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May 2017 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:09
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Supercharged horsemanship exposition returns to Sacramento June 9-11.

The most elite equine exposition in the United States, California’s Western States Horse Expo, is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, June 9-11, attendees can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with horse friends.

 
May 2017 - Carl Hester Clinic
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:03
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Dressage fundamentals and fun dominate a VIP experience with five-time British dressage Olympian.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Carl Hester’s April 8-9 clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was truly delightful.  The five-time British dressage Olympian is a master horseman himself and the guy credited with bringing Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro along to their recent domination of international dressage.

 
May 2017 - A Big Deal For Small Horses
Written by Yellow Horse Marketing
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:51
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National Dressage Pony Cup expands to offer new year-end awards program for small horses.

by Yellow Horse Marketing

Over the last decade, the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) has set out to prove that size doesn’t matter in the dressage arena by offering an innovative awards program and annual championship event to showcase the talents of ponies. Now National Dressage Pony Cup founder Jenny Carol is excited to announce the addition of a Small Horse Division to the NDPC Year-End Awards Program.

 
April 2017 - The Gallop: Wire Transfer Beware!
Written by Rebecca Rigdon Blake
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:13
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San Diego dressage trainer has frightening experience with wire transfer fraud.

by Rebecca Rigdon Blake

It is my responsibility to share my recent experience in making a wire transfer for myself, as well as my client, while purchasing horses in Holland.

My solo horse-shopping trip to our friend’s stable in Amsterdam seemingly went along without a hitch. We looked at 60-plus horses, found two that I absolutely fell in love with, and came home 72 hours later on cloud nine.

 
April 2017 - Making It Happen
Written by Kelsey Holmes
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:08
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College and continuing an equestrian dream can co-exist.

by Kelsey Holmes

Every junior rider dreads the inevitable point in their lives when they believe that they are forced to choose between pursuing a professional riding career and venturing off to college.

For me there was no decision; I was going to college whether I wanted to or not. But the idea of the classic college experience excited me, and I understood that that would mean taking a step back from competition for a while.

 
April 2017 - Help A Horse Day
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:02
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California equine charities are among past winners and participants in ASPCA’s annual awareness event April 21-26.

The fifth annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day is set for Wed, April 26, with events taking place throughout the country from April 21-26. Organizations planning to celebrate with a Help a Horse Day event, meeting the ASPCA’s criteria and taking place within that timeframe, may be eligible to win one of 11 grant prizes totaling $100,000 for best celebration efforts to be used to support general operations.

 
April 2017 - USA Equestrian Trust
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:51
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Applications for 2017 grants for equine non-profits are due May 1.

USA Equestrian Trust is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2017 grants program. Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $36,500 reserved for hunter and jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

 
March 2017 - The Gallop: World Cup Week at HITS Coachella
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:01
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Ashlee Bond earns an unexpected victory, with fellow young stars hot on her heels.

by Kim F. Miller

Hometown favorites and young riders were the Grand Prix ring stars of World Cup Week at HITS Coachella. Ashlee Bond bounced back from the birth of her daughter Scottie four months ago to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ class aboard Chela LS. Chela had bounced back from her own big health issue: staph infections in both hocks about 18 months ago, so Ashlee was understandably swimming in delighted emotions over the win.

 
March 2017 - CPHA Spotlight: Shayne Wireman
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:37
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San Diego professional operates an idyllic environment in Bonsall, and has a hand in growth of hunter/jumper sport in the area.

by Kim F. Miller

In Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center, Shayne Berridge Wireman has established the kind of training program that everybody wishes they or their children had grown up in. Located on her own property in San Diego County’s Bonsall, Chestnut Hills offers the gamut of riding opportunities, from beginner lessons to showing on the A hunter/jumper circuit. It’s what’s between those bookends that makes Chestnut Hills really stand out: summer camp sleepovers, beach rides, horse camping trips and, most importantly, an emphasis on having fun in the sport while taking the horsemanship side of it very seriously.

 
March 2017 - Helping Horses In Need
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:59
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TheraPony joins other equine assistance efforts in upcoming events.

On a sunny Sunday morning in February, the TheraPony crew was busy bathing Daisy the pony and Stormy the Mini. The two horses were getting ready for a big day. They were heading over to Tractor Supply in Ramona to set up a Kissing Booth ahead of Valentine’s Day.

 
February 2017 - The Gallop: Adequan®/CDS Annual Meeting & Symposium
Written by photos & article by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:59
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Two days of “college level” horsemanship make CDS’ 50th anniversary golden.

photos & article by Kim F. Miller

High winds, heavy rains and flash floods could not stop intrepid California Dressage Society members from celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday. At the annual meeting and symposium Jan. 19-22 in San Diego, representatives of the association’s approximately 3,500 members gathered Friday to discuss business matters among its 30 chapters and to swap ideas for fulfilling CDS’ main mission, education, and the fundraising that facilitates that.

