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February 2017 - A Stern Start
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:48
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Drug & medication ruling indicates new level of consequences in pursuit of clean sport.

Along with rebranding itself as US Equestrian and unveiling a new overall look, “Joy of Horse Sports” ad campaign and website to go with it, the United States Equestrian Federation got the New Year off to a stern start regarding consequences for violations of its drugs and medications rules. Maintaining “clean sport” is considered critical to growing the sport’s fan base and stiffer penalties are seen as part of the path to achieving that.

 
February 2017 - More World Cup Whiz-Bang
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:46
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Exhibition by five-time German dressage Olympian Isabell Werth adds to an already-sizzling showcase during World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Isabell Werth of Germany, the most decorated dressage rider in Olympic history, will headline the special Dressage Showcase at the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha, March 29 - April 2, 2017. “Young Horses to Grand Prix with Olympic Champion Isabell Werth Presented by the Dressage Foundation” will take place on Friday, March 31 and will be Werth’s first-ever exhibition of this type in the U.S.

 
February 2017 - Running Wild
Written by Diana DeRosa
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:36
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A story of second chances arrives in theaters this month to entertain & bring attention to America’s wild horses.

by Diana DeRosa

California socialite Stella Davis is living the proverbial “perfect” life until the day everything comes to a crashing halt when her husband is killed in a car accident. And her heartbreaks are just beginning. Soon after the memorial service, Stella is confronted with the possible forfeiture of her home, Double Diamond Ranch, which has been in her family for four generations. In an attempt to save the ranch, her late husband had mortgaged it off to the tune of $6 million, with 90 days to go before the loans would be due.

 
February 2017 - Taking Flight
Written by Alicia Anthony
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:24
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Veteran equine ground transport company, Brook Ledge, expands into air travel.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, a longtime leader in equine ground transport, has taken their services to the skies offering domestic flights as well as international flights through its wholly-owned subsidiary Horse America.

To meet the needs of clients in a continuously evolving equestrian industry, Brook Ledge has expanded its equine transportation services to include scheduled service flights and private charters to all points in the U.S., as well as across the globe.

 
January 2017 - USEA Convention Report
Written by Chris Scarlett
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:51
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“Course drift,” new Modified division & safety are focal points of national eventing meeting: Area VI Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet coming to Fresno Feb. 17- 19.

by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chair

The U.S. Eventing Association convention was a successful look at the adult amateur and the important part they play in the continued growth of eventing. Course drift, the addition of the Modified division and, as always, what we are doing to make the sport safer were some of the subjects discussed.

 
January 2017 - The Masters Riders Cup
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:37
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American-European show jumping face-off to hit Los Angeles in 2018.

A new American-European show jumping duel, the Masters Riders Cup, is slated to premiere in 2017 in Paris, then come to Los Angeles in 2018. The organizers are EEM, known for bringing the Masters show jumping tournament to Los Angeles for the last three years; and the recently formed European Equestrian Federation.

 
January 2017 - CARMA Graduates
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:33
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Racers well on track for new lives.

The California Retirement Management Account, aka CARMA, has helped more than 100 Thoroughbreds transition from the racetrack into the next stage of their life.

Here are three success stories:

 
January 2017 - IEA Zone 10 Report
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:22
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A great draw at an IEA show and what to do when you don’t get one…

Interscholastic Equestrian Association shows challenge riders’ abilities with the random horse draw. After watching warm-ups, every rider will have some favorites and some not-so-favorites. Many riders use warm-up time to write some information about what techniques the warm-up riders are using on specific horses and information about each horse that could later prove beneficial.

 
December 2016 - The Gallop: Sea Change in the Desert?
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:09
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Ideas for improving sport integrity highlight annual USHJA Meeting in California Dec. 11-15.

by Kim F. Miller

Rule change proposals usually dominate discussions at the United States Hunter Jumper Association annual meeting. But there may be much bigger change afoot, says incoming USHJA president Mary Babick, as the gathering comes to the Palm Springs area Dec. 11-15. The lifelong hunter/jumper trainer and sport advocate anticipates that rule changes will take a back seat to debate about big picture concepts meant to bring equestrian sport in line with mainstream sports, especially in safety and integrity.

 
December 2016 - And Now For Something Completely Different
Written by Patti Schofler
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:03
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California eventer Steven Paulson stars in Odysseo by Cavalia.

by Patti Schofler

The Southern Californian had ridden horses seriously since high school when he gave up basketball for polo and to compete on the Texas and Wyoming circuits. He trained young horses destined for eventing with the guidance of international competitor Tamra Smith. Then, less than a year ago, opportunity came knocking for a completely new and exciting horse world – Odysseo by Cavalia.

