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

 
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.

 
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.

 

 
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.

 
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