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.

June 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

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.

Our cover article is about the fulfillment of Graeme Dixon’s dream to own his own training and boarding facility, which is also home to UK Equestrians’ riding school in Rancho Santa Fe. Not far away in Encinitas, equestrian Alan Smith has exciting plans for his recently purchased Wildflower Farm. These include a “developmental” riding school involving all the hunter/jumper pros based there. And going a little throw-back, we take an in-depth look at Lowrey Jones’ Farfetched Farm in the East Bay Area. It’s a key piece in a feature on three generations of “hand me down” horsemanship that comes current with Stanford Equestrian Team stand-out Kristen Blomstrom.

Now we’re off and running with our July issue, featuring horse & human nutrition and fitness, plus a spotlight on the always-excellent young riders who’ll be representing our region in jumping, eventing and dressage competition at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships.

Late Breaking News: Sorry to report that the Longines Masters Series has moved the Los Angeles event to New York, where it will be the final of three legs, in April 2018. Event organizer EEM’s Christophe Ameeuw said, “We are so appreciative of our time in Los Angeles and all of the people that made the American leg a success through the years. We are excited and proud to bring the event to New York, expanding the Longines Masters experience from coast to coast.”

Also, this October’s three week Del Mar International Horse Show is relocating to the Del Mar Horse Park, from the Fairgrounds, after much consideration and triggered by the timeline for the racing’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup. That means the FEI/Longines World Cup qualifier will be held outdoors, on the grass, instead of indoors. Del Mar had been one of four West League venues to offer an indoors setting, which is better preparation for the indoors final, set for Paris next spring. Also, the 12 & Under Onondarka Finals will now be held the third week, Oct. 25-29.

Happy Riding!

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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.

May 2017 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:00

ADOPT ME: Red Bucket Equine Rescue proudly presents Behren. Behren is a stunning 10 year old 16.1 hand Thoroughbred gelding. He is a bit of a comic, genuinely likes people, and attention. He is very smart and will be well suited in a home that will lavish attention on him, provide turnout and ocialization, and kind interaction. Behren has received a good fundamental education under saddle and is very pretty. Behren and other Red Bucket horses are available for adoption to suitable loving homes. Serious adopters are requested to complete an adoption application which is available at www.redbucketrescue.org. Adoption fee $1500.

From a World Cup Finals recap to a preview of possible World Cup stars of tomorrow, hailing from the Sacramento Area Hunter/Jumper Association, we have a wide range of articles again this month. Carl Hester’s clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was a highlight for many dressage enthusiasts, us included, and we are glad to have round-ups of local middle and high school equestrian action, with more to come next month.

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