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January 2016 - Stable Management
Written by Cecily Hayes
Saturday, 02 January 2016 06:04
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Horse care component of Emerging Athletes Program is a hit for young rider.

by Cecily Hayes

Following up on our December issue’s report from Ransome Rombauer and Michael Williamson on the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program Nationals, here is Cecily Hayes’ report on the Stable Management portion of the event. She was one of four selected from throughout the country to be part of this portion of the Finals.   

January 2016 - Sabine Schut-Kery CDS Clinic
Written by Nicole Bhathal
Saturday, 02 January 2016 06:00
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Preparing for the FEI levels was the emphasis at W Farms event.

report by Nicole Bhathal • photography by Nancy Albright

Excellence starts with never neglecting the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft reward to your horse, or that delivery of the very best you can do. On Nov. 14-15, Sabine Schut-Kery, 2015 Pan Am Games Gold Medal Team member, taught with this mindset. She held high standards and developed correct work appropriate for each horse and rider.  It is of prime importance to Sabine to never cut corners or shirk riding responsibilities.

December 2015 - The Gallop: 14 Horse Deaths So Far
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:55
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Contaminated feed nightmare continues at Clovis training barn.

by Kim F. Miller

The equine death toll is up to 14 horses at Black Fence Farm in Clovis, where the nightmare caused by contaminated feed began with five deaths in mid-September.

Hunter/jumper trainer Katie Flanigan was called to the barn early one Saturday morning about a horse that was having trouble walking and stayed down. Students arriving that morning came to Katie will similar descriptions about more horses. “It started to snowball really quickly,” Katie told the Clovis Independent newspaper in a recent article. “It was kind of chaotic at first.”

December 2015 - Riding Park At Risk?
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:50
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December 21 meeting begins local review of popular San Juan Capistrano venue.

by Kim F. Miller

“Equestrian Capital of the West Coast” is one of the rotating banners on the City of San Juan Capistrano’s website. The City has a long history with cattle ranching and the horse-owning lifestyle, but much of its current reputation stems from the shows held at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano.

December 2015 - Fashion, Friends & Fun
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:25
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Beautiful clothes and good times on display at Dressage Extensions fashion show.

photos & story by Kim F. Miller

Dressage Extensions’ first fashion show was a huge hit. Held Saturday, Nov. 7 at its Moorpark retail and warehouse location, the event brought together local dressage professionals, amateurs, kids and even a dog (Levi) and a pig (Chloe).

December 2015 - Day by Day at the USHJA’s EAP Finals
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 02:52
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Riding the horse you have is a major take-away at Emerging Athlete Program Finals.

by Ransome Rombauer

My first step toward the EAP Finals was attending the Regional EAP clinic at Sonoma Valley Stables with riding clinician Kip Rosenthal and stable manager clinician Nanci Snyder.

This was the second EAP clinic I participated in. Two years ago I participated at the same location but with Candace King for riding and Anne Thornbury for stable management. At that time, I was 14 and definitely the youngest and one of the least experienced at the clinic. Heading into my second clinic this summer, as a 16-year-old, I realized that I had learned so much my first year and I felt so much more confident.

December 2015 - In Compliance
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 02:09
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Equestrian sport gets good news from International Olympic Committee chief.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach commented favorably today on the high level of compliance in equestrian sport with the 40 recommendations in Olympic Agenda 2020 during an official visit to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), the Olympic capital.

November 2015 - Strutting Their Stuff
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:05
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Sarah Lockman & Peacock Hill Equestrian Center team up to create dressage hub in Orange County.

by Kim F. Miller

Robin Bisogno has been upgrading Peacock Hill Equestrian Center since she bought the business in 2013. The Orange County outpost of equestrian activity, with its unique setting within the 490-acre Irvine Regional Park, was a “diamond in the very, very rough” at the time, she recalls.

An “if you build it they will come” philosophy has guided physical improvements to the nearly 10-acre property. But Robin’s main priority in re-building the business has been attracting the right trainers: those who put the horse’s welfare above all else and appreciate a boarding and training facility managed with the same priority.

November 2015 - Meet Sabine Schut-Kery
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:51
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Pan Am gold medalist set for Nov. 14-15 clinic at W Farms.

Sabine Schut-Kery hasn’t had much time for clinics this past year. She’s a stickler about prioritizing her focus and time and she knew that the quest to represent the United States Equestrian Team at the Pan American Games this past summer was job-one.

That paid off rather well. Sabine and Alice Womble’s Hanoverian stallion Sanceo not only earned a spot on the team, they were huge in helping the U.S. to the critical gold medal that secured our spot in the 2016 Olympics.

November 2015 - Back to Vegas in 2018?
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:46
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Las Vegas Events re-enters bidding to host its seventh World Cup Finals.

Three major cities are vying to host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in 2018, with Paris, Las Vegas and Gothenburg, Sweden, all bidding for the global indoor season finale. Two of the venues – Las Vegas and Gothenburg – are regular hosts of the FEI World Cup™ Finals, but this is the first time that a bid has come in for the Finals to be staged in Paris.

