December 2016 - Whoa!

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

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

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!

 
December 2016 - And Now For Something Completely Different

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

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.

 
December 2016 - IEA Zone 10 Report

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.

 
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