Training, Boarding & Buying
May 2018 - Hidden Fox Farm Welcomes New Faces
Written by CRM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:25
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Haley Morrissey brings a new dimension to established San Diego program.

photos: Erpelding Photography

Founded by Mike & Katy Boswell in 1999, Hidden Fox Farm is a family-oriented hunter-jumper barn tucked down in the oak trees of the Crest community in East County, San Diego. Katy has been a fixture of the San Diego horse community for decades, gaining her proverbial spurs working at Blackland Farm with Sally Black, founding the ECHO horse show series, and developing competent horse people who’ve gone on to success at every level of riding.  As a new year gets fully underway, Katy and the team at Hidden Fox Farm are excited to introduce a new Assistant Trainer, Haley Morrissey, a well-rounded equestrian professional with experience in many facets of the horse world.

 
April 2018 - Cherry Hill Farm & Jamie Lund
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:55
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Showing the love in every lesson and every ride.

"Um, she agrees with me about politics?” Carrie White-Parrish jokes, earning a laugh from the rest of the crew, as if this is a common line. As if they’re all part of the same gang, and already knew it would be her answer. Then she sobers. “Oh, you mean why do I love her as a trainer?”

 

 
April 2018 - Sandhu Stables
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:51
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Revived Bay Area stable sets spirits soaring.

by Kim F. Miller

Aman Sandhu enjoyed horses and riding as a boarding school student in his native India. He left them behind when his family immigrated to the United States during his teens. In May of last year, a long-held dream of returning horses to his life came full circle in the purchase of 30 acres in the East Bay Area. Simultaneously, Aman revived a boarding and training facility that had been dormant for 15 years and at risk of development in the residential sprawl that’s overtaken much of Contra Costa County’s Tassajara Valley.

 
February 2018 - On The Move
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:04
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Amber Smigel relocates to Trails End Ranch in Orange County.

With reining trainer Dallas Wedel moving his business to San Diego County, the opening at Trails End Ranch was perfect for dressage trainer Amber Smigel to move her growing training business. She was already familiar with Trails End Ranch, as her retired dressage horse PopGunn happily lived out his retirement years at Jo Ann Kass’ beautiful Orange County equestrian facility.

 
February 2018 - Mark Leone Clinic
Written by by Karine Brooks
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:59
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Adjustability lessons are a take-away of SAHJA session with top horseman.

by Karine Brooks

Every year the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association offers an educational clinic to its members. This year, the clinic took place at the beautiful Starr Vaughn Equestrian in Elk Grove and was free to 36 lucky SAHJA members, with the help of fundraising and an educational grant from the USA Equestrian Trust.

 

 
January 2018 - Blackjack Farm
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:26
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A horse and rider oasis in North San Diego County.

Robin and Dionicio Martinez bought their beautiful horse facility as their own private ranch in North San Diego County in 2011. Robin was competing successfully as an amateur and Dionicio, with no previous horse experience before meeting and marrying Robin, was finding out just what the life of a fulltime horseman was all about. Having left her corporate job a few years previously, Robin was looking to refocus her life in a way that allowed her to put her passions first.  With Dionicio at her side, she felt that this was the opportunity to really go all in with horses.

 
December 2017 - Off To A Good Start
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:46
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Doing things right in the formative years can set horses on road to success.

As a business that specializes in training young horses from the ages of 4 and under, I see consistencies come to the forefront that I would like to share with owners and breeders that your trainer and your horse would appreciate. Much can be done in the formative years to set a horse’s career up for success and create a positive experience!   

 
December 2017 - Willowbrook Riding Club & Equestrian Center
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:44
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Multi-faceted Palm Springs facility is the perfect place for horses to retire and people to ride, show, shop or relax on trail.

Yes, horses need to retire too, and what better place to do it than in a retirement Mecca on the grass in the Palm Springs area? The 40 acres of Willowbrook Riding Club and Equestrian Center are surrounded by open spaces with gentle hills off in the distance: horses like it here. The weather is some of the best on the planet -- most sunny days, 5.25” average annual rainfall, no snow. There’s an international airport in Palm Springs and the I 10 Freeway is 10 minutes away. It’s a wonderful place for a horse to relax and enjoy a well-deserved retirement in one of our private pasture suites.

 
November, 2017 - NorCal Spotlight: Shady Lane Farm, LLC
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:06
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Matt and Lindsay Archer’s small program makes a big impact on its horses, riders and the sport.

by Kim F. Miller

Matt and Lindsay Archer have a uniquely balanced approach to their hunter/jumper training and sales program, Shady Lane Farm, LLC. Their clientele ranges from a backer of their Grand Prix goals to an amateur equitation and hunter rider who was one of Lindsay’s first students 15 years ago.

 
August 2017 - New Owner, Same Great Deals
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:48
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Bits Equestrian Outlet is under new ownership.

Since her first job as a polo groom in sixth grade, horses have been the driving factor in Jessica Laemmle DVM’s life. With her son getting older, the veterinarian needed to make a change to balance her work and family. When she heard that Bits Equestrian, the used tack shop at Rancho El Camino Equestrian Center in Del Mar, was possibly closing she decided she needed to buy it.

 
July 2017 - Calling All Future Riders
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:36
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Heritage Los Angeles riding school gets a new owner and a big goal sheet.

by Kim F. Miller

Tori English signs her e-mails with the Winston Churchill quote, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And it’s not just a quote for her: it’s the inspiration for her purchase of the Traditional Equitation School at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.

