diego).

 

 
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy
Written by Darlene Ricker & Diana De Rosa
Monday, 13 October 2014 01:59

U.S. takes home seven medals in jumping, driving and reining.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy wrapped up in early September with the final competition, individual show jumping, which turned out to be a fingernail-biting experience for the United States.

 
Reach For The Stars
Written by Nan Meek
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:02

Michele Vaughn draws on diverse experiences and accomplishments to help others as a dressage life coach.

Michele Vaughn has transformed gently rolling fields into the world class Starr Vaughn Equestrian. She has acted as her daughter Genay’s primary trainer, career strategist and dedicated show mom as Genay won her way up the levels of dressage competition to Junior and Young Rider Championships and Brentina Cup.

 
May 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:01

New Digs

Kate Considine has moved her hunter/jumper training business to Flintridge Riding Club. She had been based in Lake View Terrace for many years. Having brought along numerous horses and riders to regional and national acclaim, Kate looks forward to continuing as well as expanding her business at The Flintridge Riding Club.

 
May 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 01:52

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
April 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:31

 

Christine Traurig Becomes USEF Young Horse Coach

Christine Traurig, who rode for the United States on the bronze-medal team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, takes on a new role as America’s dressage Young Horse Coach. Christine, 56 years old, of Carlsbad, succeeds Scott Hassler who retires May 1 from the position he held for almost a decade as the first U.S. Young Horse Coach.

“All my life as a rider, trainer, and horsewoman, my biggest passion has been to develop horses to the best of their athletic abilities,” said Christine on her appointment by U.S. Equestrian Federation that is subject to contract negotiations. “My goal for this program is to make America a country that produces top-quality international horses to field championship teams and Junior/Young Rider Teams so that one day we can proudly say: Made In America!”

Christine joins the U.S. dressage program led by Robert Dover, Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, and which includes Debbie McDonald as Developing Coach, George Williams as Youth Coach, and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker as Assistant Youth Coach.

“She brings enormous talent and years of experience with young horses and top coaching at all levels,” Robert Dover said. “Christine will build upon the last decade of great work by Scott Hassler. Our world-class machine, with adequate funding, will produce sustainable excellence, resulting in medals for America.”

Christine was born and raised on her parents’ farm near Verden, Germany–which has been the home of the World Young Horse Championships for the past several years. She began riding before she could walk. At the age of 12, she attended the National Riding School at Hoya with the trainer Otto Meyer. She rode sale horses at the Hanoverian Elite Auction and worked for the late German national trainer, Holger Schmezer, in Verden until she moved to the United States in 1982.

She returned to Germany in 1999 to train with Johann Hinnemann, competing at three consecutive Bundeschampionat in Warendorf on Limited Edition.

Christine on Etienne was selected for the U.S. team at the Sydney Games, earning a personal best score, and helping America win a third consecutive bronze medal. She was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year in 2000.

She moved back to Southern California in 2005. She has two children, Natasha and Lucas.

 


Farewell Grace Karazissis

Mother to Nick, Sr., and Kost Karazissis, who founded Far West Farms, Grace passed away on March 18. According to the Far West Farm website, Grace rode horses in her native Florence, Italy. She and her husband, Nicolas, left Florence to work in Peru directly after World War II and she continued to ride horses until she was five months pregnant with Nick Karazissis Sr. Nicolas Karazissis’ dream was always to live in the United States and the family ultimately moved to Los Angeles in 1955. Once settled, Grace resumed her riding with the Women’s Calvary at Pickwick, which is known today as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

She was an elegant and admired presence on the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit throughout her life.

 

 


Farewell George Bernard

 

A much-loved figure in San Diego County’s Lakeside and surrounding communities, George Bernard passed away recently after sustaining severe head trauma in a fall from his horse. George was husband to Marty Bernard, owner of East County Feed, friend to many and supporter of several causes. The Olaf Weighorst Museum in El Cajon is one of many local endeavors with which George was closely involved. A Vietnam War veteran, George supported many veterans’ efforts. On a lighter note, the colorful gentleman was particularly well known for his award winning cowboy beans and Dutch oven biscuits.


 

Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, marriages, new management and barn moves. Please send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!

 

 
April 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:28

Mud is a Dirty Word

 
March 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:10
ADOPT ME!
Princessa is a 6 yr old Quarter Horse cross mare up for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center. She has had 60 days of professional training and is currently with trainer Mike Pellkofer in Valley Center, who said she is doing awesome and is a wonderful ride. She stands 14.3 hands high and was previously rescued by the San Diego Humane Society last year. Healthy and sound and up to date on vaccinations. Princessa is a darling mare!
Adoption fee is $500. Contact Nicki at 760-742-0285. www.falconridgerescue.org

We are excited to bring you this issue featuring spring fashions, eventing and equine insurance. Thanks to Steve Boyer for our great photo spread from the Area VI’s Trifecta weekend and don’t miss the feature on local star eventer Hawley Bennett-Awad. Young rider and writer Sydney Callaway pulled together a terrific fashion piece with input from Mackenzie Drazan, Saree Kayne, Karl Cook and Ecole Lathrop, and top insurance agents Donna Chopp Parker, Marnye Langer and Holly Lopes clarify some common misunderstandings about horse-related insurance. We really appreciate everybody’s input!
It was great to see everyone at Horse Expo Pomona and thanks to everyone who stopped by to tell us how much they love California Riding Magazine. I will be attending the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS this month. This circuit is as busy as ever. I also will be at the 2015 Longines World Cup Jumping Finals and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas next month. I am super excited for that amazing event to be back in our area. We will also have time to attend the Ma’Ceo at the South Point the Sunday before.
I’m having fun bringing along my foster horse Joey aka Marquis from FalconRidge. He has a funny personality and is learning to have fun in the round pen and under saddle. You can check his progress on my Facebook page. Please keep sending us your story ideas. Julie Young from Silver Bay Stables gave me a great story idea about a young vaulter. We hope to bring that to you soon.
Happy Riding!
Cheryl Erpelding
Founder, California Riding Magazine
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March 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:04

Lauren Billys Readies For Next Move; Nayel Nassar Settles In San Diego

 
March 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:58

High Tech Rider

 
February 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 04:36

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly Presents Robin

 
February 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 02:57

Flying Changes

 
February 2015 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 01:58

Suffering In Silence; Creative Dressage Schooling

 
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January 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:48

Winner's Circle

 
January 2015 - Horsey Humor
Written by Bob Goddard
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 18:53

 

Guilty as Charged

by Bob Goddard

 

 
A-Maze-Ing Race for ALS Cure
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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:01

Big Horse Feed adds Ice Bucket Challenge to this month’s Corn Maze and Harvest Festival.

At Big Horse Feed and Mercantile in Temecula, serving the equestrian community’s feed, tack, gift and clothing needs goes hand-in-hand with serving the community at large.

 
Horsey Humor: A Brief Review of If I Ran the Horse Show
Written by Bob Goddard
Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:35

Soon after we got the news that our first granddaughter was on the way, I geared up. I bought horse toys, stuffed horses, horse books and horse clothes. I got anything and everything I could get my hands on, except, of course, an actual horse. But Aubrey was going to be introduced to the world of equines at the earliest possible moment. I would see to that.

 
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