March 2018 - USHJA Gold Star Clinic: First Person

Grateful for the opportunity to become a better & more knowledgeable horseman.

by Kate Abajian

The United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Gold Star Clinic was overall an outstanding experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who has the desire to improve their riding and horsemanship. I cannot thank USHJA and the Emerging Rider Task Force enough for taking the time and energy to put together such an amazing learning experience.

 
March 2018 - West Palm Events Update

Hunter/jumper show venue shake-up in Paso Robles & new home for NorCal Finals.

West Palms Events Management is moving its late spring and fall hunter/jumper shows to Twin Rivers Ranch Horse Park in Paso Robles. The well-reviewed competitions were launched at the Paso Robles Horse Park a few years ago. That venue will now host its own rated show, the Rosé In May, May 17-20, the weekend preceding the first WPE show at “Twin,” as the eventers most familiar with the venue call it.

 
March 2018 - A Master In Our Midst

Johann Hinnemann.

Johann Hinnemann says submission is always the goal during the Adequan®/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference.

It was family reunion time for some of the superstar participants in the Adequan®/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference with German master Johann Hinnemann. As demo riders in the Feb. 6-7 event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Steffen Peters and Kathleen Raine reunited with Johann, who was instrumental in their careers. The same is true of USEF Young Horse Coach Christine Traurig, who assisted throughout the session.

 
March 2018 - Horse People: Trent McGee

photo: Kim F. Miller

Fifteen-year-old embodies the term “student of the sport.”

by Kim F. Miller

Horseracing was Trent McGee’s first addiction. At 6, his dad took him to the Santa Anita Racetrack where, “I fell in love with the horses,” the 15-year-old recounts. ”They were so amazing and I immediately wanted to do that.” Weekend trips back to the track were a frequent family outing after that.

For his seventh birthday, Jason and Dolores McGee arranged riding lessons for their son. They started at the Traditional Equitation School at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, where instructor Caitlin Steimle suggested Trent check out a Grand Prix competition at the facility to “see if you like it.”

 

 
March 2018 -Season Preview

New FEI 3* jumping, March 31, highlights Blenheim EquiSport’s spring season in Southern California.

Blenheim EquiSports’ six-week Spring Series starts March 21 and is highlighted by the Spring Classic II, March 27-31, and its exciting new designation as an FEI CSI-3* jumping competition. That means several FEI-sanctioned classes culminating with a 1.5M $80,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, March 31 on the Oaks International Grand Prix field. Compared to the East Coast, FEI classes have been few and far between out West. This addition is a big boost to riders aspiring to rack up ranking points without leaving home, not to mention fans of top sport.

 
March 2018 - Horse Source

Natasha Traurig to head up the Neil Jones Equestrian USA-West Team.

The new year is well underway for Neil Jones Equestrian USA. The European business, established over two decades ago, began to bring a selection of quality show horses to North America in 2016, and has now established two bases in the States. With satisfied customers on both sides of the water, and a client base on both the East and West coasts, Jones continues to offer a group of 20 or more sale horses on this side of the pond.

 
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