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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 - 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.

March 2016 - Out & About
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:15
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San Anderson, founder of Sticky Seat, was busy, busy, busy and it was only day-one at Horse Expo.

Riding Magazine’s Cheryl Erpelding, Kim F. Miller and Stephanie Baldwin ready to meet old friends and make new ones at Horse Expo Pomona.

Hope for Horses equine rescue was randomly selected by A Home for Every Horse to receive a $1,000 donation for horse health and veterinary expenses from Zoetis as the winner of the Picture Your Rescue giveaway. The Galt, California, based rescue plans to use the donation towards veterinary care, vaccinations and diagnostics for the more than 10 horses it helps to rehome each year. Pictured from left are Anita Dayton, Hope for Horses; Dr. Jim Bergum, rescue veterinarian; Paula Wittler, Zoetis Equine Specialist; Rex Dayton, Hope for Horses.

A handsome Freisian visits Horse Expo’s Saddle Up Saloon in between exhibitions at Horse Expo.

Sweet stuff: Congratulations to CDS San Diego Mid-Winter High Point Winners, Nick Wagman, Caroline Underwood, Laurel Kerner, Birthe Laufer, Teri Sue Wesinger, and Ehren Volk!!! And Cheers to our Reserve High Point winners, Nick Wagman, Anne Hempy, Laurel Kerner, Birthe Laufer, Stacy Williams and Ehren Volk.

Photos above and below: Members of Lisa Sabo’s Newport Mesa Pony Club Riding Center enjoy horsey fun and games during President’s Day. The Riding Center is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Kristin Harden and Firestone S on their way to a fourth place finish in Friday’s $36,400 Desert Welcome Classic at HITS Thermal.

Mandy Porter and Wild Turkey Farm’s Ultima V winning the 1.35M Electronic Vet class at HITS Thermal. photo ©Kim F. Miller

Rich Fellers and Lux Lady on their way to a third place finish in the four-way jump off for the HITS Desert Classic. Rich was another really busy rider throughout the week. photo ©Kim F. Miller

Mandy Porter suddenly had a very full plate when Ashlee Bond asked her to take over the ride on Little Valley Farm’s horses. She’s shown here on one of those: Ace Of Hearts, riding to a red ribbon in the HITS Desert Classic on Friday. photo ©Kim F. Miller

The Dude warming up with Will Simpson on a pleasant morning before the World Cup qualifier at Thermal. photo ©Kim F. Miller

Buddies await an adoption that was part of the Burro Incentive Training Program at Horse Expo. photo ©Kim F. Miller

February 2016 - College Preparatory Invitational
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:25
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Popular college equestrian preview event debuts on West Coast March 11-13.

Now in its sixth year, the College Prep Invitational is a national program that allows young equestrians (grades 9 through 12) from around the country to explore the college equestrian experience through a comprehensive education, competition and scholarship/community service program.


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.

March 2016 - Come Fly With Us!
Written by Connie Geisler
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:22
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Vaulting can be a gateway to all equestrian sport.

by Connie Geisler, American Vaulting Association president

Equestrian vaulting is an FEI competitive sport in its own right, as well as a great introduction for developing useful skills for anyone who is interested in increasing safety of horse activities.  Children as young as 2 years old can learn basic balance, security and harmony with the moving horse before learning to ride independently. Riders of any age can improve their stability, confidence and safety with just a couple of vaulting lessons.

February 2016 - Well-Earned Salute
Written by James Waldman
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:28
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Nancy Reed surprised with special honor from San Diego hunter/jumper association.

by James Waldman

It’s my privilege to announce that we are naming the Greater San Diego Hunter Derby after a long-time supporter of the county circuit, Nancy Reed

February 2016 - My Thoroughbred Makeover
Written by Emily Flaxman
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:22
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The hunt for a horse begins.

by Emily Flaxman

The entries opened January 6 for this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover challenge, sponsored by the Retired Racehorse Project. There are some changes to the way they are handling the applications this time around -- some good, some very nerve-wracking!

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