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December 2016 - IEA Zone 10 Report
Written by Corie Astroth
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:05
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Five things I wish I knew before my first IEA show.

by Corie Astroth

1. Random horses are a blessing and a curse.​ The random horse draw makes IEA unique and attempts to even the playing field between riders. Many riders love this part of IEA. It creates an exciting opportunity to ride different horses. Watching the jumping and flat class warm-ups always provides for great entertainment, as riders judge the best way to ride each horse and contemplate their favorites.
However, IEA horses vary greatly from an old school horse to a fancy show horse. There will be times in IEA where every rider gets a “bad” draw, generally characterized by the horse being more difficult to ride than the other options. During these times never insult or blame the horse, as the owners are generally at the show and have generously donated their horse to be used. Embrace the challenge and trust that every IEA rider understands the variability of the horse draw.

 
December 2016 - EHV-1 Outbreak Under Control
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:04
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Equine Herpes Virus at Los Angeles Equestrian Center contained, although one horse was lost.

As of Sunday, Nov. 20, “there were no new febrile horses or confirmed clinical EHV-1 horses today at the LAEC,” confirmed the California Department of Food & Agriculture. That was good news for everyone with horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, indicating than an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) first detected Nov. 3 was well under control.

 
December 2016 - A Road Less Travelled
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 19:40
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Young international dressage aspirant Ayden Uhlir opts for a “horse ranch instead of a horse.”

Talent and drive are usually not quite enough to make it to the top of any of the Olympic equestrian disciplines. That’s why young dressage rider Ayden Uhlir recently dug deep for a creative and realistic plan for financing her international ambitions.

 
November 2016: Behind The Scenes
Written by Nan Meek
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:15
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It's a labor of love in the Odysseo stables.

by Nan Meek

On stage, the 65 horses of Odysseo by Cavalia enchant audiences at every performance, in a marriage of equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects that depict the relationship between horses and humans as they journey through a world of dreams.

 
November 2016 - Homes, Horses & Community Heroes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:04
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Realtor extraordinaire Sean Caddell caters to the equestrian chic lifestyle of Rancho Santa Fe.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Rancho Santa Fe is one of San Diego County’s most luxurious locations for equestrian estates. With the best weather in the country, access to top horse shows and Olympic level equestrians, it is a horse lover’s dream to own property in this most exquisite area.

 
November 2016 - Pushing The Edge
Written by Ayden Uhlir
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:52
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World Breeding Dressage Championships are an enlightening & encouraging experience.

by Ayden Uhlir

My favorite competition venue has always been Gladstone, NJ, home of the United States Equestrian Team. It doesn’t have the most vendors or the international flare of other locales like the Global Dressage Festival in Florida, but there is something in the peaceful green, the time-worn old bricks and the smell that embraces you like a hug coming from inside.

 
November 2016 - All About That Bond
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:38
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Sydney Callaway’s summer immersion in European horsemanship.

by Kim F. Miller

Young show jumper Sydney Callaway has a solid foundation in the American Forward Riding System, but that alone wasn’t helping her much this past July when she first sat on a 6-year-old mare with virtually no training.

 
October 2016 - Breeding the Dream
Written by by Jennifer M. Keeler
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:30
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At California’s idyllic Hidden Springs Ranch, Anita Nardine is pursuing her passion for producing exceptional sport horse athletes.

by Jennifer M. Keeler

"It’s a fantastic feeling when you produce something that you realize has the talent to go all the way.”

 
October 2016 - We Three Clones
Written by article and photos by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:16
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Clones of Sarah Baldwin’s Pacifico prepare to start showing next year.

article and photos by Cheryl Erpelding

I felt pretty lucky getting to photograph Sarah Baldwin’s three Pacifico clones in 2013 when they were just yearlings. When I got the call to come photograph them as they are now just started under saddle I jumped at the chance.

 
October 2016 - No Go
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:08
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USEF cancels this month’s California Festival Of Champions.

West Coasters were disappointed to learn that the USEF cancelled the phase of the national dressage Festival of Champions that was set to take place at the Paso Robles Horse Park this month.

Here is the association’s explanation, issued Sept. 9:

 
October 2016 - Collegiate Connection
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:03
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High school and college riding associations partner in informational webinars and “Twitter Takeovers.”

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has partnered with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and the American National Riding Commission to bring more knowledge to IEA members on how to prepare for college riding through the “Collegiate Connection” education series.

