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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.

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.

May 2016 - Heads Up!
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 21:24
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Olympic format debate serves as reality check for equestrian sport.

Olympic Press Committee member Alan Abrahamson gave a reality check to a record number of delegates at the FEI Sports Forum as almost 320 participants debated the future shape of equestrian sport in Lausanne, Switzerland in early April. “What you’re facing is nothing less than a reality check for the sport,” the former Los Angeles Times and correspondent said.

May 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Susan Hutchison
Written by Linda Ballou
Saturday, 30 April 2016 21:14
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Age is just a number for Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inductee.

by Linda Ballou

Susan Hutchison’s show jumping career spans three decades, includes over 90 Grand Prix wins, six World Cup Finals and one World Equestrian Games, in 1994. As of June 2, her many accomplishments and accolades will include a well-deserved place in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. She’ll be inducted along with other sport legends, sponsor Elizabeth Busch Burke and fellow rider and trainer Katie Prudent. The ceremony will take place during the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania.

May 2016 - Coming Full Circle
Written by Lauren H. Giannini
Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:44
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A rescue mare’s offspring earns winnings that enable Vanessa Gilliam’s Second Wind to help more horses.

by Lauren H. Giannini

For Vanessa Gilliam, rehabilitating neglected and unwanted equines just seemed like the right thing to do. First, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a horse. The following year, in March of 2008, Second Wind Rescue, Inc. was born when she saved three untrained 2-year-olds from slaughter. Since that fateful day, 69 horses representing 22 breeds have gone through the Second Wind program in Paso Robles.

May 2016 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:48
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Unrelenting: The Real Story; In This Together; The Cowgirl Jumped Over The Moon

Unrelenting: the Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights, and My Pursuit of Excellence
Written by George H. Morris with Karen Robertson Terry
Reviewed by Kim F. Miller

The autobiography of living legend horseman George Morris delivers on its promise, stated in the preface: “This book is a candid portrayal of my life. Innocents and those faint of heart or closed of mind may wish to proceed no further.”

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.

May 2016 - Mother’s Day Tribute
Written by Genay Vaughn
Saturday, 30 April 2016 21:19
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Life with the Ultimate Show Mom.

by Genay Vaughn

Show moms sometimes get a bad rap – like “dance moms” with horses – but I’ve lived my whole life with the ultimate show mom – the good kind. If she wasn’t so dedicated, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

I started riding at age 4, started showing at 7, decided to focus on dressage at 14, and now at 22, I’m showing Grand Prix, finishing my last year at UC Davis, and doing some training and teaching of my own. My mom – Michele Vaughn – has been an essential part of my growth as trainer, coach and mentor as well as the kind of mom who didn’t hesitate to set boundaries and provide discipline when needed.

May 2016 - Surf’s Up!
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:54
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Conditioning, courage and tons of fun are among the many benefits of beach riding.

by Kim F. Miller

From Border Field State Park near the Mexican border to Pt. Reyes National Sea Shore near San Francisco and points north, the California coast still has many places to get out and gallop on the beach. Or piaffe, passage or leisurely stroll, depending on the horse and rider involved. Or a guided group ride for those unable to or uninterested in taking their own horses on the sand.

May 2016 - The Evolution of an Olympic Dream
Written by Lauren Billys
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:55
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Eventer’s road to Rio began in Central California and is filled with family and friends.

by Lauren Billys

The spark of commitment was probably started while attending the majority of my college classes in riding clothes. stomping into class in breeches and boots, and packing my truck with biochemistry study notes and cross-country schooling gear.

May 2016 - USHJA Rule Updates
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:47
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Equitation rules and Outreach competitions and the “California split” affected.

United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors passed three extraordinary rule changes and one standard rule change affecting United States Hunter Jumper Association competitions.

The extraordinary rule changes will help maintain fairness of play in the equitation arena, and the other rule will broaden the Association’s ability to provide competitive opportunities within the Outreach competition environment.

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