April 2017 - Making It Happen

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

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

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.

 
April 2017 - Nancy Reed: A Tribute

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!

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!

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.

 
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