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April 2016 - Rain Or Shine
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:17
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Steffen Peters prepares for a hopeful fifth Olympics with OTTO Sport and Premier Equestrian.

With El Niño forecasts dominating the West Coast weather headlines this winter, equestrians’ first thought is not umbrellas and galoshes. It’s “Can we keep riding with all this rain?” The answer relies heavily on how well our arena handles the rain, and thus that’s been a focus of footing discussions of late.

April 2016 - Horse People: Lauren Billys
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:14
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Olympic-bound eventer prepares for next phase of a long-held dream.

by Kim F. Miller

“All you can do is what is in front of you, one day at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be where you were meant to be.”

April 2016 - Weigh In
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:09
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New Amateur Rider Association seeks jumper division standardization and input from West Coast.

The Amateur Rider Association of America is working on behalf of those who compete in the amateur divisions at horse shows across the country, seeking USEF recognition and standardization of the three Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions.

April 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Susan & Daniel Ighani
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:56
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Napa dressage and show jumping dynamic duo are doing it their way.

by Kim F. Miller

As a venture capitalist, Eric DeBenedetto relies on his ability to assess potential, in ideas and, equally important, in people. It didn’t take the amateur rider long to see great potential in Daniel and Susan Ighani, whose Ighani Sporthorses in Napa was brand new when Eric signed on as a client four years ago.

April 2016 - Cowgirl Dreaming
Written by Linda Ballou
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:42
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Surf and turf riding holiday on California’s North Coast.

by Linda Ballou

“Shorten your rein, grab mane, prepare to canter,” came from plucky Lari Shea, owner of Ricochet Ridge Ranch. Mounted on a Black Beauty double named Rascal, this petite lady has led countless horse treks through the primordial redwood forests of Northern California.

April 2016 - Interscholastic Equestrian Association Update
Written by Anna Propp
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:27
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Zone 10 IEA Finals send high school and middle school riders to Kentucky for this month’s Nationals.

by Anna Propp, Woodside Equestrian Team rider

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association is a very special program that brings High School and Middle School riders from all over the country to share their love and passion for horses and horseback riding.

April 2016 - Horse Show News
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:57
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Round up of what’s new from competition managers.

Blenheim EquiSports

New show, the Las Vegas Spring Classic, debuts May 18-22 at the South Point Equestrian Arena, home of the Las Vegas National in November. Comprehensive USEF “A-National” Hunter and “Level 4” Jumper schedule, including qualifiers for the North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals, Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) West Coast Championships, the new $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Finals & the $30,000+ Markel Insurance 1.40 Grand Prix Finals held in November during The Las Vegas National. Entries due April 18.

March 2016 - The Gallop: CDS Annual Meeting
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:56
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California Dressage Society gets ready for the big 5-0!

by Kim F. Miller

In keeping with the California Dressage Society’s mission as a mainly-educational organization, the CDS Annual Meeting and Symposium delivered a head-spinning quantity of useful horsemanship knowledge. President of five years, Kevin Reinig, has a personal mission of making the sport more fun, so there was plenty of that, too, in two days in Sacramento Jan. 22-24.

March 2016 - New Year: New Rules
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:51
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Presidential Modifications among new hunter/jumper rules for this year.

The United States Equestrian Federation President Chrystine Tauber approved four Presidential Modifications requested by the United States Hunter Jumper Association to make effective immediately Hunter/Jumper rules that will go into effect permanently later this year.

March 2016 - Jumping Into an United Arab Emirates Adventure
Written by Lori Savit
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:35
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Shared language of horses bridges two cultures for San Juan Capistrano hunter/jumper trainer.

by Lori Savit

Outside the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, one of the most prominent stables in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), men wear long white robes and headscarves and women are seen in stylish robe-like garments called “abayas.” Californian trainer Kristi Frishman, petite and blond, stands out as she strides confidently into the main riding arena.

March 2016 - Arrive Alive
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:32
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Meadow Grove Farm’s Safe Ride program is well received at HITS Thermal circuit.

Zazou Hoffman is making her mark on the hunter/jumper circuit, and not just in the show ring. Recipient of this year’s North American Riders Group’s $15,000 riders grant, Zazou is excelling in the bigger jumper rings herself and helping clients and horses do so in all divisions as assistant trainer for Meadow Grove Farm.

Her biggest contribution to the HITS Thermal season, however, is organizing the Safe Ride program, with the full backing of Meadow Grove’s Dick and Francie Steinwedell Carvin and Susie Schroer.
We asked Zazou, a terrific correspondent for Riding Magazine throughout her junior career, to tell us more about the program and about her own riding plans.

April 2016 - End-of-Life Decisions
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:11
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Thanicare eases the most difficult phase of horse ownership.

