November 2016 - Dressage Life: Friends, Thanks and Riding
Written by Genay Vaughn
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:50

Ascent in the sport is supported and enhanced by friendship.

Throughout my riding career I have met many friends and acquaintances along the way. I have been lucky enough to find my best friend, Ayden Uhlir, through riding and I thought this month, the month of Thanksgiving, would be the perfect time to talk about friendships.

 
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 www.afterthefinishline.org.


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 http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/events/horse-day.


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 www.westpalmsevents.com.


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 www.shproductions.ca.


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 www.shproductions.ca.


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 www.galwaydowns.com.


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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.

 
October 2016 - Founder’s Notes
Written by by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:46

No tricks, all treats in this month’s editorial line-up.

We put a special emphasis on eventing this issue, highlighted by a state-of-the-sport Q&A with Area VI chairman Chris Scarlett and a transcendent piece by Olympian Lauren Billys: The Uncomfortable Compass. Asia Vedder shares a volunteer coordinator’s vantage point and the McFall family of Dragonfire Farm shares their little piece of paradise in Northern California.

 
September 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:13

Santa Barbara National Highlights

The 97th Annual Santa Barbara National Horse Show, July 13-17, demonstrated its staying power and popularity as an iconic West Coast horse show. The show’s Board of Directors asked Langer Equestrian Group to helm the show and exhibitors enjoyed five days of great competition and fun.

 
August 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:49

I have been taking dressage lessons from Paul Cook at Cook Training Stables on Cathy Cook’s beautiful Friesian mare Vendi. It has been fun getting back in the saddle and riding is a super good therapy for lymphedema.

We hope you enjoy this issue packed full of dressage and equine therapy related articles, plus lots of news and features on inspiring horse people including Michele Bandinu, written by young Grand Prix rider AnnA Buffini, and Niki Clarke. We’ve got the scoop on parts of the USEF Festival of Championships coming to the Paso Robles Horse Park in October, and George Williams’ excellent USDF Region 7 clinic, written by participant Arianna Barzman-Grennan.

 
August 2016 - Book Review: The Essential Fergus
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:46

The Essential Fergus; Written by Jean Abernathy; Reviewed by Joanna Fung

Who doesn’t know Fergus the horse?

Due to growing popularity, author Jean Abernathy, wrote The Essential Fergus to give readers the backstory to the world’s most popular cartoon equine.

 
July 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:22

We hope you can send us a quick note on how you liked this issue. Call, email, or send us a Facebook message and give us your feedback. A couple of people stopped by our booth at Western States Horse Expo and asked for more Northern California news. We work hard to cover Central & Northern California better, but honestly I think the notion that we’re more Southern California news oriented is an outdated perception. Yes, we started (30 years ago!) as a strictly SoCal publication, but that has not been the case since we changed our name to California Riding Magazine several years ago. We do desperately need a kick-ass sales rep in Northern California to promote and distribute our magazine and make a strong network of contacts in the region. Meantime, please note that this issue alone has a ton of NorCal rider & trainer news.

 
July 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:16

Jill Prieto & Carlton Café. Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Prieto & Carlton Café Sip Success in Sonoma

Freestyling Farms LLC’s Jill Prieto rode Carlton Café to the win June 18 in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, during the HMI June Classic at the Sonoma Horse Park. Preparing to compete in a field of 19, Jill thought designer Chris Jones’ course looked “nice and inviting.”

 
July 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:07

CARMA’s Chips All In: Saturday, July 16 in Del Mar

Efforts to re-home Thoroughbreds after their racing careers are over are growing in number and effectiveness. It’s great to see many shows and organizations staging classes and year-end awards that demonstrate and promote the breed’s suitability in hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage.

 
June 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:17

I am happy to report my foot is almost healed up from a minor complication from my lymphedema surgery and I have been happy to be out walking a lot of horse shows and barns passing out magazines and California Horseman’s Directories. This month is a busy travel month for me. I am off to Western States Horse Expo, the American Horse Publication’s conference in Florida and a sad trip to my younger sister’s memorial in San Francisco.

 
June 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:11

Chelsea Jones Joins Sandhaven Farm

Sandhaven Farm, a top-level show barn based out of Portola Farms in Woodside, adds Chelsea Jones to its team. Chelsea joins owners and head trainers Rachel and Jeff Fields, and assistant trainer Kimberly Carpenter.

 
May 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:03

I had a great time in Hawaii with Steve’s family and now happy to be back at work. I am almost healed up from my lymphedema surgery and minor complication that had me in a special unaboot wrap for months. But luckily I am doing a lot better and able to get out to the horse shows and barns.

 
May 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:51

New Arrival: Xander Rajoy

In December, LEGISequine.com’s Operations Manager Sarah Rajoy and her husband welcomed their baby boy, Xander. The LEGIS Team is enjoying watching Xander grow and develop since he accompanies his mom to work almost every day. Managing Director Marnye Langer is determined that Xander’s first word will be “subrogation.” Regardless, everyone at LEGIS enjoys having Xander as a junior member of the Team and customers are delighted to meet him.