 
July 2017 - Philip Klipa: Marlay Farms
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:31
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Positive approach leads to more confidence and less stress.

As they move along in their careers, some trainers stop riding or showing and only focus on teaching and training. Philip Klipa had been on that same path until recently. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center-based hunter/jumper professional recently stepped back into the show ring after many years.  Along with coaching and training clients in his Marlay Farms program, he plans to continue competing, along with riding in a clinic—in this case with Bernie Traurig—another thing he hasn’t done in many years.

 
July 2017 - Clean Flight Equestrian: Mimi Harwell
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:27
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East Bay Area hunter/jumper program soars from a horsemanship intensive foundation.

Hunter/jumper trainer Mimi Harwell believes it is important to get the details right. “Taking care of the horses, teaching the riders, and making sure the right homework is getting done will always pay off in positive results,” she says. She puts her philosophy into practice as owner and head trainer of Clean Flight Equestrian, located at the beautiful Sunny Hill Farm in the East Bay’s Walnut Creek.

 
July 2017 - SuperMask
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:14
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More coverage and better fit in re-designed popular Farnam product.

Ever since SuperMask® horse fly mask came on the market three decades ago, Farnam has been the leader in fly masks for horses. As of 2017, a redesign on the popular product means more coverage, better fit and protection.

 
June 2017 - Olivia Loiacono: OKL Eventing
Written by Abby Tillinghast
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:45
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Young but worldly eventing trainer brings her experience to new facility in San Diego County’s Vista.

by Abby Tillinghast for Athletux, Inc. • photos by Shannon Brinkman

The backbone of any top notch training operation is its facility, a concept Olivia Loiacono knows well. Over the coming weeks, Olivia is excited to be moving her training operation, OKL Eventing to a private facility in North County San Diego. Since moving back to Southern California and launching her training operation in 2013, Olivia has been based out of high quality boarding operation Swede Equine, maintaining her own horses along with several clients’ at the pristine facility but leaving the care of her horses in the hands of others. As her operation has continued to grow and prosper, Olivia recently seized an opportunity to maintain a facility of her own and undertake the care and handling of her horses herself. Olivia found the perfect fit at Shady Oak Farm in beautiful Vista.

 
June 2017 - Fun Factor
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:33
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Veteran trainer finds that Working Equitation takes dressage to the next level.

by Cheryl Erpelding

After attending a Working Equitation clinic in North San Diego County last year, Polly Limond was hooked. A top dressage trainer and competitor since the 80s, Polly loved that Working Equitation took dressage to the next level in a very fun way.
Obstacles such as bridges, slaloms, small jumps, and maneuvering around 55 gallon drums are just a few of the challenges that riders are scored on in the various classes offered in the fast-growing discipline that was started in 1996 by riders from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

 
June 2017 - Working Equitation
Written by Jack Burns
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:26
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A modern sport that is based on classical horsemanship.

by Jack Burns

It’s no surprise Working Equitation is gaining popularity in the United States because of the broad appeal that it has with so many equestrians. It is a sport that has developed out of the traditions of classical horsemanship and traditional ranch work. It combines the formality, detail, and rigor of gymnastic arena work with the practical and utility work of negotiating obstacles inspired by what would be found around a working ranch. Riders are outfitted according to the tradition in which they train: dressage, western, or native Spanish or Portuguese attire.

 
June 2017 - Arlyn DeCicco – Balanced Equine Training
Written by Martha Weckel
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:18
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Traumatic brain injury leads to revelations about human & equine balance that have helped many horses and riders.

by Martha Weckel • photos by Alfred DeCicco

On June 6, 1997, a riding accident changed hunter/jumper trainer Arlyn DeCicco’s life forever when she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Despite this serious condition and unaware of her deficits, six weeks after her head trauma she was riding again. Arlyn had to adapt to new ways of training horses due to her compromised condition.

 
June 2017 - R. Farms: Robyn Fisher & David Koss
Written by by Tessa Robinson
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:12
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Veterans’ new premiere three day event and dressage facility ready to go in Moorpark.

by Tessa Robinson • photos: Captured Moment Photography

Most newly engaged couples spend the year before their wedding knee deep in plans for their big day. Robyn Fisher and David Koss aren’t most couples. While others would be picking out invitations and floral arrangements, Robyn and David are busy mapping out every detail for their new equestrian facility, R. Farms, located in Moorpark.

 
April 2017 - Caspian Stables
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:21
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Match-making is a key to success at the Ardalan family’s breeding, training, importing and sales business.

by Kim F. Miller

The Ardalan family’s Caspian Stables is a major source of jumpers for every level of the sport. Patriarch Arsia and daughter Tara are busy and familiar riders on the West Coast circuit and go-tos for professionals and amateurs looking for quality horses, from prospects to Grand Prix mounts. Through breeding, training and importing, the program based in San Diego County’s Valley Center prides itself on having a horse for virtually any rider at any given time.

 
April 2017 - Horse People: Tina DiLandri Yates
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:15
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Young show jumper rides high on her return to the West Coast.

by Kim F. Miller

I’m a bit on cloud 9,” said Tina DiLandri Yates of her third place finish in last November’s Longines FEI World Cup™ class in Las Vegas aboard Zelote VDL. She went to Vegas without expectations about her placement, but wound up at the winners’ press conference after giving German veteran Christian Heineking, the victor, and Mexican Olympian Enrique Gonzales a run for their money in the jump-off.

 
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