May 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:55

Jim Ifko

Busy Blenheim Spring

Canadian Jim Ifko began his season in California on a high note, taking the win in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic IV Grand Prix aboard Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Un Diamant des Forets on Sat., April 14. In front of a full audience of fellow equestrians and local fans, he delivered two swift, faultless rounds that secured him the win by over 2.5 seconds against five others in the jump-off. Robert Blanchette and his own Coupis picked up second place as the only other double clear finisher. Following them after the jump-off were Lane Clarke and Romeo du Paradis; Mattias Ekeroth and Hautesse Van’t Zorgvliet and Kyle King and McLord’s Othelo.

 
May 2017 - Dressage Life: An Aspirant’s Perspective
Written by Genay Vaughn
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:50

The World Cup Finals were a whirlwind of inspirations.

by Genay Vaughn

Being a spectator at this year’s World Cup Finals in Omaha, NB, was a lot of fun, with some of the best dressage and show jumping combinations in the world. Riding in the World Cup is definitely on my list of goals for the future, so being there this year to experience the competition and the atmosphere was amazing

 
May 2017 - Eye on Eventing: My To-Do List
Written by Lauren Billys
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:40

Prioritizing & time management must be cultivated in a riding career and carry over well to the rest of life.

by Lauren Billys

The balance between riding and “normal” life has been one of the hardest challenges of my riding experience. When the “hobby” we choose is really a lifestyle and has no set hours, it can make finding our way to typical life appointments and decisions difficult.

 
April 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:57

As the eight-week long HITS Coachella hunter/jumper circuit came to a close with Mandy Porter & Milano’s spectacular win of the AIG Million class on March 19, this year’s show season is fully underway in every discipline.

The Galway Downs International Horse Trials and the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping were set for the last weekend of March, with the Del Mar National right behind it. Several Area VI riders are readying for the trek to Rolex Kentucky Four Star in Lexington, KY, in late April. They include James Alliston, Andrea Baxter, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jennifer McFall and Bunny Sexton and we send HUGE best wishes to all.

 
April 2017 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:49

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook; A Journey To Softness

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook
Reviewed by Kim F. Miller

It’s hard to believe that the California Dressage Society has been around for 50 years. That makes some of us kind of old! But the organization has stayed young through the years and now numbers approximately 3,500 members participating in 30 chapters throughout the state and in Nevada.

 
April 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 00:48

Carl Hester Clinic
April 8-9 in Del Mar

The dressage community is abuzz about British dressage Olympian Carl Hester’s visit. Among many impressive credentials, Carl is the coach of reigning dressage queen Charlotte Dujardin and part owner of her spectacular partner Valegro.

This weekend clinic is staged by Scott Hayes Productions, whose hosting of Charlotte’s California visit last October was super well-received for its instructional value and overall lovely environment.

 
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.

 
February 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:48

Here’s hoping that all of you survived the rain deluges without any serious damage and, for those who did sustain damage, all the best in rebuilding.

We had a busy month. Editor Kim F Miller spent three days at the California Dressage Society’s 50th anniversary celebration and symposium and gained so much horsemanship info her head is still spinning! Lots of California Riding Magazine friends in attendance, despite the nasty weather, soaking up the knowledge of Hilda Gurney, Steffen Peters, Christine Traurig and Charlotte Bredahl.

 
February 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:41

Scott King Passes

To everyone that knew Scott King, last night (Jan. 11) on his 69th birthday, he passed away peacefully in his sleep. I was able to see him with my sister Kassidy. He’d been fighting some health issues for a few years and was declining since his stroke two years ago.

 
February 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:30

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit
Ongoing through March

Eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers competition, with total prizes of nearly $3 million, is underway. Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week) in late January through mid-March, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds.

 
January 2017 - Dressage Life
Written by Genay Vaughn
Friday, 30 December 2016 01:00

Creating a Career Path: Californian Michael DeLuna goes to equestrian “graduate school” in Germany.

by Genay Vaughn

As a recent college graduate, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about careers in the horse world. Many riders take the traditional career paths toward becoming a professional rider, trainer or breeder. Others take a different path, from a different perspective.

 
January 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:54

John French Moves to Central Coast

A four-time winner of the World Champion Hunter Rider title, John French has amended his mission for Waldenbrook Farm. Now working out of Templeton Farms in Templeton, near Paso Robles, French is accepting a select group of sale horses as well as horses in training. He will also maintain an active show schedule, continue to catch ride and coach for clients at competitions as well as give clinics by request.

 
January 2017 - Book Review: Long-Reining with Double-Dan
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:41

Long-Reining with Double-Dan Horsemanship
Written by Dan James & Dan Steers
Reviewed by Lucy Bobek

Two men, coincidentally both called Dan, teaming up as the “Double Dans” team. Both are teaching horsemanship, specializing in long-reining. The Dans count farrier skills, dressage and long years of horsemanship and instructing clinics to their resume. The Dans’ long-reining demonstrations are their claim to fame, underlining the wisdom that good horsemanship begins on the ground.

