July 2017 - May Day

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosts a happy day for its riders and the public.

photos by Kim F. Miller

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosted its annual open house Sunday, May 28. The long-running community event showcased riding school students and A circuit riders in team competitions ranging from flat classes to a Gambler’s Choice jumping and a High Jump that rose to about 4’6” in height. Plus, pony rides and horsey crafts throughout a beautiful day at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Orange County’s Laguna Hills.

July 2017 - Youth Spotlight: Black Oaks Pony Club

Central California club and its members represent the future of national organization.

Black Oaks Pony Club has a long history in the Paso Robles area and it also reflects the future of the U.S. Pony Club’s effort to expand its membership base. Eventing has long been the competitive discipline most associated with Pony Club, but the organization now offers “certifications,” formerly called “ratings,” in show jumping, hunter equitation, dressage and even western.

July 2017 - The Gallop: Changes Afoot for NAJYRC Qualification

Everybody wants Zone 10 riders atop the NAJYRC podium,  but there’s debate about the best way to get there.

by Kim F. Miller

As young jumper riders battled to represent Zone 10 at this month’s FEI/Adequan North American Junior Young Rider Championships, behind-the- scenes debates roiled about the best way to qualify teams in the future.

Everybody wants the same thing: getting the zone back to its streak of dominance that began a decade ago. From 2007 to 2010, Zone 10 earned a total of nine gold medals, including team and individuals. The years from 2011 through 2013 saw Killian McGrath’s individual YR gold and team bronze in 2012, and Young Rider team silver and individual bronze in 2011. Last year’s Young Rider team brought home bronze and the Juniors scored silver, but 2014 and 2015 were medal-less outings. (See sidebar for the decade’s medal count.)

July 2017 - New San Diego Venue

Lakeside Equestrian Park to serve East County Equestrians.

San Diego County is working with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit organization, to build a premier equestrian facility on a 14-acre parcel at 11055 Moreno Ave. The conceptual layout includes a covered arena, which is the planned showpiece of the facility. The facility will host junior, high school, and senior pro rodeo; cattle events; barrel racing; gymkhanas; western and english horse shows; clinics and trail events.

July 2017 - Tradition is Always in Style

A conversation with Irene Valenti, president of Valenti International

alenti International, longtime Rancho Santa Fe entrepreneurs, philanthropists and equestrians, offers both elite matchmaking in the European tradition, and an equine oasis offering boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados.

June 2017 - Del Mar National Dressage

Steffen Peters reigns as king of California dressage.

by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee

The 2017 Del Mar National put an exclamation point on Steffen Peters’ reign as the king of California Dressage. Competing on three different mounts owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, Olympian and World Cup Champion Steffen Peters took home the first place honors in all his CDI and US Equestrian Selection classes and won some First Level classes just for good measure.

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