November 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:22

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Three-Day Stallion Testing
Nov. 3-5 in Solvang

Pollyrich Farm in Central California’s Solvang has been officially named as the North American Stallion Testing Host Site for a Nov. 3-5 test for the Oldenburg GOV, AHHA, Westfalen NA, AHS and Rhinelander studbooks. “It’s the first time the verbands have allowed this three-day test instead of the normal 70-day test,” explains Pollyrich’s Buffy Oas.

 
October 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:10

Los Angeles HJ Assn. Winners

Madison Nadolenco fulfilled a goal of winning the Rosewood Medal Finals and Grace Cortese earned top honors in the Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Finals. Both were staged by the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association and were held during the Langer Equestrian Group’s Gold Coast Labor Day competition.

 
October 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:01

Jose Lopez Huera

Jose Lopez Huera, a long time horse show groom for the hunter/umper A shows, passed away suddenly last month. Hap Hansen’s assistant Lisa Baldassari spearheaded a fundraiser for Jose’s family to fly his body home to his wife and daughter, who live in Mexico. Several in the horse show community made donations large and small and an impromptu fundraising dinner of carne asada cooked by Pony Express at Blenheim raised more than enough funds to take care of the final expenses and provide some donations to his family.

 
October 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:51

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Foxfield Jumping Derby & Medal Final
Oct. 7-8 in Westlake Village

This is an absolute fave among exhibitors, but you don’t have to be a participant to enjoy the Foxfield Riding School’s annual equitation and jumping showdown. Spend a weekend in magical Sherwood Forest and watch riders in the Foxfield Medal, adults and juniors, navigate tracks that take them in and out the property’s famous sunken arena. Super friendly atmosphere, great vendors, VIP opportunities and good food available all weekend.

For more information, visit www.foxfield.com.


 
September 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:22

North American Young Riders
Championships are golden in medals and other ways for Area VI teams.

by Lauren Billys

With the backdrop of Glacier National Park on the most pristine eventing facility on the West Coast, Rebecca Farms in Montana, the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships for 2017 was undoubtedly going to be one to remember. The Area VI Young Rider team was mostly made up of horses with unique stories produced by juniors to the FEI levels of eventing. The bonds between these horses and riders were strong and palpable watching each of their performances.

 
September 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:15

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September 2017 - Book Review
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:06

Horse Lover’s Encylopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Equine
Edited by Jessie Haas
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

This book is definitely full-color. Amazing photography along with beautiful detailed line drawings and clear descriptions on the varied equestrian world. Current information that may not be found in other sources includes chiropractic treatment and a description of the recent American breeds like the American Curly and Azteca. Some entries are more European in nature, calling a horse who dislikes having a saddle tightened “girthy” rather than the usual American “cinchy.”

 
August 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:35

Huge congratulations to the young riders who represented our region brilliantly during the North American Junior Young Riders Championships, held July 19-23 – just as we were going to press with this issue. On the dressage front, the USDF Region 7 Junior team earned team gold and member Aleyna Dunn added gold in the individual championships and a silver in the individual freestyle.  Zone 10’s jumping teams rode to gold in the Childrens and Juniors divisions. Plus, Childrens rider Dylan Laiken and Callao jumped clear all week to add individual Childrens gold and Hannah Loly and Amya De la Demi Lune adding an individual silver in the Junior division. Dressage and jumping took place in Saugerites, NY, while the eventing ran concurrently at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, MT. There, Area VI’s One-Star team also earned a gold medal, and Mallory Hogan took individual bronze aboard Clarissa Purisima. Absolutely way to go, everybody! If you missed our July issue profiles of all our area’s NAJYRC riders, you can find them online.

 
August 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:30

Shauna Pennell Shines in Santa Barbara

Shauna Pennell took three of the top four placings in the Santa Barbara National’s $3,000 National Hunter Derby, July 14, at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds. Shauna rode Beverly Endelberg’s Saturday Night to the win, WJC Farms LLC’s Tresor du Paradis to third and her own Sunday Best to fourth. Jamie Sailor rode Taylor Cusumano’s Matador to the red ribbon.

 
August 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:23

Carmel Valley CDS chapter beats summer heat with stick-horse race at fun schooling show.

The Carmel Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society (CV CDS) has several traditional events each year—a tack swap, a Summer BBQ and a Holiday Party.

 
July 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:11

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

More Fun in Surf City
July 6-9 & Aug. 10-13 in Huntington Beach

West Palms Events’ hunter/jumper shows at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center feature fun new classes this summer. The first is the Sun and Surf Tandem, in which all but the final fence on course will be jumped in unison. It’s open to juniors and amateurs, with two divisions: 2’ to 2’3” and 2’6”. The Ride and Groom Relay uses teams of one rider and one groom. The rider navigates a course set at 1M, then the groom embarks on an obstacle course with the combined fastest time taking top honors.

 
July 2017 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:03

Master Dressage; Riding Through Thick & Thin

Master Dressage
Written by Peter Dove
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

Peter Dove is a British equestrian, now coaching his daughter, Milly, through to regional dressage competitions. Peter is the author of Master Dressage and co-author (with Mary Wanless) of Master Dressage: the Basics. Mary Wanless, a mentor to Peter, is a British Horse Society Instructor and author of books that concentrate on how we use our mind for better riding.

 
July 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:47

Fran Steinwedell in Hall of Fame

Frances B. (Fran) Steinwedell, a devoted supporter of show jumping in the US for decades, was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held June 1 during the Devon Horse Show. In addition to her ownership of several top Grand Prix horses, she has helped pave the road to success for talented riders such as her daughter Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Olympian and California native Anne Kursinski.

