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July 2018 - Triple Crown Arenas
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 June 2018 00:22
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Thirty years of experience combines with cutting edge expertise on riding surfaces.

For over 30 years Triple Crown Arenas has been providing Southern California with equine construction services that have ranged from a simple hot walker and barn pad to full turnkey commercial properties.

In this time, the owner of Triple Crown Arenas, Ron Johnson, has learned quite a few lessons about what makes a horse property successful and has been able to take that knowledge and improve on the services that he offers the Southern California horse world.

 
July 2018 - Youth Polo
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 June 2018 00:20
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San Diego County program brings newcomers to the game.

The Lakeside Polo Youth Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and educating a new generation of polo players at Lakeside Polo Club in East County San Diego. Kids learn horsemanship, polo skills, and teamwork on the beautiful grass field and polo arena at River Valley Equestrian Center, not far from the Lakeside Rodeo. With its emphasis on a strong work ethic and positive atmosphere, the innovative LPYF encourages children to learn and improve their game.

 
June 2018 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:30
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Popular programs return for event’s 20th anniversary in Sacramento.

This month’s Western States Horse Expo marks the event’s 20th anniversary. For the last two decades this exposition has celebrated the spirit of the horse, the equestrian and rural lifestyle with all that they encompass. Happening June 8-10 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, this has been the premier event of its kind, and has been one of the most trusted resources for innovation, inspiration and education within the equestrian community unlike any other!

 
June 2018 - Anique Equestrian
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:22
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California-based new cooling shirt line is off to a hot start.

There’s enough cute and effective sun shirts out there that it’s somewhat surprising a new entry would venture into this crowded field. But dressage rider and marketing consultant Kelly Artz felt otherwise. Frustrated with the many shirts she tried, Kelly decided she could do better. The result is Anique, a new equestrian sun shirt line that incorporates flattering fit and pretty details with hard-core cooling and sun protection and perspiration management. Made in Los Angeles, the soft seamless knit shirts are woven with a cooling smart yarn and UV protection.

 
June 2018 - WEQx Games
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:17
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Gladiator Polo & U-25 U.S. Open Jumping Championship among proposed competitions for WEG-concurrent event.

Plans for the inaugural 2018 WEQx Games™ are taking shape under Mark Bellissimo and the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C. The competition intends to have nine spectator-friendly equine competitions that highlight the accessibility, diversity, athleticism, and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages.

 
June 2018 - Represent!
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:12
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Young West Coasters venture far afield in international dressage and jumping competition.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Hayden Zadel & Triskel De Kerlive

Ben Ebeling and Behlinger are among three pairs chosen by US Equestrian for the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour, which is linked to the Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program. Combinations are required to earn at least two scores from the FEI Young Rider Team Test and two scores from the FEI Young Rider Individual Test in CDI-Y events between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to be considered for selection to the Tour. As a part of FEI CDI-Y events, at least two FEI Young Rider Freestyle test scores must also be earned. The accomplished equestrian son of Olympian Jan and Amy Ebeling, Ben will compete with teammates Callie Jones from Kentucky and Anna Weniger from North Carolina.

 
May 2018 - Horse People Keri Potter
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:54
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Photo: Kim F. Miller

Slow horsemanship carries rider to the winners circle.

by Kim F. Miller

Nobody could beat Keri Potter’s time aboard Bitalica in the jump-off for the $80,000 FEI CSI3* Grand Prix on Easter eve in San Juan Capistrano. That’s kind of funny because not being in a hurry with the 12 year old Oldenburg has been the secret to their increasing success together. Owned by Julia Koetting, Bitalica “just kind of fell into my lap,” explains the seasoned Grand Prix rider. “We weren’t looking for each other.”

 
May 2018 - Werth Wins World Cup
Written by by Louise Parkes • photos: FEI/Liz Gregg
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:50
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America’s Laura Graves chases her right to the line.

by Louise Parkes • photos: FEI/Liz Gregg

In a dramatic conclusion to an extraordinary battle between two mighty forces, Germany’s Isabell Werth (48) posted a back-to-back victory at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2018 in Paris, France on Saturday, April 14.

 
May 2018 - The Aggies Go Varsity
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:47
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UC Davis doubles West Coast representation in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association league.

Friday the 13th was a good day for collegiate equestrian sports. That’s the April day when UC Davis announced it had chosen equestrian as one of two new women’s varsity sports to maintain its commitment to Title IX compliance. Beach volleyball is the other.

 
April 2018 - The Gallop: Local Leadership
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:21
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Shannon Lilley takes over reins of Eventing Riders Association of North America.

by Kim F. Miller

Bay Area-based eventer Shannon Lilley takes the presidential reins of the Eventing Riders Association of North America, ERA of NA, the association founded and known until last year as the Professional Riders Organization, aka “PRO.” Based in the Santa Cruz area’s Soquel, the 2011 Pan Am team gold medalist has been involved with the organization for several years. The group was always meant to be a wide-ranging advocacy group for the sport, but the previous name spurred an “identity crisis,” Shannon explains.

 
April 2018 - Career Change-Life Change
Written by by Winter Hoffman • photos: 2018 ESI Photography
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:13
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Show jumper Woodpecker de Villars transitions to Adult Equitation, bringing healing joy to rider Marcy Connelly Wehde.

by Winter Hoffman • photos: 2018 ESI Photography

Against a stunning backdrop of purple foothills under a cornflower blue sky at the Coachella Desert Circuit, Marcy Connelly Wehde adjusted her tack, smoothed her show coat and studied the course. She was embarking on her first Big Eq Adult Medal with her new mount Woodpecker de Villars (2002 Wandango x Joue Fleur de Lys), also known as “Woody.”

