November 2016 - Book Review: Dressage Q&A
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:48

Dressage Q&A with Janet Foy
Written by Janet Foy
Reviewed by Lucy Bobek

For those who wonder whether they can be a part of the world of dressage, Janet Foy is the best person to put you on “her team.” The author of Dressage for the (Not So) Perfect Horse has managed to excel with a fun fount of knowledge. The fear of falling off a horse often pales in comparison with the fear of admitting lack of knowledge in the equine world. Dressage is probably most daunting because of its revered status in equestrian circles. Even retired eventer, Lucinda Green (known as the “Queen” of Badminton) admitted that dressage was the most difficult stage of eventing.

October 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:58

Farewell & Thank You Parry Thomas

E Parry Thomas passed away August 26 at the age of 95.

A banker who helped finance development of the casino industry of Las Vegas, and deeply involved in dressage as the owner of Brentina, ridden by Debbie McDonald to Olympic, world and continental championship medals as well as the World Cup.

October 2016 - Book Review: The Perfect Horse
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:54

The Perfect Horse: the Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
Written by Elizabeth Letts
Reviewed by Leigh Freeman

October 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 06:00

Harry & The Snowman Screening
Oct. 9 in San Diego County’s Encinitas

This movie details the inspirational story of Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant, and Snowman, an old plow horse Harry rescued for $80. The pair went on to win the Triple Crown of show jumping and set world records in the sport.

The screening is a fundraiser for After The Finish Line, a non-profit dedicated to the welfare of Thoroughbred horses that can no longer race or breed. ATFL raises funds and distributes them to various TB charities. In this case, the event’s proceeds will go to three organizations: Hoofs and Woofs Animal Rescue, Saving Horses, Inc., and the Golden Carrot. The screening is sponsored by the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation.

Held at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, the film will be shown at 1:30 and 4:30. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Extras abound: photo opportunities with Harry and Snowman, raffles, movie posters, giveaways, gift bags from Mane ‘N Tail, and wines from Pegasus Estate Winery available in the raffle.

For tickets, visit

Jump Under The Lights
Oct. 20 in Menlo Park

Tori & Colin McIntosh’s McIntosh Stables hosts an opportunity for riders to jump under the lights of the indoor arena at their base, the Portola Valley Training Center. The hunter/jumper barn’s training staff will be on hand for coaching or participants can bring their own trainer. A pre-set course of eight to 10 fences will be set at various heights through the evening to accommodate a range of experience levels.

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UC Davis Horse Day
October 22 in Davis

A “new hands-on approach” is the emphasis on this year’s Horse Day, which enjoys a long tradition at the UC Davis Horse Barn. Topics will include breeding and reproduction, dentistry, genetic diseases and DNA testing, emergency medicine and disaster preparedness, nutrition and feed and more. Between-learning entertainment highlights include a jousting performance by the Knights of Mayhem.

To register, visit

Charity Woof Cup
Oct. 22 in Del Mar

West Palms Events continues its tradition of putting the “show” into its horse shows with the second staging of the Charity Woof Cup. Held during the Del Mar International Horse Show, the fundraiser class pairs a Grand Prix horse and rider with an agility dog and handler, with both racing through their respective courses to win the class and, more importantly, prize money for the charities they represent. It starts at 6:45 right, before the International’s marquee event, the Longines NAL World Cup qualifier.

The fan-fave class is sponsored by the San Diego Union Tribune and each team representing a charity has its own sponsor. As we went to press, Platinum Performance had signed on to sponsor the team riding for the EQUUS Foundation; Unite Hair for the Shelter To Soldier cause; and amateur rider Jo Cho Astani for the Compton Jr. Posse. The Sam Thompson Memorial for Disabled Jockeys is the fourth charity to be represented and there were openings for two more.

For more information, visit

Charlotte Dujardin Clinic
Oct. 22-23 in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley

Two-time Olympic individual dressage gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin, of Great Britain, makes a hotly anticipated return to California, this time at the beautiful El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley.

Some of our region’s top riders are set to ride with her, including Sabine Schut Kery, Rebecca Rigdon, David Blake, Lehua Custer, Sarah Lockman and Nikki Clarke, putting the educational opportunities at a very high level.

Charlotte is a terrific coach. She doesn’t pussy foot around and pushes all to get the best from themselves and their horses, often with humor and anecdotes from her own remarkable successes and experiences.

An autograph session follows each days’ rides, starting at 4 pm. A stop on An Educational Clinic Tour, the event is put on by Scott Hayes Productions and Piaffe Presents.

Thanks to rider Lehua Custer for agreeing to write about her clinic experience for our December issue!

For spectator tickets, visit

William Fox-Pitt
Oct. 29-30 in Wilton: Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Temecula

Five-time British eventing Olympian William Fox-Pitt makes two stops in California this month: the first at the McFall family’s Dragonfire Farm in the Sacramento area’s Wilton and the second at Hawley Bennett’s base in Temecula.

Both are organized by Scott Hayes Productions and should be terrific.

For info on riding and/or watching, visit

Galway Downs International Event
Nov. 3-6 in Temecula

Top eventers will gather again at the beautiful Galway Downs venue for this 18th annual staging of this International Event and Horse Trials. USEA/USEF recognized divisions run from Preliminary to CCI3*, and USEF endorsed/USEA recognized divisions go from Training Three Day to Novice Horse and Novice Rider.

There is $50,000 in prize money on offer, lots of prestigious perpetual trophies awaiting new names and, as always, a lovely environment and ample special activities for exhibitors, family, friends and fans. Wednesday, it’s the Welcome Party for all exhibitors and Saturday it’s the Competitors Party, including owners and grooms, with dinner, dancing, beer, wine and music provided.

For spectator tickets and VIP seating, visit

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October 2016 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:56

Giracci Vineyards owners Chad & Linda Kearns teamed with American Horse Products in San Juan Capistrano to host a wine and cheese affair before the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition’s July presentation on the economic impact of horse ownership in the Orange County city. Pictured with them are Giracci sommelier Anthony Goshal and guest Moira Nonnweiler, The “farm” part of the Giracci business is home to Joie Gatlin & Morley Abey’s hunter/jumper training program in Orange County’s Silverado. Photo: Kim F. Miller


It’s not too often we see three Olympic equestrians strolling through Shoreline Aquatic Park in downtown Long Beach. But here are Rio team silver medalist Lucy Davis, 2008 team gold medalist Will Simpson and 2012 Olympian Rich Fellers doing just that on Monday, Aug. 29. It was a kick-off for the LONGINES LA Masters, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and its new location at the Long Beach Convention Center. Lots of excitement from the city’s mayor and other promotional partners about the big event coming to this cool area! Photo: Kim F. Miller

EEM World chief Christope Ammeuw, left, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia kick off the press conference for the Longines Masters Los Angeles. Photo: Kim F. Miller



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October 2016 - Candid With Karen: Medal Mania
Written by by Karen Healey
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:51

Ride your horse well & don’t crack under the pressure!

by Karen Healey

There is nothing quite like the pressure of a medal finals, as those contesting the current season of finals know all too well. Whether it’s the regional, younger age medals like the 14 & under Rosewood and PCHA Horsemanship Finals or the recently-held Maclay Regionals that qualify riders for a national championship back East, there’s a lot at stake.

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