April 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:14

Twix is a darling 8 year old Arabian gelding up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center, CA (Northern San Diego). Twix is a little guy at 14 hands so he would need a smaller rider. He is currently in training to ride under saddle. Rides fine in an arena. Looking for and experienced adopter to bond with him and continue his training. Twix is super sweet and has a darling personality. This is a very nice little horse! Adoption fee $500.

 
April 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:03

Aubrey Kahlua and trainer Scot Lico after a strong showing in the Childrens/AA Classic. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Thermal Finale

East Coasters make their treks worthwhile with wins in the big jumper and hunter classes that closed the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit. McLain Ward and Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild logged the win in Sunday’s AIG $1 Million Grand Prix and Kelley Farmer rode three horses to the one, two and three spots in Saturday’s $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

The weather was hot and sunny, the crowds were large and appreciative and the competition top notch to close out the winter circuit on a high note.

 
March 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 01:21

ADOPT ME! Red Bucket Equine Rescue presents Roxy!

Roxy is a an adorable all-around POA mare. She approximately 8 or 9 years old and stands 14 hh. Roxy is wonderfully versatile in that she has been trained in both English and Western, we have even jumped her over small obstacles.

 

 
March 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:46

Sizzling Start for Steffen Peters

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” That lyric from The Who could be the headline for the first of this year’s West Coast CDIs as Steffen Peters rode Legolas 92 and Rosamunde to new personal best scores during the LA Winter Dressage Festival CDI-W Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

 
February 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:04

ADOPT ME!

Ginger is a very nice quarter horse mare up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center, CA (Northern San Diego County).

Ginger is 15 yrs old and stands about 15.1 hands high.

She rides under saddle well and looking for an extremely nice adopter to love her for life and take her on some easy trail rides for bonding.

Abused in the past, this mare is forgiving and definitely needs to be pampered for life.

Not spooky with experienced riders, she is sweet, rides english or western!

She has a slight case of fibriotic myopathy in her left hind which does not cause her pain and she is sound for riding according to our vet.

Gorgeous chestnut with flaxen mane and tail. Adoption fee $500. Read about Ginger at www.falconridgerescue.org


 
February 2016 - Book Review: World Class Grooming
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:00

World Class Grooming For Horses: Everything you need to know from the pros with over 1,200 photographs
Written by Cat Hill and Emma Ford
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck


For those who wonder why ‘Groom’ is a job title, the very size of this book will give you an idea that getting a horse to look supermodel quality is no small feat. The 230 pages with color photographs are devoted to grooming English-style rider’s horses and maintaining their health.

 
January 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 02 January 2016 04:34

RIP Verdicci, aka “Chance”

Verdicci, the longtime partner of Catherine Rose Chamberlain in her remarkable ascent in the dressage world, had to be euthanized in mid-December. The decision was made following complications from colic surgery. During a follow-up procedure to lavage his abdomen, his condition, an infection and severe lesions on his intestine, was discovered to be much worse than expected and not something that he could recover from.

 
January 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 02 January 2016 04:28

Red Bucket Equine Rescue proudly offers for adoption: Faith, a darling 14.3 hh Palomino/Appaloosa. Faith is loving, affectionate, and gentle. She has been trained in both English and Western and  is willing to do anything reasonable that is asked of her. This versatile mare is suitable for the entire family and has a very kind temperament and gentle disposition.

 
December 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:27

We Love Lucy!

Show jumping’s biggest stars took center stage at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal for Sunday’s $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*. Talent was not in short supply as many notable names filled the main event’s Order of Go including three of the top ten riders from the Longines FEI Jumping World Rankings – Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. But, in front of a packed grandstand, a live webcast on HITS TV, and sold out VIP, it was 23-year-old Lucy Davis, of Los Angeles and Barron, owned by Old Oak Farm, who showed them all how it’s done.

 
December 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:11

What’s Happening... California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
November 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:53

Daniel and Susan Ighani’s daughter, Luciana.

Drake Wilder Stutes. Frankie rode with him until two weeks before he arrived. She competed until 6.5 months with The Chatwin Group's Chatwin.

Congratulations All Around!

Drake Wilder Stutes was born to Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Michael Stutes on Oct. 6. Frankie is chief of Athletux athlete marketing organization, an accomplished eventing rider and frequent host of Ride-On Video’s delightful event reports.

 
November 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:35

HITS National Sunshine Series II
Nov. 4-8 in Thermal

Originally designed as “boutique” show, this newbie has grown up fast, hosting a CSI-5* jumping class in only its second season. Schedule-wise, it snugs right into the series of big jumping classes that are part of the Longines FEI World Cup™ jumping, along with early October’s Longines  LA Masters.

Expect big names and intense competition for the $350,000 in prize money on offer for the big Sunday class.

For a full schedule of the five-day show, visit www.hitsshows.com.

