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

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 

 
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