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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December 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 December 2016 04:09

UC San Diego team riders enjoy themselves at an IHSA competition.

College Equestrian Clinic
Saturday, Dec. 3 in Temecula

The path to and the opportunities to ride in college will be discussed in this free clinic organized by high school equestrian association, the Scholastic Equestrian League. Held concurrent with University of California San Diego’s hosting of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at Galway Downs Dec. 3-4, the clinic will enable younger riders and their parents to ask questions of those currently competing for their college teams. The UCSD/IHSA show will host 12 college and university teams.

Starting Saturday at 11am, the session begins with a tour through the team tents. “We typically speak with riders during the walk to hear where they’re from, why they chose this school, what their riding experience was as an incoming freshman and the pros and cons of collegiate riding,” explains SEL’s Noelle Roberts. “Parents can speak with the collegiate parents who typically share tips on the college prep process.”

Coaches will give a short speech during the lunch break on what they look for in an applicant on the personal side as well as their riding ability when faced with the challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse without a warm-up round before entering the ring for competition.

In addition, career counselor Tony Morrow will present information about the college selection and comparison process for parents and students. And there’s much to be learned by simply watching the IHSA competitors in action. Per the league’s format, riders from all schools will draw for their mounts, all provided by the host school.

Noelle encourages trainers especially to get on board with this free chance to help their students continue the sport in college. Volunteers are also sought!

For more information, contact the SEL at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The No Show
Saturday, Dec. 10 in San Juan Capistrano

In this pleasant break between high stakes horse showing, Blenheim EquiSports offers their increasingly popular “No Show.” It’s schooling rounds over A-show jumps and courses, with tracks for .70M to 1.40M, and more heights if time allows. It’s $25 a round for those who convey their intent to participate by Dec. 5, and $30 per round to pay on the day-of. All the normal horse show fees are non-existent.

For more info, visit www.showpark.com.


Las Vegas High Rollers CDIW & Open Show
Jan. 4-7 in Las Vegas

This new dressage competition will host a CDIW with CDI divisions for small tour, Jr, YR, U25, Ponies, Children and Adult Amateurs, in addition to a world class open show at the South Point Casino facility in Las Vegas. The judges will include Martin Richenhagen and Peter Engel of Germany, Isobell Wessels of Great Britain, Francis Verbeek-von Rooy of the Netherlands and Michael Osinski and Natalie Lamping of the United States. An S judge from the United States will also be part of the national panel.

For more information, visit www.2whitefeet.com.

Editor’s Note: If you’d like a refresher on what all the above acronyms stand for, see the explanation of CDI competition in this month’s Dressage Life column.


Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 949-644-2165.
Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by January 1st for the February issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 
December 2016 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:29

Young rider’s first experiences embody the sport’s joys.

by Lauren Billys

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to help a young student, Maddie Hale, pursue her dream of teaching herself and her Halflinger pony to become a fierce three-day eventing team.

She comes from a rich riding background. Maddie’s mother, Brynn, grew up riding with and for Susie Hutchison in Southern California. At 12 years old, she has shown in the hunter and jumper arenas, but when I moved to their barn to train, I began giving Maddie and her pony, Noble, some dressage lessons until one day we were out cross-country schooling.

 
December 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:22

Weltino’s Magic Passes

Steffen Peters’ 2011 team and individual Pan Am gold medal partner, Weltino’s Magic, passed away Nov. 3 after a double colic surgery. The 14 year old Westfalian was owned by Bruce and Jen Hlavacek and had won the hearts of many judges and fans throughout his career. Two of his biggest fans are Brandi Roenick and Ehren Volk, both of whom benefited from his talents as a schoolmaster in their young rider careers. Steffen’s wife, Shannon, also campaigned Magic.


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. 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 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

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.

 
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.

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 - 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

 
December 2016 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:32

This month we celebrate our 30th year publishing our monthly magazine, which started out as San Diego County Riding Magazine. I am very blessed to have had such an awesome opportunity to serve the California horse industry and appreciate everyone who has supported my efforts to deliver all of you our monthly horse related news.

Part of the reason we’ve stayed in the game for 30 years is that we’re always pushing to get better. This past year, I hope you’ve noticed an increase in coverage from the hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing worlds, plus articles of interest and concern to the general horse-owning public. This issue’s interview with The Perfect Horse author Elizabeth Letts is a “perfect” example from the latter category!

We are especially pleased about our monthly columns by respected stakeholders in each discipline: Karen Healey with her Candid With Karen hunter/jumper column; Michele and Genay Vaughn with Dressage Life and Olympic eventer Lauren Billys with her Eye On Eventing.

Happy to say we are getting an increasing amount of feedback on our editorial content. Almost all is positive, but we welcome constructive criticism, too. It helps us improve! One trainer was unhappy with who we’d included in a recent show report. We made note of the complaint and will continue to do our best in selecting the right people to highlight, and it’s an area where you, our readers, can really help us. Do you have a student who exemplifies great sportsmanship and horsemanship, whether they’re a big winner or not? Let us know. Our Winner’s Circle column is a great place to acknowledge them and our team appreciates the input. Although we want to be at every event and to get to know all our readers, it’s not humanly possible!

We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season and look forward to serving you in the years to come.

Happy Riding!

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December 2016 - Candid With Karen: Tomorrow’s Trainers
Written by Karen Healey
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:23

Evolving Trainer Certification Program aims to help professionals, their clients and the sport.

by Karen Healey

We’ll be talking a lot about the evolution of the Trainer Certification Program at this month’s USHJA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs. I can’t go into much detail before that, but I can talk about the reasons why the TCP came into being in the first place and why we’re proposing changes to it.

 

 
December 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:17

Gracie Marlowe Is Golden at EAP

After impressing the clinicians and judges throughout the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, Gracie Marlowe finished the event wearing the individual and team gold medals and a big smile on her face.

 
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