 
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 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:49

Cecily Hayes, Gracie Marlowe & Kit Cunningham Earn EAP Finals Spots

Big congratulations to the three Zone 10 riders selected for the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session: Cecily Hayes, Gracie Marlowe and Kit Cunningham. They were among the 21 selected from the 170 athletes who took part in regional EAP sessions during the last year. The National Training event takes place Nov. 10-13 at Lake Erie College, where the riders and stable management participants will spend four intensive days riding and working with Olympian Peter Wylde and stable manager Anne Thornbury.

 
September 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:16

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
September 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:06

What an exciting month to report on! Our Olympians brought home a team silver, team bronze and an individual bronze. And our hopeful future Olympians, the North American Junior & Young Riders, did equally well. We are excited to have the chef d’equipes from our show jumping, eventing and dressage teams, Morley Abey, Bec Braitling and Alison Burt-Jacobs, write great behind-the-scenes reports from their week at the Colorado Horse Park—plus great pictures from all teams.

 
August 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:48

Steffen & Legolas 92 lead U.S. to top of Nations Cup Series

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team had solid performances throughout the Lambertz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Shelly Francis, Arlene “Tuny” Page, and Steffen Peters garnered the silver medal with a total score of 437.139. The effort was led by San Diego’s Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, receiving a score of 77.324% to finish fourth, behind three Germans, in the Grand Prix.

 
August 2016 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:38

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
July 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:20

Zorro/Relevantus Joins Rainbow Equus Meadows

Edgar and Susan’s Rainbow Equus Meadows adds to its already impressive sporthorse stallion line-up with Zorro, aka “Relevanus.” The Rabino/Westminster/Espri stallion is a 2010 Olympian and finished 12th in the 2008 World Equestrian Games and earned a Mexican National Championship with Federico Fernandez. His pedigree is full of high performance jumpers from his Holsteiner sire Rabino to his Hanoverian dam line combining the highest indexed jumping lines from Grand Prix producers Rabino, Ramiro, Calypso, Ladykiller xx, the Hanoverian F line, Inschallah AA, Espri and Lugano I.

 
July 2016 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:13

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June 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:47

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Parkside H/J Shows
June 4-5 plus various dates through December, in Norco

Parkside Horse Show partners Susan Smith and Betty Bullman were clear what they wanted in their new series: shows that they would like to compete in themselves. Having the right facility topped their priorities. Now expanding their one-day shows to two-day affairs, the Parkside series is settled in at the in-development Silverlakes Equestrian Park in Norco. The first date for this year was in April, and the upcoming schedule is June 4-5, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 29-30 and Dec. 3-4. (They also staged a successful one-day show there in December, 2015.)

 
June 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:14

Robert Blanchette On A Roll

Robert Blanchette has been on a roll during the two week Woodside Spring Shows. From the seven-horse jump-off in the second week’s Grand Prix at the Woodside Spring Classic (May 4-8), Robert emerged victorious with Lazur after stopping the timers in 34.722.

 
June 2016 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:06

Weekend With Bernie: Hunter/jumper trainer Nicolas Rossi and his clients at Rossi Equestrian in Bakersfield were thrilled to have Equestrian Coach’s Bernie Traurig deliver a weekend clinic May 14-15.

“He is truly an amazing horseman and has a wonderful sense of humor,” reports Ximena Rossi. “We hope to make this a yearly event.”

Pictured from left are Nicole Misner, Abriana Frith (riding), Kendra Gratteri, Mia Hannink, Emma Clark (riding), Ximena Rossi, Nicolas Rossi (riding), Bernie, Kimiko Kobayashi, Tricia Berman (riding).

 


Victory Ranch founder Doug Hutten, center, celebrates 11 years of successful Kids & Horse Education Program with participants at the Almaden Equestrian Center in San Jose. Pairing up foster and adopted kids with horses and ponies has already worked wonders and Doug hopes that a new capital campaign will enable the program to expand its reach and good work going forward.

For more info and to donate, visit www.victoryranchinc.org.


The Pink Wall: A Spring Fling Schooling Show contestant was one of many at the Paso Robles Horse Park to clear this special jump to help raise funds for cancer prevention and cure.

The fundraiser was sponsored by the Horse Park and wound up raising $2,100 for the cause. Every jumper class on Sunday featured the pink wall and competitors really got into the spirit of the event, reports the Park’s Amanda Diefenderfer. Photo: Hoof Print


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May 2016 - Horse Show & Venue News
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:53

Sonoma Horse Park

Ned and Hope Glynn’s Sonoma Valley Stables is sponsoring a new Grooms Initiative that will award cash prizes to these often-unsung heroes throughout the Sonoma Horse Park’s 2016 season. Grooms for the winners of all Hunter Derbies and Grands Prix will each win $250. “The grooms of these wonderful animals deserve to be recognized and rewarded,” says Ned. “Their work is essential.  A winning horse has a team behind it. We are proud to recognize this important part of the team.”

 
May 2016 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:17

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