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.

 
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.


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December 2016 - Dressage Life
Written by Michele Vaughn
Thursday, 01 December 2016 23:43

Crash Course: What’s Happening with CDIs in California?

by Michele Vaughn

That’s a question dressage riders have been asking as the news spread about the new CDIs that will be held in Las Vegas and Paso Robles this coming year. Other riders – even some dressage riders – simply ask: what’s a CDI? Here’s a little bit of a crash course in CDIs, with websites where you can find information about specific shows and the organizations that govern them.

 
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