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

 
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.


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