January 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:30

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
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.

 
November 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:18

Sarm Hippique & DeNiro Day
Nov. 9 in the Los Angeles area’s Glendale

In the mood for scrumptious Italian equestrian apparel and equally irresistible riding boots? Then DaMoor’s Feed & Tack in Glendale is the place to be on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Representatives from both companies will be on hand in the afternoon to showcase their latest looks and designs, plus take measurements for those ready to place an order.

 
November 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:58

Pestanas Relocate

Top Hat and Tails Equestrian Center is relocating to the Fairmont Riding Club in the East Bay Area’s Pleasanton. That’s Nadine and Jamie Pestana’s top flight dressage program. The facility has a large indoor arena, two outdoor arenas (one of which will be a dressage court), turn-outs, a Eurosizer, and 70-plus acres of trails.

 

 
November 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:53

French, Gardner, Bragg & Glynn Rock Hunter Ranks in D.C.

California rider and trainer John French punctuated his early October week at the Capital Challenge in Washington, D.C., presented by World Equestrian Center, with an exclamation point when he topped a star-studded field in the $5,000 World Champion Hunter Rider Professional Finals. French led from start to finish to win his fourth WCHR Pro Finals title. He also concluded the year as the WCHR Professional National Champion.

 
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

 
December 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 December 2016 04:09

UC San Diego team riders enjoy themselves at an IHSA competition.

College Equestrian Clinic
Saturday, Dec. 3 in Temecula

The path to and the opportunities to ride in college will be discussed in this free clinic organized by high school equestrian association, the Scholastic Equestrian League. Held concurrent with University of California San Diego’s hosting of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at Galway Downs Dec. 3-4, the clinic will enable younger riders and their parents to ask questions of those currently competing for their college teams. The UCSD/IHSA show will host 12 college and university teams.

Starting Saturday at 11am, the session begins with a tour through the team tents. “We typically speak with riders during the walk to hear where they’re from, why they chose this school, what their riding experience was as an incoming freshman and the pros and cons of collegiate riding,” explains SEL’s Noelle Roberts. “Parents can speak with the collegiate parents who typically share tips on the college prep process.”

Coaches will give a short speech during the lunch break on what they look for in an applicant on the personal side as well as their riding ability when faced with the challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse without a warm-up round before entering the ring for competition.

In addition, career counselor Tony Morrow will present information about the college selection and comparison process for parents and students. And there’s much to be learned by simply watching the IHSA competitors in action. Per the league’s format, riders from all schools will draw for their mounts, all provided by the host school.

Noelle encourages trainers especially to get on board with this free chance to help their students continue the sport in college. Volunteers are also sought!

For more information, contact the SEL at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The No Show
Saturday, Dec. 10 in San Juan Capistrano

In this pleasant break between high stakes horse showing, Blenheim EquiSports offers their increasingly popular “No Show.” It’s schooling rounds over A-show jumps and courses, with tracks for .70M to 1.40M, and more heights if time allows. It’s $25 a round for those who convey their intent to participate by Dec. 5, and $30 per round to pay on the day-of. All the normal horse show fees are non-existent.

For more info, visit www.showpark.com.


Las Vegas High Rollers CDIW & Open Show
Jan. 4-7 in Las Vegas

This new dressage competition will host a CDIW with CDI divisions for small tour, Jr, YR, U25, Ponies, Children and Adult Amateurs, in addition to a world class open show at the South Point Casino facility in Las Vegas. The judges will include Martin Richenhagen and Peter Engel of Germany, Isobell Wessels of Great Britain, Francis Verbeek-von Rooy of the Netherlands and Michael Osinski and Natalie Lamping of the United States. An S judge from the United States will also be part of the national panel.

For more information, visit www.2whitefeet.com.

Editor’s Note: If you’d like a refresher on what all the above acronyms stand for, see the explanation of CDI competition in this month’s Dressage Life column.


Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 949-644-2165.
Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by January 1st for the February issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 
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.


Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, marriages, new management and barn moves. Send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!

 
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.

 
November 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:59

Time is flying. From late-September’s USET Talent Search Finals West to late-October’s Del Mar International, it’s been an action-packed start to end-of-the-year finales in the equestrian world. Dressage’s USDF Region 7/CDS Championships and the Area VI eventing championships are a few more of the big shows we’ve covered in this issue, along with the Longines LA Masters and Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Sacramento and Del Mar.

 
November 2016 - Candid With Karen: Get Involved!
Written by Karen Healey
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:55

USHJA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs offers opportunity to affect change in the sport.

by Karen Healey

The annual United States Hunter Jumper Association convention comes to Palm Springs Dec. 11-15 and I look forward to seeing a lot of friends from around the country. I hope, too, that West Coasters will take advantage of the convention’s proximity and continue or begin getting involved in the governance of our sport.

 
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.

For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 650-682-0469.


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.


Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 949-644-2165.
Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by November 1st for the December issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 

 
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

 

 


Have a photo of a fun adventure with your horse, pony, riding club or horsey friends? We want it for our Out & About page. Please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with caption info and photo credit if needed.

 

 
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.

 
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