 
July 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:25

Congratulations to all of our young riders who earned spots on the jumping, eventing and dressage teams at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships this month. For the third year in a row, we celebrate these terrific kids with a spotlight on all of the riders representing USHJA Zone 10, USEA Area VI and USDF Region 7. Take a moment to review their accomplishments and wish them the very best!

 
June 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:18

Bridging the Gap: Different dreams have equal importance to every rider.

I began teaching riding lessons while in college. After class and on weekends, I would spend extra hours working for the local pony club and riding horses for people. As this small commitment gained momentum and a few years passed, here I am working in the equine field and loving it. Growing as a young professional in the equestrian industry has had its growing pains along the way, and I guarantee I will continue to learn. Learning how to tailor every program to each rider has been a key to finding success.

 
October 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:15

Fall fell the day, September 22, we sent this October issue off to the printers. We send our prayers to all those affected by this past month’s hurricanes, fires and earthquakes and we wish that the coming months will see healing, hope and the continuance of much-needed help, much of it from our generous equestrian community, as always.

 

 
October 2017 - Book Review: Dark Horses
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:07

Dark Horses
Written by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reviewed by Joanna Fung

Dark Horses is the latest from New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl, Cecily von Ziegesar. Her inspiration for this book is drawn from her keeping and riding horses for many years.

 
October 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:00

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September 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:56

We’re thrilled to bring you the full scoop on the West Coast Dressage Festival debut, beginning in January at Galway Downs, then moving to the Del Mar Fairgrounds through mid-February. Organizer Scott Hayes thinks the West Coast is ready for a four-CDI-W show circuit and we agree!

 
September 2017 - Dressage Life: Dressage Trends, Part Two
Written by Michele Vaughn
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:18

Horse performance and pizzazz.

by Michele Vaughn

Trends aren’t only for riders – our horses have their equipment trends, too. Some of those trends are a result of evidence-based scientific studies on equine performance, while others are simply a fun fashion statement.

Riders will try anything to fit their horses better, from the design of their bridles, to the fit of their saddles, to the kind of saddle pads they use. And adding a bit of style to our tack makes it more fun, as well.

 
September 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:08

“Emily

Surf’s Up For Stokkholm

Max Dolger and Stokkholm put in two fantastic clear rounds and a turn of speed to win the $15,000 S & S Bank Card Systems Grand Prix of Huntington Beach class in the jump-off by one second on Saturday, Aug. 12. “This is my first Grand Prix win on Stockholm, I am delighted.” Max exclaimed. “He is a wonderful horse and really makes that extra effort for you. Stakka Gold is his younger brother and to get sixth place on him too was perfect.”

 
September 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:59

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Lots of Learning at Maplewood
Various dates starting Sept. 5, in Reno

While much of the country is heading “back to school” this summer, the learning is pretty much non-stop at Julie Winkel’s Maplewood program in Reno. Sept. 5-10, it’s the annual Young Horse Trainer School that delves into hands-on learning on topics ranging from halter breaking foals to preparing prospects for the International Jumper Futurity.

 
August 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:33

ComfortStall Inc. and Haygain Join Forces

ComfortStall® Inc., the USA-based source for smart stable and arena products, is proud to announce it has joined forces with Haygain®, the UK-based manufacturer of the Haygain Hay Purifier, the only scientifically proven method to purify hay, and other equine health products backed by science.

 
August 2017 - Candid With Karen
Written by Karen Healey
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:25

Course design is all about helping horses and riders get better.

I enjoyed designing the courses for the first Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge in June and some of the questions I got about those tracks made me think course design would be a good topic for this column.

 
August 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:18

Menlo Charity Show
Aug. 8-13 in Atherton

Special classes and social events dominate this Northern California fixture that draws participants from throughout the West Coast.

 
July 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:06

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July 2017 - Dressage Life: What Makes A Successful Professional
Written by Genay Vaughn
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:55

It’s a lifestyle, not a job, and one in which hard work, passion and paying dues pays off.

You have to be a hard worker and have a really good work ethic. I don’t think anyone will be successful starting out unless they are a hard worker or have a really good work ethic because nothing is handed to you when you are just starting out and trying to make your name.

 
July 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:43

Leslie Morse Joins Sabo Eventing

Two-time Olympic dressage team alternate Leslie Morse joins the staff at Lisa and Brian Sabo’s Sabo Eventing, based at the Orange County Fairgrounds. She’ll be teaching some very lucky members of the US Pony Club Newport Mesa Riding Center along with the rest of the students in the Sabos’ program.

 
June 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:20

OK. Maybe we went a little crazy on riding schools this issue. Given that they are the entry point for most who enter the sport, can you blame us? For the second year, we’re using this month’s issue to celebrate California (and Nevada) riding schools and revisit the reasons why they are so critical to our sport’s health and growth by keeping riding accessible to as many as possible.

 
June 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:15

The Master of Faster turned on the heat with his equine partner of 15 years to clinch the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Boutique. The unstoppable duo, known as Richard Spooner and Cristallo, executed a flawless jump-off in 33.75, less than 0.04 seconds faster than the previous leaders, Vani Khosla and Billy Mexico. Relegated to a well-deserved second by a show jumping veteran, Khosla earned her second impressive grand prix red ribbon for the week at Blenheim EquiSports’ Mothers Day weekend event in San Juan Capistrano.

 
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