Long-reining can help you and your horse develop a relationship where you are eye to eye. Before you saddle up, long-reining will acclimate a horse to tack and taking directions. Working your horse from the ground is easier with this step-by-step guide. This book will remind you what skills your horse needs to know before moving on, for instance, a horse needs to know how to stop before learning how to back up. The Dans will also remind the reader at what age a horse can be expected to learn a skill. In case you are under the impression that long-reining is for young horses, in fact, older horses can be re-educated. In addition, under-confident riders can continue and embellish their skills on the ground.

Long-reining with Double Dan horsemanship is color illustrated and includes troubleshooting throughout the book to address problems you will encounter. Basic horsemanship through to flying changes are detailed. Yes, it was a surprise to me too, flying changes are possible via long-reining!  The Dans remind us that long-reining uses small unexaggerated movements, soft hands are a must.

One amazing tool used is the “lungie bungie” this equipment can adjust to different tensions. Considering how many people ride, there are few new innovations, the basic tools horsemen use have stayed largely the same. The lungie bungie is likely to become a necessity for long-reining. The Dans are most insistent on getting a horse used to the lungie bungie.

Dan James and Dan Steers are based in Australia, thankfully crossing the ocean to teach internationally.

Reviewer Lucy Bobeck is a South Bay rider with a passion for rescued horses.


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May 2017 - Book Review: Cowboy Dressage
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:53

Cowboy Dressage
Written by Jessica Black
Published by Trafalgar Square
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

Cowboy Dressage is an American style of dressage celebrating the American West and its horsemen. The purpose of western dressage is to make the horse, a better version of itself.  Approximately 20 years ago, Eitan Beth-Halachmy decided to marry classical dressage and the American cowboy, building a western horse into much more than a show horse.

 
May 2017 - Candid With Karen: Not Your Enemy!
Written by Karen Healey
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:43

A judge’s perspective on the most under-appreciated job at the horse show.

by Karen Healey

Before I talk about what I like or don’t like when I judge hunters, I want to talk a little about what the job entails. I personally think that every trainer should have their judge’s cards – it makes you a way better exhibitor!

 
May 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:10

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
April 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:52

Romesh Sinclair Joins Parker Insurance

Parker Equine Insurance welcomes Romesh Sinclair to its insurance family. “Many of you may know him from doing awards and hospitality at many of the California, Arizona and Colorado horse shows,” says Donna Parker. “Romesh is an accomplished horseman and rider.

 
April 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:47

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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!

 
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.

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

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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 - Why Florida, and Why Not
Written by Genay Vaughn
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:05

“Welly World” is part of the progression for high performance horses and riders.

by Genay Vaughn

Why travel all the way from California to Wellington, Florida for the winter? It seems like more and more Californians are making the journey, and this year, I made the trip with my two horses, “DW” Donarweiss GGF and “Whinny” Winchezter.

Why Florida?

 
February 2017 - Dressage Life: Flying With Your Horse 101
Written by Genay Vaughn
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:43

Coast to coast travel is no biggie for my horses, but requires preparation on my part.

by Genay Vaughn

This winter, my horses and I got invited to train with Debbie McDonald in Florida, where I will compete my 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion Donarweiss GGF (“DW”) in the U25 Grand Prix with the goal of qualifying to compete in Europe again. I also brought along my 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding Winchezter (“Whinny”) to focus on his training.

 
February 2017 - Eye on Eventing: Let’s Get This Party Started!
Written by Lauren Billys
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:38

Area VI’s annual awards banquet & meeting is a fun and inspiring way to start the new season.

by Lauren Billys

The show season is quickly approaching for all of us. For eventers of this area, the beginning of a new show season also means the finale of the 2016 season as well. In the beginning of each year, US Eventing Association’s Area VI hosts an award ceremony to celebrate the triumphs of the past year. This party also serves as an inspirational start to the new competition season.

 
January 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 01:08

What a privilege to end our year gathering tributes to the recipients of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association’s special award recipients. It’s our third year producing this feature and, for everybody involved, it’s a labor of love and appreciation for the sport.

 
January 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:58

Make the Most of Winter: Downtime between competitions is the perfect time to try new approaches and prepare for the next season.

by Lauren Billys

As we all close the book on the past year of 2016 and look forward to moving towards 2017, we, as riders, have a winter break that spans the gap between the excitement of horse shows.

 
January 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:53

Larry Langer Recognized - Again!

We thought Larry Langer had deservedly received every award the hunter/jumper sport had to offer, but it turns out there was a rather significant one still to be bestowed: the United States Equestrian Federation Lifetime Achievement Award. He will receive it at the Pegasus Awards Gala this month during the 2017 USEF Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY.

 
January 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:30

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
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