 
December 2016 - Writing The Perfect Horse
Written by Nan Meek
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:12
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A conversation with author Elizabeth Letts.

by Nan Meek

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis, captured my attention the moment I heard about it. I’d read author Elizabeth Letts’ previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation, and been impressed by her research and storytelling skills. I couldn’t wait to read The Perfect Horse, and after reading it, I couldn’t wait to talk to Elizabeth Letts.

 
February 2017 - Meet US Equestrian
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:44
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United States Equestrian Federation undergoes a major re-branding to build fan base.

The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce a rebranding, launch of a new fan membership, and additional membership benefits. Effective Jan. 11, the Federation has become US Equestrian and has adopted a refreshed identity as part of a new overall strategic plan for the organization. This includes a refreshed logo that removes the shield element and better aligns the brand with other successful national governing bodies.

 
February 2017 - Letter to Readers
Written by Neda DeMaayo
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:33
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An already-dire situation for America’s Wild Horses could get worse and calls for united support.

by Neda DeMaayo

As we enter 2017, there’s every reason to be concerned about the fate of the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on the range and 45,600 in government holding facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management program responsible for their welfare has said the situation on the range is dire, yet it did not ask for a budget increase. The independent advisory board intended to help guide that program called for euthanasia of wild horses in holding and the lowering of sales restrictions.

 
January 2017 - The Gallop: The USHJA Annual Meeting
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:57
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Sport integrity and new thinking in governance and promotion dominate hunter/jumper get-together.

by Kim F. Miller

Having covered the hunter/jumper sport for close to 20 years, I left this year’s United States Hunter Jumper Association annual meeting newly excited to be a part of this sport. I’ve always been bowled over by the quantity and quality of planning, time and effort volunteers put into governance and guidance, and this year a spirit of constructive cooperation seemed to maximize those contributions. Not everybody agreed on everything, but they were all pulling in the same direction.

 
January 2017 - Parade of Champions
Written by produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:40
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This year’s winners share insights on their successes.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Welcome to part II of our fourth annual Parade of Champions. Begun in our December issue, this edition features more of the year’s junior and amateur stars sharing a little behind-the-scenes info on their terrific seasons and their relationships with their horses and ponies. They also shared observations on their corner of the sport, which ranged from appreciating new fun fashions in dressage to wishing that more of the mainstream world knew about and appreciated all of our equestrian sports.

 
January 2017 - Golden Anniversary
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:35
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CDS welcomes Adequan as title sponsor of 50th anniversary Jan. 20-22 annual meeting in San Diego.

The California Dressage Society welcomes Luitpold Animal Health, makers of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) as title sponsor of the CDS 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Del Mar, January 20-22.

 
January 2017 - New Sites for NAJYRC
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:23
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Jumping, dressage and para-dressage to New York and eventing to Montana.

The Organizing Committee of the 2017 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North is pleased to confirm the dates and locations of the 2017 Championships following approval from the FEI.

 
January 2017 - Vegas Redux
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:21
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Longines World Cup Finals for jumping and dressage return to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final are returning to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, in 2020. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) allocated the Finals to Las Vegas following the great success of the Finals when they were last held there in 2015. The 2020 Finals will be hosted at a new venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, on April 15-19.

 
December 2016 - Whoa!
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:05
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Thirty years of publishing California Riding Magazine — what a ride!

by Cheryl Erpelding

In 1983, the loss of my first husband to a drunk driver sent me from Florida back to California to decide what to do with the rest of my life. I had a little bit of life insurance money and went to the La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts to get training in graphic design and advertising. I had also bought my first horse, an off-the-track Thoroughbred named Trader Jack, that I had in training with Michele Thornton’s North County Riding Center in Del Mar.

 
December 2016 - Parade of Champions
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:28
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This year’s winners share insights on their successes.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Welcome to our fourth annual Parade of Champions edition. Once again, we’ve asked some of the year’s junior and amateur stars to share a little behind-the-scenes info on their terrific seasons and their relationships with their horses and ponies. They also shared observations on their corner of the sport, which ranged from wishing that politics played a smaller part in determining winners and that more riders took part in all aspects of their horse’s care to praising technology’s impact on the show experience.

 
December 2016 - The FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:06
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The ultimate horse lover’s holiday gift.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life, then look no further than the a trip to the FEI World Cup™ Finals, equestrian sports’ biggest annual indoor championship for jumping and dressage horses.

The world’s top horses and riders will be coming to the Midwest for the first time ever to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 29 - April 2, 2017 to compete for the coveted titles of FEI World Cup™ Champion!

 
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