 

 
October 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:56

Nick Haness Rides Top Two in CPHA West Coast Pre-Green Hunter Finals

On Friday evening, Sept. 11, hunters had the spotlight in the inaugural $25,000 CPHA West Coast Pre-Green Hunter Finals on the Pacific Hunter Field of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. After two rounds of competition, Nick Haness rode away as both Champion and Reserve Champion on Ilene Kurtzman’s Delilah and Ashley Weiman’s Weekend Romance, respectively.

 
October 2015 - Book Review
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:47

Good Horse, Bad Habits

 
September 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:55

Beautiful Tennessee Walking Horse mare, registered name Spotless in Seattle, barn name Scarlett Ohara, is available for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center (N. San Diego County). Scarlett is 19 yrs young (horses live to over 30 now) and loves to go out on trail alone and camping! Owner had to downsize and moving so she was donated to help raise funds for the rescue. Adoption fee is $500. Forward moving, not for a novice, needs at least an intermediate rider. Scarlett is papered and gorgeous, flaxen mane and tail, healthy and sound. 15.3 hands. www.falconridgerescue.org, contact Nicki Branch at 760-742-0285.

 
April 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:12

Chris Pratt Now In Rancho Santa Fe

Following the HITS Thermal Winter circuit, top Canadian rider Chris Pratt and Epic Stables will operate at the fully renovated, state of the art Edal Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Chris has been a force on the West Coast jumping scene for several years and Epic Stables is committed to training horses and riders to the highest level of showjumping. For more information, call Chris at 661-857-4554 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

 
April 2016 - What's Happeniing
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:37

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
March 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:56

Simon Nizri Show Jumping

This year’s HITS Thermal hunter/jumper show circuit marked the official launch of Simon Nizri Show Jumping. Simon, of course, is a West Coast jumping circuit favorite, but he had opted a few years back to sell his beautiful Wildflower Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe and head East. He recently decided California was pretty nice afterall and has settled back in at Wildflower and established a full-fledged training and sales barn.

 
March 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:36

Event Calendar

 

 
February 2016 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:01

Spruce Meadows’ Ron D. Southern passes at 85.

“It is with great sadness that Spruce Meadows announces the passing on January 21 of its founder and co-chairman, Ronald D. Southern,” announced the venue’s press office.

 
January 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:00

PCHA Convention & CPHA Awards Banquet: Jan. 8-9 in Las Vegas

The 33rd Annual Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association convention is set for Jan. 8-9 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Highlights include the California Professional Horsemen’s Association awards banquet Friday night and the PCHA Awards Banquet Saturday night.

 
January 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 02 January 2016 04:32

USHJA Special Award Winners

Graeme “Butch” and Lu Thomas were honored with the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Lifetime Achievement award during the association’s annual convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Orlando, FL.

 
December 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:31

Adopt Me: Mai Tai is a gorgeous registered Appaloosa gelding up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue in northern San Diego County. He stands 16.1 hands high and was privately owned in the past. Mai Tai was shown halter and english pleasure in the past. He rides nice and easy, gentle enough for beginner. He is 21 years young and healthy. His registered name is Todaysmyluckyday.

 
December 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:23

Karen Healey Scales Back

Last month’s Las Vegas National was the last show for Karen Healey Stables. One of the winningest equitation, hunter and jumper trainers in the country, Karen is closing up shop at Whitethorne Ranch in Somis as of December 1.

 
November 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:01

ADOPT ME! Princessa is a 6 yr old Quarter Horse cross mare up for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center. She has had 60 days of professional training and currently with trainer Mike Pellkofer in Valley Center who said she is doing awesome and a wonderful ride. She stands 14.3 hands high and was previously rescued by the San Diego Humane Society last year. Healthy and sound and up to date on vaccinations. Princessa is a darling mare!

 
November 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 05:43

NorCal-ers Off to EAP Finals

Ransome Rombauer and Michael Williamson are among 16 candidates selected for the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes National Training Session. And, Cecily Hayes has been selected as one of four to participate in the stable management portion of the event.

 
October 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:03

ADOPT ME!

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly presents Anchor Man. Anchor Man is a stunning 16.1 hh 8 year old Appendix gelding. With tons of personality and show ready glamour, this wonderful horse is ready for it all....flat work, jumping, trail....and a forever family.

 
October 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:51

Tony William DeGroot

DG Bar Ranch patriarch Anthony “Tony” DeGroot perished in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Alaska. He died on Sept. 16 at the age of 80. Tony was well known and much loved by many in the horse world.

 
October 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:35

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 

 
September 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:44

Porter’s On A Roll

Mandy Porter is finishing summer in style. She won the $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix at the Menlo Charity Show up north the first weekend of August, then did the same at the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix down south in San Juan Capistrano the next weekend. Both victories came aboard David Murdoch’s Eminent.

 
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