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July 2016 - Areav VI Eventing
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 05:03
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JUNIOR / ONE-STAR TEAM

Sami Clark & Next Dance, aka “Ali.”

Sami is an NAJYRC returnee after representing Area VI last year. She lives in Sacramento and trains with Christine McNabb at Twin Palms Combined Training.

 
July 2016 - Horsemastership Scholarship
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 05:00
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LAHJA offers chance to parlay horse savvy into college cash.

Junior members of Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association who are interested in the Horsemastership Scholarship Program should sign up now and start studying—the written test must be completed by September 1.

 
July 2016 - Rio Ready
Written by Lauren Billys
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:52
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My 13-year-old self sets a tone of single focus in final stages of Olympic preparation.

by Lauren Billys

When I was 13, we received an assignment to list what we wanted in life. Before I could even process the question, my first thought materialized as I picked up five separately colored pencils and drew five iconic rings.

I have always been drawn toward the Olympic Games. As a kid, I pictured myself at the Games, in the village, competing, hugging, crying, standing on the podium, and loving every minute of it.

 
July 2016 - NAL Enjoys West Coast Growth
Written by Nicole Graf
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:43
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Increasing popularity equals more intense competition for rapidly-growing North American League series.

by Nicole Graf

The North American League is an exciting and rapidly growing show jumping series that includes classes held at over 600 horse shows across the United States and Canada each year.

The series has been hugely popular on the East Coast for some time and, with the addition of a West Coast Final, over the past few years, participation and membership numbers have been steadily rising on the West Coast for this highly competitive series.

 
July 2016 - Frank Chapot
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:35
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Show Jumping Hall of Fame mourns the passing of one of the sport’s all-time greatest legends.

It is with great sorrow that the Show Jumping Hall of Fame announces the passing of one of the sport’s all-time greatest legends, Frank D. Chapot. Chapot passed away at the age of 84 at approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 20 at the CareOne at Somerset Valley Assisted Living Center in Bound Brook, NJ, where he was under care for Alzheimers.

 
July 2016 - Letter to the Editor
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:15
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Dear Kim,

I read with great interest your article on Riding Schools (the source, after all, for every equestrian activity) and we were thrilled to be mentioned as a “recommended” riding school in the Los Angeles area!! We have worked very hard, for more than 20 years, to produce a safe, fun-filled and correct riding lesson program. We are also a U.S. Pony Club Riding Center. We feel that which is learned with pleasure is seldom forgotten and that applies to beginning and intermediate riders of all ages.

 
June 2016 - Dressage Life: Father and Son Share Olympic Dreams
Written by Michele Vaughn
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:05
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Jan & Amy Ebeling’s dual-discipline son Ben following in the family’s esteemed footsteps.

by Michele Vaughn

What is it about fathers and sons? Sometimes sons follow in their fathers’ footsteps, and other times fate steps in to take a different direction. For 16-year-old Ben Ebeling, the son of dressage superstar and Olympian Jan Ebeling and his wife Amy, there’s a little bit of both.

 
June 2016 - My Thoroughbred Makeover
Written by Emily Flaxman
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:58
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“Virtuous cycles” and “losegelassenhiet” are part of the program.

by Emily Flaxman

It’s been another month of painfully little progress. Merlin is sound again but having had so much time off since he finished racing, I’m bringing him back slowly.

 
June 2016 - Good Grade for Collegiate Equestrian
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:46
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National effort to support varsity-level collegiate equestrian gets another green light.

The Committee on Women’s Athletics confirmed its support for equestrian to remain on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Emerging Sports list during the April meeting in Indianapolis. The committee voted on and approved a statement recommending that equestrian remain on the Emerging Sports list due to new organizational efforts, membership feedback and potential growth.

 
June 2016 - Superstar Clinics Coming This Fall
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:41
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Scott Brash, Charlotte Dujardin & William Fox-Pitt coming to California.

by Kim F. Miller

Great Britain show jumper Scott Brash leads a superstar roster of clinicians heading to California this fall, brought in for separate educational tour stops by event organizer Scott Hayes.

 
May 2016 - The Gallop: Where Does Rehab Belong?
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 30 April 2016 21:33
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Animal Rehab’s place in veterinary medicine continues to be a hot and complicated topic.

by Kim F. Miller

Equinology founder Debranne Pattillo operates one of most credentialed equine bodywork institutions in the world, but she’s always lived with the spectre of “being told we can’t do what we do.”