 
December 2016 - WEG 2018 Set for North Carolina
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:02
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World Equestrian Games moves to the Tyron International Equestrian Center.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina from Sept. 10-23, 2018. The FEI Bureau unanimously agreed on Nov. 3 that the Games should be awarded to Tryon, meaning that the FEI’s flagship event remains in North America, following the withdrawal of Bromont, Canada, earlier this year.

 
November 2016 - The Gallop: Peyton Warren Tops Talent Search Finals
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:21
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Serena Anand, Megan Hilton & Michael Williamson round out “final four” in evolving test of international potential.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

In the rider’s meeting the afternoon before the Platinum Performance USET Talent Search West began, judges Schuyler Riley and Cynthia Hankins explained why this was one of their favorite medal finals: “You can be lucky and win a lot of medal finals, but this one, with four rounds, really tests the all-around rider.”

 
November 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: A Year in Review
Written by Jeni Brown
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:09
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Busy season brings many benefits to members and the West Coast sport as a whole.

by CPHA president Jeni Brown

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association has been very busy this summer and fall. We have had amazing support from our professional community for our programs and wonderful attendance at our events from the junior and amateur riders. We are trying to offer valuable services to all our members, we appreciate their support and always welcome their participation and input as to how we can improve.

 
November 2016 - Michael Nyuis Scholarship
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:02
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Applications open through Dec. 1 for hunter/jumper opportunity’s third year.

The Michael Nyuis Scholarship was created by show organizer West Palms Events to offer recipients the resources to further their training and equestrian education through horse showing. It is named in the memory of West Palms Events’ Dale Harvey’s nephew, who always helped others whenever he had the chance.

 
November 2016 - Show Jump City
Written by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:44
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Top horses, riders & fans headed to Las Vegas National Nov. 15-20.

by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland

With riders hailing from around the world, the star power is building for the Las Vegas National CSI4*-W, and the international West Coast contingent is impressive. From young champion Nayel Nassar, who was brilliant at the Los Angeles Masters, to Olympians Will Simpson, Rich Fellers, Eduardo Menezes, and more, you don’t want to miss the show jumping thrills and adventures that only Las Vegas offers.

 
October 2016 - The Gallop: Young Jumper Championships
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:42
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Free entries and discounted stall fees help Blenheim EquiSports build the sport’s next equine stars.

Supporting up-and-coming talent is essential for the sport to continue to thrive and grow, which is why Blenheim EquiSports is pleased to host the Young Jumper Championships Western League Finals year after year. By offering 14 shows with qualifying classes throughout the season, with no entry fees and discounted stall fees, Blenheim supports the development of these young jumpers.

 
October 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Neil Gray, DVM
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:24
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Veterinarian straddles two worlds: high performance horses & their hard working counterparts in developing countries.

by Kim F. Miller

Horse ownership on the show circuit and in remote areas of Costa Rica has two things in common.

The first is coffee. Starbucks cups are ever-present among the well-heeled at our carefully-manicured show venues. In much of Costa Rica, coffee is a sustenance crop in which the work of harvesting and transporting the beans falls to the noble equine species.

 
October 2016 - And, We’re Off!
Written by Esther Hahn
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:10
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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping league starts with a win for Karl Cook & Tembla.

by Esther Hahn

The USA’s Karl Cook jumped Tembla to a thrilling win in the $135,600 Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Noel Asmar, at Langley CSI3*-W. Thunderbird Show Park hosted the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League West Coast sub-league on Sunday, Aug. 28.

 
October 2016 - Celebrity Treatment
Written by by Nan Meek
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:05
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Odysseo stars enjoy luxurious vacations before their current engagement in San Jose.

by Nan Meek

Back to work after a 10-day vacation: No more lazy days playing in the country, hanging out with friends, soaking up the sunshine. Who enjoys going back to work?

Actually, the equine stars of Odysseo, that’s who.

 
October 2016 - OC Vaulting Wins Big
Written by by Gibran Stout
Saturday, 01 October 2016 04:58
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Young vaulting club brings home national titles.

by Gibran Stout

Equestrian vaulting club, OC Vaulting, brought home several national titles at the 2016 USEF Vaulting Championships, in Murfreesboro, TN, Aug. 4-7.  While the team practices on several horses, they hauled their team horse, Gigi, (a “PMU” draft cross “baby”) to Tennessee and back to capture these titles.  They swept their division and brought home the Championship titles for Team, Pas de Deux and Individual, all in the trot division.

 
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