November 2015 - Collegiate Competition
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:41
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Fresno State Bulldogs start the season ranked #5 in the NCEA rankings.

The 2015 United Equestrian Conference (UEC) Champion Fresno State equestrian team looks to carry its victorious momentum into the 2015-16 campaign.

“I am very excited about the strength the 12 newcomers bring to this team,” head coach Eric Hubbard said. “They have been impressive in practice thus far, have made some big impacts already and seem to ignite a lot of fire into our returners. This team has one of the best attitudes I have encountered in our program, they work just as hard in the barn, classroom and weight room as they do in the arena.”

January 2016 - Equine Slaughter Legislation Update
Written by Neda DeMayo
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:58
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Ban on funding for slaughterhouse inspections is renewed; more work needed to halt practice all together.

by Neda DeMayo

Thanks to everyone’s phone calls and unrelenting support for America’s horses and their protection from horse slaughter, the provision to prevent horse slaughter operations from resuming on U.S. soil was included in the 2016 Appropriations Act. (It’s on page 714)


December 2015 - Pacific Horse Coach, LLC
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:52
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A trainer’s frustration brings an overdue upgrade to horse hauling options in America.

by Kim F. Miller

White-knuckled drives down the curving, tree-canopied and very narrow Lakeville Highway in Sonoma County have an honored place in my family history.

It wasn’t my knuckles that were white. That was my mom, tasked with the weekly drive to get me, a friend and our two horses to a special trainer two hours from home. My mom is a many-talented wonder, but hauling horses had always been dad’s domain until the urgent need for faraway weekday lessons arose.

December 2015 - Parade of Champions
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:36
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Welcome to our third annual Parade of Champions feature. We’ve asked a few of the year’s top junior and amateur winners to tell us a little about their year, their hopes for 2016, their horses, their riding and their inspirations.

December 2015 - Cavalia’s Odysseo
Written by Nan Meek
Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:00
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San Francisco premiere shares the gift of horses.

by Nan Meek

Just in time for the holiday season, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia brings its latest production Odysseo to the Bay Area, where this $30 million extravaganza is expected to top the spectacular popularity of the company’s original Cavalia.

December 2015 - Equestrian Adventure
Written by Patti Schofler
Saturday, 28 November 2015 02:42
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Californian rides the plains of Africa.

by Patti Schofler

Nancy Warner’s dream of Africa was to see it, feel it, hear it and to experience every ounce of the fascinating continent. A horseback safari through Kenya’s Masai Mara turned out to be her solution for total immersion.

November 2015 - The Gallop: Richard Spooner Insights
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:11
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International grand prix veteran tells young riders he’s a poster boy for persistence.

by Kim F. Miller

“Persistence” was the short answer veteran Grand Prix show jumper Richard Spooner gave to young riders seeking advice at the Del Mar International Horse Show.

His talk was part of the great rider/fan get-togethers West Palms Events has been incorporating into its big shows. At the Sacramento International last month, it was clinics by Rich Fellers (see story, page 18), Buddy Brown and Kristin Hardin. In Del Mar, Richard’s rapt audience included Pony Club members, Onondarka

November 2015 - No Nagging Allowed
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:03
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Rich Fellers clinic is one of many extras at Sacramento International Horse Show.

by Kim F. Miller

In a free, one-hour clinic held during the Sacramento International Horse Show, show jumping star Rich Fellers shared his system for developing sensitivity to the rider’s aids, specifically the go-forward leg aid.

There was no nagging allowed. Too many riders, Rich said, first apply soft leg pressure. If the horse doesn’t respond, they keep squeezing and squeezing. If there is still no response, then we kick and kick, then lift the heel to apply the spur.

November 2015 - Benefits All Around
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:47
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Hunter/Jumper rider Kathy Spano with Cheryl, Elizabeth and Lisa Blaufuss

Everybody wins when Elizabeth Johnson donates dressage clinic proceeds to two admired equestrians.

Last month Elizabeth Johnson donated all proceeds from a dressage clinic held at Peppertree Farms in Poway to benefit California Riding Magazine’s founder Cheryl Erpelding and dressage show manager Lisa Blaufuss. Cheryl and Lisa have both needed expensive medical treatments that their health insurance companies are failing to step up and cover. Elizabeth helped Cheryl last year with her specialized lymphedema surgery – suction-assisted protein lipectomy – for her right leg last year and once again decided to donate her training to help Cheryl with her left leg lymphedema surgery and Lisa’s chemotherapy for her stage 4 breast cancer.

November 2015 - Dressage In The Desert
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:43
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USDF annual meeting comes to Las Vegas Dec. 2-5

Educational opportunities abound as the United States Dressage Federation brings its annual convention to Las Vegas Dec. 2-5, with the help of Adequan.

November 2015 - College Preparatory Invitational Update
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:39
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Marnye Langer to judge Inaugural CPI in LA & six travel grants are available.

The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) welcomes Marnye Langer as the judge for the Los Angeles CPI horse show which will take place for March 11-13, 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.

Also, six travel grants, up to $1,500 in value, have been made available for riders participating in either the Los Angeles event or the original CPI, held in Wellington, FL, in January. The grants have been recently made available by the USHJA Foundation.

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