 
May 2017 - Off To A Good Start
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:54
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Shannon Beck & Alexandra Biederman earn top spots in first Emerging Professionals grant program.

After receiving an impressive number of applications for its Inaugural Emerging Professionals Grant, Blenheim EquiSports revealed the recipients in late March.

 
May 2017 - Youth Spotlight: SAHJA Stars
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:43
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Four Sacramento area hunter/jumper riders are working hard toward big league dreams.

The Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association was founded in 1987 by a small group of riders and trainers. Their purpose was to develop a local association dedicated to supporting, educating and introducing beginning and intermediate riders and horses to the horse show environment, and to provide a consistent framework for local shows.

SAHJA members have the opportunity to compete for year-end awards. Over the years SAHJA has continued to meet its goals by setting standards for shows and show judges similar to those of the US Equestrian organization.
Here are four young SAHJA stars who reflect well on the success of the association’s mission.

 
April 2017 - Going Solo & Starting NAJYRC Track
Written by Administrator
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:11
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Kaitlyn Lovingfoss tops the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship.

The R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, which requires riders to do the entire class without their trainers, is not an easy class to win. Junior riders competed in the Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, for a blue-ribbon victory in the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship on March 17 as the final weekend dawned for the 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit.

 
April 2017 - Nancy Reed: A Tribute
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:05
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The California horse community loses a great friend.

Following a five-year battle with cancer, noted California horsewoman Nancy Reed, age 70, passed peacefully at home in San Diego County’s Lakeside on February 26, surrounded by family and friends, with one dog between her feet and another at her side to comfort her passing.

 
April 2017 - Porter Power!
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:56
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Mandy Porter & Milano close out the HITS Coachella circuit with the AIG Million win.

Dynamite equestrian Mandy Porter of Encinitas rose to the occasion against a top-notch field of 54 riders in the most popular AIG $1 Million Grand Prix class to date. Porter rode Milano, owned by Abigail Weese, to a thrilling finish as the second-to-last rider in a six-horse jump-off. The starting order included several prior victors of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Desert Horse Park including 2016, 2015 and 2014 winners: McLain Ward, Charlie Jayne and Ashlee Bond.

 
April 2017 - Go For The Grants!
Written by Administrator
Friday, 31 March 2017 19:48
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USHJA Emerging Athlete and Trainer Certification program grant application deadlines approaching.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association offers more than $90,000 in grants to USHJA members this year, including USHJA program grants available for the first time in all 12 USHJA zones.

“We recognize that our members work hard to achieve their goals, and we hope these grants help our members get the most out of these valuable educational programs,” said Kevin Price, USHJA executive director.

 
March 2017 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:42
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Longevity, good looks, safety & flexibility remain hallmarks as stable outfitter enjoys its third decade.

Classic Equine Equipment is in its third decade of serving horse owners. Its range of products has grown considerably in that time and aspects of its construction methods have changed, but its modus operandi has not. “We were founded in 1991 on a love for horses and a commitment to their ultimate care and safety,” says president John Daniel. “Our mission remains the same: to provide quality stall systems, barn components, exercisers and accessories to met the needs of discriminating horse owners.”

 
March 2017 - NAJYRC Dressage: What, Where, When & Why
Written by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:34
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The North American Junior & Young Rider Championships promotes horsemanship, riding skills and much more.

by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator

Every year, Junior riders (age 14-18) and Young Riders (age 16-21) throughout North America give everything they have for one goal. One dream to compete with the best of the best in their chosen sport. The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the most prestigious competition for youth riders on the North American continent in eventing, jumping and dressage. A team and individual event, the NAJYRC creates a unique high performance atmosphere that fosters collaboration, organization, and a mental toughness that young people will rarely find elsewhere. The NAJYRC helps riders improve, and, more importantly, creates stronger individuals for lives within the equine community and beyond.

 
March 2017 - Show Scene Updates
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:56
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Horse Nation Gala Returns to Huntington Beach

West Palms Events continues its partnership with Horse Nation Foundation for the third consecutive year for their annual Grand Prix Gala, to be held at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic on Aug. 12, 2017 at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. The Grand Prix Gala raises funds to support HNF’s mission to help children in need experience the incredible healing power of horses.

“We are very excited to partner with Horse Nation Foundation for their Third Annual Grand Prix Gala,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “They have an incredible program and we’re honored to support such a great local cause at our Huntington Beach Horse Show Series.”


 
February 2017 - Ride The Rio Surface
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:50
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Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing & OTTO Sport enable all to ride on Olympic quality footing, or a surface pretty close to it.

by Kim F. Miller

There’s a common denominator in what might seem to be diverse corners of the equestrian world: the Rio Olympic venue, dressage Olympian Steffen Peters’ home stable in San Diego and the Rebecca Farms event venue in Montana. All have riding surfaces that incorporate the latest research, technology and applications available. And all have base, drainage and/or surface materials that are available to horse owners through the powerful partnership of Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing Equestrian Services and the German company OTTO Sport.

 

 
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