Anyone who cares for a horse long enough will one day face the death of their equine companion. It’s a heartbreaking milestone under any circumstance, but it can be at least mitigated by having the right quality of help. That’s what Ron Robinson, founder of Thanicare, specializes in. Here are some of his insights on the subject.

April 2016 - Hunter/Jumper Leadership
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:08
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Nominations open for new USHJA president.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association invites members to nominate individuals for the office of president beginning April 1 and closing May 1. The USHJA Board of Directors has scheduled a meeting on Sept. 12, 2016, in Dallas, TX, at which they plan to conduct the 2016 USHJA presidential election.

April 2016 - My Thoroughbred Makeover: Twice As Nice
Written by Emily Flaxman
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:47
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Feet are first focus for two OTTBs headed to this fall’s competition in Kentucky.

by Emily Flaxman

I might be crazy. Actually, if you ask most people who know me they will confirm this fact.

April 2016 - On Course For College
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:33
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Eager program participants and quality riding mark inaugural College Preparatory Invitational in California.

The College Preparatory Invitational enjoyed a stellar debut at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Equidome during its inaugural California event, March 11-13.

April 2016 - NAJYRC Journal
Written by Sydney Callaway
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:21
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Quest for consistency brings the sense that “today’s the day” and a great finish in first Zone 10 outing.

by Sydney Callaway

It’s a funny sport, this showjumping thing we do. We jump high performing athletes over very large obstacles against the clock while battling all the stressors and complications that occur during this short period of time.

April 2016 - Emerging Athletes Program
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:51
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Applications now open for this summer’s USHJA EAP Regional Training Sessions.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is now accepting applications from young riders to participate in the Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions, sponsored by Dover Saddlery.

March 2016 - My Thoroughbred Makeover: I Found A Horse!
Written by Emily Flaxman
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:52
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Merlin begins a sporthorse path after 60 career races.

by Emily Flaxman • photos by Kasey Kreske

I’ve found a horse!

In fact, I have an heir and a spare.

March 2016 - California Dressage Society Annual Meeting & Symposium
Written by photos by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:43
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photos by Kim F. Miller


Joan Cinquini receives the Scribe Of the Year Trophy from CDS president Kevin Reinig.

Anita Nardine needed help collecting all the CDS Sporthorse Awards for her Hidden Springs Ranch charges, Sibelius, Fontanesse and Fortuna. She’s pictured here with CDS’ Paula Langan, left, and Kevin Reinig.

Starr Vaughn Equestrian’s Michele Vaughn receives the well-earned Ellie Langlois Volunteer Award.

Elizabeth Landers receives the Henry Burchard Memorial Trophy as the owner/rider of a horse receiving the most 60% or better scores.

Presley Bender accepts the High Score Pony Junior award, earned with help from Mufasa.

Bea DiGrazia, right, and CDS board member buddies practice their conformation evalulation skills on enlarged horse photos.

Kevin presents Sporthorse Form & Function Symposium clinician Kristi Wysocki with a parting gift after a super informative and fun weekend.

Starr Vaughn Equestrian’s Michele Vaughn cleans up the arena during Sunday’s symposium, giving a little hint why the owner, trainer, coach, show manager, etc., earned CDS’s volunteer of the year honor.

Brave demonstration riders did a terrific job! left: Arianna Barzman-Grennan and Romantique.

Michelle Dodge and Evangeline, a Friesian/Warmblood cross.

Annie Ray stands her handsome Dutch Warmblood, Calvin Klein, for evaluation. He was later ridden by Genay Vaughn.

Eva Larsen & the Welsh Pony stallion, Laffran Sponti. The pair scored much praise from clinician Kristi Wysocki, especially for their lovely demeanor while at work.

Rachel Wade and the Gypsy Vanner mare Peperooga’s Parnoo Ori wowed everybody in attendance.

Genay Vaughn and Donnarweis were simply spectacular. Kristi predicted Genay would go all the way internationally, so we can all say we knew her when.

Genay and Ericka Reinig warm up for the final demo. Ericka is riding the Hanoverian Wredford.

Using sticks to evaluate this horse’s hindquarter conformation.

March 2016 - Unrelenting: The Real Story
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:33
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George Morris’ new autobiography tells of “horses, bright lights and my pursuit of excellence.”

If there is one name in the American equestrian story that everyone knows, it is George Morris. A horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he’s been in the saddle.

March 2016 - Happy 75th Birthday Larry Langer!
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:31
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Larry Langer arrives at HITS Thermal VIP Lounge where his wife, Marnye, cooked up a surprise birthday party celebrating his 75th. Larry with Hillary Ridland and Susie Hutchison.

Previous wife and fellow sport leader DiAnn Langer.

David Schmutz former owner of the Paddock and show manager.

Heath & Kelly Scarinci of Impression Design.

With friends including Grand Prix rider Ali Nilforushan, left, and HITS chief Tom Struzzieri.

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