Horse People
May 2017 - Horse People: Mary Jensen
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 20:21
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Unique leatherwork becomes all the rage in equestrian circles.

by Kim F. Miller

It all started with a dog collar. That was the first leather item Mary Jensen set out to make just for fun on her boyfriend Allen Clarke’s new sewing machine. “I’m like, ‘This is kind of fun!’” she recalls.

 
December 2016 - Horse People: Katherine Kinnison
Written by AnnA Buffini
Thursday, 01 December 2016 03:03
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Young jumper rider Katherine Kinnison looks to follow in her coach Nayel Nassar’s footsteps.

by AnnA Buffini

Young professional Nayel Nassar mostly focuses on his own impressive international show jumping career. When he does have a student, you know they’re good.

Katherine Kinnison is Nayel’s junior protégé. After a blazing hot 2016, she is on a roll to have an even better 2017.

 
December 2016 - Horse People: Sydney Hutchins
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 02:37
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Two-time Maclay Regionals winner juggles final junior year with busy life as a University of Georgia Bulldog.

by Kim F. Miller

The final year of junior eligibility can create crushing mental pressure for medal finals participants. But Region 8 Maclay Finals winner Sydney Hutchins decided not to let herself get into that situation.

 
September 2016 - Horse People: Mackenna Shea
Written by Mikaela Kantorowski
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:09
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Young eventer makes her mark with terrific Rolex and Rebecca Farms finishes.

by Mikaela Kantorowski

Mackenna Shea is not like most 23 year olds. A normal day for Mackenna is spent at the barn riding and caring for a number of extremely talented horses under the watchful eye of Tamie Smith.

Mackenna is one of the nation’s brightest young eventers with wins at the Advanced and Three Star levels, as well as a successful trip around the Rolex Kentucky Four Star course.

 
June 2016 - Horse People: Augusta Iwasaki & Lexie Looker
Written by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:53
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Pony stars on parallel paths into the junior ranks.

by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland • photos by McCool Photography

Boldly galloping into the world of Junior Hunters, Augusta Iwasaki, 12, and Lexie Looker, 16, have taken the leap into horses with the same dedication and determination that earned them tremendous success in the pony ring.

 
December 2015 - Horse People: Kelsey Holmes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 01:48
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Plan B has been pretty sweet for talented young eventer.

by Kim F. Miller

Seventeen year old Kelsey Holmes learned early that “Plan A” doesn’t always pan out.

In the summer of 2013, Kelsey was thrilled to purchase the experienced Two Star horse, NZB The Chosen One, from two-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Todd. They debuted that fall at Training Level, then segued successfully into Preliminary, intent on qualifying for that summer’s North American Junior/Young Riders Championship for Area VI.

 
December 2015 - Horse People: Genevieve Meyer
Written by Sydney Callaway
Saturday, 28 November 2015 01:32
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Setbacks don’t alter Maclay Regional winner’s goal of ever-improving horsemanship.

by Sydney Callaway

I have known Genevieve Meyer for many years, as we have competed together in the equitation and jumper ring on several occasions. I can always spot her by her intent focus and perfectly polished boots. Genevieve is a hardworking young girl with a dream of riding professionally and the drive to get there. We all know the saying “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” However, when you put hard work and talent together, not even the sky can limit this young rider.

 
November 2015 - Horse People: Michael Williamson
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:08
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Modest Northern California rider is an emerging athlete, indeed.

by Kim F. Miller

There’s only one problem being Michael Williamson’s trainer: It’s sometimes hard to keep him on the day’s lesson plan.

The 15-year-old is a student of the sport. He often analyzes top show jumpers’ performances online, then comes to the barn the next day seeking to emulate what they do, explains his trainer Patty Ball. “Sometimes I’ll be trying to get my point across and he’ll say, ‘Well, I was watching (German Olympic champion) Marcus Ehning last night and I’m trying to do what he does.”

 
December 2016 - Horse People: Kristine Howe
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 02:57
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Long absence from the sport makes Grand Prix Freestyle Championship all the sweeter.

by Kim F. Miller

If you’ve ever driven through California’s agriculture valleys and fantasized about galloping through orchards and crop fields, you have a sense for what Kristine Howe’s childhood was like. Growing up a horse crazy girl on her family’s Westlake Farm in the Fresno area’s Stratford, Kristine believes she probably sat on a horse before she could walk. Her grandmother raised Arabians and her parents supported her horsey enthusiasms in every way.

 
November 2016 - Horse People: Ruth Bley
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:40
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A quiet contributor to the sport becomes a national champion.

by Kim F. Miller

It’s quiet all day in Castro Valley’s Cull Canyon. Golden, oak tree-dotted hills stand sentry above Cull Canyon Ranch, where amateur eventer Ruth Bley lives, keeps her own horses and manages a small boarding and training facility. It’s even quieter at 9 p.m., when Ruth puts away her third horse of the night. That’s following a full day in the “real world,” where she manages an electrical contracting company.

 
June 2016 - Horse People: Kayla Lott
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:56
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association champ taking her game to Oklahoma State.

by Kim F. Miller

It’s fitting that Kayla Lott’s fifth and final trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Finals was her finest. Riding for Elvenstar, an early West Coast adopter of the national program for middle and high school riders, Kayla conquered in Kentucky during the April 20-24 Championships. She was Varsity Open Champion, defending a title earned for Zone 10 last year by Ransome Rombauer, and earned the Leading Rider Award.

 
January 2016 - Horse People: Emma & Gracie Marlowe
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:51
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Aspiring professionals engender the support of the village required to make their mark in the sport.

by Kim F. Miller

November 14, 2015 was the peak of “Marlowe Weekend.”

Seventeen year old Emma Marlowe stayed atop three rounds of the WCE Medal Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show to win that one in the afternoon, and 19 year old Gracie nailed the LAHJA/LA Saddlery Senior Medal finals a few hours later in Los Angeles.

 
December 2015 - Horse People: Elizabeth Landers
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 01:41
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Worldly equestrian experiences enlighten a goal of high-level success in jumping and dressage.

by Kim F. Miller

Elizabeth Landers caught our attention when we read that she and her First Level star Liberty had transitioned to dressage from show jumping. It turns out that is only the tip of the iceberg in this USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle champion’s story.

 
November 2015 - Horse People: Jim & Diane Carter
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:14
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American Horse Products owners serve equestrians and promote their interests in mainstream San Juan Capistrano life.

by Kim F. Miller

There is no hitching post in front of American Horse Products tack and feed store in San Juan Capistrano. Yet the friendly vibe and outgoing attitude of its owners, Jim and Diane Carter, suggests there should be. Located next to paint and hardware outlets in a busy shopping complex, American Horse Products is a gathering spot for equine enthusiasts in the heart of San Juan Capistrano.