For Marcy, age 39, Vice President of Operations for California Receivership Group, this was a sublime moment.

 
July 2018 - Taking A Break
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 June 2018 00:18
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No Santa Barbara National this year.

The management and directors of the Earl Warren Showgrounds, in consultation with Langer Equestrian Group, as the manager of the annual Santa Barbara National Hunter Jumper Show, have made the decision to cancel the 2018 horse show.

 
June 2018 - Dutch Treats
Written by photos & text by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:25
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West Coast Dressage Convention brings Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud to Southern California.

photos & text by Kim F. Miller

Scott Hayes, Edward Gal, Monty Roberts, Hans Peter Minderhaud

West Coasters are getting a little spoiled with the caliber of coaches brought in from afar these last few years by Scott Hayes Productions. On April 21-22, Dutch Olympians Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhaud came to the peacefully gorgeous El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. They worked with seven horse/rider pairs each day, the same pairs each day except Saturday the finale was Sabine Schut-Kery and her budding Grand Prix star Sanceo, while on Sunday, Dawn White O’Connor worked with the 9-year-old, Esperanza, by the accomplished Dutch Warmblood sire, Jazz.

 
June 2018 - Bingo! Moments
Written by by Nicole Bhathal, CDS Southern Regional Director • Photos: Nancy Albright
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:19
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Melissa Creswick continues a learning legacy during Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Southern Clinic.

by Nicole Bhathal, CDS Southern Regional Director • Photos: Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’, education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.

 
June 2018 - Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals
Written by by Alexa Corse, Stanford Class of 2019
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:15
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First-timer’s reflections on a unique team experience.

by Alexa Corse, Stanford Class of 2019

The announcer’s voice resounded throughout the indoor equestrian arena at Lake Erie College, the site of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championship last month: “Our next rider is Alexa Corse.”

I reminded myself to breathe and rode into the arena. The cavernous space was surprisingly quiet, until the judge at the arena’s far end rang a small, old-fashioned bell. That was my cue. I rode down the centerline of the dressage court—the 20x60 meter area bordered with low, white rails—in which I’d perform Training Level Test 1.

 
May 2018 - The Gallop: Harrisburg, Here We Come!
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:57
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Stanford Equestrian riders celebrates their 13th year of topping the IHSA Zone 8 Finals. From left are Head Coach Vanessa Bartsch, Cecilia Lang-Ree, Jillian Rogers, Caroline Soane, Claire Womack, Anna Salamone, Kelsi Okun, Hannah Ankeny, Alexandra Ulmer, Assistant Coach Tina Davey.

Stanford wins 13th consecutive intercollegiate zone championship in region rapidly getting bigger and better.

by Kim F. Miller

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition is bursting at the seams in the national organization’s Zone 8, especially in the primarily Northern and Southern California Regions 1 and 2. Participation growth is such that Region 2 has a moratorium on new teams and Region 1 is close to needing one as leaders work on expanding capacity to accommodate more schools that want to join the circuit.

 
May 2018 - Aid For Working Horses
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:52
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Brooke becomes official charity of FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

The Organizing Committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon and Brooke USA are proud to announce that Brooke (sister charity of Brooke USA), the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, has been chosen as the “Official Charity for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).” The games will take place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, this September 11 through 23.

WEG, which takes place every four years, is the major international championship event for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)-regulated disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

 
May 2018 - World Cup Jumping: Beezie Beats All!
Written by by Louise Parkes
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:48
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Reserve champ Devin Ryan and fourth-placed McLain Ward make it a near USA sweep in Paris.

by Louise Parkes

America’s Beezie Madden (54) held on to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2018 title in Paris Sunday, April 15, but she didn’t do it the easy way. In a cliffhanger of a second round she faulted for the first time over three tough days of jumping when last to go with the brilliant Breitling LS. And the crowd had to hold their breath until she crossed the line to a roar of approval, separated by just two penalty points from compatriot Devin Ryan (36) in second place.

 
May 2018 - Happy Mother's Day
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:40
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All of us at Riding wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Thank you to all of these ladies for sending in photos. We’ll be asking for Father’s Day submissions soon! Watch our Facebook page for updates.

 

 
April 2018 - Raising The Bar
Written by by Kim F. Miller • photos: Terri Miller Photography
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:15
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Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival & this month’s “Convention” with Edward Gal, Peter Hans Minderhoud & Monty Roberts set new standards.

by Kim F. Miller • photos: Terri Miller Photography

A lot has happened since Scott Hayes noticed some open weeks on the Del Mar Fairgrounds calendar a year ago. He was in the venue’s office while staging the super successful West Coast Dressage Convention with Carl Hester when those openings triggered an epiphany that may go down in U.S. dressage history: How about a top-level, multi-week circuit on the West Coast?

On Friday Feb. 16, the reigning queen of international dressage Charlotte Dujardin and four-time U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters closed out the manifestation of that epiphany – the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival -- on a very high note.

 
April 2018 - Horse Hauling Update
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:12
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Commercial Drivers License regulations are clarified to quell concerns of recreational enthusiasts.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with American Horse Council staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification, by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts.

 
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