Had a proposal from the California Veterinary Medical Board to put a broad definition of “Animal Rehabilitation” into the Veterinary Medical Practice Act gone through, that spectre might have become a reality.

It didn’t.

 
July 2016 - Double The Good
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:54
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Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Celebrates new Pat McQueeney Education and Therapy Building.

photos by Kristin Lee Photography

Han Solo and light saber-bearing riders were among the attractions at the grand opening of Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Pat McQueeney Education and Therapy Building. The festivities took place at Ride On’s Chatsworth ranch on June 4.

 
July 2016 - Menlo Charity Show
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:48
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Spirit of the Rio Olympics infuses an equestrian tradition closer to home.

Inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympics, the 46th Menlo Charity Horse Show invites attendees on a fantastic journey to the vivacious Rio de Janeiro. The charm of the Menlo Circus Club and the sensational energy and color of Brazil are blended to bring the “Road to Rio” alive in show rings Aug. 9-14 in Atherton. (The Olympics will be underway Aug. 5-21)

 
July 2016 - IEA: Tell A Friend!
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:40
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association referral program continues.

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association will continue the member referral program for the 2016-2017 season. Membership enrollment is available now through November 1, 2016.

The program provides adult IEA members with a cash reward for each new equine professional member they refer to the IEA. There is no limit to how many rewards a member can accrue, and anyone interested in promoting the IEA is encouraged to contact the IEA Membership Office for ideas and promotional supplies.

 

 
July 2016 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 04:15
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The Compassionate Equestrian; A Course in Lungeing

The Compassionate Equestrian
by Dr. Allen Schoen and Susan Gordon
published by Trafalgar Square Books
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

If you truly care about your happiness and your horse’s happiness, you have found the ultimate book. Now run or gallop and get it! Horsey folk are seen as tough, and often they are. What if toughness does not elicit the best response from a horse? Do we need to explore our intuitive side? Veterinarian Dr. Allen Schoen and trainer Susan Gordon show just how important it is to put our ego aside and retrain ourselves. By using 25 principles of compassionate equitation, the authors guide us through connecting with some of the most difficult horses.The 25 principles are divined from Dr. Karen Armstrong’s principles of compassion.

 
June 2016 - Lifeline
Written by Chris Cox
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:09
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A Life Changer for My Horses

by Chris Cox

As a professional horseman who has been fortunate enough to find success doing a job I love, companies often ask me to try their equine products in hopes I’ll become a spokesman. I don’t take these requests lightly. Making a change to my program isn’t something I’m going to do without first researching a product and gathering convincing evidence that I’ll see a long-term benefit. Then I might give the product a try.

 
June 2016 - The Olympic Dream In Reality
Written by Lauren Billys
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:01
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Emotional waypoint on the road to Rio.

by Lauren Billys • photos by Kristin Lee Photography

While going to the Olympics should contain training and packing, something that I forget to mention in past columns are the hours spent organizing my life on the computer to prepare the travel of each person going to Rio, picking up wine barrels from a college friend for an event, and planning a week of fundraising efforts.

 
June 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Kathryn Burdett-Griffiths
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:52
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Diversity at Sunset Equine Farms creates a balanced, happy program.

by Kim F. Miller

Balance is a work and life goal many aspire to, but few achieve and perhaps especially in the competition-focused horse world. Young professional Kathryn Burdett-Griffiths has pulled it off.

 
June 2016 - Horses For Happiness
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:42
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Young rider Kelsey Yin shares her horsey passion with at-risk kids.

Horses For Happiness is all about giving at-risk kids the chance to enjoy and benefit from a day spent with horses. For the third year in a row, H4H has done that and more, giving its young organizer Kelsey Yin benefits, too. “It gives me a way to share my passion and love for horses and to give the campers an opportunity and a memory that they would not typically get.”

 
June 2016 - Common CORE
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:39
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USHJA & IEA partner in new clinic series

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association, in partnership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association, has created a new horsemanship clinic series called CORE -- Cultivating Our Riders’ Education. These clinics will offer enhanced opportunities to educate students in grades 6-12 and college riders about horsemanship and riding in a draw-based (catch-ride) format.

 
May 2016 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 21:27
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A new kind of nightlife highlights June 10-12 gathering.

For many of us, the ultimate party involves something with or about our horses. Even at non-horsey social events, we find each other as if drawn by mysterious gravitational forces. With that in mind, the ever-evolving Western States Horse Expo has added a new kind of nightlife to the agenda for the June 10-12 event at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

 
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